Our Advisory Board
In order to assure that our organization represents a cross section of ALL stakeholders in Kentucky's behavioral health system, the KYSTARS Advisory Board has Statewide Representation.
The Board is comprised of:
Kentucky Peer Specialists
Leadership Academy Graduates
State Psychiatric Hospital staff
Sarah is a Kentucky Peer Support Specialist. She is employed by Participation Station and is also the coordinator of the Participation Station Warmline, the first peer operated warmline in Kentucky.
Kelly is the Co-Director of KYSTARS and the Creative & Operations Director of NAMI-Lexington. She is a Community Psychologist and a strong advocate for individuals with Mental Illness and their families. Kelly has been a continuing advocate for improving mental health services in Kentucky and is the 2012 recipient of MediStar's Governor's Dignity of Humanity Award".
Frances Howard, an Occupational Therapist, Director of Psych Rehab Therapy and Coordinator of the Recovery Center at the ARH Psychiatric Center in Hazard, KY. She has been employed by ARH for the past 12 years.
Val is the NAMI Lexington Consumer Programs Coordinator, a KY Peer Specialist and the Director of Participation Station. She is a longstanding member of the NAMI National Consumer Council. Valerie has been a trailblazer for peer services throughout the state.
Sheina is a Kentucky Peer Specialist in the Paducah area. She has been a long time advocate for improving mental health services in Kentucky. She serves on the Board of Directors for Four Rivers Behavioral Health and is an inspiration and role model for consumers throughout the state.
David is the Co-Director of KYSTARS and Recovery Enthusiast with NAMI-Lexington. He worked for 27 years at Eastern State Hospital, most recently in Quality Management. David is a staunch advocate for Recovery-based services in Kentucky.
Tamatha is a Ky Peer Support Specialist. She currently lives in Georgetown with her husband, Lamont, son, Christopher and her two dogs, Gunner and Princess. She enjoys singing, reading and attending church services. However, she feels most blessed having the opportunity to work at Participation Station as a Peer Specialist.
Tedde is one of the first certified Kentucky Peer Specialists in the state. She is a graduate of the Leadership Academy I & II. Tedde describes herself as a mental health and substance abuse survivor! She is a NAMI-Lexington volunteer, a member of the Bluegrass Re-Entry Council, the Governor's Re-Entry Task Force Steering Committee, the Kentucky Mental Health Coalition. She is the former chair of the Protection & Advocacy PAIMI council and a panelist on the PAIMI Re-Entry Committee. Tedde is a long time advocate for improved mental health services and was the 2004 recipient of the Jean Gossick Advocacy Award from Protection & Advocacy.
David Susman, Ph.D.
David is a clinical psychologist serves as Recovery Mall Director and Psychology Services Coordinator at Eastern State Hospital in Lexington. He is a Clinical Associate Professor in Psychology and Director of the Harris Psychological Services Center at the University of Kentucky. He is an advocate for progressive, recovery-based mental health services throughout Kentucky. View his blog at: http://davidsusman.com/
Marcie received her Master of Health Administration from the University of Kentucky in 2012 after completing an internship with NAMI Lexington. She has served as the NAMI Walk manager for 2013 and 2014, and has been a team captain since 2009. Marcie has served in clerical roles at outpatient mental health facilities for eight years and is looking forward to building on that experience throughout her administrative career.