Ms. Myrick brings a program development, training and marketing background to her work at NAMI and PRPSN. While recovery services administrator for the nonprofit Recovery Innovations of California, she managed a peer-run agency and created recovery-based peer education programs. She developed and directed a recovery-based outreach project that targeted homeless people with mental illness and collaborated with community, business, social service providers and law enforcement. She has consulted with the California Institute of Mental Health (CiMH) on the Clinically Informed Outcome Measurement (CIOM) project, and the Advanced Recovery Practices (ARP) statewide pilot. Her training topics include: integrating peers into Mental Health Systems, recovery oriented care, and peer provided services. She has recently been a keynote speaker for the American Psychiatric Association, The National Medical Association, the New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services (NYAPRS), and the Buffalo Psychiatric Center. She was awarded the 2012 Personal Legacy Award by the Los Angeles Mental Health Commission, the Elvis Coda Award for Building Hope for Families by the Los Angeles Child Guidance Clinic and has received citations from Congressional Representatives Karen Bass and Lucille Roybal-Allard, the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors, and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa for her advocacy work.
Edwina comes to PRPSN with over 20 years of experience working in the private and public sector. Prior to joining PRPSN she provided Advocacy Support Services, WRAP Facilitation and Self Help Groups for families that had children in the mental health system of care, group home/foster care and juvenile justice system and has served as a member on the Mental Health Services Act committee. Working from a family focused and strength based perspective, Edwina enjoys working to enhance the lives of others through self-actualization empowerment. She has also worked in Airlines and Hospitality Management, and the Customer Service and Aerospace Industries. She has a Bachelor’s of Science in Human Service, a Master in Business Administration and is presently pursing a Master in Education with an emphasis in Adult Education and Training. Edwina is a member of the Los Angeles County Department of Mental HealthClient Congress Advisory Board. Her favorite activities are Fishing, Sewing, bowling, walking on the beach and playing with her dog. She is excited to be a part of this team!
She has spoken at UCLA, USC, The Hope and Recovery Conference and many other mental health awareness and stigma elimination events. She is the author of Prosumers asInvaluable Assets to the Mental Health Field and Profession, which was recently published in The Painted Brain magazine. She also facilitates a monthly support group for prosumers, mental health professionals who also manage mental health challenges. She is very passionate about empowering mental health consumers and reducing stigma.
Angelica is passionate about reducing stigma and strengthening families and communities that are affected by mental illness. Angelica Garcia trained as a certified WRAP facilitator through the Mary Ellen Copeland Center and a certified Procovery Facilitator through Procovery Institute.
Georgie Sullivan has been working with Project Return for 3 years. As the Regional Administrator, she oversees over 120 peer support groups in the 8 service areas throughout Los Angeles County. She visits and evaluates the peer support groups, educates, trains, and co-facilitates monthly trainings. She collaborates with other agencies to help promote conferences, trainings, and fundraisers. She’s instrumental in encouraging peers to participate in PRPSN events and our affiliates’ events. She’s also a certified NAMIIn Our Own Voice Speaker. She’s passionate about peers advocating for themselves and peer independence. She enjoys being around people and making recovery fun.
Elnora Cosey has been with Project Return Peer Support Network for the past 12 years. She was hired by the late William Compton to work part time in the basement of The Village, 456 Elm Street in Long Beach, Ca. there she did Administrative work. A few weeks after being hired by Bill she was hired by Lynnette Peraza as a Club Aide to work at Long Beach Mental Health doing Day Breakers Club. The Club meet on Thursdays of each week. Elnora’s duties at the Village included preparing the Wednesday Dinner’s each week for about 15 or 20 people. Elnora was in charge of the kitchen and administered a cooperative staff of workers for the meal. After about a few months Elnora was promoted to the main office, on Wilshire, in Los Angeles to continue doing Administrative duties, and she was also assigned to do Data Entry/COS Billing. Elnora returned to the Discovery Center when it moved to Merritt Hall on Lewis Street in Long Beach, CA for a short while. She had been doing Date Entry/COS Billing for about 10 straight years. And she enjoys her work, and sharing the department with her co-worker Gemma.
Megan joins the PRPSN team with a non-profit and communications background and is a recent transfer from the Midwest. She earned a Bachelor's of Science in Advertising with an emphasis in Architecture from Kansas State University. Her passions are working in the non-profit industry and connecting with members of the community. Outside of the office she enjoys traveling, college athletics and architectural photography.
My name is Gemma Tarape and I have been employed at Project Return Peer Support Network for over a year. My job title is Community Outreach Service Specialist/Data Entry, inputting community Outreach billable hours into the computer system. Certified in Medical Coding, Insurance Billing Specialist and also expertise in Accounting field. I am a dedicated worker, very friendly, easy to get along with and my motto is try and try until you succeed.
Eric Jensen - Executive Assistant, Communications Coordinator
Eric Jensen brings over 25 years of business, marketing, creative, technology, and mental health experience to PRPSN. Eric earned a Bachelors in Composition from Berklee College of Music in Boston where his teachers included guitarists Pat Metheny and John Scofield. Relocating to San Francisco, Eric built two recording studios and grew a successful commercial music and audio post-production business creating original soundtracks for advertising, television, corporate communications and independent films. Moving into the tech industry, Eric was a key stakeholder in the development of the first online digital music store and the first secure e-commerce platform for independent artists and record labels. He is a blogger and published journalist writing extensively about entrepreneurship and the music industry. While single parenting two children with emotional and behavioral challenges, Eric become involved in the public mental health and special education systems, working in Wraparound and Parent Partnership programs in Children’s Systems of Care in Marin, Placer, and Los Angeles Counties. Eric continues to perform in the Los Angeles area and is passionate about music, cooking, cognitive & evolutionary psychology, brain science, behavioral economics, social change, disruptive technologies, mindfulness practices, and anything remotely related to guitars.
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