Vicki has worked for the Mental Health Association since 1982. During this time she has held a variety of positions and worked in various roles. She has coordinated volunteer programs, designed programs for DMHS & DYFS initiatives, worked as a consumer advocate, initiated and facilitated a support group for families of people who have mental illness, formed and acted as technical consultant for the ICE Wellness Center (one of NJ’s oldest self help groups for consumers of mental health services), served as an administrator and has lead workshops on a county, state and national level. In 1992, under the 450 programs, Vicki designed a five-week training curriculum for the six Atlantic County mental health agencies participating in the initiative. This combination of didactic & experiential training was the foundation for the MHA’s Consumer Connection Program. During this 1992 training, she worked with consumers from the local self-help center to develop the Voices tapes. These tapes were used to underscore the importance of first hand experience in working with people who are hearing voices. To date the tapes have been used to train: public health staff, state and local police, first responders, welfare department staff, hospital employees, occupational therapy students, to name a few.
She served as Southern Regional Director for partnership between The Mental Health Association & Collaborative Support Program from 1995-2000. Her accomplishments during her tenure included the creation of 58 supportive housing units for persons with mental illness and the opening of three new self help centers in the Southern region.
Vicki has been active in disaster response since 1992, and has served locally on the Tri-County Community Organizations Active in Disaster. Vicki has traveled to national disaster sites as a mental health responder for the American Red Cross and during Katrina combined her professional life with her volunteer work and went to New Orleans to assist with animal rescue. email@example.com
Karen Williams, Administrative Specialist
Consumer Services Jaime Angelini, MA, DRCC, Director of Consumer Services Jaime Angelini has Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Masters in Organizational Management with special concentration in non-profit management. As the Director of Consumer Services, Jaime provides support, education and advocacy to individuals living with mental illness, substance use disorders, and those experiencing homelessness. Additionally, she provides oversight to various other programs and projects within the organization. Jaime is a certified Mental Health First Aid Instructor, Parent Educator, Disaster Response Crisis Counselor and a trainer for law enforcement who respond to individuals with special needs. Jaime is the co-chair of the Atlantic County Hoarding Task Force, and has a special interest in working with individuals living with Hoarding Disorder.
Jaime has strong ties to the community and sits on a variety of advocacy committees in Atlantic County. When Hurricane Sandy hit South Jersey in 2012 she was very actively involved in recovery efforts for more than 3 years. Jaime is also part of a specialized deployment team for the State of New Jersey’s Disaster and Terrorism Branch, which responds to declared disasters as well as undeclared community incidents.
Jaime is a Board member for Atlantic Center for Independent Living (CIL). She contributes to the CIL’s philosophy by using her lived experience to facilitate support groups for individuals in Atlantic County living with Multiple Sclerosis. firstname.lastname@example.org
Intensive Family Support Services (IFSS) Meghan Schweer, MSW, Director of IFSS & Acute Care
Meghan Schweer serves as the Director for the Intensive Family Support Service. Meghan has been with the Mental Health Association since 2012. She first began working with MHA after Superstorm Sandy when she came onboard as a Hope & Healing Disaster Crisis Counselor. From there she transitioned into doing disaster case management (DCM) helping families with the arduous process of recovering from a disaster. After the DCM work ended Meghan accepted a position in consumer services while she completed her MSW at Stockton University.
Prior to joining MHA, she attended Richard Stockton College where she received her BSW.
As Coordinator, she is responsible for the oversight and management of the IFSS program that provides support, education and advocacy for families of people affected by mental illness. For more information contact email@example.com or 609-652-3800 ext. 301
Portia E. Trader, CSW, DRCC, Family Advocate
Portia E. Trader has been with the Mental Health Association sine 1980. She began her career with MHA as the Administrative Assistant to the Community Companion Director. She then was promoted to Office Manager where she worked until 1998, when she accepted the position as Family Advocate for Intensive Family Support Services.
Before her employment with MHA, Portia's work experience included sales, as well as owning her own restaurant business.
Prior to joining the agency, Portia attended South Eastern Business College of Virginia and then the New Jersey Civil Service Training School. In 1985, she graduated from Atlantic Community College with an A.A.S. in Hospitality and Management. firstname.lastname@example.org
Catherine Chiola, Family Advocate
Catherine “Cathy” has been part of the MHA team since October 2007. Prior to joining MHA, Cathy was employed by UMDNJ as a EMT in Camden and Atlantic City. Cathy left her EMT position to care for her children and grandchildren.
Cathy brings personal experience to the Acute Care Family program, as she has a history of assisting family members with mental illness. Cathy has a adult daughter that suffers with mental illness and has faced experiences that many of our families are confronting. In addition to her daughter, Cathy grew up with her mother suffering from mental illness. She also is acutely of the feelings associated with loss, having lost her brother to the attacks of 9/11.
Cathy was a client of the IFSS program and now finds strength in helping other families navigate the mental health system and finding hope for the future. CChiola@mhanj.org
Wellness Center of Atlantic County- Individuals Concerted in Effort (ICE) Carolyn Quinn, BS, CRSP, DRCC ICE Wellness Program Manager
In December of 2013 Carolyn Quinn took over as ICE Wellness Program Manager. Carolyn’s focus as the Wellness Program Manager is to coordinate and oversee all activities that are provided by the program. The ICE Program provides support to adults living in the community with mental illness. Self-help support Groups facilitated by peers (fellow consumers of mental health services) is one of the main services ICE provides to Atlantic County. Carolyn has facilitated a weekly Depression support group since March 2013. The ICE Program also provides opportunities for supporting social wellness. Carolyn enjoys a good board game, movie or museum trip with the members. Requests to be added to ICE’s monthly event email list, can be sent to Carolyn (email@example.com).
Carolyn Quinn joined MHA in January of 2013 and has worked as a Peer Specialist in numerous roles for the agency. Carolyn received a Bachelors of Science in Therapeutic Studies from Boston University in May 2010. Currently Carolyn is pursuing her Masters of Social Work from Rutgers University. As well, Carolyn is a Certified Recovery Specialist Practitioner (CRSP) and a Disaster Relief Crisis Counselor (DRCC). Carolyn is a certified Adult and Youth Mental Health First Aid Trainer (with specialities for Public Safety and Higher Education Audiences) and a certified Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) Trainer. Carolyn helps members develop their own WRAP using her own WRAP as one of many examples.
Any questions or concerns about the ICE Wellness Program can be directed to Carolyn firstname.lastname@example.org or 609-652-3800 ext. 303
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