Jane Shank, Executive Director
My job as Executive Director is to make sure family voice is heard and understood in a variety of settings- local communities, state offices, collaborations with other agencies, and with legislators. I often find myself acting as a ‘connector’- making sure that families have the opportunity to connect to each other or to ACMH, or facilitating conversations between different agencies or collaborative bodies. I believe that real conversations and relationships are the path to better lives for kids and families.
Favorite piece of wisdom:
Reaching out and asking for support isn’t a sign of weakness- it’s a sign of strength. And sometime, you’ll have the opportunity to be a support for someone else.
Terri Henrizi, Education Coordinator
In my role as Education Coordinator I provide information and training to parents, youth and community partners across Michigan and coordinate statewide training and events including the ACMH Conference. I also participate in community education & events to help raise awareness about the issues of children and youth with mental health challenges and their families. I am also a certified Youth Mental Health First Aid Trainer. One of my favorite activities is hosting ACMH Parent and Youth Leadership Camp where I have the opportunity and privilege to meet and share information and skills with so many passionate & gifted future family leaders!
Favorite piece of wisdom/Quote:“Be generous, be delicate, and always pursue the prize.”– Henry James I think this piece of wisdom can be especially helpful to you along your journey of advocating for your child, yourself, family and your community!
Krissy Dristy, Youth Peer Support and Parent Support Partner Program Manager
Hi, I’m Krissy Dristy! In my role at ACMH, I help oversee our peer delivered services for youth and families. In partnership with the staff at ACMH, I provide training and technical assistance to Youth Peer Support Specialists, Partner Support Partners and supervisors around the state. I am passionate about the importance of lived experience in our public mental health system, and the difference our stories can make when supporting youth and families to find their voice. I love talking about how YPS and PSP enhance our service array in Michigan, and I am very fortunate to be able to do this regularly in my work!
Favorite piece of wisdom:
Trust the process. When you are going through hard times remember who you are, where you are going and how far you have come. It may be a bad day, but it’s not a bad life!
Sara Reynolds, Youth Peer Support Statewide Coordinator
Hello! My name is Sara Reynolds and I am the Statewide Coordinator for Youth Peer Support. I lead the Youth Peer Support training and certification model by facilitating trainings, coaching calls, and technical assistance as well as heading up our continued development of the model. As a person with my own lived experience with mental health challenges, I am passionate about Youth Peer Support – particularly the hope and empowerment that is at the core of this unique service. I believe that we are extremely fortunate to have such a powerful support available to youth in Michigan and I am so pleased to be able to partner with the Youth Peer Support Specialists and their supervisors across the state who are truly making a difference.
Favorite piece of wisdom: “We rise by lifting others”
Kelly Bailey, Parent Support Partner Statewide Coordinator
I provide all of the training, technical support and assistance to Parent Support Parters, PSP Supervisors and Agencies who employ Parent Support Partners across the state. I am also a mom and a grandmother.
Favorite piece of wisdom: Where there is love, there is hope.
Margo Pierce, Parent Support Partner Specialist Photo coming soon
My role will be to support the PSP model and service by preparing for and conducting trainings, providing coaching support, and assisting with technical assistance and professional development meetings for both new and recertifying PSPs. I also assist with the orientation and evaluation processes, training events, refinements to training materials, technical assistance, and other materials and processes.
Favorite piece of wisdom: You will absolutely get through this and come out on the other side.
Shane Riley, Parent Empowerment Specialist (Photo and Bio Coming Soon)
Havah Roussel, Healthy Transitions Youth and Young Adult Peer Coordinator
My role will support in certifying Youth Peer Support Specialists and guiding Healthy Transition Youth Peer Support Specialists as they work with transition age youth and young adults. I am excited to be a part of the ACMH team!
Favorite piece of wisdom:
You are only in control of what you do.
Mandy Gernand, Administrative Assistant for YPS and PSP
In my role as Administrative Assistant for YPS and PSP I provide office support for all ACMH staff by maintaining records, helping to prepare for training sessions, and anything else asked of me.
Favorite piece of wisdom: It’s a slow process, but quitting won’t speed it up.
Mary Porter, Business Manager photo coming soon
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