About this Virtual Event
Presenter & Moderator Bios: September 24
Juan Velez Court, BA, is a person with lived experiences with mental health challenges who works to inspire others to find their own path to recovery. He is a certified Peer Specialist who trains peers that work in mental health and substance use service settings. Juan speaks about recovery support services as a resource for local news, television and radio stations. Juan’s podcast, “Happy to Fail,” chronicles chapters of his life to demonstrate that people with mental health challenges can live happy, healthy, and productive lives.
Kristen Harper, MEd, has spent her career creating, sustaining and accrediting recovery high schools and helping others access recovery support services locally, nationally, and internationally. She delivers technical assistance to a wide range of community-based recovery support organizations, including secondary and postsecondary educational institutions. She founded the Center for Addiction Recovery at the College of Public Health at Georgia Southern University.
Theopia Jackson, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist focused on providing child, adolescent, and family therapy services and specializing in serving populations coping with chronic illness and complex trauma. She provides multicultural and cultural equity workshops, seminars, consultations. Theopia is currently co-chair of the Department of Humanistic & Clinical Psychology and chair of the clinical psychology degree program at Saybrook University and president of the Association of Black Psychologists, Inc.
Steven Samra, MPA, has expertise in substance use and mental health recovery, harm reduction approaches, promotion of lived experience as critical experiential knowledge, developing and leading peer advisory councils, peer leadership, cultural competence, criminal justice, and effective outreach and engagement for challenging populations. He serves in leadership capacities for multiple recovery, substance use, mental health, peer involvement, and homelessness focused initiatives.