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Presenter Bios: December 16
Nathaniel Batiste III, Project Amp Fellow/Intern, C4 Innovations, is a recent Louisiana Tech University graduate. Nate served on the YESS Youth Advisory Council for 4+ years informing substance use prevention initiatives. He is passionate about race equity and promotion of mental health. In his spare time, you can find him in his kitchen trying out new recipes.
Alex Fidalgo, Peer Support Specialist, C4 Innovations, is a certified addiction coach and has served as coach for various agencies in the state of Massachusetts. He is a bilingual coach, trainer, and curriculum developer on recovery coaching, including certification and recertification classes, overdose prevention training, and stigma and labels. He provides technical support and subject matter expertise in online learning.
Racquel Garcia, Coach, Creator & CEO, HardBeauty, has extensive experience with coaching, Motivational Interviewing, counseling, and various forms of treatment for ten years--becoming one of the most sought-after youth coaches in the state of Colorado and possibly the country. Racquel graduated from ICDC College in 2013 with a degree in addiction counseling. ACCSC, via Mike Rowe, awarded her the Outstanding Graduate of the Year. After college, she created Helping Everyone Recover (H.E.R.) and formed Operation P.J. H.E.R., a recovery and item collecting non-profit. H.E.R. is now HardBeauty Foundation. Racquel graduated from YCI (Youth Coaching Institute) in July 2019 receiving her coaching and mentoring certification for youth with an emphasis on those who are considered high-risk and have suffered trauma. She works with women and men and specializes in youth ages (14-24). She and her husband Chris have been married for more than 24 years and have four children ranging from ages 10-19.
Amanda Walton, Peer Training Coordinator, Montana's Peer Network (MPN) joined the MPN team with a combined mission to motivate others in recovery and promote peer support services throughout the state of Montana. She has remained in stable recovery for 6 years and is an unwavering advocate for behavioral health liberation and systems change. Preferring the helping professions, she completed dual degrees in Criminal Justice/Human Services and General Education in 2010 from New Mexico State University shortly after her journey began. Amanda currently serves on Montana’s Behavioral Health Advisory Council, is Secretary of the Dawson County Behavioral Health Advisory Board, emotional CPR (eCPR) training facilitator, and creator of “Let’s Talk Recovery” peer support group in her community.
Ken Kaybill, Senior Trainer, C4 Innovations, has worked in healthcare, behavioral health, homelessness, and housing for more than 35 years. He has 18 years of experience working as a behavioral health practitioner in homeless services. For the past two decades, he has been developing curricula and facilitating in-person and online training nationally on topics including motivational interviewing, trauma-informed care, outreach and engagement, case management, critical time intervention, and supervision.