Peer Leadership Council
The NAMI Wisconsin Peer Leadership Council was created in 2003 with the support of the NAMI Wisconsin Board of Directors and the staff of NAMI Wisconsin. The NAMI Wisconsin Peer Leadership Council is a committee of the NAMI Wisconsin Board of Directors, providing meaningful input to the NAMI Wisconsin community.
The members of the NAMI Wisconsin Peer Leadership Council are dedicated to the mission and goals that have been developed since its inception.
One goal of the NAMI Wisconsin Peer Leadership Council is leadership development. As the Peer Leadership Council begins to create a vision for itself, and implement plans of action, members of the Council learn how to exercise supportive leadership and consensus-building techniques.
The NAMI Wisconsin Peer Leadership Council enhances NAMI Wisconsin’s efforts toward supporting Recovery and creating meaningful participation for all NAMI Wisconsin consumers.
We ask all members of NAMI Wisconsin to support the ongoing efforts of the NAMI Wisconsin Peer Leadership Council.
With Special Thanks to Our
NAMI WISCONSIN PEER LEADERSHIP COUNCIL MEMBERS
Carin O’Rourke, Co-Chair
Chrissy Barnard, Co-Chair
We are currently recruiting council members. Please contact us to learn more!
Chrissy Barnard, Co-Chair
My name is Chrissy, and I was first introduced to NAMI about 9 years ago when I attended some Peer Support Group meetings prior to my road to recovery. My recovery was a long and challenging process with somewhere around 33 hospitalizations including a stay at Winnebago from January to May in 2008. During that stay, I lost my pets, friends, control of my finances and health care decisions, my home, eventually my job and my sense of self. However, it was during that stay that I received some assessments and diagnosis of bipolar, PTSD, anxiety, and borderline personality. Eventually, I moved back to my home area in Superior, Wisconsin and started DBT. DBT gave me the skills I needed to take my life back.
I was on the steering committee to start NAMI Douglas County Wisconsin, and I am currently on the Board of Directors. I also work full-time, and purchased my first house, have a cat and a dog named Roxy, I teach 3 community education classes a month, led the NAMI Douglas County Peer Support Groups, go to church regularly, am a member of the Recovery Implementation Task Force committee, attended Peer Specialist Training in August 2018, am an active member of the NAMI Wisconsin Peer Leadership Council, and most of all I am happily enjoying life.
“I discovered NAMI when I began to get my life back. NAMI played an extremely important role in my recovery. The Peer Leadership Council was a way to not only give back to NAMI but also to make sure that our voices, as consumers, are heard!”
— Jean DeDie