A Compassionate Peer Support and Training, LLC Peer Support Specialist is a person with lived experience who has been trained to support those who live with mental illness, emotional distress, trauma, and/or substance use. Their personal experiences provide Peer Support Specialists with expertise that professional training cannot replicate.
A compassionate peer support relationship is built on trust, respect and mutuality where choice is valued, recovery is modeled, and hope is fostered.
Compassionate Peer Support and Training, LLC is building a diverse dynamic team. If you are an individual that can draw upon your personal growth experience to carry forward the message of hope and recovery to others, are trained in Peer Support or willing to become trained, consider applying. We are looking for peers who are passionate about supporting others, compassionate, person focused, dependable, a problem solver, are in recovery, and committed to the Wisconsin Certified Peer Specialist code of ethics, core values, and scope of practice.
LYNELLE SAUNDERS, CPS
Lynelle is a wife and mother of two grown children. She has over 30 years of lived experience with mood disorders and the positive & negative coping skills involved. Lynelle has successfully managed her Bipolar Disorder for over 15 years. She has spent years learning from clinical and peer professionals about how to combat mood disorders. Lynelle has accumulated hours of education in Trauma Informed Care, Symptom Management, Mindfulness, Substance Use Disorders, and Ethics and Boundaries.
Through her years of experience and training, she has learned to be a compassionate listener, advisor, and coach. Lynelle has become exactly the woman she was looking for when she needed support and guidance. Let her help navigate you to live the life you deserve to live.
Lynelle provides DISCREET COMPASSIONATE SUPPORT FOR WOMEN EXPERIENCING EMOTIONAL DISTRESS BY A WOMAN WHO’S BEEN THERE
--available for individual and group peer support and Personal Wellness Planning
Luann is a mental health professional, educator, and advocate. She has been on a recovery journey since receiving a diagnosis of Bipolar I disorder at the age of 24. With over 20 inpatient hospitalization, 3 series of ECT and multiple medications she has been living well in Recovery for over 20 years. As a result of mental health treatment Luann now lives with the challenges of managing Type II diabetes.
As a Certified Peer Specialist Luann seeks to support others on their own mental health recovery journeys and those who are struggling with the chronic health condition of Diabetes. She is especially committed to individuals having lives that are better than ok!
-Limited availability in Peer Support, Life Coaching, and Advocacy
Originaria de Veracruz, México. Marycarmen tenía 20 años cuando llegó a Norte America. Algunas veces fueron difíciles las diferencias en lenguaje, cultura y clima. Habiendo tomado Inglés en la escuela Preparatoria la motivó a enrolarse en la escuela aquí para dominar el idioma Ingles, asi podria comunicarse mejor y aprender sobre la cultura americana. Ella lee, escribe y habla tanto el Inglés como el Español.
Desde el 2013 Marycarmen se ha dedicado a abogar, apoyar y guiar a las victimas de violencia domestica y abuso sexual. Se certificó en especialista de pares (Certified Peer Especialist) en el 2018, Ella ha aprendido a cómo identificar la depresión y cómo tratar los síntomas de la misma.
Tiene experiencia trabajando con adolescentes y familias, y cree que su propia experiencia con depresión, adaptándose a una cultura nueva y trabajando en sus propios retos, la han puesto en una posición donde puede asistir a otros como ella en la comunidad Latina.
Disfruta pasar tiempo con su familia y amigos, además de cocinar, hacer manualidades y dar paseos largos en compañía de sus perros.
Originally from Veracruz, Mexico, Marycarmen was in her 20's when she came to America. At times she struggled with the differences in language, culture and weather. Having taken and enjoyed English class in High School, she was eager to enroll in school here to master the language so that she could better communicate and learn more about the american culture. Marycarmen can read, write and speak fluently both English and Spanish.
Since 2013 Marycarmen has been providing advocacy, support and guidance in the Latino community assisting victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. She has been a Certified Peer Specialist since 2018. Marycarmen has learned how to identify depression and how to cope with her symptoms.
Marycarmen has experience working with teens and families, and believes her own experience with depression, adapting to a new culture and working through her own challenges puts her in a position to assist others like her in the Latinx community.
She loves to spend time with family and friends, enjoys cooking, crafting and going for long walks with her dogs.
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Originaria de Veracruz, México, Dora llegó a Wisconsin en 1991. Desarrolló una gran empatía y un fuerte deseo de ayudar a la comunidad latina después de recibir ayuda para la depresión, la ansiedad y los ataques de pánico, todos considerados tabú en su cultura.
Dora tiene experiencia en el apoyo a víctimas de violencia doméstica, quienes se ocupan del sistema de justicia penal y personas que buscan empleo y libertad financiera. Ella es una especialista certificada por pares, especialista en apoyo familiar, intérprete médica y técnica avanzada, capacitada en el proceso básico migratorio.
A Dora le apasiona ayudar a las personas de la comunidad latina. Le gusta pasar tiempo en su jardín y pasear.
Originally from Veracruz, Mexico Dora came to Wisconsin in 1991. She developed a great deal of empathy and a strong desire to help the Latino community after receiving help for depression, anxiety, and panic attacks, all considered taboo in her culture.
Dora has experience supporting victims of domestic violence, those dealing with the criminal justice system, and people seeking employment and financial freedom. She is a Certified Peer Specialist, Family Support Specialist, Medical Interpreter, and Advance Behavior Technician trained in Immigration Basic Process.
Dora has a passion for assisting people in the Latino Community. She enjoys spending time in her garden and taking walks.
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Heather is a person living in long term recovery. She is a strong self-advocate and hopes to inspire others to find their voice and power through peer relationships and self-determination. Heather and other members of her family are living on the Autism Spectrum and exploring what it means to be a neurodiverse family from a strengths-based, recovery perspective.
Heather’s interests include working with parents and families of children who are looking for validation, hope and empathy, and has an interest in supporting parents at all stages of their journey, including couples who have adopted, are fostering and/or have blended or other family dynamics to consider. She has 8+ years of professional experience in the field.
Heather received her BA in Anthropology and Peace Studies for UW-Milwaukee and incorporates nonviolent communication, peacebuilding, and systems thinking into all aspects of her work to support individual recovery with the intention of contributing to the creation of a trauma informed world!
Heather spends much of her free time on wheels biking around the city or on her roller skates while her kids scooter, bike and skateboard.
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Christie became a Certified Peer Specialist in 2017 following her journey to recovery from mood and substance use disorders. She uses her lived experiences to help foster hope and support peers as they navigate through their recovery process."
Through NAMI Racine County, Christie has been trained as a Support Group Facilitator, Provider EducationTeacher, and as a panelist who shares her personal story of recovery to nursing students.
Christie’s work as an Occupational Therapist for over 20 years employing a holistic approach assisting individuals to regain skills, decrease limitations and increase abilities, has enhanced her peer support skills.
She lives in Waterford with her 3 teenage children who motivate and inspire her to stay on her recovery path.
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Christie Lezon, CPS