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 of 33 years (31 happy), mother of two grown children and is "Ga Ga" to a beautiful Granddaughter. 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 17 years. She has spent years learning from clinical and peer professionals about how to combat the challenges of mood disorders. Lynelle has accumulated numerous 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
JAIME WOELBING, CPS, BSW, BS, SAC-IT
Jaime has been a certified Peer Specialist since 2019. She has her SAC-IT certification (substance abuse counseling) and attends Purdue University (online) to finish her bachelor’s degree in social work and family and child/adolescent counseling services and will be working on her accelerated master’s degree soon.
Jaime has been in recovery from substance abuse and mental illness since 2017 and sober since 2015. She is a mother of 3 grown children, all of whom have mental health diagnoses and 2 have also struggled with substance abuse issues. Jaime was a teenage mom and married to her first husband at 16. She is a survivor of domestic abuse. As a result, Jaime’s children grew up witnessing the abuse. Subsequently, they have all found themselves in abusive relationships.
Jaime married in May of 2022. She works extremely hard every day in her recovery and has accepted that she will never be completely cured. Jaime says, “Living a life of recovery has made life better, and I have become a stronger happier person through accepting this challenge.”
Jaime is thrilled to share her personal experiences with mental health challenges, addiction, domestic violence, and the judicial system, including time spent in jail, prison and on extended supervision as well as her successful completion the Kenosha County Drug and Treatment Court Program in February of 2019 to help others experiencing similar challenges.
Compassionate, caring, empathetic, honest, straight forward Peer Support provided by Jaime Woelbing.
“I know that my feelings are valid; however, they are not final and this helps keep me going.“
--available for individual peer support and group facilitation
Luann is a Certified Advanced Practice Social Worker, and a Wisconsin Certified Peer Specialist. She holds certificates in Life Coaching, Motivational Speaking, and Family Mediation. Luann has been an Instructor at the University of Wisconsin- Parkside in the Department of Sociology. She is a local and statewide speaker and trainer. Luann has conducted trainings for professionals, individuals living with mental illness their family members and caregivers.
Living in recovery for over 20 years Luann shares her recovery story to inspire hope, support others and improve services and quality of life for all whose lives are affected by mental illness. Luann’s personal experience in the mental health system has led to her active involvement in the peer recovery movement in Wisconsin. She enjoys traveling, particularly to the mountains of southwestern Pennsylvania and New York to see her favorite Broadway productions.
--Available for trainings and workshops
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.