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Meet the Staff Draft

Pam Baker
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Barbaro Baez Alvarez
Outreach & Graphic Design Specialist
Gayla Bowden
HUGS Program Supervisor

Donna Charbonneau
HUGS System Navigator

Megan Cobb
SDC Life Coach

Alexis Abilheria
SAC Manager

Mila Collett
Data Specialist
Buddy Davis
Maintenance / Driver
Christin Plummer
Director of Quality & Compliance

Rae Eichler
Data Specialist
Adriana Gyorkos
HUGS System Navigator
Cindy Highsmith
Director of Community Outreach

Roseline Monteiro
I&R Specialists
Jennifer Lapham
CLEAR Line Coordinator
Sheila Thebaud
Bilingual HUGS System Navigator

Luisa Martinez
HUGS Ambassador
Mel McFarlane
SDC Life Coach
Erika Paola Garcia
HUGS System Navigator

Cawood Robinson
Peer Outreach Specialist
David Sarchet
SDC Program Manager
Susan Sholle-Martin
SDC Life Coach

Bonnie King
I&R Specialists
Marsha Pierson
I&R Specialists
Matt Zeiser
I&R Specialists

Bower Thomas
I&R Specialists
Eileen Streight
Director of Peer Support Initiatives
Robert Van Teeffelen
Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

By |August 12th, 2019|Mental Health Articles|Comments Off on Meet the Staff Draft|


Originally posted here
Remaining calm: it’s the hardest part of the job.

Whether it’s a drunken student biting off more than he can chew, or a genuine threat to your safety, security staff are regularly placed in precarious situations that would challenge almost anybody to stay in control.

That’s why these 17 tips are so important. May they help you in your career, as well as your day-to-day life.

1. Start off with Keeping Your Cool
2. The Best Methods to Maintaining your Composure
3. Think Before you Speak
4. The Power of Using ‘I’ Statements
5. Practice Your Listening Skills
6. Why Patience is a Virtue
7. Know the Difference Between Anger and Aggression
8. How to Control […]

By |August 5th, 2019|Mental Health Articles|Comments Off on 17 ANGER MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUES FOR STRESSFUL OCCUPATIONS|

2020 Next Year NAMI Walk Save the Date

By |January 31st, 2019|Mental Health Articles|Comments Off on 2020 Next Year NAMI Walk Save the Date|

Party With A Purpose

For more information on purchasing tickets, making an auction donation  or becoming a sponsor,
please contact Whitney Stroymayr, NAMI-CC Director of Development by email at

By |June 12th, 2018|Mental Health Articles|Comments Off on Party With A Purpose|

Collier kids’ mental health screened

Naples Daily News | USA TODAY NETWORK – FLORIDA — 03/09/2018
Liz Freeman
Pediatricians who heed a recommendation to screen all children for depression starting at age 12 could look to how it’s done in Collier County.
Updated screening guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics were in the works before the Feb. 14 school shooting in Parkland, which exposed shortcomings of the mental health system in Florida. Nikolas Cruz, 18, accused of killing 17 students and staffers and injuring 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, had a history of depression and acting out as a student. He refused treatment after […]

By |June 11th, 2018|Mental Health Articles|Comments Off on Collier kids’ mental health screened|

How schools can help students respond to suicide

Author Colleen O’Day is a Digital PR Manager and supports community outreach for 2U Inc.’s social work, mental health, and education programs. Find her on Twitter @ColleenMODay.

The rate of teen suicide has steadily increased since 2005. Among youth ages 15-24 years old, suicide is the second leading cause of death. A ripple effect of needs is created when a teenage suicide death occurs. Responding appropriately is critical to ensuring that everyone affected—family, friends and the school community—receives the right type and amount of support.

Grief can have a profound impact on students and may create new mental health issues or worsen existing conditions. Additional […]

By |June 11th, 2018|Mental Health Articles|Comments Off on How schools can help students respond to suicide|

Two prominent suicides have nation talking

Liz Freeman, Naples Daily News — USA TODAY NETWORK – FLORIDA — 06/10/2018
The deaths by suicide this week of two famous people drive home the need for more attention on mental illness and suicide prevention, experts say. The deaths of fashion designer Kate Spade and television personality Anthony Bourdain reinforce that depression has no boundaries and can afflict people from all walks of life. “Mental illness touches all,” said Vacharee Howard, executive vice president of the Lee County affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. “Depression doesn’t care who you are. It doesn’t matter how much money you make.”

She […]

By |June 10th, 2018|Articles/Media|Comments Off on Two prominent suicides have nation talking|

Naples Daily News Kudos for Mental Health Planning Group

Editorial Board — Naples Daily News, USA TODAY NETWORK – Florida — 06/09/2018
While Florida ranks at the bottom among states in supporting mental health programs, there are reasons to feel better about what’s being done locally in Collier County.

During a County Commission meeting this week that focused on mental health and addiction services, Collier Sheriff Kevin Rambosk put this in perspective based on his interaction with law enforcement leaders across the state and nation. “It is important that our community understand that we are way, way ahead in trying to make a positive impact on mental health,” he said.

He cited […]

By |June 10th, 2018|Mental Health Articles|Comments Off on Naples Daily News Kudos for Mental Health Planning Group|

Collier County Hosts Mental Health Forum

Building is in plans to expand Collier’s mental health care
Liz Freeman, Naples Daily News — USA TODAY NETWORK – FLORIDA / 06/06/2018
For Collier County to get a handle on its mental health and addiction crisis, a top priority would involve building a centralized receiving facility for stream-lined access to treatment.

A draft plan involves a 55,000-square-foot building on the campus of the David Lawrence Center on Golden Gate Parkway in East Naples, Scott Burgess, chief executive officer of the non-profit mental health center, said at a workshop Tuesday. The estimated cost to build it is $26.5 million, he said, and the […]

By |June 10th, 2018|Mental Health Articles|Comments Off on Collier County Hosts Mental Health Forum|

Immokalee Homeless

Hidden In Plain Sight

Susanna Rodriguez, 54, packs up her new tent and hygiene kit on her bike during the annual homeless count by The Hunger & Homeless Coalition of Collier County at Guadalupe Social Services in Immokalee on Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018. Rodriguez’s home was destroyed in Hurricane Irma last year and she is now homeless. (Photo: Dorothy Edwards/Naples Daily News)
NAPLES DAILY NEWS: Leland Thomas Jr. is industrious. He’s got a boom box strapped in the basket of his Panama Jack bicycle. A travel coffee thermos fits snugly in a cup holder attached to the handlebars.He has no concerns navigating […]

By |April 23rd, 2018|Archives|Comments Off on Immokalee Homeless|