Why do you serve as a CIP? Most families have experienced mental health challenges somewhere along the way, and my family is no different. If I’m able to ease pain and suffering for someone else based on what I’ve learned, it’s important for me to help. My family has benefited from the kindness and compassion of many, and it’s up to all of us to spread that same kindness and compassion to others throughout our lives.
Why is it important? It’s important for those struggling to know they aren’t alone, and it’s important to know others have been through similar experiences and have been able to get the help they need. For policymakers and others in position to drive positive change for many, the voice of family lived experience is a critical contributor.
How has serving as a CIP made a difference in your local area or as a provider? As one example, I’ve been able to engage with my local school district’s administrators and staff to promote more family involvement and to encourage more resources for the many children dealing with challenges in our schools.
What is your number one goal for systems change? To ensure every human being is able to get the “whole-person” care they need, when and where the need it, through systems that invest in resources for mental health, substance abuse and social and environmental support at levels currently provided for physical healthcare, and that prioritize and promote contemplative practices and other ways we can cultivate wellbeing.
Family: I am grateful to be the father of three amazing teenagers, each with wonderful, unique gifts they are sharing with the world.
Passions / Hobbies / Fun Facts: I love the outdoors and spend as much time as possible running, hiking, backpacking, skiing, paddle boarding, and anything else that can be done on the trail, in the mountains or on the river. I enjoying coaching and mentoring kids, and have spent many years coaching soccer and enjoying the outdoors with my son’s boy scout troop.