About Us

about us
The Virtual Community is a project of the Academy of Peer Services: a joint venture of the New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services (NYAPRS) and Rutgers University School of Health Professions, made possible by funding from the New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH).

Academy of Peer Serviceshttps://www.academyofpeerservices.org/

Project Director
Ken Gill (Rutgers University)

Project Manager
Amy B. Spagnolo (Rutgers University)

Instructional Design Team (Rutgers)
Rita Cronise
Karen Richards
Athena Anderson

Technical Specialist (Rutgers)
Varsha Kamat

User Support (NYAPRS)
Maryam Husamudeen


Advisory Council (alphabetical order)

  • Lori Ashcraft (Resilience, Inc.)
  • Ivanna Bond (The New York City Peer Workforce Coalition)
  • Liz Breier (The Coalition for Behavioral Health)
  • Celia Brown (New York State Office of Mental Health, Office of Consumer Affairs; MindFreedom)
  • Lynnae Brown (Community Access)
  • Gina Calhoun (The Copeland Center)
  • Ruth Colon-Wagner (New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services – NYAPRS)
  • Jonathan Edwards (New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene; New York Peer Specialist Certification Board; National Association of Peer Supporters-NAPS)
  • Gita Enders (NYC Health+Hospitals Corporation)
  • Sara Goodman (Baltic Street)
  • Clinton Green (The Coalition for Behavioral Healthcare)
  • Yumi Ikuta (NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene)
  • Oscar Jimenez-Solomon (NYS Psychiatric Institute, Columbia Medical Center University)
  • Cheryle Hinds Leslie (Riverdale Mental Health)
  • Chacku Mathai (OnTrackNY)
  • Scott McDonald (Bronx Psychiatric Center)
  • Steve Miccio (People-USA.)
  • Denise Ranaghan (In Independent Practice)
  • Len Statham (NYAPRS)
  • Tanya Stevens (Mental Health Empowerment Project-MHEP)
  • Carlton Whitmore (NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene, Office of Consumer Affairs)

Subject Matter Experts (alphabetical order)

  • Fatima Aguilar
  • Annette Backs
  • Patrick Bailey
  • David Barker
  • Thomas Bartholomew
  • Peter Basto
  • Francine Bates
  • Andy Bernstein
  • Andrea Blanch
  • Liz Breier
  • Celia Brown
  • Carol Bryant
  • Lorenzo Bryant
  • Gina Calhoun
  • Cherie Castellano
  • Cathy Cave
  • Amy Colesante
  • Ruth Cook
  • Patrick Corrigan
  • Rita Cronise
  • Laurie Curtis
  • Lloyd Deans
  • Joni Dolce
  • Moira Dwyer
  • Jonathan Edwards
  • Gita Enders
  • Tina Gollett
  • Joshua Gran
  • Clinton Green
  • Steve Harrington
  • Ellen Healion
  • Yumiko Ikuta
  • Oscar Jimenz-Solomon
  • Michael Johnan
  • Maura Kelley
  • Carol Kench
  • Richard Laudor
  • Lynn Legere
  • Sarah Lickey Diwan
  • Rex MacQueen
  • Chris Martin
  • Chacku Mathai
  • Jeffrey McQueen
  • Steve Miccio
  • Kirsten Muckstadt
  • Pat Nemec
  • Bonnie Sue Newell
  • Daniel O’Brien-Mazza
  • Hextor Pabon
  • Elizabeth Patience
  • Darby Penney
  • Tina Powell
  • Denise Ranaghan
  • Melissa Roberts
  • Amanda Saake
  • Regina Shoen
  • Shari Sinwelski
  • Garrett Smith
  • Sue Sotack
  • Amy Spagnolo
  • Jana Spalding
  • John Stenson
  • Tanya Stevens
  • Peggy Swarbrick
  • Joseph Swinford
  • Pilot Tanzy
  • Lauren Tenney
  • Tony Trahan
  • Deb Trueheart
  • Francis Ulrich
  • Shanti Vani
  • Marie Verna
  • Carlton Whitmore
  • Joe Woodward
  • Jessica Wolf
  • Joe Young

If you have questions about the Academy of Peer Services and the Virtual Community,
send email to: academy.virtual.community@gmail.com.


New York Certification Board

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http://www.nypeerspecialist.org/

The Academy of Peer Services and Virtual Community are separate from, but work in collaboration with, the New York Peer Specialist Certification Board to ensure quality training, continuing education, and support for the peer workforce.

To learn about other peer certifications in New York, click here.