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Current Mental Health Network Board of Directors & Officers
Rev. Lisa LeSueur is the Minister of Congregational and Staff Care at Coral Gables United Church of Christ, and she recently graduated with a Master's in Divinity. She has been a member of the UCC MHN Board of Directors for three years and is a frequent contributor to the MHN blog. She lives in Coral Gables, Florida, with her spouse and their two children. Lisa is the MHN's leader for the Genesis Grant Project.
An ordained minister and clinical chaplain with specialized training and experience in the addiction recovery field, Jack, as he is called, lives in between Wernersville, Pennsylvania, and the Delaware seashore, combining his devotion to family in Delaware and his ministry with Caron Treatment Centers in Pennsylvania. He has served on the MHN board for several years, passionately supporting local and wider church involvement in these areas of need.
Kyle (he/him) joined the UCC MHN board in 2020 and brings more than 7 years of experience working in public policy at the intersection of disability, social justice, and economic inequality. He also serves on the WISE team for the Indiana-Kentucky Conference of the UCC. Kyle lives in central Indiana with his wife.
Rev. Megan Osborn Snell (she/her/hers) is an ordained Pastor in the UCC and serves as Chaplain (Spiritual Advisor) at a Recovery Center in the Boston metro area. She holds an MDiv from Andover Newton Theological School. She is in the process of completing a DMin at Pacific School of Religion, focusing on mental health and the Christian church. (MHN Board of Directors since 2019).
Vicki is on her first term as a board member and a psychologist in Diamond Bar, California. She has developed a pre-WISE survey and connects with post-WISE churches. She speaks about her experience of suicide in her family, how to heal, and hold another through the trauma of a loved one in this life place. God's extravagance provided MHN as her vehicle of service.
Averyn began their first year in Andover Newton Seminary at Yale Divinity School in fall 2020, the same time they joined the Board. Averyn is curious about the ways faith communities can be places of transformation and radical welcoming to those with mental health challenges and seeks to combine their experience as a counselor with their passion for God and justice.
Rev. Dr. Sarah Lund serves as the Minister for Disabilities and Mental Health Justice for the national setting of the United Church of Christ. She is the author of Blessed Are The Crazy: Breaking the Silence About Mental Illness, Family and Church. She is also a former UCC MHN board member.
In 2009, Alan was asked to be the chair of the UCC Mental Illness Network and began the reformation of what has become the UCC Mental Health Network. Since then, he had been the coordinator and then chair of the UCC MHN until 2020. Alan is a retired UCC clergy, a volunteer mental health advocate, and a church member, which developed the WISE program.
Past Board Members
- Rev. Dr. Rachael A. Keefe
- Rev. Hannah Campbell Gustafson
- R. Jeffrey Pollock
- Karl Shallowhorn
- Anne Weiher
- Thomas Coates
- Judy Johnson
- Alison Bess
- Rev. Carrie Bail
- Devin Shmueli
- Johari Sharp
- Gabrielle Bychowski
- Salome As-Salaam
- Rev. Dr. Sarah Lund
- Rev. Angela Whitenhill
- Kerrie Hein
- Rev. Amy Petré-Hill, J.D.
- Rev. Shernell Edney Stilley
- Ms. Robin Kempster, R.N.
- Rev. Dr. Jan Remer-Osborn
- Rev. Jon Gilbert Martinez