Staff

 

The Kansas CAC Staff are always willing to serve. Feel free to contact our staff using the information on this page or by using the contact form on the “Contact Us” page.

Executive Director
Gary J. Parker

Gary Parker

Gary lives in Colby, Kansas. A former music teacher, Gary got involved with advocacy, due to his own illnesses dealing with major depression and hospitalizations. Gary spends his time travelling all across the state of Kansas and the country, being a vocal voice for adult consumers with mental illnesses. Gary has been with the CAC since it started in 2000. Gary serves as a mentor of the Leadership Academy and several subcommittees. Gary also serves on the Governor’s Behavioral Health Services Planning Council (GBHSPC) representing Adults with Severe and Persistent Mental Illnesses.

Contact Information:
Gary Parker
PO Box 48
Colby, KS 67701
Office: 316-978-5842    Cell: 785-432-0412
Email: garyjparkeratkansascacdotorg 

Assistant Director
Cherie Bledsoe

Cherie Bledsoe

Cherie lives in Kansas City, Kansas. Cherie assists our Executive Director, as well as our Leadership Academy Director. Cherie is an active voice at the local, state, and national levels. Cherie is also a member of the Governor’s Behavioral Health Services Planning Council.

Contact Information:
Cherie Bledsoe
PO Box 171856
Kansas City, KS 66117
Phone: 913-787-3507
Email: cheriebledsoeatkansascacdotorg

Administrative Coordinator
Melissa Patrick

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Melissa is the Administrative Coordinator for the CAC. She works closely with other staff members and the Board of Directors on day to day operations of the organization. As the Administrative Coordinator Melissa is the editor of the organization’s newsletter and coordinates the annual Recovery Conference. She currently serves as a member of various subcommittees for the Governor’s Behavioral Health Services Planning Council, representing peers in the state. Born in Wichita, Melissa currently lives in the small town of Kiowa with her furry companion, Nox, where she continues to provide support for peers in her area, using her skills as a Certified Peer Specialist.

Contact Information:
Melissa Patrick
CAC Office – 238 N Mead
Wichita, KS 67202
Cell Phone: (316) 312-3479       Office Phone: (316) 978-5842
Email: melissapatrickatkansascacdotorg

 Leadership for Empowerment Coordinator
Koleen Garrison

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Koleen lives in Great Bend, Kansas. Koleen is a vital part of the organization, working closely with the Executive Director, the Board of Directors, and the Leadership Academy classes.

Contact Information:
Koleen Garrison
2103 Washington, Apt. B
Great Bend, KS 67530
Cell Phone: 620-639-1258     Wichita Office: 316-978-5842
Email: koleengarrisonatkansascacdotorg

 CRO Support Specialist
Susan Murphy

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Susan Murphy is a CRO (Consumer Run Organization) Support Specialist with the CAC. She does outreach to all CROs in the state of Kansas, providing technical assistance for them. Before joining the CAC, Susan received her credentials as a Certified Peer Specialist and worked with peers in her community. A Wichita native, Susan loves to spend time with horses whenever she can. She is currently a member of Project Independence, a CRO, in Wichita.

Contact Information:
Susan Murphy
CAC Office – 238 N. Mead
Wichita, KS 67202
Cell Phone: (316) 804-5543       Office: (316) 978-5842
Email: susanmurphyatkansascacdotorg