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.

Interim Co-Director / Leadership Academy 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 Board of Directors, and the Leadership Academy classes.

Contact Information:
Koleen Garrison
PO Box 56
Wichita, KS 67201
Cell Phone: 620-639-1258
Email: koleengarrisonatkansascacdotorg

Interim Co-Director / Webmaster
Melissa Patrick

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Melissa is the Interim Co-Director and Webmaster for the CAC. She works closely with other staff members and the Board of Directors on day to day operations of the organization. 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 companions where she continues to provide support for peers in her area, using her skills as a Certified Peer Specialist.

Contact Information:
Melissa Patrick
PO Box 334
Kiowa, KS 67070
Cell Phone: (316) 312-3479
Email: melissapatrickatkansascacdotorg

Assistant Director
Cherie Bledsoe

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Cherie lives in Kansas City, Kansas. Cherie assists our Executive Directors in addition to being the Executive Director for a Consumer Run Organization in Kansas. 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

Outreach Specialist
Darla Carra-Denton

Contact Information:
Darla Carra-Denton
PO Box 56
Wichita, KS 67201
Phone: (316) 303-2710
Email: darladentonatkansascacdotorg

More info coming soon!


Outreach Specialist
Dorthene Hinton-Turner

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Dorthene (Dee) Hinton Tuner is currently serving as an Outreach Specialist at the Kansas Consumer Advisory Council (CAC).  She also serves as Outreach Specialist with SIDE, Inc. of Kansas City.

She is a Kansas Certified Peer Specialist, Kansas Certified Peer Mentor for over a decade.  Her positions in this field of work has included CPS at Rainbow Mental Health, Peer Educator at WSU’s Community Engagement Institute(formerly named CCSR), CPS with United Health Care/Optum, former board member at NAMI of Kansas, Peer Mentor with the State of Kansas, a Mental Health First Aid facilitator, WRAP facilitator and a Seeking Safety co-educator, as well as Common Ground facilitator.  She continues as an advocate in support of people/peers living with mental illness and/or substance abuse.

Dorthene believes that her vision and purpose in life, is to “Help Somebody” through her lived experience as a peer, sister, daughter, Mother and grandmother!

Contact Information:
Dorthene Hinton Turner
PO Box 56
Wichita, KS 67201
Phone: (913) 707-4080
Email: dorthenehintonturneratkansascacdotorg