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

Gary ParkerExecutive Director – Gary J. 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, several subcommittees, and as advisor to Wings Upon the Prairie, his CRO located in Colby. Gary also serves on the Governor’s Mental Health Services Planning Council (GMHSPC) representing Adults with Severe and Persistent Mental Illnesses.

Gary Parker
PO Box 485
Colby, KS 67701
Office: 316-978-5842    Cell: 785-432-0412
Email: garyJparkeratkansascacdotorg  (garyJparkeratkansascacdotorg)  

Cherie BledsoeAssistant Director – 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 a member of the Governor’s Mental Health Services Planning Council, and is a member of the Transformation Subcommittee

Cherie Bledsoe

PO Box 171856
Kansas City, KS 66117
Phone: 913-787-3507 
Email: cheriebledsoeatkansascacdotorg  (cheriebledsoeatkansascacdotorg)  

Melissa - StaffAdministrative Coordinator – Melissa Patrick

Melissa currently lives in Kiowa, Kansas with her many cats and giant dog. She currently attends Wichita State University for Psychology and hopefully going to Law School after she gets her Bachelors. Melissa works closely with all members of the staff on day to day operations as well as the Annual Recovery Conference.

Contact Information
CAC Office
358 N Main
Wichita, KS 67202
Cell Phone: (316) 312-3479
Office Phone: (316) 978-6498
Email: melissapatrickatkansascacdotorg

koleenLeadership for Empowerment Coordinator – Koleen Garrison

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. Koleen is also the editor of our newsletter, the “Kansas Consumer Connection.” At the state level, Koleen is a member of the Transformation Subcommittee of the GMHSPC

Koleen Garrison
2103 Washington, Apt. B
Great Bend, KS 67530
Cell Phone: 620-639-1258     Wichita Office: 316-978-6498
Email: koleengarrisonatkansascacdotorg  (koleengarrisonatkansascacdotorg)  



Chris WhiteGrant Coordinator – Chris White

Chris lives in Leavenworth and heads up our “get Healthy, Kansas! project, which is funded through a grant from SAMHSA.

Chris White
Phone: 913- 240-8667
Email: chriswhiteatkansascacdotorg  (chriswhiteatkansascacdotorg)  

Becky - StaffCRO Specialist -Becky Morgan

 Becky Morgan is from Parsons, KS. Becky is no stranger to the CAC, or to the majority of the CROs in Kansas. She has been in the consumer movement in Kansas for many years, and under her guidance, ran a very successful CRO that was truly a model for others to learn from.  Becky has served on the CAC in the past, and has served served as a facilitator for the Leadership for Empowerment Academy numerous times.

Becky Morgan
Phone: 620-423-2665
Email: beckymorganatkansascacdotorg