Meet our Team
Stephanie Barnett Jamison joined the Institute in 2016. Stephanie brings over 18 years experience as a clinician and administrator of community behavioral health services to her work as a trainer and consultant at the Institute. Stephanie is also a Certified Peer Specialist whose own recovery journey began at the age 12. A graduate of DeSales University and Marywood University, Stephanie earned a BS in behavioral neuroscience and an MSW in social work practice/administration. Special interests include all aspects of recovery-oriented services including person-driven services, crisis intervention, ethics, maternal mental health and trauma-informed care. Stephanie has extensive experience in supervision, innovative program development/design, and organizational development.
As the Institute's Business Manager, Bob has expertise in: project management procurement, sales, operations, communications, training and recruitment, web site development and implementation. Bob coordinates with public and private mental health & human services agencies and managed care organizations.
Elisha is the manager of the Individual Consumer Action Network (ICAN) at MHP. She holds a Masters Degree in Social Work from Temple University with a focus on Policy and Advocacy, and identifies as someone living with a mental health diagnosis.
Karen brings to the Institute her experience in direct services, research, program evaluation, technical assistance and training. Karen’s areas of training expertise include evidence based practices such as Supported Employment, Motivational Interviewing, Mental Health First Aid, Community Integration, Wellness Management Strategies, and WRAP - all thoroughly grounded in Recovery Principles. She is a certified Mental Health First Aid Instructor for both Adult and Youth curricula, and is also a Quality Evaluator for MHFA field instructors. She has coordinated service demonstration research projects on Supported Employment for people living with mental health challenges and also for people living with HIV. In 2003, she convened the Working Positive Summit Conference to share information about employment services for people living with HIV, which in turn gave rise to the National Working Positive Coalition – which continues to connect research, service practice and policy initiatives nationally. Karen completed her bachelor's degree at Wesleyan University and holds a Masters in Social Services from Bryn Mawr College’s Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research.
Jim is an Advanced Level WRAP Facilitator and Certified Older Adult CPS trainer. He brings over 35 years of experience from the workforce development field. Jim has worked with youth, welfare recipients, persons returning home from prison, and persons impacted by trauma, mental health, and substance related challenges. Jim is a CPS and brings lived experience sharing his recovery journey openly as evidence that recovery and wellness are both possible and probable. His journey has led naturally to his “encore career” as the Institute's representative to Delaware County.
Dwayne is a former US Marine who joined the Institute as a Learning & Development Specialist in 2018. Prior to joining the Institute team, Dwayne served as a Recovery Coach. In that role, he engaged veterans struggling with emotional and psychological distress, mental health and substance use challenges. He supported his peers to get necessary healthcare, acquire a source of income to be able to live independently, and secure permanent housing. Dwayne has stood beside individuals as they pursued recovery-to live meaningful and respectful lives as they transitioned back into their communities as productive citizens and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Pathways to Housing in Philadelphia. In addition, he has served as Corporate trainer at a major telecommunications firm. Dwayne is a CPS and a WRAP facilitator. He is a graduate of Montclair High School located in his native state of New Jersey. He attended North Carolina Central University and is a proud graduate of the US Marine Corps Non-Commissioned Officer Leadership Academy.
Karl Proctor is an educator who joined the Institute as a Learning and Development Specialist in 2019. He brings over twenty-five years of experience in higher education, as a college admissions officer as well as experience in the area of crisis services. Karl is a Certified Peer Specialist and Forensic Peer Specialist as well as a W.R.A.P. Facilitator. He also has worked as a Trainer in the area of Peer Support in the Criminal Justice system. In addition, Karl has received awards for exceptional work in peer support and college admissions. He holds a B.A. in English from Lincoln University of Pennsylvania and has done graduate work in Communications and Education at Shippensburg and Cheyney Universities. Karl shares his recovery experience in an effort to inspire others and let them know that recovery is not impossible.