Clarice Bailey brings more than 30 years of classroom experience as a teacher, trainer, learner, professor and program administrator. She has been committed to community service throughout her career, especially in the areas of juvenile justice, child welfare, youth conflict resolution, partner violence and conflict, anti-oppression work, peace studies and organizational transformation.
Clarice serves a variety of public sector and non profit organizations as a national independent consultant focusing on human and organizational transformation. Her present work spans child serving human service agencies, and marginalized youth advocacy groups. Clarice is a certified Transitions Coach/Trainer. She served as a senior member of the Casey Strategic Consulting Group of the Annie E. Casey Foundation during which she supported state and local governments (Louisiana, Kentucky, Georgia, and New Jersey) through intensive interventions focusing on organization change and transformation, staff development and learning. Prior to the Casey Foundation, Clarice served as Deputy Assistant Director in the Department of Human Services, Continuous System Improvement Group for the State of Oregon and was part of a team which provided internal consulting, CQI and staff training. Additionally, Clarice holds a doctorate in Public Administration and Policy from Portland State University in Portland, Oregon and is affiliate faculty at Saint Joseph’s University in the Masters of Organizational Development and Leadership Program.
Sendy Alcidonis, PhD, Director of Training
Sendy has more than 10 years’ experience working in a variety of settings as an administrator, researcher, trainer and university instructor. Sendy has been actively involved with all elements of program coordination and management at every stage of development. Sendy has experience conducting quantitative and qualitative research in collaboration with immigrant communities, health care workers and individuals from historically under-represented groups. As Training Director, Sendy is responsible for leading and managing the design, development and delivery of the Institute’s training products and services. Sendy has earned degrees from West Chester University of Pennsylvania, the University of Delaware and a Doctorate in Geography and Urban Studies from Temple University. She is deeply committed to examining the critical social issues of the 21st century, including health, wellness and recovery!
Elisha Coffey, MSW, Program Manager
Elisha is the manager of the Individual Consumer Action Network (ICAN) at MHASP. 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.
Robert Turri, BA, Business Manager
As 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.
Karen Escovitz, MSS, Learning & Development Specialist
Karen brings 30 years of experience in the mental health field to her position with the Institute having worked in direct services, research, program evaluation, technical assistance and training. In her current role, she is primarily involved with the development and implementation of staff training and staff development intiatives, with a focus on support of managers and supervisors.
Karen’s areas of training expertise include evidence based practices such as Supported Employment, Motivational Interviewing, Mental Health First Aid, Community Integration and Wellness Management strategies, all thoroughly grounded in Recovery Principles. She authored a 15-part self-help brochure series on Mental Illness and Work, which has been updated and re-issued by the Temple University Collaboration on Community Inclusion. 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 psychiatric disabilities and also for people living with HIV/AIDS. In 2003, she convened the Working Positive Summit Conference to share information about employment services for people living with HIV/AIDS, which in turn gave rise to the National Working Positive Coalition – which continues to connect research, service practice and policy initiatives nationally. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Wesleyan University, has done graduate work in Human Development and Family Studies at Cornell University, and holds a Masters in Social Services from Bryn Mawr College’s Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research.
Deborah Walker-Bey, BS, Learning & Development Specialist
Deborah has been in the mental health field for over 14 years and a CPS for over 7. She is an Advanced Level Wellness Recovery Action Plan Facilitator and the Institute WRAP Coordinator. She brings out the best in everyone with her excitement and passion for life and wellness. Deborah is a dedicated professional with a zest for life.
James Klasen, Learning & Development Specialist
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.