Clarice Bailey, PhD, Vice President of Strategic Development
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 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.
Robert Turri, BA, Business Manager
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.
Karen Escovitz, MSS, Learning & Development Specialist
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.
Stephanie Barnett Jamison, MSW, Organizational Learning & Development Manager
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.
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.
Dwayne Spikes, Learning & Development Specialist
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.
Matthew Watman, BS, Program Analyst
Matthew loves working with numbers and figuring out the stories they can tell. He believes in the power of using data to make informed decisions for the common good. Matthew identifies as a person with lived experience with a mental health condition and was thrilled to learn about the recovery movement when he joined The Institute for Recovery and Mental Health Partnerships in 2017. As the Institute’s Program Analyst, Matthew manages all data-driven processes such as tracking training participation, testing and sending the Institute's marketing communications, creating and deploying surveys, managing MHP’s Learning Management System, and combining, visualizing, and analyzing gathered data in engaging ways. Matthew holds a BS in Brain and Cognitive Sciences from the University of Rochester.