The Directors of the Recovery Trust
Dr. Richard Warner - Founder of the Recovery Trust
Dr. Warner founded Colorado Recovery, an intensive, community-based treatment facility in Boulder, Colorado, for people with serious mental illness like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Prior to setting up Colorado Recovery, Dr. Warner served for 29 years as the Medical Director of the Mental Health Center of Boulder County, the public mental health facility for a population of nearly 300,000 people in the Front Range of Colorado. While at the Mental Health Center, Dr. Warner helped to develop a comprehensive community support system for people with serious mental illness that earned an international reputation.
For 15 years, Dr. Warner was on the management team of a global World Psychiatric Association program, Open the Doors, which was set up to tackle the stigma associated with stigma. The program launched anti-stigma projects in 20 countries around the world. Dr. Warner worked closely with the project in Calgary, Alberta, for three years and then set up and directed an anti-stigma program in Boulder, Colorado.
Dr. Warner studied social firms - companies with a dual mission of delivering a useful service or product and of employing people with disabilities in several countries around the world, and established social firms in Colorado. One such business was a pharmacy in Boulder, Colorado, that served people with psychiatric problems and employed people with serious mental illness as pharmacy technicians.
Helen Nychka - Board Chair
Helen Nychka is a speech-language pathologist who has specialized in the treatment of autism spectrum disorders for over 25 years. As a family member of several loved ones who have been affected by mental illness, she has had a lifelong interest in the field of mental health. She is enthused about the Trust's efforts to offer support to individuals experiencing mental illness as well as their family members.
Lucy Warner - Vice President
Lucy Warner has spent over forty years in the field of communications, specializing in informing the public about scientific subjects. She has worked in both Britain and America and served for fifteen years as the director of communications for a major national laboratory, the National Center for Atmospheric Research. The wife of Dr. Richard Warner, she feels a particular empathy for the impact that major mental illness can have on families and hopes to focus her efforts with the Recovery Trust on helping them build support and find relevant resources.
The Reverend Alan Johnson - Board Member
The Rev. Alan Johnson is a graduate of Yale University Divinity School. He was pastor for 14 years in churches in Connecticut and New York City and he has been on the national staff of the United Church of Christ for 16 years. He has been chaplain at University Hospital, Denver, Children's Hospital, Denver, and HospiceCare, Boulder. Alan's book "Encounters at the Counter: What Congregations can learn about Hospitality from Business" was published by Pilgrim Press. He is chair of the Accessible to All/Mental Health Ministry of the First Congregational Church, Boulder, is a cofounder of the Interfaith Network on Mental Illness and serves as Chair of the United Church of Christ Mental Health Network.
Phoebe Norton – Board Member
Phoebe Norton, LCSW, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who earned her Master's in Social Work from the University of Chicago. Her career has been devoted to the task of developing humane and effective treatment programs for people with serious mental illness. She was able to pursue this mission working as a Psychiatric Social Worker in Michigan and, later, at the Mental Health Center of Boulder County, in Colorado, where she successively held the positions of Team Leader, Clinical Director and Executive Director, until her retirement in 2002.
Throughout her life, Phoebe has been recognized and honored for her civic work which includes participating in multiple task forces for the City of Boulder and being on the boards of a large number of nonprofit organizations, some of which she helped to found herself. She served on the board of the National Alliance on Mental Illness for Colorado and was on the same organization 's chapter in Boulder and Broomfield Counties.
Sue Brightman - Board Member
Sue Brightman is a conscious business consultant and coach to international organizations, teams and boards. She is passionate about devoting volunteer time to community efforts that support the recovery and healing of those affected by mental illness. Sue is co-chair of the Interfaith Network for Mental Illness, a co-facilitator of the Spiritual Support Group for Mental Health and Wellness, a speaker on panels and workshops related to the role of spirituality in recovery, and has served as a chaplain at Boulder Community Hospital and for the Boulder County Jail.
Leslie Durgin - Board Member
Leslie Durgin has served as the Executive Director of numerous non-profit organizations in her career in human services and public policy. Her most recent positions include Director of Government Relations at Tierney, Paul and Lawrence (formerly deizer Paul LLP), a law firm in Denver and Senior Vice President of Public Policy, Comunications and Community Development at Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains.
Durgin became a member of the Boulder (Colorado) City Council in 1989, and was elected Mayor in 1990, a position she held until 1997. Under her leadership, the City of Boulder greatly expsanded its programs to serve unmet community needs particularly in housing, human services and transportation.
James Mandiberg - Ex Officio Board Member
James M Mandiberg, PhD, is Associate Professor and Chair of the Organizational Management & Leadership program at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, City University of New York. He formerly was on the faculty of Columbia University, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and two universities in Japan (Sophia University and Shikoku Gakuin Daigaku). Prior to his academic positions he held executive management positions in mental health and housing, including Executive Director of a community-based mental health program, Senior Program Administrator for the San Francisco Housing Authority, and Community Support & Community Mental Health Services Director for Santa Clara County, California. His research focuses on community economic development within “identity communities” of people with serious mental health conditions, histories of homelessness, and more recently people who are aging. This work, known broadly as social enterprise, includes developing replicable and scalable models of income generating businesses for communities of those with serious mental health conditions and the nonprofit organizations that offer service to them. He and Dr. Richard Warner were collaborators and friends over 30 years.
Dr. Warner was on the management team of a global World Psychiatric Association program, Open the Doors, which launched anti-stigma projects in 20 countries around the world.