Staff and Board Members

Staff

Erin Tucker, Executive Director
Cristy Bodie, Business Manager
Cyndi Richardson, PATH Liaison, CPRS
Patricia Pollock, CPRS
Jean Thorburn, CPRS
Jada Horton, PRS
Stephanie Robinson, PRS
Harris Holland, CPRS
Georgeann Wilcoxson, Development

Board of Directors

Alice Anderson, President
Patricia Pollock, Vice President
Rob Hull, Secretary
Peter Pelny, Treasurer
Bill Johnson
Janice Horton
Melissa Elliott
Karen Osterhaus
Jane Matthews

Erin Tucker

Executive Director
Erin Tucker has been with On Our Own for 8 years, initially working as the peer provider in our partnership with Region Ten on the Intensive Services Team and now as the Executive Director. Erin is a Trauma Informed Care Trainer and TIC Trainer for Peers through SAMHSA and the National Center for Trauma Informed Care. She is a Certified Advanced Level WRAP (wellness recovery action plan ) facilitator, Advance Directive facilitator, and Certified Peer Recovery Specialist. She is on the steering committee of the Trauma Informed Care network of the Greater Charlottesville Area.

Cristy Bodie

Business Manager,
Certified Peer Recovery Specialist,
Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist
Cristy Bodie is currently the full time Business Manager at On Our Own. Her primary role is managing the financial responsibilities of the center and human resource services for the staff. She offers technical support for the office computers and network. She started working as a part time financial consultant in July 2013. Cristy previously worked at On Our Own in 2011 as the Office Manager and has been a member since 2009. She is trained in QuickBooks and many other valuable programs. Cristy continues in her journey of recovery and as a mental health consumer. In December 2016, she became a Virginia State Certified Peer Support Specialist. There’s nothing like working with a group of people who truly know what you’re going through on a day to day basis and still love you unconditionally!

Cyndi Richardson

Region Ten PATH Liaison,
Quality Data Manager,
Certified Peer Recovery Specialist
Cyndi Richardson is the PATH Liaison, Quality Data Manager, and Certified Peer Support Specialist. She is very passionate about being of service to others and making a difference in the lives of individuals who are traditionally overlooked in society. Cyndi is recognized across Charlottesville for her knowledge of life saving resources and her well-honed skill in empowering people in need. Cyndi embraces the philosophy that. The first shall become last and the last shall become first” and centers her advocacy efforts on the least of the least. She is appreciative of wonderful parents, loving friends, and a peaceful and growing spiritual life. Overcoming the obstacles and demons that once commanded her life, she now stands as a vision of hope and inspiration

Patricia Pollock

Volunteer Certified Peer Recovery Specialist
Personal Advocate
Board Vice President
Patricia Pollack holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology. She is certified to work with special education children who are diagnosed as emotionally disturbed and learning disabled. She worked at On Our Own previously in 2003 and completed the Virginia Health Service Training (VHST). She recently returned as a group facilitator and Personal Advocate. Patricia is diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder and has run a support group, Even Keel, since 1985. Since bringing this group to On Our Own her skill and compassion have resulted in such high demand that she now offers two groups and other specialized groups growing out of interest in Even Keel. Patricia recently started an Even Keel group at 5 East in University Hospital.

Jean Thorburn

Certified Peer Recovery Specialist
Personal Advocate
Jean Thorburn enjoys a life in recovery from debilitating depression. In her 30+ years of employment in Human Services, she has a special interest in creating residential culture that supports a healthy life. She holds a masters degree in Family and Community Development.

Jada Horton

Peer Recovery Specialist
Administrative Assistant
Personal Advocate
Jada Horton is a new staff member at On Our Own. She is a peer recovery specialist facilitating groups, a personal advocate to our members, as well as administrative assistant to the Executive Director. Jada holds two bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Criminal Justice (with a social justice focus). She hopes to eventually get into graduate school with a focus in humanities. “I’m grateful to have found a place at On Our Own, and to continue my personal path to recovery as well as help others on their path to recovery.” – Jada Horton

Stephanie Robinson

Peer Recovery Specialist
Personal Advocate
Stephanie is the newest staff member at On Our Own. She has lived in Charlottesville most of her life and is currently enrolled at Piedmont Virginia Community College finishing up her associates to then transfer to get her psychology degree. Stephanie has had a passion for helping people since a very young age and has always been involved in advocacy to help all types of people. She hopes to be able to put her passion into action through her job as a peer recovery specialist and a personal advocate at On Our Own. Stephanie will be facilitating groups and is especially excited about the music group and recovery through art group. “I am excited for this journey in my life to meet new people, learn new things, and provide hope and compassion to those that may need it.” – Stephanie Robinson

Georgeann Wilcoxson

Development Consultant
Dr. Georgeann Wilcoxson has worked in human and organization development over 40 years working for international, federal, state, and local governments as well as non-profits, corporations and small business. She developed innovation methodologies for applying family systems theory in large scale organizations and was a pioneer in adult experiential learning. Since her retirement in 2006, she has served as a volunteer at On Our Own in several positions including Strategic Planning consultant, Board President, Acting Executive Director and group facilitator. As a long time consumer of mental health services she counts on her active membership in On Our Own to enrich her life in recovery and continuous growth.

Harris Holland

WHS Liaison
Certified Peer Recovery Specialist
Bio information about Harris here.

Kaye Frazier

OAR Liaison
Peer Recovery Specialist
Personal Advocate
Bio information about Harris here.

Kevin Mellette

OAR Liaison
Peer Recovery Specialist
Bio information about Harris here.

Alice Anderson

Board President
Alice Anderson has volunteered at On Our Own for almost ten years. She is the past Executive Director of Mental Health America of Charlottesville – Albemarle. She served on the Executive Committee of the Mental Health and Wellness Coalition, took part in the City of Charlottesville Dialogue on Race in which she served as co-chair of the Economic Justice committee and helped to start the Minority Business Council, now part of the Chamber of Commerce. She is a Presbyterian minister who has served congregations in Washington, DC; Detroit, MI and Austin, TX. She co-wrote More Together: 25 Years at on Our Own of Charlottesville – Sharing Peer Practices with Georgeann Wilcoxson.

Peter Pelny

Treasurer

Rob Hull

Secretary
Rob Hull is a Charlottesville native. He brings 19 + years of social work experience working with many consumers dealing with mental health issues/co-occurring issues, substance use issues. He has over 12 years of experience working with homelessness in the Charlottesville area. Mr. Hull has a long history working with On Our Own, in the past as the Program Manager for the PACSS/PATH programs and prior to that as the case manager for many members at On Our Own. Currently he is employed at Charlottesville Social Services as an Adult Protective Services worker. Rob’s hobby’s include recording, mixing and releasing music as a solo artist and spending time with his family. He has a long history advocating for issues such as affordable housing and substance abuse treatment.

Bill Johnson

Director
Bill became a member of On Our Own in February 2017 as part of his personal recovery program. Bill grew up in an alcoholic family and is a survivor of extensive sexual abuse as a child and teenager. As a new member to the Board, he brings experience as a Hospice volunteer, seven years as an Adjunct Chaplain for the UVA Medical Center, 35 years as a professor, and eight years as a department chair. Five years ago he began his recovery from major depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and dissociative identity disorder.

Jane Matthews

Director

Susan Feldman

Director