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 currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Mental Health and Wellness Coalition for Charlottesville/Albemarle and is on the steering committee of the Trauma Informed Care network of the Greater Charlottesville Area.
Cristy Bodie is currently the full time Business Manager at On Our Own. Her primary role is managing the financial responsibilities of the center. She offers technical support for the office computers and network. Cristy developed and maintains the website, and social media presence for On Our Own. 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.!”
PATH Liaison, Quality Data Manager and
Certified Peer Support 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.
Volunteer Certified Peer Support Specialist
and Personal Advocate
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.
Personal Advocate and Certified Peer Support Specialist
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.
Region Ten MHSS Liaison
Caitlin Kelly became a member at On Our Own in October 2016. She volunteered doing various administrative tasks. Caitlin recently was hired full-time as the MHSS Region Ten Liaison for the Intensive Services Team.
CAC Certified Peer Support Specialist
Pamela Coburn started with On Our Own serving as a part-time peer support specialist with the Crisis Assessment Center at the University of Virginia Emergency Department. She is now serving as a Certified Peer Support Specialist full-time with the CAC at UVA.
Daniel (Rojo) Arvelo-Perez
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.