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Meet Our

Advisory Board

The National Family Support Technical Assistance Center (NFSTAC) is committed to ensuring that technical assistance activities are both effective and relevant to real family experiences. NFSTAC will receive guidance from a National Advisory Board that is comprised of family members with lived experience as primary caregivers of children who experience mental health and substance use challenges during their lifetime

and individuals in recovery.

 

In addition to their personal lived experience, these national experts represent an exemplary peer workforce that includes researchers, educators, and providers/clinicians. The board meets quarterly to assist in prioritizing the technical assistance needs of the national family support community. The board also assesses evaluation outcomes and data to advise on continuous quality improvement (CQI). Semi-annual, annual,

and final reports are reviewed, as required by SAMHSA.

Please Meet Our National Advisory Board

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Greg Dicharry (Louisiana)

Greg Dicharry is the national youth empowerment director at Magellan Health, who in his spare time produces and directs mental health related documentary films to reduce stigma and help others find recovery. He co-directed and produced the 2018 award winning film Suicide the Ripple Effect, and has recently completed a new documentary feature, My Ascension, which focuses on youth suicide prevention and received a 2020 MHA Media Award. Greg has been awarded numerous prestigious national awards including the 2017 National Federation of Families Appreciation Award.

In 2008, Greg developed the MY LIFE (Magellan Youth Leaders Inspiring Future Empowerment) program, which is one of the nation's leading programs for youth who experience mental health, substance use and/or foster care- related challenges. Since establishing MY LIFE in Arizona, Greg has worked with communities in Pennsylvania, Florida, Louisiana, Nebraska and Wyoming to implement 20 additional MY LIFE programs, which have impacted thousands of youth participants.

Greg was introduced to the world of mental health while living in Hollywood pursuing his dream of working in the entertainment industry. It was there he experienced his first manic episode while directing a music video and was hospitalized and diagnosed with co-occurring bipolar and substance use disorders. In 2004, Greg became committed to recovery and completed a certified peer support training program. Soon after, he was hired to oversee that same program and trained over 100 individuals to work as peer support specialists. He also started 12-step recovery groups at the Arizona State Mental Hospital Forensic Unit and at two juvenile detention centers in Arizona. 

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Claudette Fette, Ph.D., OTR, CRC (Texas)

Claudette Fette started her journey in mental health as a family member. She has been a long-time mental health advocate and became an occupational therapist to better support people living with mental illness in the community when her oldest son landed on the streets at 15 years old.

 

Today, she teaches occupational therapy at Texas Woman’s University and actively supports mental health across the lifespan at local, state and national levels. She is active in community mental health practice and is board chair for Federation of Families – Texas. She is writing a book with her son about their experiences and better alternatives and is sharing resources for making better choices to support families: www.aaron-voices.com

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Jane Kallal (Arizona)

​​In 2000, Jane Kallal, a parent leader for children’s behavioral and physical health needs, became instrumental in transforming the Children’s Behavioral Health System in Arizona, which led to the foundation of Arizona Children’s System of Care. In 2002, she founded the Family Involvement Center (FIC) in Phoenix, Arizona, and as the Executive Director, she has been a leader in system transformation, creating strategic partnerships with local, regional and state child-serving systems. In recent years, Jane has expanded the scope of services offered by FIC to include care coordination services for adults across the lifespan, and their family members or “family of choice.”  

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Sharon LeGore (Pennsylvania)

​​​Sharon LeGore has been an accomplished parent advocate within the substance abuse and co-occurring disorder field for over 22 years. Sharon is the founder and president of MOMSTELL, a parent advocacy organization focused on substance use disorders, working on drug and alcohol policies, state budgets and legislative issues in Pennsylvania, and was instrumental in the crafting, passage and implementation of legislation to create the nation’s first statewide Parent Advisory Council for Substance Use Disorder Issues.

 

Sharon also excels in her collaborative partnership skills and has worked for over 17 years providing family involvement technical assistance for SAMHSA, The Partnership to End Addiction, and C-4 Innovations across the country. Nationally, Sharon recently served on the SAMHSA-CSAT National Advisory Council representing the Family Voice for Substance Abuse/Co-occurring Disorder issues. Ms. LeGore is a published author including several issue briefs, reports and guides for SAMHSA including “Families of Youth with Substance Use Disorders: A National Dialogue” and she continues to help families across the country dealing with their child’s substance use challenges. 

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Henry Moore (Mississippi)

Henry Moore is the Director of Family-Driven Practice at Families as Allies, the State Chapter of the National Federation of Families. Henry is a former teacher and received his B.S. in Special Education from Jackson State University and is interested in promoting national family support.

In August 2020, Henry was named Coordinator of the Hinds County Making a Plan (MAP) Team. The MAP Team is a multidisciplinary team of families, parent peer support specialists, mental health providers, state agencies, local school districts and community members who support families of children birth to 21 with a serious emotional disturbance or dually diagnosed with an intellectual/developmental disability or alcohol/drug usage.

 

Henry is a former Youth Engagement Consultant for Families as Allies and Special Education Teacher for Jackson Public Schools. He is a parent of five children, two of whom received early intervention and other related services. Henry is a native Mississippian and has extensive experience with grassroots organizing in communities across the southeast around social justice issues and prevention services. He received his B.S. degree in Special Education from Jackson State University.

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Maria Morris (New York)

Maria Morris-Groves serves as the Director of Adolescent, Women and Family Services in the Division of Addiction Treatment and Support at the New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS).  

  

In this role she champions the development and enhancement of prevention, treatment and recovery services for women, youth and families.  Maria has provided leadership in the development of Clinical Practice Standards for Women and their Children as well as Adolescents and Young Adults with Substance Use Disorders, at the state and federal level.  Most recently she has overseen the development of an Adolescent Endorsement for OASAS outpatient programs, based on NYS Clinical Practice Standards for Adolescents.

As a family member, Maria has a strong interest in family services and has represented OASAS in numerous interagency workgroups and activities related to women, children, adolescents and their families, including the NYS Cross Systems Youth Committee, NYS Perinatal Collaborative, and two in-depth technical assistance projects through the National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare.

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Sandra Robinson (North Carolina)

Sandra G. Robinson is a Combat Female Veteran and Registered Nurse (RN), with thirty years experience. She is also a tireless advocate for women veterans. Her background has afforded her extensive familiarity with women veterans’ post-deployment issues and their gender-specific healthcare needs – knowledge acquired through her own military-civilian transition, her deep involvement in veteran-focused initiatives, and her years in the medical field. She is an Army Combat Veteran of Operation Desert Storm. 

 

In 2017, Sandra founded Combat Female Veterans Families (CFVF) United, a non-profit, years in the making. The purpose of CFVF United is to encourage and facilitate positive reintegration experiences for combat female veterans and their families, through education, support, and advocacy. She currently serves as the organization’s Executive Director.

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James Rodriguez (Puerto Rico)

James is honored to have taken the vision he shared in 2011 of a Latino Institute and made it a reality. His vision of purpose-driven relationships with the passion for making a difference in lives has cemented this vision and led to a new office in San Juan, Puerto Rico. James set forth the idea of the Latino Institute, a nonpartisan professional development, social change, and network development initiative focusing on the needs of Latinos.

Moreover, the Latino Institute will be the home for the O.A.R. Leadership Institute. He understands that many in helping professions never have the opportunity of leadership development courses. Together, they will provide proven leadership development curriculum with leaders who have excelled striving for excellence in the service of others.

James' biography is yet to be entirely written. His desire is for all individuals, especially Latinos, African Americans, and First Nation brothers and sisters to never lose sight of their vision and the influence they have to help others see their power, thus cultivating empowerment.