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I would like to extend my deep thanks to some of the many individuals and organizations who were early contributors and thought partners of the first ever, Silver Linings Advocacy Advocacy™  Certification Program. My passion project was brought to fruition with the support and encouragement from friends, family, colleagues, and mentors far and wide. 


There were many others who were behind the scenes, like my sister, Pamela Meyer and my twins, Katrianna and Skyler Kleinschmidt who kept my energy up when things seemed insurmountable. 


I am humbled and grateful for your support as I went from market research, design, multiple iterations, 4 pilots to the launch. Silver Linings International Advocacy™ Academy Program is now officially here providing guidance and a road map to the SLA™ 8 Points of Best Practice. 


With appreciation and gratitude, I thank you all!



  • Amanda Metivier, Office of Youth Empowerment (Alaska), Associate Director

  • Ashley Tunstall, Colorado DYS, Director of Behavioral Health and Medical Services

  • Brondalyn Coleman, Director of BNC Global

  • Christine Cao, OK Dept. of Mental Health/Substance Abuse Services, Youth Coordinator

  • Clifford Sipes, OK Dept. of Mental Health/Substance Abuse Services, Youth Coordinator

  • Diane Sondheimer, SAMHSA, Deputy Chief, Child, Adolescent and Family Branch

  • Elizabeth Waetzig, Change Matrix, LLC, Founding Partner

  • Eric Lulow, SAMHSA, Public Health Advisor, Child, Adolescent and Family Branch

  • Euphemia Adams, Families On The Move, President/CEO

  • Gerri Mullendore, OK Dept. Mental Health/Substance Abuse Services, Family Involvement Coordinator

  • Gwen White, National T/TA Center for Child Youth and Family MH, National Expert - Consultant

  • Jeremy Long, Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Child Welfare Advisor

  • Jessica Gibson, Brevard Family Partnership (Florida), SOC Project Manager

  • Jewell H. Gooding, Mental Health America of Georgia, Executive Director

  • Johanna Bergan, Youth MOVE National, Executive Director

  • Juan Velez Court, MH and Anti Addiction Serv. of Puerto Rico, Peer Support Services Coordinator

  • Jules Wilson, TN Dept of Mental Health/Substance Abuse, Project Director of Healthy Transitions

  • Kathryne O'Grady, Center for Healthcare Research and Transformation (MI), Human Services Director

  • Kristin Murray, Authentic Witness, Founder, CEO

  • Leanne Delsart, Children’s MH/Wraparound Milwaukee, Integrated Services Mgr - Strategic Initiatives

  • Linda Henderson-Smith, National Council for BH, Director of Children and Trauma Informed Services

  • Lupe O. Tovar, JBS International, Inc., Fed National Youth in Transition Database Manager, CWCRT

  • Martin Rafferty, Youth ERA, Founder, CEO

  • Melissa Clyde, Casey Family Programs - Indian Child Welfare Programs, Senior Director

  • Melissa Robinson Graves, Step Up, (Georgia) Program Manager

  • Michael Scanlon, Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center, Youth Coordinator

  • Nicole Attong, Florida International University, Director FIU Embrace Program

  • Nishad Khanna, Centre of Excellence for Youth Engagement/The Students Commission of Canada

  • Scott Bryant-Comstock, Children's Mental Health Network, President, CEO

  • Shannon Crossbear, Strongheart Resource Development, Founder, Executive Director

  • Sharon Hunt, D.C. Department of Behavioral Health, Director Specialty Care Division

  • Stephanie Sikes-Jones, Kentucky Division of BH, TAYLRD State Level Youth Leadership Coordinator

  • Susan Nyamora, South Florida Wellness Network, President, CEO

  • Tonicia Freeman-Foster, Change Matrix, Change Specialist/Certified Diversity Professional

  • Tracy Pellegrino, National Center for Innovation/Excellence, Executive Director  

  • Vicki Waytowich, Partnership for Child Health, Executive Director



  • Abe Crystal and Ruzuku     

  • Center for Appreciative Inquiry    

  • Danny Iny and Mirasee  

  • Kyle Barr and Stan Gizunterman at 

  • National Center for Innovation and Excellence 

  • Rebecca Cuevas, Learn and Get Smarter, Founder, CEO, Coach

  • ZenBusiness        

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