Christy Buck has worked in the mental health field for 26 years as a professional licensed social worker and as a volunteer. After graduating from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Therapeutic Recreation, she began her career as a recreational therapist in the day program at Transitions Community Support Programs in Grand Rapids (now part of Cherry Street Health Services). In her current position of Executive Director of the Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan, her passion has turned to saving lives.
Christy has done extensive presentations on mental health, suicide prevention and the effects of bullying on your mental health to communities all over West Michigan. Since 2006, she and her staff have presented these messages to over 10,000 students in West Michigan. Through her presentations, faculty, staff, administrators and parents learn more about mental health and depression, more about themselves, and more about stigma and its disastrous effects on people living with mental illness and those who love them. The messages are of hope, recovery and treating people with respect in your schools and community.
Christy is a member of the Grandville School Board, the Kent County Suicide Prevention Coalition, YMCA Strong Beginnings Impact Program Committee and Corporate Health and Wellness Committee, the Department of Community Health Anti-Stigma Campaign Steering Committee and the Grandville Community Leaders Forum. She is also a youth advisor to the local chapter of Greek Orthodox Youth of America and in 2012 she was recognized as Grandville’s Distinguished Person of the Year.
Larissa has been working with the Mental Health Foundation since 1999. She graduated from Kendall College of Art and Design in 1997 with a BA in Visual Communications.
Therran Hines has been both a volunteer and an employee at the Mental Health Foundation of WM. He started with the MHFWM in 2006. An alumni of MSU, Therran's college studies were in finance. His most recent employment, prior to being with the Foundation was in building maintenance (volunteer) with the Food Bank of East Michigan. On the side, he has been diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder and has had great success with his recovery.
Kandice has been working at the MHF since 2008. She graduated from Grand Valley State University in 2007 with a BBA in Marketing. She is now pursuing her Masters in Social Work from Western Michigan University and will graduate in June of 2013. In her free time she enjoys shopping, golfing and hanging out with her family. She is also a big fan of reality TV shows.
Catherine (Cat) started at the MHF as an AmeriCorps member in 2011. She has recently been hired at the Foundation as our Student Engagement Specialist, orchestrating be nice. leadership groups across the state.
Cat graduated from Michigan State University with a BS in Interdisciplinary Studies - Health Studies and is currently pursuing her Masters Degree in Social Work.
In her free time, Cat races sailboats around the world.
Jake has been working with the Mental Health Foundation since 2012. He graduated from Calvin College in 2012 with a BA in Psychology. Before working at the MHF, Jake worked at PineRest and Neurocore.