Board of Directors

 MPN Board of Directors

 

Current Board of Directors

Brent Morris of Billings – President, Treasurer, Billings Affiliate committee

Jennifer Fauque of Helena – Secretary, Helena Affiliate and youth committee

Matt Furlong of Helena – Treasurer, Helena Affiliate

Dee Romine of Butte – Vice President

 

2017 Board of Directors Calendar

 

2 year Strategic Plan Summary

 GOAL 1: Be a self-sustaining organization: financial diversification

GOAL 2: Establish and support signature programs

GOAL 3: Expand our influence : Advocacy and public relations

GOAL 4: Build capacity among Board members and staff: legacy planning

Montana’s Peer Network is a peer run non profit organization with a mission to lead the expansion and development of recovery oriented behavioral health services in Montana

 

 

Board Member Bio’s

Brent Morris – is a native of Billings, MT and currently lives in Billings with his wife of 23 years and dog Bailey. Brent attended country school grades 1st through 8th, and followed graduating from Billings West High in 1985. Brent was a student at Eastern Montana College for 2 years, concentrating on addiction, mental health, and gerontology.

Brent’s work history is filled with 12 years retail, 5 years auto dismantler, 5 years construction labor, 10 years human services. Brent is currently working at Living Independently for Today and Tomorrow, LIFTT, as a Peer/Transitions Coordinator. Brent had the role as a Care Coordinator for 2 years with SAMHSA, Access to Recovery, ATR grant. The grant was managed by the Rocky Mountain Tribal Leaders, providing addiction and mental health recovery supports to Tribes in Montana and Wyoming.

Brent has been involved in the Yellowstone County LAC since 2008, ESAA Board of Directors for 2 years, Montana’s Peer Network Board of Director. and a past member of Disability Rights Montana Board of Directors. Brent’s also involved with Montana Association for the Blind and National Federation for the Blind.

Brent’s life is driven by his recovery, living with a genetic, progressive eye disease, a charge of vehicular manslaughter results from DUI of alcohol. Brent has a passion for giving Peer support and being an advocate to empower others to live the life they choose. Brent understands suicide, depression, anxiety, and substance abuse from lived experience.

Brent enjoys working on old cars, lifting weights, and walks on the beach. Brent’s life is completed by a relationship with God which makes coping with each day’s battles possible. Yes, there is hope! Brent Morris can be reached at bigblockv869@gmail.com

 

Jennifer Fauque – I received a mental health diagnosis when I was 16 years old and I thought my life was over. I was dealing with major issues in my life due to great amounts of change. My father’s imprisonment and my mother’s death. Even though I was adopted I just struggled facing everyday living. For 2 years I was in residential treatment centers. Nine months after I turned 18 years old, I found myself in the state hospital. I was introduced to the WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Planning) Program in 2005 and slowly started to see some improvement. In 2009 I moved to Helena and started receiving services from the Center for Mental Health. I have found benefits in programs such as Adult Foster Care and PACT. In 2012 I became a WRAP Facilitator and I have been facilitating workshops ever since. I have been in my current foster care placement for almost 3 years. Through the support of my treatment team, friends, and my peers I have not been hospitalized since 2013. I also enrolled in school at the University of Phoenix in 2013. I obtained an Associate’s degree in Human Service Management in October 2015. I am currently working on My Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. One thing I have learned during my time in recovery is that it is there and people can gain hope. Recovery take work and the want to change what is not working and being able to have the strength to ask for help. It is an honor and a privilege to serve on the MPN Board of Directors.

Matt Furlong – born and raised in Montana, is an author who is actively involved in community support.  Matt was adopted and has overcome the challenges that many face from finding their identity and self worth.  He is now using his life experiences and training to help others in need; including, Foster Care and Adoption, Family Support, Mental Health Wellness Coaching, Relationship Skill Building, and Addiction Support.

Matt enjoys being a father and husband. He likes to fish, hike, play guitar, and stand by those in need of friendship and support.  He wants to make a positive difference and set an example that is cooperative and restoring. He realized in his own life that self-worth is a common missing element within most people for a time.  He continues to educate himself on The impacts of Trauma, and Trauma Informed Care, Toxic Stress, and Adverse Childhood Experiences.

Matt challenges his community to be the change we hope to see in our world, and stands up for vulnerable people in their time of need. He believes that our time is the most valuable gift we can give to someone else, and in our fast-paced world, we need to slow down to give the personal attention necessary to make a difference that will last.

Dee Romine- I was born in Deer Lodge,Mt. Then move to Butte,Mt in 3rd grade and grew up there. Graduated from Butte Central Catholic High school, where I was very involved in church and outreach programs ,volunteer work. During that time I was in a program called Civil Air Patrol,which was an auxiliary of the Airforce. After high school I moved to Helen, Mt and went to Maddio Cosmetology school of hair and nails, and graduated after a year. I was a Cosmetologist for many years,but after the birth of my son in 2005 I became allergic to color and perms,so I went back to school and became a massage therapist. At the age of 29 I had my first mental heath crisis,and my journey began. After a lot of self work. In 2014 I started volunteering in the kitchen at the day hall program here in butte,and this is something that continues for other clients. I started a group as a client  in 2014 called Open Social Group ,for clients to connect with each other and support each other,and I run  this group to this day. In 2015,2016 I did a “Stomp Out The Stigma Walk” to boost the hope in my fellow peers. We were all on the local news.They also get a free t-shirt every year money fundraiser done by me and supported by many. Also worked as a Peer Support Specialist at the crisis house here in Butte. I’ve spoken in front of legislators on behalf of improving mental health services,also told a version of my story in front of the Chief Executive of Butte Mt And county commissioners to form the BSBMHLAC,and I was on the radio. I’m a member of the BSBMHLAC as a board member with lived experience,and I’m also the rep to the Western Service Area Authority.  And my journey continues.

 

Interested in volunteering to join the Board of Directors

We are currently recruiting board members for our Board of Directors. This position requires high speed internet access for video conferencing and regular email communication.  If you are interested please complete an application and return it to the office or a current board member. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

Montana’s Peer Network –

109 East Lewis Street, Livingston, MT 59047 406-551-1058 – jim@mtpeernetwork.org

If you are interested in applying to the MPN Board of Directors you may

download an application here Board of Directors Application or submit a request for application below.

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