Board of Directors
My name is Greg Arciello, I’m 56 years old and I live in Potomac Montana (30 miles east of Missoula.) I’m married to Ann. I have two children, daughter Madeline lives in New York City and son Maelan who lives in Missoula. I’m a recovering alcoholic and drug addict. I have been sober since October 2, 2016. I’m also a returning citizen, discharging 14 years of sentences in 2006. I owned a business that only hired returning citizens, I retired in 2016. I mentor/support men coming out of prerelease and prison. I attend AA on a regular basis.
I love to trail run competitively, hike , fish, read and spend time at our cabin on the Blackfoot River, as well as a few months on the north shore of Oahu.
I have been in recovery since 1999 and a member of MPN since 2011. I think my favorite quote has helped me to get where I am today…”This too shall pass”…I keep this in mind for everything from medical procedures to my bouts of depression. I often asked myself, “Why am I alive?” before I started my recovery journey. I thought my whole life was bad right up until 1999 when it dawned on me that my life might just turn out okay. I know now that my life is fantastic! I feel that no matter how hard your life has been there is always a chance to turn it around.
The people who inspire me the most are all my peers. I find everyone I meet are worth caring for. Because of this, I am happiest when working with my peers.
My name is Mandy Nunes and I live in Billings, MT. I am a wife, a mother, and a soon to be grandmother! I am a recovering addict and I am also in recovery from mental health disorders. I spent most of my adolescent and early adult years suffering through trauma and mental health issues that I didn’t understand and using drugs, alcohol, and other toxic behaviors as a means of both relief and escape. Self-medicating in this way seemed like an effective solution until I became addicted and my solution became the problem. My mental health deteriorated rapidly. The years that followed included multiple suicide attempts and psychiatric hospitalizations, worsening drug addiction, chronic homelessness, criminal charges, and some lengthy stints of incarceration. In 2014 I was given the opportunity to participate in a drug court program and find recovery. My life began to improve and I began to change. I graduated drug court after 22 months of treatment and then began working at Rimrock Foundation. In the last few years I have been given such an amazing opportunity to help people that are just like me navigate their own journey of recovery. I model recovery and the importance of maintaining it by openly making my own a priority and continuing to take my prescribed medications, attending therapy, attending self-help meetings, and using my coping skills and wellness tools. Today I get to work with clients from a variety of treatment courts at the same place I received treatment as a drug court client! I have found so much reward in helping others find hope, strength, and courage. All of these experiences have ignited a passion within me to foster connection with other human beings in the midst of their suffering and to advocate strongly to remove barriers within our behavioral health system so that we can all receive the help we need to thrive.
My name is Carol Walsh. I am a 5 generation Montanan that has returned home to replant the retirement roots closer to my family. I am a registered nurse that continues to hold an active license. My specialty was cardiac. My career gave me the opportunity to travel and work alongside some of this country’s most amazing physicians. I found it very interesting and intriguing to experience the many different cultures while traveling. Other than meeting new people and seeing new places, nurses have a tendency to do potlucks. With that said, the food was very interesting when people of different cultures and countries came together. I continue to do caregiving but in a much different role and consider myself semi-retired. I am also considered a Veteran after serving 3 years in the Army as a nurse. I was deployed for Desert Storm but never left the country. I was thankful for that after learning of the hardships my fellow comrades endured while deployed. My life was seen through alcohol which gave me a distorted lifestyle always filled with drama. I have since gone beyond that – being sober since 2015. It is amazing how much we can unknowingly destroy and miss out on life when we rely on unhealthy tools to function in our daily lives. I have two children, a son and a daughter that are estranged from me due to the choices I made while drinking. I have 6 grandchildren and one great grandson. We can never take back the words said or choices made while in a dysfunctional state of mind, only improve on what we have left. I continue to struggle with calming my PTSD and anxiety. I often regret the opportunities given to me that I disregarded due to alcoholic thinking. I consider my sobriety a gift from the higher power in that I started to become violently ill with every drink. I no longer want that drink. The hardest part for me now is the social connection. My so-called friends were only my drinking partners that have all dissipated in to thin air. MPN has given me a different way to look at life in a more productive manner verses just existing while numbing myself to challenges. I have been a member of MPN since 2017 starting with PS101. I am an uncertified Peer Supporter and Peer Coach. Trauma support seems to be my calling with MPN. I believe I have taken just about every training MPN has to offer with the exception of those for the certified peer supporters. Learning is exciting and something I will hopefully never stop. The progress this organization has made in only 3 years is amazing and becoming stronger every day throughout the state. I was recently accepted as a member to the Board of Directors with MPN. I am so excited to fill this position and be a part of this amazing sober lifestyle. I look forward to the future of this forward-thinking organization.
Never go to sleep without a request to your subconscious- Thomas Edison
My name is Beth Ayers. I was born and raised in Billings, MT. I live with my husband Rex, son Trent, dog Tillie, and cat CeCe. My daughter lives in Washington state. I enjoy walking my dog at the river, eating family dinner with my mom every Sunday, watching Blue Bloods, playing Catan with my family, traveling, going to church, and being with friends.
Raising a child with behavioral health challenges has humbled me, strengthened my faith, and taught me to love more deeply. It has given me a greater acceptance and understanding of others, especially those different from me. The road has not been easy, but the fight has been worth it. It has ignited in me a passion for behavioral health advocacy and Family Peer Support.