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 presently live in Helena Montana where I was born and raised. My recovery led me to the discovery of MPN in 2017 through the PS101 course. I am a recovering alcoholic with a manageable mental illness and continue to empower myself with knowledge and tools to fill my toolbox. As a registered nurse, I would place others needs as more important than mine. Selfcare as a caregiver was not recognized. Alcohol was the social norm so “I didn’t have a problem”. I felt I was doing nothing different than others were doing and they were okay, Recently I have had to learn how to manage a mental illness that I now see affected my life for many years. MPN taught me the importance of a healthy sober lifestyle with a versatile toolbox. I consider my sobriety a gift from the higher power in that I started to become violently ill with every drink. I no longer crave that drink. Being a board member for MPN gives me the opportunity to be a huge part in the expanding healing roles of recovery and trauma. When we look back it may be very dark, it is our responsibility to brighten our own future. MPN is that helping hand.
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.