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Donna V Kester
Works at Richmond Community College
Attended Webster University
Lives in North Carolina
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I finished the Creating Compassionate Families Bible reading plan from @YouVersion! Check it out here:
http://bible.com/r/cj
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Short on time? You can build your +Operation Christmas Child  shoebox online. You can even add a personal letter and photo! We are working on physical boxes, but we're also going to try the online version this year -- and watch the video; it's a real heart-warmer.
#OperationChristmasChild   #OCCShoebox   #OCCShoeboxes #SamaritansPurse  
Build-a-box online! The official place to build your Shoebox online for Operation Christmas Child.
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#Art amidst #garbage. #Beauty can be found in the most unlikely places.
#Egypt #MiddleEast #community #painting #peace #TedFellows #sanitation #society
eL Seed fuses Arabic calligraphy with graffiti to paint colorful, swirling messages of hope and peace on buildings from Tunisia to Paris. The artist and TED Fellow shares the story of his most ambitious project yet: a mural painted across 50 buildings in Manshiyat Naser, a district of Cairo, Egypt, that can only be fully seen from a nearby mountain.
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It's okay to say that black lives matter. It's not an either / or.
Take the race implicit-association test (IAT) via Harvard:
https://goo.gl/giW8hw

#BlackLivesMatter #racism #WhitePrivilege #ImplicitBias #AllLivesMatter
Why "Black" Makes Us Uncomfortable Dear fellow white people, let's have an honest talk about why we say "All Lives Matter." First of...
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#MaryGiliberti, #NAMI Executive Director, discusses the need for #MinorityMentalHealthAwarenessMonth (#MMHAM) as "a time to focus on common #MentalHealth challenges, but without overlooking important differences and distinctions in the experience of multicultural communities . . . a continuation of efforts to understand how #MentalIllness affects all of us.

#NationalAllianceOnMentalIllness #MinorityMentalHealth #race #culture #ethnicity #MentalHealthServices #discrimination
It can be a mouthful to say in a conversation: Minority Mental Health Awareness Monthly (MMHAM). During its annual observance in July, I'm also sometimes...
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Slides for the ‪#‎NAMI‬ National Convention, 06 - 09 July, can be found at the given links on the ‪#‎NAMIMooreCounty‬ website:

2016 NAMI National Convention: Act. Advocate. Achieve.
#NAMICon16 #Act4MentalHealth

06 July 2016:
Advancing Recovery:
• Broad Spectrum Approaches to Promote #Recovery and Resilience in #Schizophrenia - http://goo.gl/jpZC0b
• The Use of #Technology as a Tool to Assist People Living with #MentalIllness in Their Recovery Process - http://goo.gl/3bpXNg

07 July 2016:
Workshops:
• Core Peer Competencies Take Center Stage of Integrating Peers in the #MentalHealth #Workforce - http://goo.gl/GL9TTl
• Improving Care in #Crisis: Should I (or my Patient) Go to the ER? - http://goo.gl/iMES0j
• How Collaboration between #NAMI and the VA Strengthens Families and Saves Lives - http://goo.gl/BwB7Do (#VeteransAdministration)
• Professionals with #LivedExperience on Mental Illness - http://goo.gl/eXkIoO
• Restoring Individuals Safely and Effectively (RISE): Colorado's Jail-Based Competency Restoration Program - http://goo.gl/syGxHV
#GrantWriting in One Day - No Magic Wand Needed - http://goo.gl/rCIpN3
• Weighty Issues with Psychotropic Use in Adolescents and Young Adults - http://goo.gl/sVT6RO
Major Topic Symposia:
• Cutting Through #Election Noise to #Act4MentalHealth - http://goo.gl/L6fjeC
• Psychological, Social, and Spiritual #Faith Journeys of #Veterans and #Military Personnel - http://goo.gl/SRO7RG

08 July 2016:
Research Update:
• Schizophrenia - http://goo.gl/kTzDdG
• Bipolar Longitudinal Studies: Impact and Future State - http://goo.gl/fXpjqJ #BipolarDisorder
#PTSD - http://goo.gl/1qyI2O
Workshops:
• Battle Buddies after Service: The Significance of #PeerSupport - http://goo.gl/LMbTdT
• Crisis as Opportunity: Integrating Peers into Crisis Alternatives in Parachute NYC - http://goo.gl/eoCTl4
#DialecticalBehaviorTherapy with #Adolescents - http://goo.gl/D2txd9
• Family is Forever: One Family’s Story of #Hope through Mental Illness - http://goo.gl/tIr7Pw
• Findings from a National Survey of Family Caregivers of Adults with Mental Illness - http://goo.gl/0kVJAc
• A NAMI #CIT Toolkit: Building a Program and Training Volunteers - http://goo.gl/aaEotw
• A New Generation’s Perspective: Generational Shifts and Transformative Change in #MentalHealth - http://goo.gl/U5Vxkm
• Stamping Out Structural #Stigma in the Delivery of #BehavioralHealthCare Services - http://goo.gl/40zKl0
• When Old Business Becomes New Business! “Building a Movement” - http://goo.gl/Y06ycW
• Working to End #Executions of Individuals Living with Mental Illness - http://goo.gl/s7cI4P

How-To Sessions:
• How to Bring #NAMIOnCampus to Your Community - http://goo.gl/R8Cf2n
• How to Complete the Re-affiliation Process - http://goo.gl/OO27dH
• How to Develop Collaborative and Proactive Solutions (CPS): The Ins and Outs of “Plan B” - http://goo.gl/bblWiM
• How to Help Your Child Handle #Stress and #Anxiety - http://goo.gl/EQtkPU
• How to Respond to Survivors of #Suicide: Words and Resources - http://goo.gl/B8cS71
• How to Tell Your Story and Change the World - http://goo.gl/8zwpmy
• How to Use #ServiceDogs in Mental Health Recovery - http://goo.gl/b2OFy5
• How to Use Technology: Social Media and Data Science to Prevent Veteran Suicide - http://goo.gl/KCm7kQ
#Interfaith #Prayer and Share Service - http://goo.gl/ywm5OE #spirituality

09 July 2016:
• Developing Information and Engagement Services for the NAMI #Community - http://goo.gl/IyOpx5
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Sita Diehl on HOW you should tell your story: know your audience, keep it brief, paint a vivid picture, emotion should move not overwhelm (you), and motivate with #hope and #recovery. #NAMISmarts
#NAMICon16 #Act4MentalHealth
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#VictoriaWhitt, CEO of #SandhillsCenter, the Local Management Entity/Managed Care Organization (LME/MCO) for #MentalHealth and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and #SubstanceAbuse Services, will discuss her concerns about the NC budget, upcoming changes to Sandhills Center, the future of #MentalHealthCare in North Carolina and her thoughts about the new legislative session scheduled to start in January 2017.

Sandhills Center serves 9 counties in central North Carolina: Anson, Guilford, Harnett, Hoke, Lee, Moore, Montgomery, Randolph, and Richmond. Sandhills Center manages a provider network of 650 providers and serves a population of approximately 1.09 million people, 164,000 of whom are eligible for Medicaid.

Victoria has been with Sandhills Center for 37 years, serving as CEO during the past 6 years. Prior to that she was the Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer and has served as the Program Director for all service, disability, and age groups. Specifically, she oversaw Sandhills Center’s expansion of services for individuals with severe and persistent mental illness. Before joining Sandhills Center in 1980, she was employed for 3 years as the vocational evaluator at a sheltered workshop for individuals with developmental disabilities.

Victoria earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from UNC Charlotte and a bachelor’s degree in Religion and Philosophy from St. Andrews College in Laurinburg. She is a native and lifelong resident of Rockingham, North Carolina.
#LMEMCO #NAMIMooreCounty #NAMI
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What’s a question you wish you were asked as someone living with a #MentalIllness? How would you answer that question if someone did?
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Some things cannot be explained away. To quote my father, "This is getting to be absurd." 😡

"He was lying on the ground, with his hands up, freezing, being rational, and he was still shot," Rep. Frederica S. Wilson (D-Fla.), who represents part of Miami-Dade County, said at the news conference Thursday . . .

"As you can see in the video, he did everything he thought he had to do and then some … and still got shot." - Hilton Napoleon, Attorney
#autism #police #shooting #Miami 
"All he has is a toy truck in his hand," Charles Kinsey told police as he tried to help an autistic patient. "There is no need for guns." Seconds later, the caretaker was shot.
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Slides for the following presentations from the #NAMI National Convention for Friday, 08 July, can be found at the given links on the #NAMIMooreCounty website:

Research Updates:
•#Schizophrenia - http://goo.gl/kTzDdG
•Bipolar Longitudinal Studies: Impact and Future State - http://goo.gl/fXpjqJ
•#PTSD - http://goo.gl/1qyI2O

Workshops:
•Battle Buddies after Service: The Significance of #PeerSupport - http://goo.gl/LMbTdT
•#Crisis as Opportunity: Integrating Peers into Crisis Alternatives in Parachute NYC - http://goo.gl/eoCTl4
•#DialecticalBehaviorTherapy with #Adolescents - http://goo.gl/D2txd9
•Family is Forever: One Family’s Story of Hope through #MentalIllness - http://goo.gl/tIr7Pw
•Findings from a National Survey of Family Caregivers of Adults with Mental Illness - http://goo.gl/0kVJAc
•A NAMI #CIT Toolkit: Building a Program and Training Volunteers - http://goo.gl/aaEotw
•A New Generation’s Perspective: Generational Shifts and Transformative Change in #MentalHealth - http://goo.gl/U5Vxkm
•Stamping Out Structural #Stigma in the Delivery of #BehavioralHealthCare Services - http://goo.gl/40zKl0
•When Old Business Becomes New Business! “Building a Movement” - http://goo.gl/Y06ycW
•Working to End #Executions of Individuals Living with Mental Illness - http://goo.gl/s7cI4P

How-To Sessions:
•How to Bring #NAMIOnCampus to Your Community - http://goo.gl/R8Cf2n
•How to Complete the Re-affiliation Process - http://goo.gl/OO27dH
•How to Develop Collaborative and Proactive Solutions (CPS): The Ins and Outs of “Plan B” - http://goo.gl/bblWiM
•How to Help Your Child Handle #Stress and #Anxiety - http://goo.gl/EQtkPU
•How to Respond to Survivors of #Suicide: Words and Resources - http://goo.gl/B8cS71
•How to Tell Your Story and Change the World - http://goo.gl/8zwpmy
•How to Use #ServiceDogs in Mental Health #Recovery - http://goo.gl/b2OFy5
•How to Use #Technology: #SocialMedia and Data Science to Prevent Veteran Suicide - http://goo.gl/KCm7kQ
•#Interfaith #Prayer and Share Service - http://goo.gl/ywm5OE

#BipolarDisorder #BehavioralHealth #veterans
#NAMICon16 #Act4MentalHealth
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  • Richmond Community College
    College and Career Readiness High School Equivalency Test Administrator, 2014 - present
    HiSET Administrator at Richmond Community College's Hamlet and Laurinburg sites, Morrison Correctional Institution, and Scotland Correctional Institution
  • US Army
    Logistics Staff Sergeant / Paratrooper, present
    Fort Bragg, NC; Baumholder, Germany
  • Asha B's Closet
    Counseling Intern, 2015 - 2015
    Rockingham, NC
  • CW Counseling & Consulting
    Counseling Intern, 2014 - 2014
    Florence, SC
  • Family Legacy Mental Health Services, Inc.
    Counseling Intern, 2013 - 2014
    Burlington, NC
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North Carolina
Previously
Baumholder, Germany - Portland, OR - South San Francisco, CA - Lima, OH - Boston, MA
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We fall down, but we get up.
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SERE School graduate. HOOOAAH!
Education
  • Webster University
    MA - Counseling
    Emphasis: Professional Mental Health Counseling
  • Shaw University
    BA - Sociology
  • Shaw University
    AA - Business Management
  • Wake Technical Community College
    Computer Information Systems, Diploma
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