The Children’s Mental Health Resource Center provides guidance and resources for the early identification and management of mood disorders, bipolar disorder, and Fear of Harm.
From top to bottom CMHRC’s board, staff, and volunteers represent the lived experience of mental health challenges. We seek to elevate the voices of those who both survive and thrive while living with mental illness.
CMHRC offers a series of programs and services designed to support and educate families as well as the practitioners who treat them. Through this work we seek to expand the depth and breadth of services available to families and providers, and to provide education on the unique presentation of mood disorders, bipolar disorder, and Fear of Harm in children.
Our goal is to make sure kids, families, and providers don’t have to reinvent the wheel and are able to get on the path to stability.
CMHRC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The fees charged for our programs and services are kept at below market rates because we believe that good quality mental healthcare support should be available to as many people as possible.
Charitable giving supplements the cost of running our programs and services and provides funding for our free resources, supports, and educational efforts.
What People Say
I’m so grateful CMHRC is here doing this work with us every day. Finally, I have hope.
I can’t even describe how much help these folks are to me and my patients.
I haven’t had hope in a long time, but after talking to you, I feel like there’s hope for the first time. Thank you.
The People of CMHRC
Jordan Bryant, Administrative Assistant
Born and raised in California, Jordan is an accomplished SCUBA diver with an interest in ocean life and marine sciences. She’s currently an undergraduate in Arkansas working on a Bachelors of Science degree. Her love of and background in science drew Jordan to work on the cutting edge research into juvenile onset bipolar disorder and the newly identified phenotype called Fear of Harm. She worked as research assistant on JBRF’s 2022-2023 research study into the use of vagal nerve stimulation (VNS) in the treatment of bipolar disorder. Jordan is CMHRC’s first point of contact for families living with mood disorders, childhood onset bipolar disorder, and Fear of Harm through her support of our advocacy, outreach, and education programs.
Jana Cupp, Development Director
Jana is a Certified Fund Raising Executive who has worked in the fundraising field for over a decade. She has worked with the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Chapman University, GiveSum, Future Leaders of Our Community, Habitat for Humanity, Irvine Public Schools Foundation, National Philanthropy Day, Pretend City Children’s Museum, and the University of California, Irvine. Jana loves fundraising and enjoys helping people envision the world as a better place. She sees her work as bringing together those who are investors in the future of our community.
Elizabeth Errico, Executive Director
Elizabeth founded CMHRC after more than 20 years as a mental health professional with a varied, decades long, career in the fields of counseling psychology, education, and psychiatry. Throughout those years she saw the desperate need of children and families who struggle to find answers and support from a complex mental healthcare system that often ignores or minimizes their concerns. CMHRC grew out of the awareness that these families and their providers deserve better access to information, resources, and expert guidance as they seek accurate diagnosis and effective treatment.
Prior to founding CMHRC Elizabeth spent more than 3 years as the Executive Director of the Juvenile Bipolar Research Foundation (JBRF) where she designed, implemented, and ran outreach, education, and advocacy programs for families and practitioners. She is a licensed mental health counselor and psychotherapist with extensive experience working with individuals, couples, and families. In addition to the years she spent in private practice, Elizabeth was also a provider in the partial hospitalization program (PHP) at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and worked as an intensive out-patient (IOP) provider at Somerset Treatment Services substance abuse treatment center. She taught undergraduate psychology at Kean University for nearly a decade, and has worked as a consultant to nonprofit organizations advising on positive team-building and productive internal communication processes.
Elizabeth earned a BA in psychology from Georgetown University. She attended Columbia University, Teachers College for graduate school where she earned Master’s Degrees in both psychological counseling (MA) and in counseling and education (Ed.M.). In graduate school she studied under Dr. Robert T. Carter, author of The Influence of Race and Racial Identity Theory in Psychotherapy and Measuring the Effects of Racism. Elizabeth did her graduate internship at The Lesbian & Gay Community Services Center in New York City in their HIV/AIDS bereavement program counseling those who’d recently recently lost a loved one as well as those recently diagnosed with a terminal illness. She is a member of the American Counseling Association and the National Board of Certified Counselors.
Ruth LeFaive, Bookkeeper
Ruth has provided bookkeeping services for a variety of arts and entertainment companies, as well as nonprofit organizations, for over a decade. She is also a fiction writer and serves as Treasurer for Split Lip Magazine.
Lisa LeMay, Parent Liaison
Lisa, is a licensed marriage and family therapist who has worked for the past 30 years in helping professions, including education and pastoral ministry. She walks alongside people with all kinds of hurts and helps to find strategies that help ease the burden. Lisa’s personal experience with adoption, anxiety, depression, and working through spiritual crisis informs her work in supporting patients, parents, and families.
Danielle Ott, Family Support Advocate
Danielle lives in the mid-western US and knows first hand the challenges that face kids and families living with mood disorders, bipolar disorder, and Fear of Harm. The mother of a teen with Bipolar FOH, Danielle works tirelessly to educate her community on the challenges children and families face while living with these disorders. She’s an outspoken peer educator who assists parents who are learning to identify symptoms and manage them effectively at home. She’s a tenacious advocate for her children and has extensive experience in both navigating the public school system with a special needs child as well as in how to effectively homeschool a teen with Bipolar FOH. Danielle brings to the CMHRC team a passionate drive to support other families and children as they come to accept their diagnosis and begin their journey on a path to wellness.
Anne Reid, Outreach Coordinator
Anne is a Certified Life Coach who is passionate about the benefits of coaching. Through coaching she offers a catalyst for change, a focused plan, honesty, accountability, and measurable results. Anne brings her considerable skills as a life coach to her role as a CMHRC support group facilitator and outreach coordinator. She gives personal attention to each parent or loved-one who is new to our community, welcoming them into the group with warmth, empathy, and an unwavering respect for their journey.
Jennifer Sevick, Clinical Coordinator
Jennifer, is a founding staff member of CMHRC and a Licensed Independent Social Worker who has over twenty years of experience working with children, families, and individuals.
Jennifer has worked in a variety of settings which include community mental health centers, medical practices, alcohol and substance abuse treatment, private practice, and end of life care with older adults. Building on the varied skills she learned while working in hospice settings, Jennifer continues to embrace a palliative approach to her work with individuals and families who are impacted by mental illness.
In 2012, her child was diagnosed with early onset pediatric bipolar disorder at the age of six. Since then, Jennifer has immersed herself in studying how to identify and effectively treat bipolar disorder throughout the lifespan. She brings her personal and professional expertise to CMHRC after volunteering with the Juvenile Bipolar Research Foundation (JBRF). She hosts discussions related to mood disorders in children and provides support to parents and caregivers of people living with bipolar disorder.
In addition to her work with CMHRC she is building a private practice centered on persons living with mood disorders, chronic life threatening illness, grief, and caregiver support.
Jennifer earned a Bachelor of Social Work degree from the University of Georgia and a Master of Social Work from the University of South Carolina.
Harrison Winter, Video Engineer
Born and raised in NY State, Harrison is a sophomore at SUNY Buffalo pursuing a Bachelors of Arts degree in Media Studies. He hopes to continue to use his skills to their full effect and learn new ones to better his hone his craft. Harrison is happy to work as a video editor for CMHRC, an organization that helps so many.
CMHRC’s Board of Directors
Kamal Sinclair, Chair
Ms. Sinclair is a principal collaborator in the family creative practice, called Sinclair Futures, which makes art, designs programs, and facilitates creative foresight processes for a spectrum of organizations, communities, and companies, as well as conducts research, and supports knowledge generation at the intersection of art, technology, science, media, and equitable futures.
Sinclair Futures clients include the Ford Foundation’s JustFilms program, Johns Hopkins University’s Immersive Storytelling and Emerging Technology Center, NYU Tisch’s Future Imagination Collaboratory, For Freedoms, and Sundance Institute’s Future of Culture Initiative, Guild of Future Architects, among others. In this role, she also served as an External Advisor to the MacArthur Foundation’s Journalism & Media Program.
Formerly, she was the Executive Director of the Guild of Future Architects; the Director of Sundance Institute’s New Frontier Labs Program for seven years, which supports artists working at the convergence of film, art, media, and technology. She partnered with Chief Curator, Shari Frilot, in the development and platforming of landmark projects in the evolution of the story, including experimentations with XR, iOT, and AI as storytelling mediums.
Ms. Sinclair was an artist and producer on Question Bridge: Black Males. At Question Bridge, she and her collaborators launched a project with an interactive website and curriculum; published a book; exhibited in over sixty museums/festivals; won International Center for Photography’s 2015 Infinity Award for New Media; and was archived at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Earlier in her career, Ms. Sinclair was a Transmedia Producer at 42 Entertainment and worked on projects such as Legends of Alcatraz for J.J. Abrams, Mark of the Spider-Man, and Random Acts of Fusion; as Principal at Strategic Arts Consulting, and the Artistic Director of Universal Arts. Her career began as a cast member of the Off-Broadway hit STOMP.
Mike Depew, Treasurer
Mike is Head of Client and Partnership Development at MonkeyPod. He works with non-profit organizations to leverage their people, technology, and data in order to generate greater impact in the world. Mike is a seasoned mentor and educator and is passionate about supporting underserved communities.
Becca Simons, Secretary
Becca is a visual artist who has contributed to organizations including Glen Echo National Park, The Artists’ Network, Palos Verdes Art Center, as well as the Smithsonian Folk Life Festival. A graduate of Pratt, with a major in painting and a minor in art history, Becca is a freelance illustrator and graphic designer who has studied flora, fauna, and botanical illustration. In support of her art, Becca has worked in the public as well as private sector with extensive experience in arts administration. She helped coordinate the Arts Bridge program at UCLA’s School of Arts and Architecture and served as an admissions counselor for UCLA’s Department of Music and Ethnomusicology. Becca earned a Masters in Education from University of California Los Angeles and worked in the Los Angeles public school system as a social justice educator with kindergarten aged children. She’s also enjoyed raising guide dog puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. Becca is deeply committed to supporting children and families living with special needs and draws on her extensive background in education and the arts, in service of the mission of the Children’s Mental Health Resource Center.
Bob recently retired from over 3 decades in higher education. Over his academic career he had numerous roles, but the most important role was always “Teacher” – to help students discover their purpose, embrace their passion and have a life filled with joy!
While he enjoyed teaching a wide variety of courses he remains passionate about Statistics, Research Methodology and Developmental Psychology. Since we live in a world that relies on data and mathematical analysis statistics gives us the quantitative literacy skills needed to help us understand our world. Likewise, research methodology gives us a conceptual framework to appreciate and evaluate peer reviewed scientific research. Finally, Developmental Psychology provides a family systems perspective that helps us understand how family members meet the challenges of life.
Rather than focusing on the individual the family systems perspective demands a much broader view of how family members’ roles change over one’s lifespan. For example, I’m enjoying my role as grandfather of a special needs child. His honesty, loyalty and bluntness are refreshing. In addition, his is ability to deeply focus on a task and his memory of mathematical details are remarkable.
Elizabeth Errico, Ex-Officio
Elizabeth is the founder of CMHRC and serves as Executive Director at the pleasure of the Board of Directors. Elizabeth was the Executive Director of the Juvenile Bipolar Research Foundation from October 2019 – December 2022. She is a licensed mental health professional who has worked as a clinical service provider. She also taught undergraduate psychology for nearly a decade. Her skills as an executive, a practitioner, and an educator in the fields of psychology and psychiatry uniquely position her to lead CMHRC.
Dr. Barbara Lee is a psychologist who specializes in working with children and adolescents. Dr. Lee evaluates children for their psychosocial and educational needs, collaborates with their schools to ensure fair and equitable access to education, as well as provides ongoing treatment to individual patients and families. Dr. Lee lives and works in Honolulu on the island of Oahu in Hawai’i and contributes to her local community in many ways, including as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Honolulu Waldorf School, also known as Kula Ho’omohala Pua.
Graham is a New York-based education professional whose portfolio includes teacher professional development workshops, curriculum development, and the management of a variety of different programs to improve the economic literacy and personal finance knowledge of teachers and students across the country. He was previously a curriculum and assessment specialist for the Maryland State Department of Education, and began his career as a high school social studies teacher in the Baltimore County Public School system. In 2011 Graham was a recipient of a Fulbright-Hays Fellowship to study economics and education in China.
CMHRC Special Advisors
Ms. Allman is the Executive Director of Newmark Education and the President of the NextMark Foundation. With over 20 years in the field of special education, Ms. Allman has a clear understanding of how mental health issues manifest themselves in the classroom and effectively conveys coping strategies for parents and professional educators. Ms. Allman’s passion for innovative programs stems from her time as a well-regarded motivational speaker, leading Wellness and Peak Performance seminars at Fortune 500 companies and leading educational organizations in New Jersey.
As the Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of Newmark School and Newmark High School, Ms. Allman’s focus is on ensuring that students succeed both academically and socially in an atmosphere that holds them accountable for their own achievement, regardless of their mental health disabilities. She been instrumental in creating and maintaining partnerships with over 65 local school districts in New Jersey to best serve their special needs students. In addition to her leadership role at Newmark, Ms. Allman was a part of the Development leadership team that was responsible for successfully launching a $12 Million Capital Campaign to build a brand-new state of the art facility to better serve students with disabilities. As current President of the Nextmark Foundation, Ms. Allman’s goal is to expand on the mission of supporting students with special needs in the education environment. As a result, she has spearheaded the Newmark Teacher Training Institute which provides critical teacher training and professional consulting services for schools in the areas of children’s mental health issues and effective behavioral management in the classroom. Most recently, Ms. Allman developed an online course that trains educators across the country to learn more about student mental health and effective strategies that work to support them.
Ms. Allman earned a BA in sociology from Seton Hall University. She was the recipient of four-year athletic scholarship for the Women’s Basketball Team and served as Team Captain. She also received the Seton Hall University’s College of Education and Human Services’ Hanbury Alumni Mission Award in 2016.
Adam Huttler is a serial entrepreneur at the intersection of technology, culture, and social justice. His work emphasizes innovative business models and revenue strategies for mission driven companies, in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors.
Adam currently serves as the founder and CEO of MonkeyPod, an all-in-one software platform for nonprofit organizations that supports accounting, donor management, fundraising, collaboration, and more. Previous efforts include Fractured Atlas (a nonprofit service organization that helps over a million artists and arts organizations with the business side of their work), Exponential Creativity Ventures (a boutique venture capital fund investing in technology that supports human creative capacity), and Gemini SBS (a software development consultancy serving nonprofit and public sector clients), among others.
Adam has a B.A. in theater from Sarah Lawrence College, an M.B.A. from New York University, and is a self-taught software developer. He is also an alumnus of Singularity University’s Executive Program and the University of California at Berkeley’s Venture Capital Executive Program. Adam was named to Crain’s New York Business’s 2016 “40 Under Forty” class and was listed by Barry’s Blog as one of the “Top 50 Most Powerful and Influential Leaders in Nonprofit Arts” for five consecutive years.