Board of Directors

The Copeland Center for Wellness and Recovery is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization governed by a board of directors. Meet our board!

Peter Ashenden

Peter Ashenden, President

Peter Ashenden has recently retired as the vice president of consumer affairs for Optum’s behavioral solutions business.  Peter was responsible for developing and implementing behavioral health programs that help people with mental illness achieve long-term recovery and resiliency. He is also a mental health consumer.

Before joining Optum in 2010, he served as Executive Vice President, and then as the President and CEO, for the Depression Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA). Prior to his work at the DBSA, he was the Executive Director of the Mental Health Empowerment Project (MHEP) for 12 years. In that role he provided training to consumer/survivors and mental health professionals on a national level.

Peter was the Keynote Speaker at the 2004 Alternatives Conference held in Denver, CO. He also had the opportunity to speak at the Carter Center during their 2014 Mental Health Policy summit meeting in Atlanta, GA. regarding the developing peer workforce and their outcomes from this work. He is the Past Chairman of the Board of United States Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association (USPRA). He is also a former member of the Board of CARF.

Peter is certified by The Copeland Center for Wellness and Recovery to train recipients of mental health services in the Wellness Recovery Action Plan. Additionally, Peter is a member of the Board of iNAPS (interNational Association of Peer Supporters, The Mental Health Empowerment Project, and is a former member of the Consumer Advisory Board for the Center for Mental Health Services a division of SAMHSA.


Patti Bitney Starke, Treasurer

Patti Bitney Starke is the Director of Mental Health Recovery and Wellness Employment Services at Kaposia. In addition, she is the Director of the Kaposia International WRAP Center of Excellence. She has accumulated over 30 years of experience as an advocate for mental health recovery and wellness within a multitude of agencies and organizations, reaching out to adults with mental health challenges, transitional youth and Veterans and military family members. Under her development and leadership, Kaposia, Inc. has received the distinction of becoming an International WRAP Center of Excellence (one of three within the USA).

Patti earned her undergraduate degree in special education, her master’s degree reading and her PhD-ABD in curriculum from the University of Wisconsin. Patti is a licensed teacher, reading specialist, and curriculum specialist. She is an Advanced Level WRAP Facilitator, a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist, and is certified as an emotional CPR facilitator. She additionally serves as an Executive Board Director on the Copeland Center for Wellness and Recovery, on the Hero Care Advisory Council for Veterans seeking mental health recovery and wellness services and supports beyond the VA, and is a member of APSE, among other affiliations.

As a 25-year resident of Minnesota, Patti is privileged to be a wife of a Veteran, mother of 4 children, and she enjoys quilting, cooking and discovering vintage treasures in antique stores and thrift shops.




Jawanza HadleyJawanza Hadley

As the Program Director for Work2BeWell, Jawanza will spearhead national program expansion, oversee curriculum development and digital asset development, and build community partnerships with local and national education and behavioral health organizations.

Jawanza is moving to Work2BeWell from Providence’s mental health strategy team where he served as senior project manager for nearly two years supporting the expansion of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. Prior to joining Providence, he served as practice leader for a large multi-specialty digestive health clinic at Oregon Health & Science University. He is a champion of education, particularly as it relates to adolescent behavioral health and well-being, having served as a high school teacher for 11 years in Portland, Oregon.




Cheryl SharpCheryl Sharp, Vice President

Cheryl Sharp holds the unique perspective of a person who has recovered from significant mental health challenges, a trauma survivor, a family member of a loved one who died as a result of mental health challenges, and a provider of substance abuse and mental health services. Sharp has worked with adult trauma survivors for over 30 years and trains and speaks internationally on trauma-informed approaches and suicide prevention. She received a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHSA) Voice Award in 2015 for her work and personal stories educating the public about trauma and behavioral health and the Lou Ann Townsend Courage Award for her contributions to persons with psychiatric disabilities. Sharp believes in the limitless possibilities found within each of us to live our lives from a place of personal power.  She has been a longtime supporter of the Copeland Center for Wellness and Recovery and enjoys living her life to the fullest as a mother and grandmother in eastern North Carolina.


Scott MetzgerScott Metzger

Scott Metzger has brought his 35 years of business management experience, as well as his own “lived experience”, to the Maine non-profit community on a variety of projects; including the Intentional Warm Line, the YWCA, Crisis Services and MaineCare Citizenship & Identity Verification.

Currently Scott is the Director of Recovery Services at Sweetser with responsibilities for the Peer Support Specialist in the Emergency Department at Mid Coast Hospital seven days a week, the 24/7 statewide Intentional Warm Line, Intentional Peer Support integrated into ACT and Behavioral Health Home Teams and the state-wide Peer Training Network.  

Scott is a certified Intentional Peer Support Specialist and an Advanced Level WRAP Facilitator.  When not working he enjoys many activities from his wellness toolbox; hiking, geocaching, movies and playing with his third child Jake, a black lab/border collie mix.