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, 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.
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.
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 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 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.