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Vickie Ryan

RPC Representative, MHA Louisiana

I possess more than 15 years of progressive experience in the government /non-­ profit social -community management field.  My professional history includes positions such as Executive Director at  "A Place In The Sun.”  Special Programs Coordinator at  "District of Columbia Housing Authority” of Washington DC and Development Director at “Our Voice, Our Choice Inc.” Lafayette, LA. Most recently, my responsibilities as Development Director at Our Voice, Our Choice Inc. included developing a health and welfare program that focused on the social and personal health care needs of low income senior citizens and the disabled in the Lafayette and surrounding areas. As the Development Director, my responsibilities included fiscal management of funding acquisition  & organization of core functions in program development, grants management, and fundraising.

Within the last 15 years in various professional roles, I assisted in the successful completion of direct service provision, recruited / trained volunteers, and contractual case management collaboration. In addition, I developed best practices used by social service agencies that increased community program participation.  Stakeholders also relied on my ability to improve organizational performance, build and increase staff morale.

I bring an acute understanding of mental health interventions and the importance of advocacy and recovery supports. In particular, mental health self care for caretakers of those diagnosed with Dementia and Alzheimer’s. My passion and commitment for mental health awareness comes from a personal perspective.  As the chief caretaker of a mother who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and Dementia, I understand the role of the caretaker as well as the advocate and health care provider. As an active family member engaged in the role of a loving daughter and social worker, I know first hand the importance of implementing compassion in a loving - caring supportive environment.  I was able to fulfill my commitment of becoming an efficient caretaker for my mother by educating my self on her illness as well as the importance of my own mental health self care.  I wanted the best for my mother during her journey and I committed to seeing her desires carried through till her transition in Dec. 2013. In order for me to have been successful, I had to step out of my comfort zone and not only ask for help, but to engage others who were experiencing the stress and strain of watching a loved one succumb to the inevitable.  I learned that it was important to equip my self with knowledge and application of coping skills and tools.  That knowledge came in handy in helping others deal with various mental health concerns and co-occurring disorders.

As a seminary graduate from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary with a BA degree in Christian Ministry with focus in Psychology and Counseling and Master Degree in Social Work from Tulane University, I feel that my foundation of educational pursuits has fully prepared me in the field of advocacy and humanitarian services which I have been called to serve.

I also share other interest such as traveling, singing, and mentoring low-income women in becoming self-sufficient. 

500 Montgomery Street, Suite 820
 Alexandria, VA 22314

Phone (703) 684.7722

Toll Free (800) 969.6642

Fax (703) 684.5968

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