01/03/2017

Meet Our Team

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Alyssa Cypher, MPA - Executive Director

Alyssa has made it her mission in life to start conversations about mental illness as much as possible. As an expert in the field who also lives with mental illness, Alyssa works to combine the (often separate) worlds of professional mental health and lived experience in order to change the way people living with mental illness are perceived and treated in society. She currently works at NAMI Keystone Pennsylvania and is a professional public speaker on mental illness.

Fun Facts - She's been to Everest Base Camp (17,598 ft) and has driven solo across the United States (with her dog).

 

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Max Chis - Lead Team Member

Max has autism, depression, anxiety, OCD, and ADHD, which probably qualifies him as a winner in some sort of mental illness bingo. In the past several years, Max has, through a combination of hard work, help from therapists, medication, friends, and sheer dumb luck, undergone a successful recovery that hopefully will stay that way. In the meantime, Max writes about mental illness, disability, and stigma, and how he was able to get better. Max's writing has been featured on The Mighty, a website which aims to elevate the voices of individuals with disabilities.

 

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Kate Mafrica Langford - Lead Team Member

Kate has followed the interviews from Inside Our Minds from its start and is excited to have the opportunity to have an active part on the team. As a person who recovered from depression, which she kept a secret from everyone except her closest family, she is happy to be aiding an organization that works to raise awareness and remove stigma from mental illness and treatment. Kate spent several years living and working overseas and currently works as an attorney in labor, black lung, and whistleblower law.

 

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Shaun Hartley - Editor

Shaun is a man of few words and short bios. He has ADD, Crohn's disease, and epilepsy. He's also recovered from depression. Shaun currently serves on the planning committee for Access Mob Pittsburgh's upcoming Disability March and ADA Anniversary Rally.