MAGGIE MILLS – President
Maggie Mills is an Assistant Professor of Art at Cedar Crest College. She was a lecturer at the University of the Arts and adjunct faculty in Temple University’s Division of Theater, Film, and Media Arts. She received a BFA from Temple University and an MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Prior to her life in academia, Mills worked for twelve years in the disability and mental health communities. Mills worked with several different populations in the classroom through the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit. She worked as a behavior therapist to implement behavior modification plans and instruct staff on their proper implementation through Clarity Behavioral Services. Mills implemented and supervised a sensory art program at Little Wonders, an inclusive therapy studio for children. Most recently, she advocated for the inclusion of adults with mental health diagnoses, intellectual, and physical disabilities in the community through art exhibitions and employment training with Oasis, a program under the umbrella of Resources for Human Development. Mills was awarded the Center for Emerging Visual Artists’ Career Development Fellowship, is a Fleisher Wind Challenge winner, and completed the Landlab residency through the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education. She is a member of Grizzly Grizzly Gallery, who are the recipients of the Velocity and Added Velocity Fund Grants. She is active in the exhibition community locally and regionally.
Ameika Malcolm – Board Member
Ameika Malcolm has been working in the mental health advocacy field for the past nine years and is currently the Project Coordinator/Office Manager in charge of Community Outreach and Development at HopeWorx, Inc., a non-profit mental health advocacy organization for Montgomery County, Pa. She is also the Social Committee co-Chair for the Montgomery County Community Support Program (CSP). Shortly after becoming a United States citizen (Malcolm is a native Jamaican), she went on to accomplish her Bachelor’s of Science degree from the University of Phoenix in Human Services Management. In addition to her professional work, Malcolm is an avid gardener who lovingly donates her time, energy and amazing attitude to help lead and manage the Norristown Community Gardens.
Ryan Schweiger – Board Member
Ryan has worked in the behavior health field for ten years and is a person in long term co-occurring recovery. He is dual certified through the PCB as both a Certified Peer Specialist and Certified Recovery Specialist, and is also a Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner. Ryan is currently a Community Outreach Specialist at Penn Foundation, where he has worked for 6 years. While working in community outreach, Ryan also continues to provide hands on engagement and support to peers around their recovery goals in the community. In addition, in the last two years Ryan has successfully piloted a program providing community based support to individuals in D&A recovery. See Chalk Mural page Ryan also provides yearly trainings on co-occurring experiences in both adolescents and adults for Montgomery County’s behavioral health foundation training series.
HALLIE FISCHER – Board Member
Hallie Fischer currently works for the School District of Philadelphia as a Case Manager for the Student Transition Center. As a Case Manager, she supports students during their transition back to the District from dependent and delinquent placements. Ms. Fischer holds a Bachelor’s degree from Temple University in Criminal Justice and also earned her Master’s degree from Saint Joseph’s University in the same field. She has served as a caseworker at Montgomery County Correctional Facility and as a staff member at YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter school, specializing in ending the cycle of incarceration through the generations by enhancing opportunities for the young people. Ms. Fischer also works as a yoga instructor in Philadelphia and the surrounding counties.
Lisa Kelley is a trauma-informed artist who is interested in the connection between art and social change. She was born and raised in Kensington (a neighborhood in Philadelphia) and has worked there for the past four years, practicing art as harm reduction and facilitating art workshops with people experiencing homelessness and people in active addiction. Her personal art-making is often impacted by her interactions and relationships with the community she works with. Lisa\’92s background in graphic design has influenced her work through explorations of color, pattern and repetition. Collage, paint, fibers, textiles, metal, found objects and hand-carved stamps make up some of her recent work.
Lisa is the founder of Epidemic (www.epidemicweavings.com), a series of weavings thematically connected by the struggles, the despair, and the stories of hope surrounding addiction. Each weaving is created with strips of fabric on which people affected by addiction write a wish, a prayer, a dream, a memory. The messages of love and loss are knotted and woven together, then threaded onto and suspended from sticks found in parks in Kensington. The project is a story about bearing witness, of gaining empathy and compassion, exploring the stigma and shame of addiction and of taking action and reaching beyond the personal to affect change in the community.