BOARD OFFICERS & DIRECTORS
President – Barbara Litrell
Barbara served on Sedona City Council 2010-2014. She began her career as a French teacher followed by a 28-year career in advertising sales and management with The New York Times and as publisher of national magazines including Working Woman, Working Mother and McCall’s. Since moving to Arizona in 2002, she has been involved in many community issues. She is passionate about the Mental Health Coalition Verde Valley’s efforts to raise awareness about mental illness issues in order to be a catalyst for improvements in services and policies affecting individuals and families living with mental illness. Barbara is on the coalition’s Alzheimer’s Task Force.
Vice President/Treasurer – Rose Boerner
Rose retired from a multinational pharmaceutical company in 2004, after 28 years, in International Marketing, QA Labeling, and as Associate Director in Regulatory Affairs. She served 3 years on Board of Trustees of Sedona Public Library and has been President of NAMI Sedona/Verde Valley (National Alliance on Mental Illness) since 2005. Rose facilitates NAMI family support group meetings, educational programs for family members and peers, advocacy, fundraising, and administrative work. Rose also served on the Board of Directors of Spectrum Healthcare in Cottonwood from 2011 through 2019. She has been a member of the Mental Health Coalition Verde Valley since its inception in 2013. Rose is on the coalition’s Advocacy Task Force.
Vice President – Carol Landauer, MS, LPC
Carol is a retired middle and high school English teacher and licensed professional counselor, specializing in adolescents and families. Her background includes working in school counseling, community mental health, residential treatment centers/group homes and private practice in Maryland and Arizona. Carol is on the coalition’s Youth Outreach Task Force.
Secretary – Laura Schappert
Laura’s interest with the MHCVV began when she read an article about the August 2016 Mental Health Summit. After attending the summit she reached out to Barbara Litrell to talk about how she might be involved in the coalition. They met in October and created Healing Trauma Services Day, gathering healing practitioners to donate their time and services for free to community members experiencing depression, stress, anxiety, PTSD, etc. Laura is a CranioSacral Therapist and has been volunteering for a variety of non-profits and organizations since 1987. Knowing how important support, treatment and recovery are, she’s honored to serve on the board of the coalition. Laura is on the coalition’s Trauma Task Force.
Audrey has served as Co-Founder and Program Director for Crossroads Youth Services, a 501c3 non-profit 12-bed shelter for vulnerable youth. She has also worked at several other organizations including Spectrum Health, Verde Valley Sanctuary, Big Brothers-Big Sisters, and The Boys & Girls Club. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Health Choice Integrated Care, David’s Hope, Mental Health Criminal Justice Coalition of Yavapai County and the Mental Health Coalition Verde Valley. Although retired, Audrey volunteers several days a week at the Camp Verde Detention Center in the jail’s Mental Health Unit. Audrey is on the coalition’s Criminal Justice Task Force.
Carmen was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2007 when she was 41 years old. Although she struggled with bipolar as early as 16 years old, it wasn’t until after she was diagnosed that the healing began. Carmen found the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) shortly after she was diagnosed and credits the people in those groups for saving her life. She has received certificates in NAMI Connections, NAMI Peer-to-Peer Education Program, NAMI In Your Own Voice and Mental Health First Aid. Carmen has started and facilitated NAMI Connection groups for 10 years. She enjoys working with people and has done many In Your Own Voice presentations for different groups in the community. She still talks to police departments twice a year about her experience with mental health. She has been on the board of Spectrum Health Care Group since February of 2014. It brings her great joy to see the hope that people find. She has also led a Peer-to-Peer Education course. Carmen has been in recovery from alcoholism for 35 years and is still actively involved in sharing her experience, strength and hope with others who are challenged with alcoholism and mental health. Her passion is loving and serving people of all ages who come into her life. She practices a balanced life which includes exercising, hiking with her dog, reading about body, mind and spirit and meditating. Carmen lives with her husband and their dog Bodhi in the Village of Oak Creek.
Dr. Wesch has been a Psychologist for 45 years, focused on holistic treatment of trauma, chronic health issues and pain. He started his career with the US Air Force in 1970 and retired from the US Army as a DOD-Civilian in 2015. He directed a very successful PTSD program. In between, he was an NIH Co-Investigator with an HIV/AIDS project and directed Chronic Pain clinics & Health Psychology programs. Working with persons coping with chronic health problems and trauma is his favorite part of being a psychologist. He and his wife have lived in Sedona for 2 years. Jerry is on the coalition’s Veterans Task Force.