Barbara Litrell - Mental Health Coalition Verde ValleyPresident – 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.

Rose Boerner - Mental Health Coalition Verde Valley

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 - Mental Health Coalition Verde ValleyCarol 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.

Laura Schappert - Mental Health Coalition Verde Valley
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 Dorfman - Mental Health Coalition Verde ValleyAudrey Dorfman
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.

Candy Blakeslee
Candy retired from Yavapai County Treasurer’s Office in Cottonwood in 2019. She has been a life-long advocate for her son who has a diagnosis of Paranoid Schizophrenia. She is a member of NAMI (National Alliance of Mental Illness) Sedona, NAMI Yavapai, & the Arizona and Northern Arizona Peer and Family Coalitions. She facilitates the Alzheimer Association Caregiver support group in Sedona and is co-facilitator of NAMI Family Support Groups in Cottonwood and Prescott Valley. Candy is passionate about inspiring quality mental health services in the Verde Valley.

Jerry Wesch - Mental Health Coalition Verde ValleyJerry Wesch
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.