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. She is a member of Board of Directors of Spectrum Healthcare in Cottonwood since 2011 and Board Chair since January 2014. 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/Education Chair – Lori Morrison
Lori experienced a long list of traumatic events while living in El Salvador for 25 years. She was admitted to a mental health facility twice and labeled with severe PTSD, borderline schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder and depression. Realizing that she was not mentally ill but instead having a spiritual awakening she took the path of indigenous and alternative healing methods and designed a deep and profound personal spiritual practice to heal herself and now others who are struggling with the human experience. “Although many stories of mental illness have a tragedy of suffering, it does not have to mean a life sentence of anxiety and depression but instead a path to find inspiration and miracles that lead to living in the present and feeling whole again.” Lori is on the coalition’s Community Education 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 before the meeting was over, Laura was inspired to create the first Trauma Services Day – less than one month away in November. The event was a huge success, gathering healing practitioners to donate their time and services for free to community members experiencing depression, stress, anxiety, PTSD, etc. Laura began regularly attending the coalition’s Mental Health Mondays and created a second event called Healing Services Day in May 2017 as part of Mental Health Awareness Month. Laura is a CranioSacral Therapist and has been volunteering for a variety of non-profits and organizations since 1987. She is grateful to be involved in such an important organization that deals with many issues she experienced as a young child, adolescent and young woman. 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.
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.
John Schuderer, MA, LPC, LISAC
John has been the Chairperson of the Yavapai Suicide Prevention Coalition since 2014. He’s a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor (LISAC). While at West Yavapai Guidance Clinic, John served as the Clinical Manager of the Adult Outpatient Therapy Department and worked in their Information Technology department providing clinical expertise for the implementation of their new clinical software system. John has volunteered for MATFORCE, the Yavapai County Substance Abuse Coalition, since 2006 where he was the Chairperson of the Intervention Model Workgroup and a member of their speaker’s bureau. John is a veteran having served seven years in the USAF. John is on the coalition’s Suicide Awareness & Prevention Task Force.
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.