LET(s)Lead New England Fellows 2021 Graduating Class

LET(s)Lead New England Fellows

2021 Graduating Class



The New England Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC) is excited to announce the 2021 graduates of the Yale LET(s)Lead Academy New England Cohort. Thirteen Fellows completed the nine-month leadership fellowship. Yale’s Lived Experience Transformational Leadership Academy (LET(s)Lead) was designed for leaders with lived experience to develop transformative knowledge, skills, and abilities.


The New England MHTTC is committed to promoting people with lived experience in mental health leadership and transforming systems of care in the New England region. Partnering with Yale LET(s)Lead for a New England cohort was a fabulous experience. The 13 Fellows completed a ten-week course of study to further develop and enhance their lived experience leadership skills. Topics of study included transformational leadership, Appreciative Inquiry, advocacy, racial and social justice, community mapping, and project development and organization. Fellows worked with their LET(s)Lead mentors over the past six months to develop projects focused on transformation. Thirteen fabulous projects emerged through this process, all listed below.


Watch to learn how LET(s)Lead impacted these leaders!






Char'Dornne Bussue

Recovery Support Specialist, Bridger, Advocacy Unlimited Inc.

New Bridge- Reentry Peer Support Services


Stephanie Covington

Certified Peer Support Specialist, The Department of Veterans Affairs

Peer Bridger Project for VASH Veterans 




Rosana Boyce

Program Director, Journey House Recovery

Increasing Women's Recovery Housing in Central Maine


Gidget Murphy

Peer Specialist Network Coordinator, Wabanaki Tribe

Peer Support: Outreach Advocate Coordination for Wabanaki Tribe 




Bradford Chaffee

Abstract Artist, SoWa Art + Design District

Peer Run Food Co-op


Dan Johnston

Certified Peer Support Specialist, Edinburg Center

Raising Lived Experience Through Narratives


Allie Orlando

Director of Career Services, Project Place

Creating an Inclusive Workplace 


Kristine Irizarry

Site Supervisor, Gandara Center, Impact Center Drop-In

Integrating Peer Support Model into Latino Population


New Hampshire


William Mounce

Residential Coordinator, WestBridge Community Services

Stigma Kills


Rhode Island


Erin Goodman

Peer Recovery Specialist, Washington County Zero Suicide Program

Creating a Pathway of Care for Washington County, RI




Katie Bourque

Human Resources Manager, (Formerly Mental Health Programs Manager), Pathways Vermont

Cognitive Liberty, Epistemic Injustice, and Harm/Risk Reduction


Malaika Puffer

Health Care and Rehabilitation Services of Southeastern Vermont

Prison Abolition Solidarity: No New Prisons Means No New Locked Psych Facilities


Jason Young

Team Leader of Soteria Services, Pathways Vermont

Peer Support in a Residential Setting 



To contact Fellows about their work/project or for more information about Yale University's LET(s)Lead Academy, please contact New England MHTTC Education Coordinator, Dana Asby at [email protected]





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