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Ruthie Poole, BA, CPS, COAPS

Ruthie Poole works as the Assistant Director of Recovery at Bay Cove Human Services in Boston overseeing Bay Cove’s team of Peer Specialists in Adult Community Clinical Services and the Peer Support Network, a recovery learning center which is part of the Metro Boston Recovery Learning Community. Ruthie has worked in the Peer Movement for over thirty years in various roles from direct peer support to advocacy to training to supervision and program management—not necessarily in that order!  

Tanshella Branch

Tanshella has worked as a Certified Peer Specialist at Boston Medical Center for the past three years and is currently the Coordinator of the Peer Support Line for the Metro Boston Recovery Learning Community (MBRLC). She has been supporting peers in human services organizations for over 20 years. Tanshella believes in the therapeutic power of art, and encourages individuals to draw on their own experiences, thoughts, and emotions throughout the creative process. She holds a Bachelor of Social Work from Wheelock College at Boston University, and a Master of Education in Creative Arts in Learning from Lesley University.

 

Denise Clarke

Denise Clarke has worked in the mental health field for over 25 years, starting as a psychiatrist for 14 years and then as a CPS for the last 14 years. Since 1997 she has had to deal with her own major mental health challenges and has worked on her recovery in individual therapy, as well as in peer groups, which she has found  particularly helpful.To this day she remembers attending her first peer group, a DBSA group meeting, as a major turning point in her life and recovery.

She has worked for Bay Cove Human Services for the last 14 years, first at PERC and for the last 3 years at PSN, a Boston Recovery Learning Community, where she currently works. She loves her work with individuals and with groups. She especially enjoys supporting peers in classes like Wellness Recovery Action Planning, Whole Health Action Management, and most recently Wellness for Peers in the 8 Dimensions of Wellness. .Denise is also an avid football fan, and she loves garden design which she did professionally previously for 5 years.

Mary Broderick

Mary Broderick has lived with depression and anxiety since young adulthood. She worked for many years and was able to support herself working in retail sales. Mary is now a Peer Support Worker at PSN, a Recovery Learning Center for more than ten years. She moved into her first apartment five years ago and recently adopted a black cat. She is a Creative with many interests, especially Art and mental health. She has a modern style of decoupage and creates with three other women friends in a class. The class met over Zoom during the entire pandemic.