With more than twenty years of involvement in the Consumer/Survivor Movement, Donita Diamata is guided by values that have been influenced over the years through personal experiences as a mental health recipient and through her experiences working in the mental health system. From these experiences that have spanned from negative to positive, traumatic to uplifting, Donita has adopted an intuitive approach to how she offers support and how she develops programs.
Donita's work experience includes providing direct peer-support, start-up and management of peer-run programs, individual advocacy, and advocacy for change in the mental health system. After working officially in both peer-run organizations and in traditional mental health clinics and residential facilities, she continues to advocate for change that gives recipients options that work best for them. She strongly advocates for evolution in the system that eliminates traumatic experiences sometimes found in mental health services. Rather, her vision is one of services and supports that are holistic and enriching.
Lead Project Coordinator
Training & Development
Robyn Priest is Peerlink’s Lead Project Coordinator. Robyn is originally from Australia but has also lived/worked in New Zealand, Canada and now here in the USA. She is also currently working with American Samoa, Guam, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands and Republic of Palau. She has extensive experience working in/managing peer support services in Australia, New Zealand and the USA and also managing other non-government agencies. Robyn was peer auditor for mental health programs in Australia and New Zealand and has completed, as part of an international team of peers, a report called “Making the Case for Peer Support” for the Mental Health Commission of Canada; this included facilitating focus groups to over 500 people involved in delivering peer services throughout the country. Robyn has been facilitating workshops for over 25 years and has also presented at international conferences in mental health. She loves bringing diverse groups of people to the table to talk and learn from each other and her passion is empowering people to get the life of their dreams.
Jessica Carroll (Osage) PSS, CRM has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Portland State University and is currently pursuing her master’s degree in counseling psychology from the Graduate Center of Education and Counseling at Lewis & Clark College in Portland Oregon. Jessica came to the Peer Recovery Movement through her work at Lewis & Clark College. It is her hope to inform her work through the lens of lived experience and a strengths based self-directed approach. As an Enrolled Tribal Member of the Osage Nation, Jessica places an especially high value on Indigenous Knowledge and the unique perspective of Sovereign Nations.