About Us

Who We Are

Wings Across Alabama is the largest Mental Health Consumer-Ran Organization in Alabama. We are a “for us, by us” organization that deeply believes in healing that comes through shared experience. We offer peer support through an array of direct services.

Contact Us

309 N. Hull Street
Montgomery, AL 36104

WingsAcrossAL@gmail.com

Wings Office: 1-334-649-1339
WARM LINE: 1-844-999-4647

If you need immediate help, contact one of the resources at the bottom of the Warm Line Page.

What is Peer Support?

Why Geese in our logo?

Next fall, when you see Geese heading south for the winter, flying along in V formation, you might consider what science has discovered as to why they fly that way: as each bird flaps its wings, it creates an uplift for the bird immediately following. By flying in V formation the whole flock adds at least 71% greater flying range than if each bird flew on its own. People who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they are going more quickly and easily because they are traveling on the thrust of one another. When a goose falls out of formation, it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of trying to go it alone and quickly gets back into formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird in front. If we have as much sense as a goose, we will stay in formation with those who are headed the same way we are. When the Head Goose gets tired, it rotates back in the wing and another goose flies point. It is sensible to take turns doing demanding jobs with people or with geese flying south. Geese honk from behind to encourage those up front to keep up their speed. What do we say when we honk from behind? Finally, and this is important, when a goose gets sick, or is wounded by gunshots and falls out of formation, two other geese fall out with that goose and follow it down to lend help and protection. They stay with the fallen goose until it is able to fly, or until it dies. Only then do they launch out on their own, or with another formation to catch up with their group. If we have the sense of a goose, we will stand by each other like that.

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Staff

Thomson McCorkle

Thomson McCorkle

Executive Director

Thomson McCorkle is a native of Montgomery, AL, and a graduate of Lewis and Clark College. He started as Executive Director of Wings Across Alabama (“Wings”) in January 2017, the same year he became a Certified Peer Specialist (CPS). With his leadership, Wings has grown from four (4) CPS employees to over fifteen (15) CPS contractors and employees, and that number is expected to continue to grow. Proudly, Wings is one of the largest employers of CPS in Alabama. With the help of his wonderful and diverse staff, he was able to shift all Wings’ programs to virtual (phone/online) to better serve consumers in Alabama during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Programs include a statewide Warm Line, an art program boasting multimedia art, the Action Planning for Prevention and Recovery course to prevent relapse, and a CPS support group system. Wings have also focused on its digital footprint and reach by developing a new website and increased social media efforts. Under Thomson’s leadership, Wings has created a staff position and program dedicated to growing and expanding the CPS industry. Thomson has presented to a national audience about this nascent program. 

Thomson currently serves as a member of the: Alabama Mental Illness Planning Council, Alabama Department of Mental Health (ADMH) Mental Illness Coordinating Subcommittee (MICS), ADMH Steering Committee, ADMH Advocacy Advisory Board, People Advocating for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI) Council, Supported Employment Coordinating Committee (SECC), and Working Interdisciplinary Network of Guardianships and Stakeholders Council.

He currently lives in Montgomery, AL, with his wife, Holly, and his cat, Pogba.

Dalana Brooks

Dalana Brooks

Program Director

Personal experience with trauma and addiction lead Dalana to find her life’s passion in mental health advocacy with emphasis on consumer-driven behavioral healthcare. As Wings Across Alabama’s Program Director, She aims to help others with mental illness find recovery through peer support which was the driving force in her recovery. And for those in recovery to see their lived experience as a positive attribute, powerful in building relationships and garnering hope. Dalana has her Master’s degree in Corporate Business Communication from The University of South Alabama and nine years of experience in healthcare management. A type 1 diabetes diagnosis at a young age makes exercise, diet, and stress reduction a personal priority. But if given a choice with her time, she would rather be doing mission work, painting, or scouting her new favorite thrift store for the perfect find! Above all, Dalana wishes to be a good example of recovery, strength, and resilience for her daughter, Paisley.

Audrey Trippe

Audrey Trippe

Education Director

Audrey is a wife and mother of 3 boys from Attalla, Alabama. She graduated from Georgia State University with a Bachelor in Psychology in 2011. Audrey is a certified substance abuse counselor, certified peer specialist, and certified peer specialist – youth and has been working in the mental health field in Alabama since 2013. 

She serves in her local church as a women’s small group leader and nursery worker on Sundays. She has served and advocated for people with mental health challenges in a variety of capacities. Among her most valued accomplishments is her foundational work in the youth peer profession. She pioneered the first youth peer program, which took young adults in recovery from mental health challenges and paired them with youth in institutional settings to build a mentorship relationship. Today she serves with Wings Across Alabama as their education and events coordinator. 

Charisse Donielle Donald Parker

Charisse Donielle Donald Parker

Warm Line Director

Charisse Donielle Donald Parker is a native of Jackson, AL.  She is the mother of five children and the grateful grandmother of two boys.  She is an Alabama Certified Peer Support Specialist, Certified Recovery Support Specialist, CPS Trainer, APPR Facilitator, NAMI IOOV and Connections Support Group Facilitator. 

Charisse previously served as the Adult Peer Services Team Leader for JBS Mental Health Authority and is the current Chair of the Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program (ADAP) PAIMI (Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness) Advisory Council.  She is passionate about the power of peer support.  With personal experiences of her own with drug addiction, mental health challenges, and homelessness, Charisse is committed to meeting people where they are and supporting them through recovery possibilities because of her faith and own recovery journey.  Her mantra is “RECOVERY IS POSSIBLE – I AM PROOF.”  As the Program Director of the Alabama Warm Line, she continues the work of transformation and recovery as she and a peer-operated team of compassionate listeners connect with individuals feeling stressed, alone, overwhelmed, or who just need someone to talk to. Charisse remains grateful as she strives to “Stop Stigma and Start Supporting” individuals throughout Alabama who have suffered in silence while empathetically encouraging others to do the same. 

Leigh  Few

Leigh Few

Support Group Supervisor

Leigh was attending a day program at NWAMHC in 2003 when she was asked to assist other members of the program who wanted to earn their GED.  This played a major role in her recovery as it gave her a purpose in life and led to volunteering as a day program instructor.  In 2004, she became a full-time employee of the agency and has worked there for the past 18 years as a child and adult case manager, day treatment coordinator, internal advocate, Certified Peer Specialist and Peer Support Coordinator.  Recently, Leigh reduced her hours at the mental health center so that she could pursue an exciting new opportunity as the Peer Programs Coordinator for NAMI Alabama. She also serves as the Support Group Supervisor for Wings Across Alabama where she develops the curriculum for CPS support groups across the state.  She loves meeting and working with so many amazing people throughout the state. Leigh and her husband celebrated their 20th anniversary in November of 2021, and they have three amazing children.   They also have a 14 yr. old mini shih tzu, Chloe Lou, who is their baby. Leigh has a B.S. degree in Education from the University of Montevallo and is currently pursuing her Master’sdegree.   She enjoys reading, working as an amateur party planner, watching Shark Week and the Westminster Dog Show, and attending Mississippi State sporting events.  Her favorite thing to do is “making memories” with her family and friends.

 

RoxAnn

RoxAnn

Education Coordinator

RoxAnn is a Los Angeles native, has a bachelors degree in Design and is a Certified Peer Specialist. She has worked with several nonprofit organizations to provide education, training and support for those who have experienced mental health challenges. For 8 years she helped people in financial crises get food and emergency services.

She believes that recovery from a mental illness goes beyond the medical diagnosis. She also had a beloved pet companion named Dahlia. She enjoys artistic swimming, takes care of nature by feeding the birds, planting and growing herbs for meals, house plants to purify the air and flowers to adorn her and her friends homes. She can spends hours outdoors exploring and observing the wonders of the planet, of which she is so grateful for. Her favorite thing to do with her friends is to play games and have talks over tea and sweets .

Ann Conner

Ann Conner

Alabama Warm Line Coordinator

Ann joined the Alabama Warm Line in 2018 as the Warm Line Coordinator. She had moved to Fairhope Alabama from Virginia in 2017 where she had worked as a Certified Peer Support Specialist for 7 years and received numerous certifications. Most of her peer work consisted of answering their hot line/warm line and facilitating various training programs. Ann was also President of the Board of Directors of VOCAL (Virginia Organization of Consumers Asserting Leadership). In her life before peer support, Ann had more than 25 years experience in nonprofit and corporate settings. She was also married twice, widowed and divorced and has a daughter, son-in-law and grandson. She lives in Fairhope with her dog Happy.

Rhiannon Crowson

Rhiannon Crowson

Warm Line Certified Peer Specialist

Rhiannon Crowson works as a Warmline Specialist as of 2022. She has lived in many cities in the Greater Birmingham area and resides in Alabaster. She is currently pursuing a BA in Social Work from the University of Montevallo. She has professional experience working with and advocating for a variety of different types of people, most prominently adolescents and the disabled community. She believes that everyone deserves compassion and seeks to share her own experience with mental health issues and recovery with anyone it might help. In her free time, she crafts, cans homemade pickles and jams, and spends time with her partner and cats.

Mary Murphy

Mary Murphy

Warm Line Certified Peer Specialist

Mary was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. She studied at UAB Special Studies Program and earned numerous certifications from 1996 to 2010, and she studied at Miles College in Fairfield, Alabama. Mary is a Certified Minister, and she retired from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2013. She was previously employed with JBS Mental Health Care as a Peer Specialist and Family Peer Specialist with Nova Program. And if that wasn’t enough, she was also a seasonal tax preparer. Mary is a NAMI In Our Own Voice speaker and NAMI Family-to-Family graduate. Most recently, she was a Respect Initiative grad earning her APPR certification in February 2019 (the first class that Audrey Tripp taught).

Mary is a published author through Books-A-Million, enjoys reading, writing, learning, helping others and family, and she has two children.

Madi Holmes

Madi Holmes

Warm Line Certified Peer Specialist

Madi joined Wings Across Alabama as a Warm Line Certified Peer Specialist in April 2022. She is a 2022 Troy University graduate with a bachelor’s degree in graphic design. Diagnosed with Social Anxiety Disorder, Madi wants to help others cope with their anxiety and mental health needs She enjoys spending time with her husband, Jacob, and two dogs. In her down time she enjoys reading, traveling, camping and watching A24 movies. 

Kathryn McGee

Kathryn McGee

Warm Line Certified Peer Specialist

I graduated from Bibb County High School in 2008 and from the University of Alabama in 2013. Several times throughout high school and college I studied abroad. The last time I went abroad I became very ill. Eventually, I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease. I struggle with depression and anxiety. It’s a daily battle that’s for sure. I believe in mental health awareness and mental health should have as much importance as physical health. I serve on ADAP’s PAIMI council. I love to cook and bake, spend time with family and friends, traveling and watching movies. 

Jamie McAllister

Jamie McAllister

Warm Line Certified Peer Specialist

Jamie is a native of DeKalb County in Alabama and is pursuing her degree in counseling. She has had the honor of serving at her church in many capacities that focus on helping young adults and children in the local area, most of which come from troubled home lives and struggle with depression.
Jamie is thrilled to have the privilege to serve as a peer support specialist alongside her team at Wings Across Alabama. Her passion is to help others, loving animals, reminding people that they matter, and to be a representative of the change that can happen with hard personal work and the correct mental health influences.
Growing up, Jamie faced problems with self-worth, identity, anxiety, and depression due to home environment and an alcoholic parent. She is hopeful her background will allow others to be at ease when speaking with her and allow them to see they are not alone in their struggles.
For fun, Jamie likes to venture into nature with her dog, Sarge, even if it is just a walk around the block, and to spend time with her energetic nephew. Both remind her she is loved, offer a chance for playfulness, and provide much needed sunshine for any difficult days. There is nothing better than a day filled with laughter and a dog’s playful growl.
Gaige Kushner Gordon

Gaige Kushner Gordon

Warm Line Certified Peer Specialist

As soon as Gaije Gordon knew peer support was a thing that existed in the world, she knew she wanted to be a part of it. She began working at JBS Mental Health Authority in 2018, and became a Certified Peer Specialist the same year. In 2019 she began facilitating Advances Planning and Preparation for Recovery groups through Wings. In April of 2022 she became a Warm Line Specialist. She has a BS in psychology from Birmingham-Southern College, and currently lives in Birmingham with her husband, and her Siberian Husky, Stella Bennett.

Brian Fluker

Brian Fluker

Warm Line Certified Peer Specialist

Brian Fluker is a lifelong learner who loves his family and his partner. His mental health distress started in his young adulthood, and throughout his recovery journey he strives for hope, compassion and empathy. Brian is excited to be a part of the Wings Warmline team and looking forward to the opportunity to help support his fellow peers.

Richard Guetter

Richard Guetter

Warm Line Certified Peer Specialist

Richard Guetter was raised in Jacksonville, Florida and graduated high school from Pelham, Alabama in 1985. He graduated from Miramar College in 1988 with an associate of arts degree. He was a member of the U.S. Navy from 1986-1992 He started work at JBSMHA in 2019. He became a Certified Peer Specialist in 2020. He became a Certified Recovery Support Specialist in 2021. He is a member of a 12 step program since 2010. He became aware of his mental illness in 2003 when he became clean and sober. He loves to help people and work with others that suffer from mental illness, alcoholism, and addiction. He is a people person and loves human interaction. In his spare time he likes walking his two dogs, playing with his two cats, surfing the internet, and watching college football. He has been with Wings Across Alabama since May 2022.