About Us

Who We Are

Wings Across Alabama is the largest Mental Health Consumer-Run 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

soar@wingsacrossal.org

Wings Office: 1-334-649-1339
Alabama Warm Line: 1-844-999-4647

Crisis call /text  988  or 911

Additional Resources and National Help Lines , click  Additional Resources and Help Lines at the bottom of the Warm Line Page.

What is Peer Support?

Why The 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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Wings Staff

Charisse Rupert

Charisse Rupert

Acting Executive Director

Charisse Donielle (Parker) Rupert is a native of Jackson, AL. She is the mother of five children, the grateful grandmother of two boys, and a newlywed. She is an Alabama Certified Peer Support Specialist, Certified Recovery Support Specialist, CPS State Trainer, APPR Facilitator, NAMI IOOV and Connections Support Group Facilitator, as well as a Respect Initiative of Alabama speaker. Charisse was previously employed as a Youth Peer Program Team Leader, Youth Peer Program Coordinator, and Adult Peer Services Team Leader for JBS Mental Health Authority. She is currently serving her second term as Chair of the Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program (ADAP) PAIMI (Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness) Advisory Council. Charisse was also recently elected to serve on the NAMI Alabama Board of Directors.

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 her own recovery journey. Her mantra is “RECOVERY IS POSSIBLE – I AM PROOF.” As Program Director of the Alabama Warm Line and in her current role as Acting Executive Director, she continues the work of transformation and recovery as she and a peer-operated team of compassionate empaths 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 encouraging others to do the same as Wings Across Alabama continues to SOAR (Support Our Aligned Recoveries).

Mark Prescott

Mark Prescott

Education Director

Mark has been in recovery since 2008. That was the year that he was certified as a Certified Peer Specialist for the state of Alabama. Mark has had the pleasure of working as a Certified Peer Specialist Support Group Leader since 2018 and a Warm Line Specialist since 2021 before becoming the Wings Education Coordinator in 2022 and Education Director in April 2023. He also works for NAMI Huntsville as a Certified Peer Specialist. He is also a State Trainer for Peer to Peer and NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group. He is also an IN OUR OWN VOICE presenter, NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group Facilitator, Family Support Group Facilitator, Currently serving as President NAMI Alabama Peer Leadership Council, as well as the Volunteer Programs Coordinator. Mark wears many hats, but he loves his jobs and most importantly, his ability to help others on their recovery journeys.

Neal Vickers

Neal Vickers

Education Coordinator

Neal has been in recovery since 2019. He trained to become a presenter for NAMI’s In Our Own Voice presentation that same year. Since then, he has become involved with NAMI and has become a NAMI Peer-to-Peer facilitator as well as a NAMI Connection Recovery Support group facilitator. He is also a member of the NAMI Peer Leadership Council. Neal became a Certified Peer Specialist in 2022 and, in that same year, became a Respect Initiative graduate. As the Education Coordinator for Wings Across Alabama, Neal has been active in various CPS programs throughout the state, and his newest role as the facilitator of the Music as a Recovery tool support group online gives him the opportunity to combine two aspects of his recovery that have helped propel him to where he is today. His love for the individuals Wings serves is apparent as he continues to embrace them as a part of his recovery journey and vice versa.

Jamie McAllister

Jamie McAllister

Acting Warm Line Director

Jamie has worked with Wings Across Alabama for a year and a half. She started as a warm line specialist and grew into admin duties and on-call support. Now, Jamie has the honor of being the Warm Line Director and is so thrilled to grow with the rest of the team and “soar” to new heights. Before her work began with Wing’s, Jamie served at her church with the student’s team. It was there she realized how much support people truly need but don’t often have. That was when she decided her purpose was to be that support and was referred to the Wing’s Warm Line team by a friend. Jamie has two dogs, Sarge (12 years) and Betty Lou (4 months). Sarge is her ESA (Emotional Support Animal), while BettyLou is training to help with mental health support duties. Sarge is also the unofficial Wing’s Across Alabama mascot. Take a look at his bio to learn more about him.

Kendra Hamm

Kendra Hamm

Program Director

Kendra joined Wings Across Alabama as a Warm Line Peer Specialist in December 2022. She is a graduate of Western Carolina University with a Master’s Degree in Rhetoric and Composition and is currently enrolled in Chaplaincy Training at Upaya Zen Center. She is a Certified Peer Specialist, a NAMI Connection Facilitator, an APPR Facilitator, and a RESPECT Initiative Speaker, and will join the PAIMI (Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness) board in January 2024. She is also a yoga and meditation teacher. Spiritual practice has been a guiding force in her mental health recovery from depression, anxiety, and obesity. She has served in settings ranging from a homeless shelter to street ministry and seeks to meet all people exactly where they are with an open heart. She enjoys camping and outdoor activities, live music, and spending time with her dogs, Pippa and Tiki.

Leigh Few

Leigh Few

Peer Specialist Director

Leigh is the Peer Specialist Director for Wings Across Alabama and the Peer Programs Coordinator for NAMI Alabama. She also mentors Certified Peer Specialists and assists with Rights/Respect and Abuse/Neglect training at Northwest Alabama MHC, where she has worked for 20 years. Leigh is a Certified Peer Specialist Trainer and was recently certified as a CIT Coordinator and Trainer for NAMI Alabama. Leigh has been married to her amazing and supportive husband, Jerry, for over 20 years. They have 3 amazing (yet completely different) children, a mini Shih Tzu, Chloe Lou, who is their baby, and a LOT of cats. Leigh has two B.S. degrees in Education from the University of Montevallo. 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.

Sarge

Sarge

Wings Community Emotional Support Animal (ESA)

Sarge has always had a soft spot for helping humans, so much so that he was trained as a therapy dog and quickly rose to the top of his class. Like his human, Sarge suffers from anxiety, so despite his excellent scores and passing all his tests with flying colors, his anxiety around other animals prevented him from being cleared to volunteer in hospitals. Instead, Sarge turned his attention to his favorite human, Jamie. He learned, with no prompting, how her anxiety affected her, as well as her health conditions, and how best to help her through those moments. Sarge became officially registered as an ESA (Emotional Support Animal) and is now the Wings Across Alabama mascot! He works hard to try to break the stigma of mental health concerns through Instagram and Facebook by posting videos and pictures to remind humans that they are not alone in their struggles. Even dogs struggle with mental health. Let’s become better, together. 

Follow Sarge on Instagram @pawsitivelysarge and Facebook Pawsitively Sarge.

Alabama Warm Line Specialists

Ann

Ann

Warm Line Coordinator

Ann joined the Alabama Warm Line in 2018 as the Warm Line Coordinator. She had moved to 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.

Mary

Mary

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). Diagnoses include Depression, Anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and Borderline Personal.iy Disorder

Mary is a published author, enjoys reading, writing, learning, helping others and family, and she has two children. Mary started with the WL in 2018 has 2 children, 3 grandchildren, and two fur babies (cat) Hymn and (toy poodle) Coraline.

Kate

Kate

Warm Line Certified Peer Specialist

Kate has worked with Wings Across Alabama since the Spring of 2022. She comes from a small town south of Tuscaloosa but now lives the city life. She is a graduate of The University of Alabama. Roll Tide! During her time in college, she was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease, and not long after that depression and anxiety. She understands the toll of having an autoimmune disease and mental illness and how they play off each other. It’s a daily battle but long story short, she’s survived. Some fun things about her. She loves to cook and bake. She loves baking things for those she loves. She’s also a nerd and loves nerdy things like LOTR and Marvel are a couple of her favorites. Her go-to music genre is Taylor Swift, and yes she is a whole genre. She’s known as the Swiftie amongst the Warm Line Team. She also loves to spend time with those she love, listening to music especially if it’s live, petting all the cats and dogs, learning about the world and doing creative things like painting and craft projects. So to wrap up with these words from her favorite artist once said, “make the friendship bracelets, take the moment and taste it.”

Rhiannon

Rhiannon

Warm Line Certified Peer Specialist

Rhiannon works as a Warmline Specialist as of 2022. She is currently pursuing a BA in Social Work and 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.

Brian F

Brian F

Warm Line Certified Peer Specialist

 Brian is a lifelong learner with a passion for supporting those struggling in the present as he has struggled in the past. 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 is looking forward to the opportunity to help support his fellow peers.

Richard

Richard

Warm Line Certified Peer Specialist

Richard 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.

Bee

Bee

Warm Line Certified Peer Specialist

Bee is thankful to be a part of this wonderful team. She absolutely loves hearing people’s stories and being able to relate to them. She is a mom and a fur mom. She is also an advocate for the LGBTQIA+ community, as she is a part of it. She is now part of the “on call” support team, which allows callers and warm line specialists to have a safe place to reach out and have a listening and caring ear. She is very thankful to be a part of such a beautiful organization.

Brandi

Brandi

Warm Line Certified Peer Specialist

Brandi is an avid animal lover who enjoys crafting, photography, and crocheting. She has worked in the mental health field for a few years now and has a degree in medical billing and coding. Since she was 14, Brandi struggled with her mental health and grew into someone who worked hard to be on the Dean’s list in college and learned she is more of a listener than a talker, which makes her a great addition to the warm line team.

Tiffany

Tiffany

Warm Line Certified Peer Specialist

Tiffany has been a part of Wing’s since September as a certified peer support specialist on the warm line. She is so excited to be apart of the team and is looking forward to growing and sharing her lived experience to hopefully help others. Previously Tiffany has worked in the mental health field for 5 years at a non profit outpatient mental health center. At the beginning of her employment there she realized this was her calling and went on to continue her education. She earned her degree in Human and Social Services. She was given the chance to be the first certified peer support specialist serving two counties within the company. She now works hard to bring more awareness to the importance of our mental health and recovery.  Tiffany has called Alabama home for the past 19 years. Her proudest accomplishment in life is her amazing children, son and daughter. She enjoys spending time with family and friends kayaking and Alabama football RTR!

Teme

Teme

Warm Line Certified Peer Specialist

Teme is a divorced mother of 4 beautiful daughters, a native of New York, and the youngest of 10 siblings. She is a student of Torah and life, and a big kid at heart who likes learning new things to stay young.

Chace

Chace

Warm Line Certified Peer Specialist

Chace is just beginning her adventure with Wings Across Alabama and feels shes exactly where she needs to be to support people in their recovery journey. Before wings Chace was a stay-at-home mother to her son (age 4) and daughter (5 months), dealing with anxiety and depression of her own she decided to support others going through similar situations and has strengthend her own recovery as well.

Bailey

Bailey

Warm Line Certified Peer Specialist

Bailey is just beginning her role as a Certified Peer Specialist with Wings Across Alabama. She also holds a certification in Christian Life Coaching. She earned degrees in Social Work and Sociology from the University of Alabama, as well as the University of West Alabama. Those degrees offered her experience with social services, the education system, and long term care. Bailey is a devoted wife, a proud mama, and enjoys spending time with her family as well as being part of her church. She has a heart for listening and supporting others and a passion for allowing them a chance to share and express their stories. Through many of her own difficult and trying life circumstances, Bailey believes each of those situations helped her grow as a person. That is why she is excited to now be part of an organization that is dedicated to supporting others and celebrating their successes.

Keisha

Keisha

Warm Line Certified Peer Specialist

Keisha is a single mother of two, and was born and raised in Alabama. She has gone through ups and downs throughout life with various struggles and grief. As such, Keisha has become known to help in the community and others in need. She is hopeful that joining the Warm Line will allow her to continue what she has already started and will become a listening ear to all who call in. The combination of her own life experiences and her work within her community led Keisha to enroll in college, where she is pursuing a  B.S. degree in Public Health. Her goal is to improve what is currently failing in various communities and assist with the determinants of health.

Wakisha

Wakisha

Warm Line Certified Peer Specialist

Wakisha joined the Wings Across Alabama WL in December of 2023. She is a Certified Recovery Support Specialist with a background in Social Services and is a former Educator. She enjoys naps, self-care and painting in the park with the neighborhood kids. It is her expressed desire to journey alongside others with mental health concerns, and give them an ear, a sense of hope and purpose.

Wings Board of Directors

Melanie

President

Paul T.

Vice-President

Suzanne

Board Member

Shardae

Board Member

Paul E.

Board Member

Rhett

Board Member

Rachael

Board Member

The Wings Across Alabama Board of Directors are an integral part of the mission and vision of our organization. Comprised of individuals both with and without mental health challenges, the Wings Board of Directors champions and supports the unique challenges of a peer-run organization in the following three ways:

Duty of Care – ensuring prudent use of all assets

Duty of Loyalty – ensure that all Wings activities and transactions are advancing the mission of Wings, recognize and disclose conflicts of interest, and make decisions that are in the best interest of Wings

Duty of Obedience – ensure that Wings obeys all applicable laws and regulations, follows all bylaws, and adheres to the stated purpose, mission, and vision

Thomson McCorkle

Thomson McCorkle

Former Executive Director

Thomson McCorkle is a native of Montgomery, AL, and a graduate of Lewis and Clark College. He served as Executive Director of Wings Across Alabama (“Wings”) starting in January 2017, the same year he became a Certified Peer Specialist (CPS) until 2023. With his leadership, Wings grew 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 was able to focus on its digital footprint and reach by developing a new website and increasing social media efforts. Under Thomson’s leadership, Wings 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.