|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 has also focused on its digital footprint and reach through the development of a new website and increased social media efforts. Under Thomson’s leadership, Wings has created a staff position and program within the organization 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||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 9 years 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 13 year old daughter, Paisley.|
|Ann Conner||Warm Line Certified Peer Specialist|
|RoxAnn FH||Event and Education Coordinator||RoxAnn coordinates the events for the Wings Across Alabama AIR Conference and the APPR courses. RoxAnn has a deep love and appreciation for creative expression and its ability to lift and sustain wellness for those who develop and are inspired by it. She puts her own wellness toolbox skills to use at Wings to coordinate the AIR Conference, APPR courses, create media content for use throughout the website and their social media platforms.|
|Mary Murphy||Warm Line Certified Peer Specialist||Mary was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama and studied at UAB Special Studies Program with numerous certifications 1996-2010. She studied at Miles College in Fairfield, Alabama. She is a Certified Minister. Retired from the University of Alabama @ Birmingham – 2013. She two children and was employed with JBSMH as a Peer Specialist and Family Peer Specialist with Nova Program and also Seasonal Tax Preparer. She is a NAMI In Our Own Voice speaker. NAMI Family-to-Family graduate. She is also a Published Author – through Books-A-Million |
She enjoys reading, writing, learning, helping others and family. I am a Respect Initiative grad and have my APPR certification – February 2019 (was in the first class Audrey Tripp taught).
|Mark Prescott||Warm Line Certified Peer Specialist|
|Audrey Trippe||Education Director||Audrey is a wife and mother of 2 boys from Attalla, Alabama. She graduated from Georgia State University in 2011 with a Bachelors in Psychology. She is a certified substance abuse counselor, certified peer specialist and certified peer specialist – youth. She 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 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.|