The Board of Directors
Joshua Calarino is an enthusiastic youth advocate working for change in the mental health system, in Florida and nationally. Joshua currently serves as the Training Coordinator at South Florida Wellness Network, where he leads a recovery-oriented team in delivering trainings including Wellness Action Recovery Planning, Whole Health Action Management, peer support, Mental Health First Aid and Peer Certification. Previous professional experiences include serving as a peer evaluator, certified peer specialist, and executive team member with Youth MOVE Miami. His current leadership positions include serving as the Youth MOVE (Motivating Others through Voices of Experience) Board President, member of the Executive Committee for Got Transitions, member of the Youth MOVE National Youth Best Practice Committee, and consultant to the National Council of Behavioral Health’s young adult mental health initiative, Connected. Throughout all of these roles, Joshua provides expertise in youth leadership and youth engagement. Joshua has frequently been recognized for his leadership and consultation; most notably receiving the SAMHSA VOICE Award for Young Adult Leadership in 2016. Joshua is driven by his desire to create a future where all youth have the opportunity to speak and to be heard in systems of care.
Committee: Executive (President)
“Youth MOVE gave me a voice and the tools to use it when I did not have either. It has taught me to be a leader.”
David McClung is a youth engagement specialist for Texas System of Care and Title V, Adolescent Health. David graduated from Wayland Baptist University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Baylor University with a Masters in Social Work and Master of Divinity. He is now pursuing a Ph.D. in Social Work at Baylor University and hopes to graduate in 2018. His research interests include natural support systems, the role of congregations in mental health, and youth participatory action research. In his free time, David enjoys spending time with his family, keeping up with current events, reading, and watching movies.
“Youth MOVE National is a national organization committed to leading the way for authentic youth and young adult voice. Youth MOVE has it all – from the technical assistance, to the connections that are made with people around the country, to the growing emphasis on research and evaluation – Youth MOVE National is a strong and consistent presence for youth and young adult voice to be heard.”
Rowan Willis-Powell is a young queer woman who is a passionate and invested advocate for consumers of behavioral health services, with special interests in young adult peers and the LGBTQ community at large. Rowan is the Transitional Age Youth Outreach Project Coordinator at On Our Own of Maryland. In this position she connects and mentors young adults with lived experience in behavioral health service settings to peer support and leadership opportunities on community, state, and national levels. She coordinates trainings and events for young adults around related peer support and behavioral health topics.
Rowan struggled and overcame several behavioral health challenges and traumatic events, as a young adult she had extensive personal experience with the mental health system that she freely draws from in her work with other young adults. In her work she strives to create an environment in which young adults are partners in change for policy that effect service systems. Rowan is the creator and facilitator of numerous workshops, such as Introduction to LGBTQ Youth and Supporting Authentic Youth Engagement. Rowan is a trained Storytelling for Advocates Trainer and a trained Anti-Stigma Project workshop facilitator. She currently stands on committees including OOOMD’S Public Policy in Behavioral Health and the Anti-Stigma Project, the Maryland Consumer Quality Team’s Youth and Family Steering Committee, the Maryland Early Intervention Program’s Advisory council, Youth REACH MD Steering Committee, and many others.
Lydia Aimone is a young woman pursuing a career in social work and social action. Growing up with both physical and mental illness, she has lived experience of the challenges of navigating services as a young adult. She wants to live in a world where the voices and opinions of young adults are valued, and will work in her career to make that vision a reality. Lydia is currently finishing her Masters of Social Work degree, and plans to put her education to use as an advocate for young adults and those with physical and behavioral health issues.
When she is not busy advocating for social change, Lydia loves to spend time getting back to nature, and spending time with animals, including her very fluffy cat. Horseback riding is her favorite therapy, followed by nerding out playing video games and making terrible puns.
Kippi has been involved in youth voice and engagement for over 25 years. She was the program director for National Youth POWER and supported states in implementing youth voice and leadership efforts. Kippi is an Associate and Vice President of Operations for the Permanency and Transition Highway (PATH) for the Downs Group, LLC. She has been actively involved in leading system transformation involving Judges, Guardian at Litems, youth corrections, schools and behavioral health to name a few. Among her accomplishments, Kippi led a national youth development program which engaged over 500,000 youth across the United States; provided the leadership for the development and design of the largest foster youth savings program in the United States; and consulted with and coached business leaders, non profits, agencies from various systems and state organizations on cross-system collaboration. She recognizes the crucial need for permanency for all foster youth and why building social capital for children in every community is essential. Kippi is most recognized for her work to integrate youth guided principles at all levels of practice. In recent years her work has included involving young people in policy, peer lead training for professionals and bringing business leaders to the table to take an active role in coaching and mentoring youth.
The work she is most proud of is her work to help increase youth voice and to integrate youth guided – youth voice principles at all levels of practice. She is now involved with efforts that focus on policy development, peer lead training for youth and professionals and bringing public systems and business leaders to the table to take an active role in coaching and mentoring to youth.
Raphaelle Richardson currently serves as the Director of Consumer and Family Affairs Administration at the DC Department of Behavioral Health (DBH). In her current role Ms. Richardson strives to engage consumers, family members and young adults, as partners in wellness, resiliency and recovery in a manner that inclusive, trauma-informed and consistent with best practices. She is responsible for leadership and direction in planning, developing and coordinating ways to promote the involvement of consumers across the Behavioral Health System, inclusive of Saint Elizabeth’s Hospital. Ms. Richardson oversees the peer support certification program; protection of consumer legal and civil rights; initiatives that build awareness among community members and providers; and projects to monitor consumer satisfaction and perceived quality of care to improve behavioral health services for the more than 22,000 adults, children and youth DBH serves each year.
Over the past 13 years, Ms. Richardson has impacted well over 20,000 young adults across the United States, Kenya, Uganda and South Africa through her work as a Founding Board Member and Staff Member of Youth Motivating Others through Voices of Experience (MOVE) National.
Maxxwell LaBrie is a young adult whose lived experience and passion for advocacy drives their work in the peer support field.
As a trans and queer person, Maxxwell has a strong passion for LGBTQ rights and education, and often trains folks on this topic. They have faced adversity in school, in services, in the community and at home, and strive to create welcoming spaces for folks of all sexualities and genders to come and be themselves.
Other passions Maxxwell has are sexual assault prevention, bullying reduction, and creating open and validating spaces to discuss suicide and other topics that others may consider off limits. As someone who has felt silenced by the fear of being judged or being hospitalized, Maxxwell strives to make folks feel heard and safe, even in uncomfortable conversations.
Maxxwell has been a member at Youth MOVE Massachusetts since the summer of 2015, and became a chapter lead in May of 2017. Their work at Youth MOVE Mass includes facilitating trainings (such as Strategic Sharing, LGBTQ+ 101, and Box Up The Stress: An Interactive Crisis Box Workshop), developing trainings for providers, youth, young adults and families, providing one on one peer support, facilitating the Speakers Bureau, and attending committee meetings across the state to improve services for young adults and to inform policy.
Maxxwell is very creative in their spare time. They love to knit, crochet, sing, and write poetry and essays. They have been published multiple times on various blogs and in magazines (including Youth MOVE National’s blog!) and they are currently compiling a book of poetry they hope to publish. They also have 5 animals (four cats and one dog) who brighten their day with adorable antics (and cuddles)!
Evelyn is the Youth Liaison for Washington State Health Care Authority, The Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery. She was appointed by the Governor as a member on the Washington State Partnership Council on Juvenile Justice. She also chaired the youth subcommittee under the partnership council for two years, leading youth to be agents of change. She is now the Co-chair of the Partnership council on Juvenile Justice Behavioral Health committee. Evelyn has lived experience in the juvenile justice system and the behavioral health system. For nine years, she served youth in Children’s long-term inpatient facilities, juvenile rehabilitation facilities, juvenile detention, foster care system, and youth within the Wraparound with Intensive Services (WISe) program. During those eight years she also served on Local community boards; The Tacoma Gang Reduction project, Pierce County Sexual Exploitation of Minors Task Force, Tacoma Gun Safety, and Pierce County Juvenile Court Youth and Family Council as the Youth Tri Lead. Her current role with the State allows her to provide technical assistance on utilization of youth peer counselors, youth engagement and leadership to youth serving systems and agencies across Washington State.
Recently, she is the proud recipient of the 2019 Peer Alternatives youth and young adult leadership award. She is passionate about ending racial and ethnic disparities in the systems and promoting leadership opportunities for people of color. Her vision for youth is that they will take over what she is currently doing in her work.