Cheri Bragg - - Cheri’s journey has been highly impacted by her lived experience as a Daughter of a person with many mental health labels. She is grateful that the small amount of time spent with her mother during childhood led to a strong bond which has weathered numerous hospitalizations, decades-long institutionalization, nursing facilities, police interactions, probate court hearings, and even ideas that question her very existence. She finds her current role as caregiver to be exceptionally challenging and in the same breath, an honor, as she witnesses her mother’s spirit and assists in fighting for her rights. Professionally Cheri earned her B.S. in Human Development & Family Relations from the University of Connecticut. The past 15 years of professional experience include case management, rehabilitation, grassroots legislative advocacy, Coalition building, family advocacy & civil rights advocacy. She values Intentional Peer Support and the Wraparound process models of connection. She enjoys writing, teaching and publicly speaking about the topic of Daughters & Sons and intends to start a D&S wellness group in the Fall of 2015. The last part of her journey, and perhaps the most difficult, is one of self-exploration in pursuit of wellness, learning how to nurture herself mind, body and soul.
Maggie Jarry, M.Div. - Maggie wears many hats. Most relevant here is her volunteer work as co-founder of the Daughters and Sons Initiative. Inspired by her life experience as a daughter of a mother who parented well while struggling with schizoaffective illness, a stepfather who experienced schizophrenia and a father who suffered from chronic depression, in 2003 Maggie began efforts to galvanize support for people who have a parent with mental illness. She has worked to change the way people think about having a parent with mental illness within mental health and child welfare systems by coordinating national workshops and panel discussions across the United States and abroad. Her essay “A Peer Saplings Story: Lifting the Veil on Parents with Mental Illness and Their Daughters and Sons” was published in the December 2009 issue of Psychiatric Services. Ms. Jarry’s most recent written contribution is an essay entitled, "River of Resilience: A Daughter's Memories of Becoming Whole", in Motherhood, Mental Illness and Recovery: Stories of Hope(Springer International, August 2014). Professionally, Maggie's career is in disaster response and recovery, which began through her work in New York City’s World Trade Center disaster recovery efforts. She holds a Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York, Columbia University; a Master of Science degree in Nonprofit Management from the Milano School of International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy at The New School in New York; and two Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of Arizona in Tucson.