Bert Nash profile – Rhonda Stubbs

Emily Farley Child & Family Services

What do you love most about your job? I love working with people. I have always felt joy from serving others, empowering them and helping them meet their goals.   What have been some of the highlights for you during your time here? I have really enjoyed working with the children and families. I have also had the pleasure of …

LGBT group for youth

Emily Farley Child & Family Services

Statistically, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth are at a disproportionate risk for depression, suicide and substance abuse. They also can feel isolated, alienated or bullied. A new LGBT group for youth was started in the summer of 2017 at the Bert Nash Center to provide a support system so teenagers have a safe place to talk. Bert Nash …

Spirit award

Emily Farley Child & Family Services, News & Notes

Julie Berndsen, lead waiver facilitator, is the 2018 recipient of the Sandra Shaw Spirit Award. The award, named for the late Bert Nash CEO, is the highest honor a Bert Nash employee can receive. Julie’s parents, Dennis and Debbie, were on hand for the presentation. Congratulations, Julie!  

New Child and Family Services director’s own experiences inspired career path

Emily Farley Child & Family Services

Being a kid can be tough. Stephen O’Neill knows from personal experience. O’Neill’s struggles growing up and the help he received not only shaped the person he is today but inspired him to pursue a career where he could help children and families. That career path brought him to the Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center, where O’Neill is the …

Getting help is a way to live up to your full potential

Emily Farley Adult Services, WRAP

Rachel Monger met David Johnson, former Bert Nash CEO, several years ago at an advocacy fellowship program they both participated in through the Sunflower Foundation. She went up to him afterward and told him that Bert Nash was there for her when she needed it, and if there was anything she could do for the Center, to let her know. …

Parents become advocates for mental health awareness

Emily Farley Child & Family Services, News

Note: Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center will observe Mental Health Awareness Month in May with stories of hope and recovery. It used to be, Matt and Kathy Brown didn’t talk about mental illness and how it impacted their children. “We hid it from everybody at first, because of the stigma,” Matt said. Eventually, they opened up about things with …

That’s a WRAP: Charlie Kuszmaul calls it a career

Emily Farley News & Notes, WRAP

Charlie Kuszmaul, who retired in November, spent 25 years on staff at the Bert Nash Center. For most of that time — 19 years, to be exact — he was the driving force behind a program that places a mental health therapist in Douglas County schools. Known as WRAP, which stands for Working to Recognize Alternative possibilities, the in-school therapy …

Healthy bodies, healthy minds

Jeff Burkhead WRAP

Frances Rico believes it is important to practice what she preaches. Rico, who during the school year is a mental health clinician at Liberty Memorial Central Middle School, spends her summers working with youth to help them understand the connection between physical health and mental health. Rico is a member of the WRAP (Working to Recognize Alternative Possibilities) team at …