Mark Richardson, Ph.D., Executive Director
Mark A. Richardson, PhD is the former Director of the K-12 Collaborative at the University of Richmond and the founding Chief Executive Officer of Communities in Schools of Petersburg. Dr. Richardson’s previous experiences include tenures as Assistant Professor at Virginia State University in the Department of Teaching and Learning and Coordinator for Programs for Adults in Vocational Education (PAVE) at J. Sergeant Reynolds Community College, where he directed and managed the development, evaluation and implementation of post-secondary vocational programs for students with intellectual disabilities. Dr. Richardson has had a longstanding commitment to working with students and adults with mental illnesses. Prior to joining the team at NAMI CVA, he worked as a Supported Employment Counselor, Community College Connection Specialist and Behavioral Consultant with Richmond Public School and Virginia Commonwealth University. His research interests include African American mental health, ex-offender rehabilitation, the disproportionate disability labeling of minority students, universal design for instruction in the classroom and the effective use of special accommodations in post-secondary environments.
Jeff Conley – Program Coordinator
Mr. Conley attended Christopher Newport University and graduated with a B.A. in Political Science. Jeff joined NAMI-CVA in 2013 after learning that some of his friends and acquaintances were personally affected by mental illness; some dying by suicide. Since joining NAMI-CVA, Jeff has completed Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), NAMI Smarts Advocacy training, Youth Mental Health First Aid Mentor Training, and the Duke University non-profit management Certificate offered thru the Cameron Foundation. Jeff has provided mental health and suicide intervention presentations at Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Occupational Therapy, Elephant Insurance, the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Managers Association, the Health Planning Region IV Peer Recovery Conference, and many other venues. Today, Jeff coordinates consumer and family members programs and represents NAMI-CVA at stakeholder meetings, local health fairs, and regional health summits.
Bryan Tunnell – MSW, Outreach Coordinator
“My experience has given me great appreciation of NAMI-CVA and I hope it has positioned me to serve the organization well in this new role. I have firsthand knowledge of the special touch NAMI-CVA brings to mutual support among people with mental health challenges. Ten years ago, I sought support on my own path to mental health recovery by attending a NAMI-CVA Connections group. I cannot say enough about how its participants and facilitators helped me along my way. Eventually, I came to co-facilitate the group. It is through this position as a volunteer that I found my calling in the mental health field. I went on to become a peer support specialist, to become executive director of a peer-run drop-in center, and to gain my Master of Social Work degree with a focus on mental health.”