Monarch Spotlight for May 2014
Brandon Tankersley is the new peer services director at Monarch. He works directly with those we support who are recovering from mental health issues, or are living with a developmental disability by offering support, encouragement and counsel. Tankersley also travels across the state speaking to groups about what it takes to recover occupationally from a traumatic experience. His most recent speaking engagement was as the keynote speaker for First In Families of North Carolina, a state wide annual summit meeting for people with disabilities and their families.
Q: How long have you worked at Monarch?
Since January of 2014. Prior to my career at Monarch, I was a software engineer for a very large, nationwide organization called LexisNexis for eight years, as well as a lead special education teacher and a North Carolina state certified peer support specialist.
Q: What does a typical workday look like?
I wake up early, around 5 a.m. every day. I spend early mornings going through email, planning, and communicating with my peers who also wake up early every day. I do research about what is available to allow people in my same circumstance, to succeed. I attend many conferences, summits, and seminars to further enlighten me as to how I can help other people with MH-IDD-SA challenges.
I speak inspirationally to other organizations and people we support about what individuals in my circumstance, those recovering from a brain injury and living with intellectual and developmental disabilities, can accomplish with hard work and determination, and also about the wonderful services that Monarch can provide. I attend meetings with other Monarch employees to discuss missions and ideas, and how we can accomplish them.
Q: What is the most important aspect of your role and why?
To be responsible for developing and providing ongoing support and consultation to all peer-run services for Monarch, and ensuring all service delivery is consistent with evidenced- based practice or emerging best practices.
Q: What has been your most rewarding or satisfying experience, or your proudest moment, while working here?
My story has been posted to the Monarch web site, I am being recognized in the Monarch Spotlight, I have been published to the SAMHSA web site, I have written a program description and vision for peer services with the help of Ben Millsap, Senior Clinical Director, I have interviewed and hired wonderful, new employees, I have traveled around the state of North Carolina and attended some enlightening conferences, some very educational trainings, and met several of the Monarch’s finest employees at all levels - PROUDEST THOUGH- would probably be the post to the Monarch web site.
Q: What might someone be surprised to know about you?
I have never had a cup of coffee in my entire life!
Q: What do you do when you aren't working?
Exercise, yard work, watch sports, walk my dog, swim, cook, clean, go to church, and volunteer.
Q: Favorite place to visit?
Being around family on a beautiful lake in Michigan.
Q: Movie or song that best describes you?
“I Can Only Imagine” by MercyMe.