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Monarch Spotlight for May 2014

Brandon Tankersley

1- Spotlight-Brandon2012Brandon 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.

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