Brandon Tankersley is the Director of Peer Services for Monarch. He specializes in Evidence-Based Practices such as the Wellness Recovery Action Plan.
He supervises Monarch’s Peer Support Specialists in five branches of services; basic Peer Support, Tenancy Support, Individual Placement Support (IPS), Transitional Care Team (TCT) and Assertive Community Treatment Team (ACTT). These programs help people in various stages of recovery identify and reach their goals.
Tankersley has worked in North Carolina as a Special Education teacher, and previously in Ohio as a Software Engineer. In 1991, Brandon sustained life threatening injuries and was in a coma for six weeks after a car accident involving a drunk driver. His family was informed by doctors that he would likely be in a “vegetative state for life”. After ongoing prayers, great medical attention, and years of continuous, intensive therapy, Tankersley has overcome and continues to beat the odds that were stacked against him.
He graduated from Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Information Technology courtesy of a scholarship from the university’s Office of Disability Service. He earned a Masters in Special Education with a concentration on Vocational Rehabilitation from the University of Cincinnati, also on scholarship.
Tankersley is active with his church, has volunteered countless hours, and has spoken to many schools, organizations, and community groups about working hard, being focused on doing your best, the dangers of drinking and driving, and not giving up in the face of adversity. Brandon’s story has been documented numerous times, and he has received several scholarships and awards since his recovery.
In 2014, Tankersley was appointed by North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory to be a board member on the North Carolina Brain Injury Advisory Council (BIAC). There, he works with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services to help contribute towards the definition of brain injury, promoting inter-agency coordination of efforts, studying the needs of persons with brain injuries, coordination of prevention efforts, and make recommendations to the Governor, the General Assembly, and the Secretary of Health and Human Services.
Tankersley is also a contributing board member to The North Carolina State Consumer & Family Advisory Committee, The North Carolina Stakeholder Engagement group, and The North Carolina Integrated Care Steering Committee.