Please Give a Warm Welcome to Shane Semin to OCEACT

Shane Semin – ACT Statewide Trainer and Fidelity Reviewer

Shane grew up in Ashland, Oregon and feels lucky to be a 34 year resident of Southern Oregon, . Shane experienced adversity in his teens and early 20’s and was fortunate enough to find recovery at 22 years old. Shane started to find different opportunities for himself and as a young man, Shane found himself working manual labor, mostly having to do with production and Mill work. After years of manual labor work, Shane was able to use the wisdom of his father and “use the thing on his shoulders for something other than a hat rack”. Shane returned to school in his Mid 20’s and he was determined to become a long term residential Alcohol and Drug counselor. Upon graduation, he was able to secure one of only two local positions that fit this bill. Shane worked 7 plus years in a residential setting, providing addictions counseling  to adult males who could bring one child in to residence and gain substance abuse treatment along with parenting skills.  Shane made another change and went into outpatient Opiate replacement therapy. After four years working with the opiate dependent population, he found himself with another opportunity for change and worked on the Access to Recovery Grant with Jackson County Mental Health. When this grant came to an end, the agency was ready to start an Assertive Community treatment team. Shane worked on the Jackson County Mental Health ACT team as the Substance Abuse Specialist for nearly 4 years.  Recently, Shane was prompted to apply for a position for the Oregon Center of Excellence for Assertive Community Treatment, where two of his friends were currently working. Shane was offered the position of ACT Statewide Trainer and feels blessed to be part of this amazing team!

 

Please Give a Warm Welcome to Alyssa Kerlinger to OCEACT!

Alyssa Kerlinger – OCEACT Research Associate

Alyssa was born and raised in Medford, Oregon, where she currently lives. She graduated with a bachelor degree in Sociology and certificates in Nonprofit Management and Regional Studies and Applied Social Research from Southern Oregon University. While finishing her degree, Alyssa partnered with the Southern Oregon University Research Center to study student retention, analyzing the obstacles SOU students face to reach graduation. Alyssa has been able to assist with other research studies including: collecting data for Jackson County Health and Human Services’ Standardized Tobacco Assessment for Retail Settings and co-editing on Dr. Vincent Smith’s Food Assessment Research, which is currently submitted for publishing.

With her knowledge of the barriers that college students face, Alyssa started her career at Jackson County Mental Health as a Supported Education Specialist. There, she was able to assist mental health clients overcome barriers and achieve their education goals. It is with great excitement that Alyssa will continue her work in mental health and use her research experience in her new position as OCEACT’s Research Associate.

With a love for understanding and learning about people, Alyssa spent several years before college traveling through China, Puerto Rico, Israel and Kenya. In her free time, Alyssa enjoys continuing to travel, reading a good book, and camping or rafting with her husband and two dogs.

Alyssa Kerlinger