OCEACT has hired two new statewide trainers. Please welcome Asia Gray and Cathy Bozarth to the OCEACT team!
Asia is an Oregon native, born and raised in the Portland area. Currently, she lives in St Helens Oregon with her partner Len and 3 of their 4 children. Their oldest daughter lives with her mom.
Asia returned to school in her twenties as a nontraditional student, and received a Ford Restart scholarship. She completed her Masters degree at Portland State University in 2013. Her background is working in rural community mental health, and she has been in several roles across the continuum of care for folks living with serious mental illness. In 2017, Asia implemented a high fidelity ACT team and served as team lead. She is passionate about social justice, especially health equity, and environmental stewardship.
Asia enjoys being in the woods, gardening and learning about plants, reading and listening to audio books, walking and hiking, and finding secret swimming holes and beautiful places near rivers and creeks. She reports that she is grateful for the opportunity to serve the community by joining OCEACT!
Cathy earned her Master of Arts in Counseling: Clinical Mental Health from Adams State University at Alamosa, Colorado. Cathy spent over twelve years working in community mental health in Grand Junction, Colorado. In that time Cathy held various positions working in the hospital, as part of the mobile crisis outreach team, and finally as part of the outpatient leadership team. Cathy relocated to the Medford area two years ago and in that time worked as part of the Options Jackson County ACT team. Cathy is looking forward to working with ACT teams in this new capacity as a statewide trainer.
Cathy most enjoys spending her free time in the outdoors, especially camping and most recently has taken up kayaking. She also enjoys time with family and friends who continue to visit from California, Colorado, and Washington.