Adrienne J. McCue
President & Executive Director
Adrienne J. McCue has been passionate about mental health education since 12-years-old, helping her mother cope with a serious mental health disorder. Adrienne has worked in peer-to-peer support groups, with deaf children with behavioral issues. Assisted with individualized appropriate therapeutic needs; supported patients in learning daily living and coping skills, interpreter for non-deaf family members coping with communicating with their children.
Media panelist for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s (AFSP) LGBT Suicide Prevention Symposium at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, has volunteered and partnered with nonprofits such as Lincoln Park Community Shelter (LPCS), Tutoring Chicago, Crisis Text Line, SitStayRead, Cornerstone Community Outreach by donating, feeding and assisting the homeless. Adrienne created an advocacy PSA campaigns called “I am Visible” for human rights and talked about mental health issues via social media on Huffington Post, which received the attention of First Lady Michelle Obama.
President Barack Obama invited McCue to the White House in June of 2011, for advocating for social change on human rights. In 2011, McCue was invited to the GLAAD National Media Institute for People of Color to promote diversity in media. Adrienne was invited as Keynote Speaker and preformed workshops at UC Davis University and St. Cloud State University on topics of human rights advocacy, education, visibility, entrepreneurship and using social media for diversity platforms.
Adrienne now works as a Crisis Counselor, peer mental health facilitator and tutors and mentors kids in education who are dealing with learning and poverty issues.
Adrienne lived in Japan for two years teaching, loves sci-fi and in the process of writing her first children’s book on mental health as a caregiver. She loves spending time with her husband and dog Larrabee.
Lynne is a singer, writer, actress, bandleader, Lynne wears many hats and as bandleader has fronted her own group Lynne Jordan and the Shivers for over 20 years providing entertainment to audiences across the globe. As a bandleader on the charity event circuit, Lynne is no stranger to the giant effort it takes to create and manage outreach to communities and individuals in need of services. She’s thrilled to help build the AJW Foundation as it creates networks to help those who must face the daily challenges of living with mental illness.
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Peter is an educator living and working in the Boston area. He has taught ESL to international students preparing for their academic careers in the United States. Presently, Peter teaches rhetoric, composition, and literature to a nationally and internationally diverse student body at MCPHS University. In addition, his work has also included several stints as academic dean for the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth. His interest in mental health include men’s issues, specifically surviving sexual and domestic abuse, suicide prevention, and improving boys’ school performance.
@pmruggiero on Twitter