Adrienne J. McCue
President & Executive Director
Adrienne J. McCue has been passionate about mental health education since, as a 12-year-old girl, she helped her mother cope with a serious mental health disorder. Adrienne has worked in peer-to-peer support groups and with deaf children with behavioral issues. She has assisted with individualized appropriate therapeutic needs, supported patients in learning daily living and coping skills, and as an interpreter for non-deaf family members trying to communicate with their children.
Adrienne has been a media panelist for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s LGBT Suicide Prevention Symposium at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and has volunteered and partnered with nonprofits such as Lincoln Park Community Shelter, Tutoring Chicago, Crisis Text Line, SitStayRead, and Cornerstone Community Outreach. 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 Adrienne to the White House in 2011 to recognize her work advocating for social change on human rights. In 2011, she was invited to the GLAAD National Media Institute for People of Color to promote diversity in the media. Adrienne was a keynote speaker and performed 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 a tutor and mentor for kids who are dealing with learning and poverty issues.
Adrienne lived and taught in Japan for two years, loves science fiction and is in the process of writing her first children’s book on mental health from the point of view of a caregiver. She loves spending time with her husband and dog Larrabee.
Lynne is a singer, writer, actress and bandleader, and has fronted her own group, Lynne Jordan and the Shivers, for more than 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 Step Up For Mental Health as it creates networks to help those who 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 includes men’s issues, specifically surviving sexual and domestic abuse, suicide prevention, and improving boys’ school performance.
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