Becky Brasfield is an advocate for mental health recovery, disability rights, and justice involved consumers. She assumed the community leadership position of Secretary of NAMI Illinois' Alliance of Peer Professionals in February 2020. Becky is a Member of Advancing Leadership and was an inaugural Leadership Institute class member in 2015 of Chicago area emerging leaders with diverse disabilities. Becky is a member of the International Association of Peer Specialists’ and in 2016 served on their State Representatives Advisory Council. Becky joined the People’s Liberty Project in 2019 and, as a current member, she is a part of a Transformative/Restorative Justice Circle in Chicago that brings together justice reform advocates and stakeholders from surrounding communities. Becky is trained in Mental Health First Aid and has also served as co-facilitator for the State of Illinois Division of Mental Health Regional Recovery Trainings for Certified Recovery Support Specialists and Wellness Recovery Action Plan facilitators. Becky believes from personal experience that a loving community of recovery support, encouragement, opportunity and hope can transform the conditions and possibilities of a person’s life for the better.
Pooja Nagpal works at NAMI Chicago as an In-Home Recovery Support Provider. In her role she mentors, advocates, and encourages individuals living in recovery to be empowered to transition into independent living. She is dedicated and passionate about providing mental health education and advocacy. She also supports in the facilitation of WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Program) education, NAMI Connections groups, Peer-to-Peer, and several other recovery-oriented groups throughout the city. She holds a Certified Recovery Support Specialist (CRSS) credential in IL, and she has a BS in Business from Miami University, Ohio. In her free time, she likes to listen to jazz music, make other people laugh and watch stand-up comedy.
Tricia’s educational background includes a BS degree in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and an MA degree in College Student Development from Appalachian State University. She is the Founder and current Executive Director of Furry Friends Recovery, a therapy dog agency. Before founding Furry Friends Recovery, she was employed as a college student advisor for 15 years, working closely with students challenged by academic difficulty, learning disorders and personal issues.
Tricia has personal experience struggling with mental illness and feels strongly that dog therapy was a major component in her recovery. She is dedicated to making sure that others benefit from the healing power of dogs during recovery. In 2017, Tricia won the Susan Kniffel Award for her dedication to the mental health recovery movement. She holds a Crisis Recovery Support Specialist (CRSS) credential for the state of IL and a certification in Animal Assisted Therapy from the Animal Behavior Institute. She is also active in the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) including certification as a leader for NAMI Peer to Peer, NAMI In Our Own Voice, NAMI Connections and NAMI Provider Education, as well as NAMI Peer to Peer State Trainer.