The new members are: Jonathan Young, Gary Blumenthal, Chester Finn, Sara Gelser, Ari Ne'eman, Dongwoo Joseph Pak, Carol Jean Reynolds
, and Fernando M. Torres-Gil.
Carol Jean Reynolds of Evergreen, Colo, is the executive director of the Disability Center for Independent Living (DCIL) in Denver.
is a grassroots service and advocacy organization that assists more than 700 consumers each year, providing four core services-peer counseling, independent living skills training, advocacy, and referrals-to individuals with both physical and mental disabilities.
Reynolds is a member of the governing board of the National Council on Independent Living and serves as cochair of its Mental Health Task Force.
was awarded board member and consumer of the year by the National Association of the Mentally Ill
She is also a member of the Colorado State Rehabilitation Employment Council.
speaks publicly on mental health issues, including providing testimony to the Colorado State legislature in connection with legislation providing funding to uninsured individuals with mental health issues.
has struggled with and overcome several mental health and substance abuse issues, and has been in recovery for 26 years.