Open Arms Drop-In Center
Open Arms’ committed staff of Peer Support Specialists and Volunteers answer questions, provide support and advocacy, offer friendly smiles and lend helping hands to those engaging the recovery process.
Open Arms Drop-In Center Manager
Leann is from Herrin, a town in Southern Illinois, where she lived until moving to Montana in 2011. Growing up in a tight knit community you truly never meet a stranger. Leann carries this value today.
Leann has an Associates Degree from Argosy University and is pursuing a Bachelors in Psychology Advanced Studies. At GMHC she worked as the Client Account Representative for 2 years before being given the opportunity to manage the Open Arms Drop In Center. She is passionate about helping so in turn she is proud to be part of the amazing team at GMHC and believes in the work they do both collaboratively and independently.
In her personal time Leann enjoys being outdoors with her husband, their 6 children and their dog, Jill.
Peer Support Specialist
A Certified Peer Support Specialist since June 2010, Peter has proven himself to be a dedicated asset for the Drop-in Center and a welcome and committed member of the GMHC family. The son of a geologist, Peter’s family was nomadic: by the time he was ten, he had slept outdoors in all but ten of the then 48 states! Peter attended college at St. Lawrence University and completed graduate studies in Ecology in addition to receiving a teaching degree at the University of Montana. Peter has been a forest firefighter, commercial fisherman, arctic researcher, fisheries biologist, photographer and teacher in Alaska, Montana, New Hampshire and Colorado. A longtime advocate of sustainability and the health of both this planet and its people, Peter has worked for the Sierra Club, Wilderness Society and Wildlife Federation and is a supporter of Trout Unlimited, the Great Bear Foundation and numerous museums and educational programs. Currently, Peter pursues interests in photography, natural history, gardening, hunter-gathering, cooking, international folk and contra dancing, sustainability and now, more than ever, mental health and suicide prevention. Although Peter didn’t plan on becoming a mental health professional, it has become a meaningful and rewarding direction for his professional evolution and a boon for the mental health field at large.
Peer Support Specialist (bio coming soon)