NAMI CI is proud to welcome Terri Shipman to the Ames Wellness Center. Terri will coordinate efforts working with peers in Ames. Learn more about Terri below!
Born and raised in New York, I moved to Iowa in 2000. In 2004 I met my partner in life and we have been married for 6 years. During that time, I have been active in training, learning, and preaching the power of peer support. After graduating from the Iowa Peer Support Academy in 2008, my passion grew and I knew what my purpose was.
I have been a member of NAMI since 2004. I have been a board member for NAMI Greater Des Moines, for 3 years and often do a lot of volunteering. I am also a board member of the Iowa Advocates for Mental Health Recovery (IAMHR), I have been on that board for approximately 2 years. IAMHR is best known for running the Office of Consumer Affairs and being the state wide mental health advocacy group run by peers with lived experience.
I boast that I have trained most of the Peer Support Specialists in the State. I have, as well as WRAP, Recovery Awareness Workshops, and other interests I have been affiliated with. I am a State Trainer for Peer to Peer and for In Our Own Voice, I am currently going to teach Peer to Peer in the Mitchellville Prison. We also have planned an In Our Own Voice training in Davenport at the end of the month.
Honestly, I’m a pretty laid back person. I enjoy peers and look forward to meeting the whole Wellness Center Community. I am excited to start some new ideas and willing to listen to yours.
The Wellness Center is something I’ve wanted to be affiliated in for many years, I have some prior experience in Coordinating the Friendship Club in Iowa Falls. I learned a lot from them and have learned a lot about myself since then.
Recovery for me includes seeing my therapist, walking with my dog, and spending time with my family. I believe recovery is possible for everyone, and would be happy to share my own story with anyone. That is what helps us grow, by giving back.