Children of Addiction Panel: Lisa Reed, Peaceful Family Oklahoma; Isela Perez, OK Dept of Mental Health; Charles Gosset, moderator
Since 2020, Lisa has been at the helm of Peaceful Family Oklahoma, the state’s only organization exclusively dedicated to children impacted by addiction in their families. Under her leadership, the entity has experienced significant growth, expanding its reach from serving around 100 children annually to over 1,000 per year. Lisa has also overseen the expansion of programs from one to ten, and the age range has broadened to include kids ages 4-18.
Lisa is a Certified Public Manager (C.P.M.), accredited by the National Certified Public Manager Consortium. She is an alumna of Leadership Oklahoma City Class XX, Leadership Edmond Class XXXVI, and a member of the Rotary Club of Oklahoma City. She is the former executive director of the Oklahoma City Orchestra League, Possibilities, Inc., and deputy director of the Oklahoma City Public Schools Foundation. Since 1999, she has provided consulting services to more than 30 local nonprofits, foundations, and coalitions, specializing in strategic planning, outcome measurement and group facilitation.
Isela Perez‘s professional journey at the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services showcases her dedication as the Sr Program Manager for Community Engagement and Advocacy. With a master’s degree in Behavioral Counseling, her expertise is backed by hands-on experience as a Project Director in Systems of Care Wraparound and The Program Manager for the Zero Suicide Initiative.
Her commitment to improving the quality of life for individuals and families is evident in her efforts to connect them with appropriate support systems. Isela’s advocacy extends beyond individual empowerment; she focuses on amplifying voices and fostering robust community connections.
Her understanding of the power of peer support and the significance of early access to services highlights her holistic approach to mental health support and substance use. Additionally, she utilizes firsthand experiences, to emphasize the importance of self-care and advocates passionately for others to prioritize their well-being.
In times when she is not doing her impactful work, Isela finds joy in simple pleasures such as: cherishing moments with her family, exploring new sights, and surrounding herself with people who bring laughter and appreciation for life’s smaller joys. Isela Perez embodies a compassionate advocate whose professional expertise and personal experiences converge to positively impact mental health services, emphasizing the significance of empathy, community, advocacy, and self-care.