The Tulsa Production team is passionate about ending the stigma associated with mental illness in our community. The team consists of those who have a lived experience or a loved one who lives daily with a mental illness. Our goal as a team is simple. It is to provide encouragement, strength, and hope to those who live with a mental illness, or love and care for someone who does.
Dr. Michael Stick is a minister, teacher, and author. He is the pastor of GloryLand Baptist Church in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma and has thirty-two years of ministry experience. He also teaches language arts in Bixby, Oklahoma. Michael holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Master of Divinity form Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Michael serves as a volunteer with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) as a Family Support Group leader and is also a trained Family to Family teacher. He also shares his story as part of the NAMI Tulsa Crisis Intervention Training team which trains police/first responders/detention officers in caring for those who have a mental illness.
Michael is passionate about advocacy for those living with a mental illness. His son, Matt, suffered a psychotic break in 2012, resulting in his wife’s death. Matt lives with Bipolar 1 Disorder and Michael continues to support him in his recovery. His book, A Father’s Love (due October 2017) chronicles Matt’s journey into the abyss of psychosis as well as his family’s love and support for him throughout his confinement, trial, and recovery. His book helps the reader understand psychosis from his son’s point of view, from the inside out.
Dr. Lester Shaw is a singer, songwriter, international recording artist, filmmaker and educator. He is the founder, Executive Director and Program Coordinator and oversees all components of A Pocket Full Of Hope®. He has designed and implemented programs that combine youth development with learning strategy preference identification in an atmosphere of acceptance and understanding. Targeting children ages 7-19 and their families, the programs in A Pocket Full Of Hope® assist young people in exploring the world on their own terms while developing internal strength mechanisms to help them deal with adverse environmental factors such as gangs, drugs, violence, and boredom.
Dr. Shaw has made knowledge about healthy choices, social skills and self-esteem accessible to help youth develop character and leadership. Dr. Shaw also holds an Oklahoma teacher certification with twenty-two years of teaching experience. He has conducted and managed similar drama therapy-based programs and is a certified case manager and chemical dependency consultant, and formerly worked with Family & Children’s Services in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Dr. Shaw has also worked as a Chemical Dependency Technician and Outreach Coordinator for Metropolitan Tulsa Substance Abuse and counseling Services. Dr. Shaw chose to be involved in This is My Brave because he feels it’s important to share gifts and life stories as they can have a profound impact on the lives of others and can be very inspirational.
Linda Petty grew up in Tulsa Oklahoma. She received a degree in religious studies from Notre Dame University in Baltimore, Maryland. Linda also attended Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa and received a Masters in Divinity. Since that time she has served Asbury United Methodist Church in Tulsa and currently serves at Faith Cumberland Presbyterian Church as Minister of Outreach .
Linda has been living with multiple sclerosis for over 20 years and has found that being a wheelchair user doesn't hinder her passion for serving God's people. She enjoys writing children's books, reading, meeting new people and serving the church where ever is needed whether in a jail, assisted living, hospital, homeless mission, or church setting. She is a member of the Mental Health Association of Oklahoma Public Policy Committee.
Delores Privette Smith, MS, BSN, ADN, RN is a retired psychiatric nurse with extensive experience in acute psychiatry and addictions. During her 40 years as an RN she published numerous scholarly articles in nursing and medical journals. Since retirement her sole avocation is writing, with a book that is soon to be released. Delores became a NAMI facilitator following the death of her only son, Robert, who suffered from undiagnosed depression. The question, “Was it an accidental overdose, or was it suicide?” will forever remain unanswered.
Delores was a knowledgeable professional working in the field of psychiatry, and she had years of experience assessing for suicidal ideation, years of keeping her patients safe. Yet, she failed to recognize the severity of the depression in her own son. This mother’s reason for working in NAMI is so that mental illness, especially depression, will be recognized as the potential killer that it truly is.
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