Elyse Greenamyre is currently getting her Master’s degree in Social Work from Texas State and is in long term recovery. She is a Youth Recovery Leader who works primarily with transitional aged youth, and a SMART recovery facilitator. She focuses on collegiate recovery and founded the Student Recovery Alliance (SRA) in October 2017. She is passionate about providing education to her peers on substance use disorder & mental health, ensuring that students have the resources that they need to be successful, and showing youth that you can have fun in recovery. Elyse says "I love the mission and vision of ACCEPT, the youth and supportive adults who are a part of this group are so inspiring".
Jessica Pena is a dedicated and inspirational advocate for youth recovery and mental health transformation. Prior to her current job, she worked as a peer recovery leader in West Texas. She attended West Texas A&M university where she also worked as a peer recovery leader in West Texas. In her spare time, Jessica enjoys spending time with her family, volunteering with her church, and expressing her creativity through makeup artistry. Since joining ACCEPT in 2017, She has severed in a wide number of capacities including helped put together Artify in Plainview during the summer of 2018, and attended the University of Maryland training institutes in Washington D.C..
April McWilliams serves as a foster care advocate, speaker, and educator on topics of child welfare, behavioral health, and youth engagement. Her mission is to facilitate learning opportunities on how to incorporate youth into policy development. "Not About Us Without Us"... her passion stems from personal experience of aging out of foster care having been in 4 different placements and 4 high schools. Undeterred by being a year behind and on juvenile probation, April was able to graduate high school at the age of 17 and eventually graduate with a degree in Social Work from the University of Texas at El Paso. Becoming a Mother during this time presented an additional motivation to become part of the less than 3% of youth in the nation to graduate college after aging out of foster care, an achievement that makes her especially proud. In 2019, She received a Masters in Social Work from University of Texas Arlington.
Meet Our Leadership Team
Treasurer/ Youth Specialist
Allie Herbert is a recent graduate of Baylor University where she studied Health Sciences and Business Administration. During her time in college, Allie interned at the Beauchamp Addiction Recovery Center where she was awarded Student Intern of the Year out of 10+ students. She got connected through ACCEPT through the Peer Allies Coalition, which she severed as secretary. This past year, she has also been a member of ARHE’s and SAFE’s National Leadership Academy where she created a Wellness Wednesday program to educate students on different wellness topics and how they intersect with recovery. In the future, Allie hopes to combine her passion for helping others and leadership through Population Health Management.
Kristopher Thomas is nationally recognized for his work related to foster care advocacy. He is an alumni of the foster care system, and has been a member of ACCEPT since 2016. Kristopher shares, "I joined ACCEPT at one of the lowest points of my life. At a young age, I experienced things I wouldn't wish on anyone. It took me a while to find my voice; sometimes I didn't know I had one. I advocate for those who are not able to advocate for themselves and also let youth know that their voices matter". In 2018, He was invited to present at the National Anti- Cyber bullying Summit at SAMHSA headquarters in Rockville, Maryland. He also recently attended the THRIVE youth conference in New Orleans.
Morgan Humburger is a nationally recognized leader in student recovery who currently resides in San Diego, California. Morgan was connected to ACCEPT when she served as the founder and president of the Peer Allies Coalition at Baylor University. She also worked as an for Baylor's collegiate recovery center and as an intern for the Association of Recovery in Higher Education (ARHE). In 2019, she was recognized by ARHE as the National Collegiate Recovery Student of the Year. In her spare time she enjoys writing, gardening, and hanging out with her dog, Tex, and cat, Noodles.
Youth Engagement Specialist
David McClung is the youth engagement specialist with the Texas Institute for Excellence in Mental Health in the Steve Hicks School of Social Work. David graduated from Wayland Baptist University with a bachelor of arts degree in psychology and Baylor University with a masters of social work and masters of divinity. He is now pursuing a Ph.D. in social work at Baylor University and hopes to graduate in 2018. His research interests include natural support systems, the role of congregations in mental health, and youth participatory action research. In his free time, David enjoys spending time with his family and his dog, keeping up with current events, reading, and watching movies.
Izzy Roskow is a passionate youth leader from Brenham, Texas. She is also a sophomore at the University of Texas in Austin, where she is studying Social Work. In her spare time, Izzy enjoys volunteering with her student organization on campus.