About

Our Mission

CoLEAD enables communities to redirect individuals engaged in law violations arising primarily from behavioral health conditions such as substance use or mental health issues to community-based services instead of using legal sanctions like arrest and jail.

Our Values

Driven by a shared desire for social justice, CoLEAD aims to interrupt racism, sexism, classism, transphobia and xenophobia by advancing policies and advocating for justice, actively responding, with community resources, to behaviors that might otherwise be considered public health issues, civil infractions or simple community norms.

CoLEAD is a model the serves the whole individual, which gives them the ability to create their own pathways to stability and self-sufficiency.

–Michelle McClendon, CoLEAD Shift Lead

CoLEAD Staff

Nichole Alexander
Entry & Care Manager
CoLEAD Response Team
Maxine Anderson
Outreach Responder
CoLEAD Response Team
Jesse Benet
Deputy Director
CoLEAD Project Director
Michelle Brownlee
Outreach Responder
CoLEAD Response Team
Marco Brydolf-Horwitz

CoLEAD Response Team
Jenea Burrell
CoLEAD Shift Lead
CoLEAD Response Team
Julie Carlson
CoLEAD Shift Lead
CoLEAD Response Team
Tabatha Davis
Operations Manager
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Crystal Erickson
CoLEAD Housing Specialist
CoLEAD Response Team
Garrett Fonteyne
Outreach Responder
CoLEAD Response Team
Carlo Garcia
CoLEAD Shift Lead
CoLEAD Response Team
Savannah Goguen
Outreach Responder
CoLEAD Response Team
Dezerae Hamblin
Health Care Coordinator
CoLEAD Response Team
Sean Healy
Outreach Responder
CoLEAD Response Team
Ramon Hernandez
CoLEAD Special Projects Manager
CoLEAD Response Team
Brittany Jackson
CoLEAD South Program Coordinator
CoLEAD Response Team
Dr. Cyn Kotarski, ND
Medical Director
CoLEAD Response Team
Tonia Lowery
CoLEAD Site Manager
CoLEAD Response Team
Michelle McClendon
CoLEAD Site Manager
CoLEAD Response Team
Danielle Montrose
Outreach Responder
CoLEAD Response Team
Stephen Percer
Outreach Responder
CoLEAD Response Team
Ken Schoener
Outreach Responder
CoLEAD Response Team
Teresa Schroeder
Onsite Responder
CoLEAD Response Team
Charlie Smith
Outreach Responder
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Josh Sutton
CoLEAD Shift Lead
CoLEAD Response Team

Data

CoLEAD maintains a culturally responsive approach for marginalized groups. Addressing untreated mental health conditions, chronic substance use and extreme poverty through non-punitive, companion-based case management, CoLEAD provides services in temporary lodging settings from a pro-equity stance. At present, three-fourths of active CoLEAD participants are BIPOC. Participants range in age from 22–62, with an average age of 40 years. The majority of participants are male, with a quarter of participants identifying as female.

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