Meet the Editors
of Mental Health World...
EDITOR IN CHIEF KAREN WELCH
From Buffalo, NY, Karen has a BA from Le Moyne College
and received her J.D. from the University at Buffalo School of Law. She has been a
recovering alcoholic for 12 years. She was the Western Regional Director of the New York
Civil Liberties Union for three years and is currently working as a staff attorney at
Neighborhood Legal Services, Inc. She is also a member of the Stutzman Addictions
Treatment Center Advisory Board, and the Erie County Department of Mental Health Community
EDITOR JAY GILPATRICK
From Buffalo, NY, Jay was diagnosed with schizophrenia in
1978. Learning of the Buffalo consumers movement in 1993, at the Phoenix Club
Self-Help Group and the Elmwood Clubhouse, he has been getting more involved. In 1995, he
was trained at Buffalo Psychiatric Center as a Program Aide. He was President of the
Elmwood Clubhouse in 96-97 working on empowerment issues, was Treasurer Action
for Mental Health in 95-96, and a Peer Advocate Specialist at the Independent
Living Center in 1997. Currently, he is also a member of the Erie County Mental Health
Subcommittee, Restoration Society, Inc. Board of Directors, and a volunteer at the Peer
Support Phone Line.
EDITOR DIANA NIELSEN
From Rochester, New York, Diana graduated from Brown
University and holds a Certificate in Gerontology from St. John Fisher College. She worked
as a crisis intervention counselor for Parents Anonymous, a self help group for parents.
She was the supervisor of the temporary division at Executive Placement Corporation, the
clothing room coordinator at Hillside Childrens Center and the administrative
assistant to the regional director of the National Coalition Building Institute. At
Alternatives to Battered Women, she taught secondary students in the city and suburbs
about dating violence. She now serves lunch at St. Josephs House of Hospitality (a
From Buffalo, NY, Ann has a BA in Humanities and has done
graduate work in Political Science and Communications. A recipient of mental health
services since 1989, she has advocated on housing and vocational issues.
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