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Patti is a person with lived experience in the foster system and juvenile justice system. This experience brings a unique perspective to finding sustainable systemic solutions. Through powerful storytelling coupled with state and federal data of the current systems in place Patti illuminates how these systems are counter-productive to the goal we all want to achieve. 


Her main role and passion is getting peer recovery support to biological parents who have had their children removed by Child Protective Services.




Jesse Heffernan is a Recovery Coach & consultant with long-term substance use and mental health recovery. He lives in WI with his wife and 4 children, enjoying all things in geek culture, disc golf, and coffee. It is his belief that Recovery is a process of moving from surviving to thriving as a whole person.


He has had the privilege as a person in recovery to serve on several coalitions and grassroots nonprofits as an advocate for implementation of a culturally intelligent, recovery-oriented continuum of care.




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