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Naomi Mizushima

Board Chair, Founder, and Secretary 

Trained Certified Peer Specialist, 

Trained NAMI Ending the Silence (ETS) Presenter, 2x Certified NAMI Family to Family, NAMI Japanese Speaking Group Volunteer, Recovery International members, and GLAC NAMI member

 Naomi is a bilingual/bicultural 2nd generation Japanese American born and raised in Boulder, Colorado. Because she is also a peer with lived experiences and a family member of a peer, after working and living in Japan for most of her professional life in investment real estate, upon retiring, she founded 1000 Cranes for Recovery in 2019 to raise awareness, educate, and promote wellness activities through innovative arts and culture to better serve the Asian American communities. 

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JR Kuo

Board Member, Executive Director, Speaker and Trainer, Certified Mental Health First Aid Trainer

JR is a  bilingual/bicultural1st generation Taiwanese American. JR is a professional mental health speaker and trainer with his own firm, Coffee With JR

 As a 1st generation Taiwanese American immigrant, is a professional  mental health speaker and trainer through his  company, Coffee with JR

“For many years I have wanted to share my life story. Due to shame and  fear, I lacked the bravery to do so. However, I realized Dr. Lisa Strober,  my former therapist believed that my stories would inspire and change  people’s lives, and at the same time free myself from my own traumas as I  continue progressing on my path of recovery.” JR Kuo

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"Shige" Shimomura

  CFO and Mental Health Advocate

Shige is a 1st generation Japanese. Shige has worked as an accountant in Southern California for over 30 years for many US based Japan affiliated firms.  Shige is currently an active participant of Recovery International (RI) and helps facilitate 1000 Cranes for CALM in collaboration with RI.


Libby Hartigan

Advisory Board Member and Community Collaborator

Libby is the.Director of Training & Quality Assurance at SHARE! the Self-Help And Recovery Exchange Organization for peers. 

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Peter Murphy

Advisory Board Member and Community Collaborator

 Peter currently works as the Outreach Manager for MHASF.  He has been with MHASF since 2015 as a coordinator on the San Francisco Peer-Run Warm Line.


Eutah Mizushima

Trained Certified Peer Specialist,  Mental Health Advocate, Speaker, and Consultant

Eutah is a bilingual bicultural Japanese American. He holds a Bachelor's Degree from Waseda University, Japan and is currently enrolled in a  counseling masters program at Yorkville University.  

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Chiaki Ueki

Trained Certified Peer Specialist, Speaker, Mental Health Advocate, and Trainer

Chiaki is a 1st generation Japanese family member of a peer. She is the founder and facilitator of the Japanese speaking support group at South Bay NAMI. Chiaki has been a NAMI support group facilitator for over 10 years. 

Our  2024 Current  Collaborators

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