There are many things that can be said about Tiffany, however, the most important is that she has always been an educator and advocate for those who cannot speak for themselves. As a trainer, it was for the adults she was tasked to train to prepare for new opportunities. As a special education teacher, it was for her students who needed someone to fight the system and sometimes the parents. And as a mental health advocate, it is now fighting for those who feel voiceless and most vulnerable.
Tiffany uses her voice to speak to police officers and sheriff departments regarding their daily encounters with the mentally ill to ensure a more empathetic and compassionate interaction. She has also been the catalyst to bring a mental health expo and symposium to her church during the month of July to celebrate National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. This expo has grown exponentially over the last four (4) years and is expected to grow into a 2-day conference for year five.
During her advocacy work, Tiffany has had the wonderful opportunity to sit on the panel at the Kennedy Forum Illinois to discuss the family impact on the recovery of persons living with an illness, sat on a panel with US Senator Dick Durbin to discuss the necessity of having mental health services readily available to college students and is currently sitting on the steering committee for a SAMSHA grant at the Cook County Hospital Systems.
With all of this work, Tiffany still takes time to talk to individual families as they walk their journeys. The goal of no family walking the journey alone is not a ‘tag line’ but her life’s mission.
Tiffany was born and raised on the south side of Chicago to Rudolph and Allene Brown. She’s a proud graduate of Kenwood Academy. She received both a Bachelor of Science and Master of Education degree from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale as well as Master of Science in Education from University of Illinois at Chicago. Upon returning to Chicago, Tiffany enmeshed herself into community service work by volunteering both with her church and other organizations that would allow her to work with children of all ages.
Tiffany is a dedicated and loving mother to Wesley (recent college graduate and an educator in SC) and LaNyah, freshman at Benedict College in South Carolina. She loves & ‘parents’ a large group of her children’s friends and can often be found in the midst of children and young adults from 10-21 years old at any given moment even when her own children are not around.
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