Angele Whinn, PSS, CRM
Program Manager, Clackamas County & Clackamas Behavioral Health Unit
Angele’s path to working in peer support began in February of 2011, when she moved into Oxford Recovery Housing. She quickly realized that she enjoyed organizing the group and helping them all communicate together more effectively to get things done around the house. When she went to her first Oxford chapter meeting, she was offered a service position. From there, she started volunteering as a mentor in men’s and women’s recovery housing for a few years. She then became an outreach worker and travelled around Oregon opening up recovery houses, mentoring people, and helping new people adjust to life in recovery. She was then hired on at Bridges to Change in the mental health stabilization program, where she helped them open the new recovery house in Clackamas County. Now she is bringing her talent for peer support leadership to MHAAO! In her own words, “If I can live a life in recovery, I want to help others live a life in recovery. I enjoy networking and sharing tools and resources with other agencies and other people. There is always going to be something out there that no one else has ever heard of that fits.”
Angele was born and raised in Oregon, and her ancestors came over on the Oregon Trail. Her passion is travelling and she enjoys going on trips with her sister. In the past two years, she has been to Texas, New Mexico, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, and Alaska. She has been on a hot air balloon ride in Albuquerque, whale-watching on a float plane in Alaska, and hiking in Zion National Park. She has a son, a daughter, and two granddaughters, ages 3 and 10.