The Peace Zone Board of Directors would like to announce the hiring of Mark Funkhouser as Executive Director of the mental health peer recovery center supporting adults in the Evansville area. Mark holds degrees in English Education and Business and is a twenty-year veteran in criminal justice, community corrections, and probation. He also has extensive experience working with the non-profit sector in the areas of social services and domestic violence, prevention and intervention as well as recovery, mental health, and addiction.
The new director’s personal and professional experience seemed like a perfect match with the center’s mission of “peer support and socialization as well as recovery and wellness.” Funkhouser has a professional background as a project director developing grants and implementing court and community programs including recent certifications as a registered yoga instructor, community health worker, and as a specialist in recovery.
Michelle has been a lifelong resident of Evansville’s west side. She is an artist and enjoys sharing her talent. She has been married to Tim for thirty-nine years. They have four children and two grandchildren. She is a 1976 Mater Dei graduate and also completed practical nursing school. While raising her family she wore many hats from being on a volunteer fire department at Perry Township to delivering mail on rural route 8. She shares her story of recovery in her book “Michelle May Crack” the published story of her journey through recovery living with bipolar and the many events of her life. She has been an advocate for mental illness by speaking to high school classes, presenting NAMI Family-to-Family classes, and being a Peer Advocate & Certified Recovery Specialist and Health & Wellness Outreach Coordinator at PEACE Zone.
Lisa has been a lifelong resident of Evansville and is a Harrison High School graduate. She enjoys walking and traveling. She can be found on many days before her shift starts exercising on the Peace Zone’s indoor walking/fitness track. She also volunteers at the St. Vincent DePaul store. She has been involved in PEACE Zone nearly since its inception volunteering on the Peer Advisory Council and at the check-in desk. She began employment in September 2013. She is in recovery and values the support she has from her friends and large family, including her many nieces and nephews. She says that taking care of herself and her faith both play an important part in her recovery.
Peace Zone has a new Program Coordinator, Kristen King. Although not from Evansville, she has remained here since the completion of her Bachelor’s in Accounting from USI. She previously worked in both public and private accounting and has worked for Town & Country Ford since 2008. She teaches English as a second language to children in Beijing China for VIPKID part-time. In recent years Kristen has taken a path toward organizations in the nonprofit sector. She currently serves as a Board Treasurer for Churches Embracing Offenders and several years as Pack Committee Awards/Recognition Chair for the BSA. Kristen is certified in Youth Mental Health First Aid through the National Council of Behavioral Health.
Kristen has a son, Blake, a daughter Annistyn, and three step-children & enjoys spending time with her family most of all and volunteering. She hopes to be able to help & encourage peers, as she has been in recovery for 10 years and feels a strong need and desire to “give back because so many peers and other supporters gave so freely of themselves throughout my journey in recovery”.