Jonny serves as a Behavioral Health Wellness Specialist at Harrisonburg-Rockingham Community Services Board, delivering trainings, providing free resources, and engaging the Harrisonburg-Rockingham community on the topics of Mental and Emotional Health, Suicide Prevention, and Substance Use Prevention. Along with Jonny’s role as a Behavioral Health Wellness Specialist, Jonny serves as a support staff member to the Healthy Community Collaborative, a coalition that brings people and organizations together to end health disparities and inequities in the Harrisonburg-Rockingham communities.
Jonny’s journey into wellness and personal growth originated through the personal struggles that he experienced in his teenage and early adult life related to substance use and mental/emotional challenges. These hardships, paired with a “rock bottom” experience, compelled Jonny to begin pouring rigorous attention into his self-development so that he could change the direction of his life. At the age of 23, Jonny finished his Associates degree, became a certified yoga instructor, a certified health coach, and started his coaching business to assist others in their journeys of personal growth and wellness. As Jonny explored some courses at James Madison University, he found a special interest and enjoyment in facilitating group dialogue and collaborative discussions. Through working with JMU’s Institute for Constructive Advocacy and Dialogue, Jonny began to realize the potential that dialogue and community-organizing has to create positive, systemic change in the world. Jonny’s hope is to continue helping people, communities, and organizations through educating, training, facilitating, and coaching on the topics of (and related to) personal growth, wellness, and collaboration. When not engaged in his efforts towards personal and professional development, Jonny enjoys bouldering, watching the wind blow the leaves on trees, and strumming his guitar.
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