There are many people who made this project possible. First, David Chapin who pushed, supported, encouraged and allowed me to make decisions that might be seen as too much of a risk to take, since the day I met him in August 2004. In fact, all of the experiences I have had while a part of the PhD Program in Environmental Psychology at the Graduate Center, CUNY, have been most productive, eye-opening, and quite honestly, life-altering. I appreciate the opportunities I have been afforded while part of the program. To the Dissertation Committee and External Readers, David Chapin, Architect, Joseph Glick, PhD, James B. Gottstein, Esq., Cindi Katz, PhD, and Leanne Rivlin, PhD, thank you. Thank you for your guidance throughout this process. Thank you for taking the time you spent with me on this project. Thank you for multiple readings, suggestions for improvement, edits, and questions. All of which greatly improved the work.
The Opal Project network and the Mental Health Empowerment Project, Inc. were both essential in making this project happen as community-based partners in this research. Through the reach of their networks, we were able to develop a panel of thirty-six expert Advisors to the (de)VOCIED project and a panel of thirty expert Evaluators.
The six Study Coordinators of this study are Celia Brown, Debbie Kay Calkins, Katherine Cascio, Amy Colesante, Lester Cook, and Aubrey Ellen Shomo. As discussed in Volume I, without these people this work would not have happened in the way that it did, I would not be who I now am, and the breadth of perspective which (de)VOICED offers would not exist. I am eternally grateful to them for all they brought to this project.
The fourteen people who took on the role of Environmental Workographer for this study had extensive careers in psychiatric systems change and psychiatric histories. Each of these people are amazing. Routinely, with brutal honesty, they shared extremely personal experiences they have had throughout their lives. Without the experiences I had of meeting each of these people, (de)VOICED would not be what it is. It is based on what the Environmental Workographers shared with me that I can boldly discuss what is discussed throughout the entire dissertation. As a psychiatric survivor, I am enormously grateful to their contributions to this project.
To all of the people who took on roles as Advisors and Evaluators I am deeply appreciative. I am often in awe of the expertise of these people. This is further discussed in the dissertation. Without the thoughtful input each of these people had in the design and evaluation of this research, (de)VOICED would not be what it is. The diversity in perspective enhanced every aspect of this work. I believe the participation of the Advisors and Evaluators made this research more accessible to a wider array of readers than my singular perspective ever could have achieved.
I am greatly appreciative for the assistance and support I received from the people at the New York State Archives, The Oneida County Historical Society, the Utica Public Library, and the Special Collections at the Brooklyn College, CUNY Library. Without the work of people who have collected information shared here, I never would have known the majority of the historical information presented here. Thank you.
Over the last decade, so many people assisted and guided me in a host of different ways. Some of these people include: Victoria Baker, Angela Bobrowski, C.T.J., Kathryn Cascio, Angela Cerio, Amy Colesante, Lester Cook, William Cross, Jr., H.D., Eva Dech, Gregory Donovan, Martin Downing, Jr., George Ebert, MaryAnn Ebert, Erik Fabris, Bethanne Feldmen, Nicole Fennimore, Jennifer Gieseking, Chris Hansen, Vanessa Jackson, Sabrina Johnson, Judith Kubran, Brenda LeFrançois, Kimberly Libman, Patricia MacCubbin, Eileen McGinn, Tina Minkowitz, Stephanie Orlando, Claire Panetta, Darby Penney, Joanne Pentangelo, Ed Peters, Kay Powell, Tracy Puglisi, Maria-Helena Reiss, Dally Sanchez, and Giovanni Rodriguez. In your many different capacities, thank you all for always taking the time to listen to, support, and help me as I figured out what my options were.
To my network of friends and family on Facebook who have consistently cheered me on, offered critiques of ideas I was forming, and commiserated with me about the lengthy and challenging process I took on, I am grateful. To my friends and family in the physical realm, your support and tolerance of me for the last decade is impressive. Especially to my parents, who essentially have supported me throughout this process, thank you, enjoy your retirement.