The Board of Directors: Executive Director: Dianna Castleberry, Founder/President: James Begley, ,Vice President: Jedidiah Johnson, Secretary: Ashley Stevenson, Treasurer Christine Overton,Volunteer - Cara Johnson, Volunteer, Autism Advocate- Taylor Sweeting, and Honorary Board Member Alex Connor.
Executive Director Dianna Castleberry:
Hello my name is Dianna Castleberry I am a CRSS (Certified Recovery Support Specialist), WRAP(wellness recovery action plan) facilitator, I currently live in Barry IL. I have been diagnosed with a mental illness. I also struggled with alcohol before entering into recovery. I have a mission to change the way the world looks at persons living with a mental health diagnosis. I am a mom of 2 daughters and one son. And the proud grandmother of two granddaughters, One Grandson and I'm also one of the founders of Bursting Bubbles. I currently have 5 active certifications in the mental health field.
Founder/President - James Begley
BIO coming soon.
Vice President Jedidiah Johnson
Hello. My name is Jedidiah A Johnson. I was born to Randy and Carol Johnson on June 4th, 1978. I was born and raised in Quincy IL and now live in Hannibal, Mo. I have 2 children. 1 boy, Kaleb and 1 girl, Abigail. I married the love of my life Cara Rae in July of 2014. Cara is a licensed Psychologist. Some may call us crazy because from the time we me, started dating, and married was a wapping 1-1/2 months. It was one of them love at first sight moments and one of them God moments. We share our home with 2 cats, 2 dogs, and my Mother in Law Norma as well lives with us. Cara was an only child and prayed to God to meet a man with a big family. I have 1 brother, 2 sisters, 5 nephews, and 1 niece. So he indeed granted that. I have in the past been diagnosed with Bipolar, ADHD, depression, and anxiety disorder. I was at one time an impossible person to live with before being diagnosed and knowing what issues I had going on. The depression and anxiety can still flair up from time to time, but with the help of a great support system it is indeed much better. I credit it all as well to my Father above. My go to and passion to help as well is music. I enjoy pretty much any styles and types of music. Completely depends on the mood. I am part of the church praise and worship team at Central Baptist Church in Quincy where we attend. I’m very outgoing, and quite comical. I love to make others laugh and don’t seem to know a stranger. I often tell others my ultimate goal of every day is to turn as many frowns upside down that I possibly can.
Secretary -Ashley Stevenson
My name is Ashley Stevenson. I was born, raised and still live in central IL. I have a daughter, Lilly, who is my whole world. Although parenting with a mental illness can be challenging at times. I was first diagnosed in high school with a mental illness. I have struggled with self harm since 8th grade. I enjoy being outside enjoying the weather, country music (especially Luke Bryan), country driving (great therapy). Lilly and I are both big animal lovers and love going to zoos, currently we have two dogs, one cat, one bunny, and four goats. My biggest support that I have had is my family. They have always been there for me through everything and stuck by me and most importantly never gave up on me. It is so important to have a good support system and hopefully I can help someone with that if they need it.
Treasurer - Christine Overton
My name is Christine Overton I am 50 yrs young, I was diagnosed with Bipolar and personality Disorder I was addicted to crack cocaine for over 20yrs I have 6 kids 5 living and I am proud of them all. I have a passion to help and love people who can’t help and love themselves at the moment, I have that passion because I was one of those people and I don’t want anyone to ever feel like I felt. I know there is hope and I depend on God for it all, I have hurt many people in my addiction especially my kids and myself I never thought I mattered or never thought I was capable of being loved or loving anyone then I got this relationship with God and myself and it’s all different now, I won’t lie and tell you it’s all going to be 100% better because I still struggle sometimes but it’s so much better then it was and when you learn how to love and appreciate you NOTHING can take that away unless you let it. Remember it’s not what they call you but what you answer to. God bless you all.
Honorary Board Member Alex Conner
Hi,My Name is Alex. I am 10 years old. I love helping Dianna, Jimmy, and Bursting Bubbles. I have crossed over to boy scouts. I am a proud boy scout ! I strive very hard to live by the boy scout law: Trustworthy,loyal,Helpful,friendly,courteous,kind,obedient,cheerful,thirfty,brave,clean,and reverant. I also, love jiu-jitsu! I am a student of Gracie Barra in Hannibal, Missouri. I started in August and I’m a gray-white belt that makes me so proud. I love spending time with family and playing uno with them. I also enjoy playing video games on my PS4.
Volunteer Taylor Sweeting:
Hello My name is Taylor Sweeting I'm a 30-year-old autism advocate with a BS in Social Work and National Certification as an Activity Professional for Psychiatric Mental Health. Diagnosed with Asperger’s/Autism at the age 3, I became aware of my diagnosis at age 12 and promptly began advocating for myself. I began work as a paraprofessional 1:1 aide in the local school district, served as a Qualified Intellectual Disability Professional for a residential service provider of adults with developmental disabilities. I am now the Activity Director at Illini Community Hospital in Pittsfield, IL. As a child, I didn't realize that not everyone saw the world the same way I did. Once that reality set in, I made it my goal to share my personal experience with autism so that others can empathize with those on the spectrum. My life goal is to share my experience of autism with any and all who will listen to help others.
Volunteer Cara Johnson
Cara Johnson, MSW, PsyD is a licensed psychologist in the state of Missouri. She has 27 years of experience in mental health. While her expertise is in providing therapy services and trainings on the effects of trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder for over 20 years; she found herself first as a victim of her own traumatic experience. Dr. Johnson worked through her own recovery and works today as a therapist and advocate against the long-term effects of violence and trauma. Dr. Johnson also makes it known that she appreciates the fact that organizations like Bursting Bubbles exist by partnering with the organization as a volunteer.