On August 21, 2021, Elizabeth Pepke received the Peer Leadership Award at the annual NAMI Alabama meeting.  Due to the rising numbers in COVID-19 cases across our state, the annual meeting was held virtually.  Elizabeth was able to be on the virtual meeting and her plaque will be mailed to a local NAMI member to give it to her in person. 

Elizabeth earned an undergraduate degree in English with a minor in French from Spring Hill College and a master’s degree in English as a Second Language for grades K-12 from UAB.  Prior to becoming a Certified Peer Support Specialist, she worked at Tarrant Middle and High School as an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher.

Elizabeth now devotes her life to helping those with mental illness through her work as a Certified Peer Support Specialist at JBS.  She pours her whole heart into the job and is beginning to learn American Sign Language (ASL) to be able to communicate with a consumer who is Deaf.  Elizabeth helps consumers through driving them to appointments, getting them to the doctor and helping them get groceries.  She helps others by teaching them to make jewelry and has a class that helps consumers with creative writing.  Elizabeth is passionate about mental illness and touches the life of so many others for the better.  She recently completed teaching Living Well Alabama to a group of consumers living in both the group homes and the community.  Elizabeth is a truly giving and loving woman who is a great leader for her peers.  Congratulations Elizabeth on receiving the NAMI Alabama Peer Leadership Award!  JBS is blessed to have you as a member of our Peer Services team.