We are a small band of disruptive innovators

We strive to make a difference in the lives of people who have been diagnosed with a mental illness and those who support their recovery. We have fun. We love what we do. We give it our all, every day.

Patricia E. Deegan, Ph.D.

In addition to my work, my Personal Medicine includes being a good mom to my daughter, being with my partner of 30 years and being in nature. These things fill me with joy and peace. I am very grateful.

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Deborah Anderson

As PDA’s Managing Partner, I provide a bridge between the company’s business operations and our development team’s work. Before Pat and I founded PDA, I’d worked for years as a community organizer with people receiving services in the public mental health system. I loved helping folks use their voices, individually and collectively, to work towards a mental health system where the reality of recovery is a possibility for everyone. These days, I feel a similar passion for our work using CommonGround to offer people with lived experience a variety of tools to amplify their voices as they move into the driver’s seat of their recovery journeys.

Allison Stiles, MA, LPC, CPMC

Hi. I'm the Director of Technology and Behavioral Health Integration at PDA. Before my role here, I worked in a variety of community mental health settings and experienced the challenges staff face when trying to do good, recovery-oriented work. I so wish I had access to the CommonGround Program all those years ago. That's why my work here is a true calling because I get to pay it forward. When I coach and support teams in the CommonGround Program, I'm helping staff move through the challenges they face, re-connect with their passion and do the recovery-oriented work they were called to do.

Missy Rufo, MS, CPRP, CPMC

As PDA’s Director of Coaching and E-Learning, I have the opportunity to work with our customers all across the country, providing coaching, technical assistance and support. I also get to work with our team to develop the content and training materials we use to support everyone using the CommonGround Program. I have used the CommonGround Program in my own work as a psych rehab practitioner for many years. I have seen first-hand the impact it has had on providers and service users, bringing them together to work more collaboratively and amplifying the voice of the user. 

Jessica Dion

Hi! I’m the Office Manager at PDA. I'm responsible for bookkeeping, accounting, running the online store, customer service, HR processes, producing Academy calls, among other things that may come up! I started working here in 2012. It has been an amazing experience and opportunity working with a small group of such passionate and driven people with incredible recovery-oriented goals for the mental health system. When I’m not working I’m spending time with my husband, stepson, three dogs and horse. I’m an avid animal lover and they play a big role in my Personal Medicine. 

John O'Brien

I am John and have been a Software Developer here since May 2014. CommonGround caught my attention because I can use my experience to work on something that helps people. I started coding as a teenager and have been doing it professionally for over 28 years. Designing and developing software is an obsession which provides a constant stream of things to learn and new challenges. I live in Merritt Island Florida and I enjoy all the fun things we can do near the coast and surrounded by rivers. However, my favorite sport is snow skiing.

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