DBSA Colorado Springs Announces Marissa Valdez as New President
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) Colorado Springs, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing support, education, and resources for individuals living with mood disorders, today announced the selection of Marissa Valdez as its new President effective February 1, 2024.
Presently serving as the Board of Directors Secretary and Peer Facilitator Coordinator for DBSA-CS, Valdez has been actively contributing to the chapter since 2015. Her journey began as a member of the Board of Directors in 2016, progressing to an officer role in 2022. Since 2021, Valdez has extended her impact nationally, serving as a DBSA National Facilitator and trainer, while also being an integral part of the National Support Group Council.
The organization’s previous President, Rhonda Greder said “I believe that Marissa Valdez will be an excellent president of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance for Colorado Springs. She has served the chapter as our Peer Facilitator Coordinator as well as the Board Secretary and Social Chairperson. In these roles she has brought passion, dedication, and a commitment to excellence. We have an excellent Executive Committee and I am excited for the future of DBSA-CS.”
Building on a track record of success, Valdez is poised to achieve even greater milestones in 2024 through collaboration with board members, associates, and peers. As President, her vision includes advancing chapter growth by creating additional support avenues for Colorado Springs’ diverse community. Valdez is committed to enhancing accessibility for those navigating mood disorders, fostering their paths to wellness. With an expansion of support groups and events, she aims to confront mental health stigma, championing education and awareness. The overarching goal is to forge robust partnerships with organizations dedicated to promoting hope, support, and wellness across our communities.
“I am thrilled to step into the role of President on the DBSA Colorado Springs Board of Directors. I want to extend a special acknowledgment to my predecessor, Rhonda Greder, for her leadership and ongoing mentorship. Excitement fills me as I collaborate with both new and returning board members. Together, our dedicated service to the mental health community in Colorado Springs will propel our mission forward, fostering wellness and inspiring hope for individuals living with mood disorders,” said Marissa Valdez.
DBSA-CS is actively transforming the community through a diverse range of free support groups tailored for people living with mood disorders. Recently, the organization introduced a virtual LGBTQIA+ support group for participants aged 18 and older. In an effort to expand its impact and resources, DBSA-CS has also established partnerships, including a collaboration with Stable Strides for an in-person Wellness Group, centered on health and healing through horse therapy. Engaging with entities like the 4th Judicial District, Silver Keys Senior Services, and the UCCS Pre-Collegiate Program, DBSA-CS is dedicated to broadening outreach events to cater to a diverse array of groups in Colorado Springs.
For more information about DBSA-CS and its support groups, visit www.dbsacoloradosprings.org.
About The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) Colorado Springs
Founded in 1994, The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) of Colorado Springs is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to providing support, education, and resources for individuals living with mood disorders, including depression and bipolar disorder. With over 21 million Americans affected, DBSA Colorado Springs addresses the needs of the community through impactful peer-based programs, comprehensive education initiatives, and community partnerships. Visit DBSA Colorado Springs at www.dbsacoloradosprings.org, and follow us on Facebook, X, Instagram, LinkedIn and Youtube.