Susan Musante, MS, LPCC, was the founding director of Soteria-Alaska, a model proven to be a highly effective alternative to hospitalization for newly diagnosed people, and of CHOICES, an alternative to conventional community mental health services directed and provided primarily by people who themselves have a “lived experience” with recovery. She is a leader, educator and advocate for the development of voluntary, compassionate supports and services that work. She has worked in universities, community-based centers and consumer-run services. She has educated peer practitioners and masters-level practitioners. Currently she is involved in advocacy and development projects as a contracted consultant. Her commitment is to respect the “lived experience” and support recovery.