Ellen is also Co-President and Founder of Impact Young Adults, a consumer-run 501(c)3 nonprofit in San Diego, CA. This organization provides weekly social activities and leadership opportunities by, and for, young adults with mental health illness (ages 18-35). Members have fun, explore new interests, achieve important goals they set for themselves, and achieve a deep feeling of belonging. The leaders of this group feel that when given this level of acceptance and opportunity, the sky is the limit for their potential.
In 2005, Ellen obtained a Bachelor of Science in Human Services from Springfield College and in May 2012, she earned an MA in Nonprofit Leadership and Management from the University of San Diego. Ellen is currently developing a new program called Impact MORE (Minds that Open, Recover, & Engage). This program’s primary purpose is to cultivate peer-led social programs for young adults seeking mental health. This program is intended to be an incubator for other consumer-run organizations to form, grow, and fulfill the unique needs of each individual community, as Impact Young Adults has done.