Bright Tomorrows - Reflecting the Compassion of Jesus Christ to Those with Mental Health Concerns

BT Board of Directors

TIM & NANCY RESIDE joined the ranks of Bright Tomorrows in 2001 with Tim at that time becoming BT’s Executive Director. Tim and Nancy, who have been married since 1971, are known for their authentically realistic “overcomer” message of hope and inspiration. Willingly vulnerable and transparent with reference to their own on-going journey, they offer practical assistance to those who are being confronted by mental health related challenges and desiring to learn how to live healthier and more resilient lives.

Tim and Nancy are not clinicians or professional counselors. First of all they are MENTAL HEALTH CONSUMERS as a result of the fact that they have been living with Tim’s bipolar disorder since 1979. As consumers they have offered Christian faith-based peer support since June of 2001 and currently facilitate two curriculum-based support groups. One is designed for adults with a bipolar disorder or a depression diagnosis and the other for the family and friend support givers of those with mental health concerns.

Because Tim and Nancy have not forgotten the disorientation, grief, deep sadness and anger resulting from the tsunami-like shock and awe of mental illness invading their lives, they also offer themselves as MENTAL HEALTH CONSULTANTS by private appointment. Within these support settings, they often function as MENTAL HEALTH COACHES providing both education and self-help training. Through the years Tim has developed unique self-monitoring, self-managing and self-stabilizing tools and materials while also utilizing reputable curriculum, methods and means formulated by others.

As it increasingly became evident to the Bright Tomorrows Board that BT was proving to be an expression of Tim & Nancy’s life-story, life-work, life-ministry and life-mission, it was determined by the board in January of 2009 that Tim should be installed as the President of Bright Tomorrows.

Tim is an ordained minister who has spent over forty years in church-related pastoral work and ministry. He has completed 108 credit hours of study in Practical Theology, inclusive of 36 hours at the doctoral level and possesses a Master of Arts degree in that field. Tim spends his life continually studying how to better appreciate, for himself and those he serves, the truth that those who acknowledge they are broken in body and need help are nonetheless integrally whole at the deepest level of who they are. It his desire to help others more clearly recognize and appreciate that the route to wellness (holistic health) is the journey of discovering and expressing this wholeness while tending responsibly to the fact of their brokenness.

Nancy, while essentially involved with Tim from their beginning with Bright Tomorrows, did not officially join the BT Board as Secretary-Treasurer until January of 2009. However, she had already been keeping and processing the business records for several years, working together with accountant and financial consultant, Rob Sellers. In the business world, Nancy has held numerous positions which include being secretary to the president of a major church denomination, a national minister’s conference secretary, a pastoral administrative assistant, and a senior administrative assistant in Human Resources with T.D. Williamson Inc. in Tulsa. Installing her as a member of the board not only recognized the contribution she was already making, but made it possible for the board to benefit from her life and work experience at their meetings.

Nancy is loved and respected for her practical wisdom, sensitivity and quick compassion. These qualifications are in great measure attributable to her life-choices to devote herself to being a faithful wife, mother, minister’s wife, caregiver—and now her favorite role, grandmother of five.

 

JIM GRINNELL is the Vice-President of Bright Tomorrows. Jim is a pastor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. He attended ORU where he obtained a Master of Divinity degree and later OSU where he also obtained a Master of Science degree in Family Relations. He is a past member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. Jim also is certified as a sex therapist with the American Board of Christian Sex Therapists. Jim is a certified sex addiction specialist with IACSAS, the International Association of Clinical Sex Addiction Specialists.

His specialties include marriage and pre-marital counseling, affair recovery, and treating sexual issues. Jim has served as the past president of the Christian Association for Psychological Studies, Tulsa chapter. Jim and his wife, Laura, have been married since 1978 and have four children and fourteen grandchildren.

 

TIM PETERSON is a Bright Tomorrows Board Trustee. Tim has his master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Northeastern State University and completed a two-year post graduate program in Marriage & Family Therapy through the Karl Menninger School of Psychiatry and Mental Health Sciences. Tim has provided Christ-centered counseling in Tulsa since 1985 in private practice and as a program director for psychiatric and chemical dependency treatment programs at three local hospitals.

Tim is a Licensed Marital and Family Therapist and a Licensed Professional Counselor. He currently works at Laureate Clinic where he specializes in the treatment of anxiety and depression in addition to marital counseling. Tim has served on the Executive Board of the Mental Health Association in Tulsa and on the local and international board of the Christian Association for Psychological Studies. Tim and his wife, Diane, have been married since 1982 and have three sons.

 

HARRY “JAY” HOFFMAN received his B.S. in Earth Science from Penn State in March of 1974 and continued at PSU in their Graduate School for Meteorology until May 1975. Jay married in July of 1975 and with his bride moved to Denver, Colorado. In 1979 he began a career in Water Treatment and has continued in that profession since moving to Tulsa in 1981. Jay has been an active volunteer in church work including the positions of Youth Leader, Church Deacon, Sunday School teacher, Bible Education Program Leader, Family Share Group Leader and a Church Board Member.

Jay was married to an exceptional woman for 30 years who went to be with the Lord in December of 2005. He attended and became one of the leaders of a Widow / Widowers Support Group at Christ United Methodist Church. God brought Deborah into his life and they were married in October of 2010. He has three children and fourteen grandchildren.

 

BT Advisory Board Member

ROB SELLERS, a Certified Public Accountant for over 30 years, assists clients with financial, systems and business-related matters. Since 2001, Rob has been assisting Bright Tomorrows with the financial and administrative needs of the organization. Rob also serves as the executive director of the Opportunity Scholarship Fund, a scholarship granting organization that provides scholarships to Oklahoma K-12 students to assist low-income families to afford attendance to accredited private schools in the state.

Rob is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Oklahoma Society of CPAs (OSCPA).  He is a past OSCPA board member and chairman of various OSCPA committees.  Rob is also a past recipient of the OSCPA’s Outstanding CPA in Business and Industry award.  Besides his work and Society commitments, Rob is actively involved in his church and in a number of civic and charitable organizations in the Tulsa area, including being President of the South Tulsa Community House, a social agency providing educational, medical and food pantry services to this under-served area in the 61st & Peoria area of south Tulsa. Rob has been married to his wife, Kim, for over 35 years and has two grown sons, Brian and his wife Rebekah, and Blake.

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