Chauntelle has a B.A. in Criminal Justice from the University of Delaware and comes to NAMI Spokane from Safe Passage in Coeur d’Alene, ID where she served as the Executive Director beginning in 2017. She started her work in the field of domestic and sexual violence as a criminal advocate on the Spokane Regional Domestic Violence Team supporting survivors within the criminal justice system. While still at the YWCA of Spokane, Chauntelle worked as the Associate Director of Legal Services before moving to Safe Passage as their Program Director. At Safe Passage, she was quickly promoted to Executive Director where she focused her efforts on building positive relationships with stakeholders and community members in order to strengthen the impact of their services.
Chauntelle has a passion for serving her community and ensuring all members have access to support and services. Her work with survivors sparked her desire in working with those living with mental health conditions. The long-term impact of trauma on survivors was often misunderstood leaving survivors with untreated mental health. In 2014 Chauntelle lost her mother to suicide and knew she was being called to help raise awareness around those living with mental health conditions. Chauntelle is passionate about the mission of NAMI Spokane and excited to ensure Spokane is building ways to support those living with mental health conditions while reducing the stigma surrounding mental health.