Lezlie Poole, BA, CPS, CPRP

Training and Implementation Specialist, RCI REACH Program Manager

Lezlie Poole is a life-long resident of Americus, Ga and graduated from Fort Valley State University in 2016 with a B.A. in Psychology and earned her Masters of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling and Case Management in 2019.  She also received her Certified Peer Specialist and her Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner certifications while employed at the Perry Wellness Center, as well as developing two different programs in her employment there.

One of these programs, the Crisis Resolution Program, allowed Lezlie to track crisis trends among Peers at the Perry Wellness Center and help in developing plans of action to reduce recidivism rates. Lezlie also developed and implemented a Community Outreach Program at the Perry Wellness Center.

By developing this program, it allowed Lezlie to reach out in the community to help in fostering more understanding in the struggles of those that suffer from mental health disorders, as well as participating in educational programs and activities to reduce the stigma associated with mental health. Lezlie is a strong believer and supporter of Peer Support and the value of lived experience in gaining recovery and empowerment.

Lezlie’s personal pursuits include spending time with her husband, Nigel Poole and their two boys, Jasper and Emory. Together, they enjoy traveling and being around family and friends, with their two dogs, Tera and Mocha. Lezlie is also an active member of Americus Mixed Martial Arts Academy, where she practices Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and currently holds the rank of a blue belt.