Malisa is the parent of two boys; both who have specialized behavioral health care needs. She brings over 15 years of direct experience navigating systems, advocating for services, and partnering with professionals on behalf of her own child and family’s needs. Ms. Pearson’s fourteen years of experience, leadership skills, public speaking abilities, partnership and collaboration efforts, and training skills, have made her a highly respected individual in the family-run organization and family driven care movement. Malisa brings her first hand involvement working with systems of care, collaborating across service systems, developing peer to peer parent to parent support service programs and developing diversified budgets that includes the blending of state and local contracts, foundation funds, state and federal grants, and Medicaid. During her numerous roles over the past decade, she has worked as a Lead Family Contact for a federally funded system of care community, served as the Statewide Parent Support Partner Coordinator to implement Michigan’s certified parent to parent support services program, and served as the Executive Director of Michigan’s statewide family network.