Staff Highlight – Chanel Bayless

ChanelChanel Bayless, Peer Support Partner

 Originally, I’m from Georgia, but I’ve been a long time citizen of Clermont County, having grown up in Milford and living more than a decade in New Richmond. 

I have five children.  My fourth child, who is now an adult, is diagnosed with Autism. He is working on gaining skills so that he can live a full and independent life and I have to say that I’m really proud of his accomplishments.  While it’s been a challenge finding and placing the right services throughout his life, we never give up.

Some of my own accomplishments include being a published author and I wrote a proposal for a Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) program for parents that are triggered by their children’s behavioral and mental health presentations.  This proposal was a success and the PTSD group is the first of its kind in Clermont County!  I am also a former member of the Family and Children First Council and the FAST TRAC Parent Advisory Group. 

Overcoming challenges has always been a consistent theme in my own life, and it’s always been important for me to help others through their challenging times. 

I’m really excited to be a Peer Support Partner.