About Our Founder

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Photo credit: Tiffany Manning

JEANINE HOFF is the founder and visionary leader of Where is the Sunshine?, a Northeast Florida-based 501(c)3 non-profit organization and social media resource dedicated to early intervention and peer support for mental health through advocacy, education and community collaboration.

Jeanine is a 2016 TEDx Jacksonville presenter, a presenter for the 2017 Mental Health America National Conference in Washington, DC., and recently served as a member of Mental Health America’s nationwide Peer Specialist Accreditation Certification team. In addition, Jeanine recently served as a panelist for the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) Recovery Summit (ROSC) speaking on peer support and also served as the Panel Moderator at the Exchange Club Family Center’s 24th Annual Child Abuse Prevention Conference. Her work can be seen with the following:

Television/Radio/Podcast Appearances:

  • The Chat – Guest Host
  • River City Live
  • The Conversation with Dr. Ali Kasraeian
  • WJFC First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross
  • Voices for Change 2.0 Podcast
  • Mental Health on The Mighty – Facebook Live
  • Arisen Strength – Facebook Live

Books and Blogs

  • Stigma Fighters Anthology: Vol. 3 – Co-Author
  • The I’mPossible Project 2 – Co-Author
  • Florida-Times Union
  • The Mighty – Featured Contributor
  • Jacksonville Moms’ Blog
  • Augustine Moms’ Blog

Certifications:

  • Mental Health First Aid Instructor (Adult)
  • Mental Health First Aid (Youth)
  • Connections Facilitator (NAMI)
  • Peer-to-Peer Facilitator (NAMI)
  • Ending the Silence Presenter (NAMI)
  • QPR Certified (QPR Institute)

Memberships

  • International Association of Peer Specialists
  • Peer Support Coalition of Florida
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

 

Jeanine is a classically trained singer, actor, composer and pianist, and holds a Master’s degree from Arizona State University in American Media and Culture, focusing on film and social media, and a Bachelor’s of Music degree in Music Theatre Performance. Jeanine spent several years as an associate of International Creative Management in NYC, working with some of the biggest names in entertainment. Upon moving from The Big Apple to the Sunshine State, Jeanine taught music, drama, and improv comedy to students in grades K-8 in a private elementary-middle school. During that time, she and her student choir performed live in concert with Barry Manilow at Veterans Memorial Arena. Jeanine’s passion for community service and leadership eventually turned into a professional role as a fundraiser and community event planner. Now she dedicates herself to bringing our community together to support those who struggle with mental health disorders and is currently working on two children’s books about mental illness.