Brenda Vezina, LSW, CPS

Brenda Vezina is the Chief Executive Officer of Kiva Centers, a nationally recognized peer-run and trauma-informed organization that offers training, technical assistance, and networking opportunities statewide across Massachusetts. Kiva Centers’ mission and vision are achieved through her dynamic leadership and close community involvement. She has over 30 years of experience working within communities of people who have experienced mental health issues, substance use, and all traumatic experiences as a program creator, administrator, and direct service worker. She was a founding member of the National Campaign for Trauma-Informed Policy and Practice. Brenda has led the United States in several federal efforts to center an understanding of community-run trauma healing in policy implementation. Brenda is a Board Member of the National Association for Rural Mental Health (NARMH) and an Advisory Committee Member for Brandeis University’s Lurie Postdoctoral Fellowship in Disability and Health Policy. She is the Executive Producer of the 2014 “Voice Award” honorable mention documentary What Happened to You, which speaks to the cause and effect of childhood trauma and public health. Brenda has supported the creation and implementation of peer-run organizations and Clubhouses around the world.