- Over 16 years’ experience with Community-based participation in quantitative and qualitative research.
- Knowledge of child welfare, juvenile justice, special education and mental health systems.
- Coordinator for the web-based National Directory for Family-Run and Youth Guided Organizations in Systems of Care.
- Data Entry, Data Collector for Chance Project
- Research Evaluation, Mentor for Data Collectors, Supervisor for Systems of Care Expansion Grant
- Research Assistant, Facilitate Focus Groups for Access, Integration, and Quality of Care for Individuals with Serious Mental Illness-Florida’s MMA Program.
- Peer to Peer Specialist Trainings for families and veterans.
- Experience and knowledge of Theory of Change and Implementation of Logic Models
- Gained knowledge of the Concept of Complex Adaptive Systems in Systems of Care Development and Sustainability.
- AWARE/SEA Grant: Rene` will coordinate the youth and family component and activities for the Florida AWARE/SEA Grant.
- Project Director for USF Kinship funded by Senior Connection Center, Inc., facilitate grandparent support groups, organize activities for the grandchildren, bring in guest speakers and coordinate program activities and staff.
- Instructor for Children’s Mental Health graduate certificate course with Dr. Robert Friedman, Nathanial Israel, PH. D, Rich Puddy, PH. D and Laurel Friedman. The first ever distant learning course for Children’s mental health at USF. Fall 2006
- Co-teacher undergraduate class at the University of South Florida entitled Behavioral Health Care Issues for Children’s Mental Health” with Dr. Richard Briscoe (2004-2006)
- February 2008 Expressing Your Ideas: Using a Logic Model to Create System Change USF Logic Model Team, Tampa, Florida
- August 2008 - In-Service Training in Children’s Mental Health Modules at The University of South Florida. Tampa, Florida
- January 2010 – Online Learning in Children’s Mental Health at The University of South Florida (USF) narration for System of Care, Family Driven, Family Involvement and Evidence Based Practices. Tampa, Florida.
- Founding President of the local Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health Chapter in Tampa, Florida (1998-2001)
- Board member on the National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health (2001-2003).
- A member of the Florida State Mental Health Planning Council (2000-2007), served as the recent Past Chair of the Council, and Chair of the block grant committee for the council.
- Nominated to National Association of State Mental Health Planning and Advisory Councils Board (2005).
- Board member for DBSA Tampa Bay-Depression Support Alliance (2005- 2011).
- Governor appointed to the Statewide Advocacy Council (2008-2009)
- Staff member for the CFS Governance Council (2013 &2015)
Honorary Doctorate in Human Letters from Agape Bible College (2010)
Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications, White Papers
2008-Katherine J. Lazear and R. Anderson, A monograph Examining the Relationship between Family-Run Organizations & Non-Family Organization Partners in systems of Care
2007-Kathy Lazear, R. Anderson, Eloise Boterf, Quick Guide Self – Assessment for Family & Youth –Run Orgs
2012-R. Anderson and M.I. Armstrong, Florida’s IV-E Waiver Demonstration Project Topical Paper 1-Family Engagement-June 15, 2012
2013- M.I. Armstrong, S. Yampolskaya, N. Jordan, R. Anderson (co-authored-chapter) Child and Family Advocacy: Bridging the Gaps among Research, Practice and Policy. New York: Springer Publishing.