Self-reliant, determined, and focused are the words that come to mind when describing Corey Coleman, Founder and Executive Director of INSPIR3. Corey grew up in the Las Vegas, Nevada foster care system followed by a boy's home placement. He beat the odds, graduated from high school with vocational training in culinary arts, and spent the first 12 years of his career perfecting his culinary, leadership, and management skills as a Sous Chef working in three and four-star luxury resorts and restaurants throughout Arizona and Nevada. He oversaw the opening of three restaurants, directly managed staffs of more than 100 employees, oversaw P&L and operating budgets in excess of one-million dollars, oversaw both front-of-house and back-of-house functions, and implemented effective turn-around and change management strategies that significantly improved quality, service, and profits at multiple establishments including Las Vegas's famed Bellagio and Sunset Station Hotel and Casino.
His success in the highly competitive restaurant industry coupled with his extensive time in volunteer counseling instilled within Corey a deep passion and desire to help his community, especially those who were less fortunate. In 2005, he hung up his chef's apron and enrolled at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). In 2009, Corey graduated with honors with two degrees, a B.A. in Psychology, and a B.S. in Human Services Counseling, as well as two minors in Family Studies and Addictions Treatment.
Corey started a private practice in psychosocial rehabilitation counseling in 2009 while pursuing his Master's degree, and in 2012 he earned a Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from UNLV. Altogether, Corey completed approximately 1,200 internship hours in Family Therapy, Couples Therapy, and Individual Therapy, which included 200 hours administering psychological testing at the Department of Juvenile Justice. He is a Certified Gottman Therapist and is also certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).
Corey accumulated 200 additional internship hours at Harmony Health Care in adult substance abuse and volunteers his time counseling families and troubled youth in the Las Vegas community. Additional professional interests and training include coursework in addiction treatment, human sexuality, and trauma and grief counseling.
As a result of his clinical and volunteer work in the Las Vegas community, Corey identified a significant community need for a non-residential mental health treatment facility for low-income families. Driven by a continuing desire and passion to help make a difference in his community, he developed a vision for INSPIR3 in 2012 and has since established a five-year strategic plan that includes revenue-generating models, funding sources/goals, lean business practices and staffing models, treatment modalities, a community partnership focus, and sustainable building designs to ensure INSPIR3's success. In addition, Corey supplemented his education in the non-profit world through continuing education training for nonprofit management and leadership. He is respected by the mental health community and has identified a wide span of practitioners including psychologists, psychiatrists, marriage and family therapists, certified professional counselors, and social workers that share his passion and vision for providing these essential mental health services throughout the region.
There is no doubt that Corey has the leadership skills, drive, passion, and positive mental stamina to achieve his goals. He possesses a keen leadership mindset, operations management experience, clinical expertise, and the executive leadership skills required for managing INSPIR3. He thrived both as a leader and manager in the competitive, brutal, and often times inhospitable, hospitality industry.
In short, Corey Coleman is a highly driven professional and over-achiever who knows how to beat the odds. As INSPIR3's Executive Director, he will continue to overcome potential obstacles and formulate and rally a successful team that will positively impact the lives of mental health patients and professionals for decades.