Corey Coleman, MS, BS, BA
Corey 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 more than 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.
Having firsthand knowledge of the flaws in the foster care system, Corey’s desire to help repair broken families became his life’s passion and extended to non-profits and religious organizations all around Las Vegas. For 18 years, Corey performed volunteer counseling and family services for many children and families around the valley. However, Corey realized that he could be more effective and help families better by going back to school to be adequately trained as a therapist. Over seven years, Corey accumulated multiple degrees in the fields of Psychology, Human Services Counseling, Family Studies, and Addictions Treatment, culminating in a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy.
Corey started a private counseling practice and continued to volunteer his time serving the community, but discovered that as much as he wanted to help those in need, the mental health system in Nevada (and the United States) was broken. Small training centers were having little to no impact on repairing the mental health infrastructure and improving mental health in society. Driven by a continuing desire and passion for helping make a difference in his community, Corey developed a vision for INSPIR3, a mental health training hospital that would produce qualified mental health professionals on a large scale. He 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.
Now, Corey 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. Further, Corey has made numerous connections across the valley and established the potential for future partnerships with the many organizations pending funding of INSPIR3, including Three Square, The City of North Las Vegas, the Clark County School District, Southern Nevada CHIPS, Nevada Hand, and NAMI Nevada.
Corey refuses to let anyone become a statistic of the system and will continue to fight to make sure that mental health in the United States is not overlooked. He lives his life by the following motto,
When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me.’”