Ann Canastra is a licensed mental health counselor and is the Local Recovery Coordinator and Director of LPMHC Training at the Syracuse VA Medical Center. Ann has served on the Board of the Syracuse National Alliance for Mental Illness for over 13 years, and as a Board Member for the National Alliance for Mental Illness at the New York State level for three years and she is a national consultant and trainer for NAMI. Ann specializes in serving military and Veteran families during her clinical time at VA, and enjoys teaching family support and psychoeducational groups including NAMI Homefront and evidence-based NAMI Family to Family as well as Behavioral Family Therapy. Ann is an adjunct faculty with SUNY Oswego and a consultant to the Board at Regis College in Boston. Ann began her small business, Ann’s Sunny Day in 2005 when she took her love of flowers to the next level, and remains doing floral work for weddings and events when she isn’t practicing as a counselor. Ann grew up working in a floral shop that her neighbor owned, in a small town in Michigan and continued working at another small floral shop throughout college. Ann received her Bachelor of Science degree from Central Michigan University, her first Master’s degree from Syracuse University’s Community Counseling Program, and her second Master’s degree from Syracuse University’s School of Social Work. Ann is a nationally certified in counseling, has her approved clinical supervisor credential, and is quite proud of growing the “King” of the flower show at the NY State Fair in 2019, and the “Queen” of the flower show in 2018. Ann also enjoys spending time with her husband and twins + 1, and resides in the suburbs of Syracuse, NY.