Cardum promotes whole person centered program models and trainings which emphasize an engagement philosophy focused on resiliency, recovery and healthy lifestyle choices. What inspires her most about such an approach is that it allows those in need to experience a process that is non-pathologizing, encourages empathetic responsiveness and places emphasis on an integrated approach. Based on the premise that extreme emotional states can be potentially transformative and that psychosis can be a temporary, natural experience, she believes that recovery is possible.
Prior to becoming CEO of Heart and Soul, Inc., she served as a Program Manager for the Health and Human Resources Education Center, successfully managing five innovative community health focused programs bringing healing and education to the communities they serve. As a Campaign Manager for Alameda County’s 10x10 Wellness Campaign, she effectively maintained a diverse campaign steering committee and subcommittees - composed of consumers, providers, family members and Behavioral Health Care Services staff. These committees promoted wellness from a holistic perspective and a desire to reduce stigma by spreading awareness of mental health issues from a strength-based perspective.
As Co-Founder of the Bay Area Mandala Project, a program of the Total Health Institute, she engaged with consumers, family members and mental health and medical professionals holding expertise in psychiatric crises, spiritual emergencies, peer support, and wellness and recovery support services.
With a Master’s degree in Culture and Spirituality, Cardum has studied and experienced various faith traditions and worked as a wellness consultant and retreat facilitator in the Bay Area for over 20 years. While engaging in several programs around the country, she has educated children and adults on a more balanced way of living. She uses her lived experience to create compassionate approaches to mental wellness.