Pete Feigal knows a
thing or two about conflict and struggles. For the past 30 years he’s battled depression, and multiple sclerosis for the past seventeen. He has spoken nationally over 1400 times in the last seven years for high schools, colleges, prisons, corporations, churches, disabilities providers / professionals and police forces around the nation.
Pete is the first and only consumer asked to do Grand Rounds for the Mayo Clinic and has worked with the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, speaking about his insights with disabilities, has served for six years as the President of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) of Hennepin County (Minneapolis) affiliate, served on NAMI-MN's State Board, serves on Mental Health Resource’s Board of Directors and People Incorporated and The Crisis Connection’s Advisory Councils, and with Mt. Olivet Lutheran Church’s Mental Illness Task Force. He also works as an inspirational speaker for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and the National anti-stigma project Peace of Mind. Pete has received the 2004 Judd Jacobson Memorial Award from Minnesota’s
Courage Center, 2003 Blue Cross/Blue Shield Minnesota Champion of Health Award, the National Achievement Award 2002 from the National MS Society, 2002 Consumer Advocate of the Year Award from the National Alliance For the Mentally Ill, Advocate of the Year 2000 Award from the Minnesota Psychiatric Society, Minnesota’s Disabled Artist of the Year, Unsung Hero 1999 from City Business Newspaper, the Jefferson Award from the American Institute for Public Service, Everyday Angel from the Guild of Catholic Women, Outstanding Achievement Award 2001 from Andrew Residence, and was one of the Eleven Who Care volunteers from Minnesota's KARE 11 TV in 2000.
Oh, and in his spare time he likes to do a little drawing.
(In fact, he has just been inducted into the
Minnesota Aviation Hall of Fame for his incredible artwork!)