As a provider of social services, I was aware of NAMI’s information and referral services, so when a family member first experienced mental illness more than 10 years ago, I contacted them to obtain information and to find out about local resources. I became involved with NAMI PBC in 2010 when I took the first Provider Education class offered by them. Immediately thereafter my husband and I took the Family to Family class. The importance of connecting with people who live with similar traumatic life experiences cannot be overstated. Realizing the importance of NAMI’s role as a resource for our community, I began volunteering my time as a Provider Education instructor and as a member of NAMI’s Board of Directors. Being selected to serve as Executive Director of this amazing organization has been a tremendous honor. I am excited to be able to devote my time to helping to improve the lives of individuals living with mental illness and the lives of the people who love and support them.
My past experiences include developing and managing programs for individuals with neurological issues, developmental disabilities, cystic fibrosis, and adult and juvenile justice issues. My passion is utilizing grant writing, program development, and professional and family skill building to develop resources for individuals who have multiple diagnoses and complex needs.
Director of Programs
I am ecstatic about the opportunity to work for NAMI; everyday people share their incredibly positive experiences with the organization and I am honored to join the team. I am a community educator with experience working with diverse populations. I earned a Bachelor of Liberal Arts at the Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA. Outside of work, I enjoy attending cultural events including theater, concerts, and art shows.
I have a background that includes management, sales, marketing, and promotion. I have represented a wide variety of leading companies, working on management and development. I maintained and expanded businesses within the Florida, Puerto Rico, and Caribbean territory while creating new partnerships. My diverse responsibilities included planning, staffing and developing business through exciting events with guest presenters. In addition, I worked for event planning companies where I experienced directing, coordination operations, hiring, supervising, and motivating.
I am thrilled about using my skills to give back to the NAMI community. I had reached out to NAMI in the past and received amazing support, education, and advocacy. But most of all–understanding, compassion, and empowerment, through the Family to Family course, volunteering, and more.
My role is to coordinate and create the major NAMI events throughout the year along with maintaining relationships with participants, volunteers, donors, and anyone interested in getting more involved with our organization.
Lead Peer Specialist/Assistant Director of Reach
The work I do as a Peer Specialist started in 2008 when I first got involved with NAMI. I became involved with as many programs as there were to offer and I haven’t stopped since. An interesting fact about me is that I have been certified as a peer specialist in tow states. My favorite thing about NAMI undoubtedly is having a NAMI Family, where your friends become your family, and your family become your friends. In my free time I like to work out, play music, and hangout with my dog Bob Marley. NAMI changes lives for not only people with mental illness but for everyone around them; I think that’s why people fall in love with it.
Membership Contact / Administrative Assistant
I’ve been working with NAMI/PBC since June of 2012 between my time as a volunteer and as a staff member and am now serving as the Membership Contact and Administrative Assistant. My favorite parts of my job are the fun work environment and how great the people I work with are. Also being able to do the many social activities that NAMI offers and making new friends. When I’m not here, I like spending my time on watching sports, playing video games and sleeping.
My work with NAMI Palm Beach County has been the most rewarding experience in my life. During my time with NAMI I have had the honor of serving as volunteer, President, Secretary and as Executive Director. In working with over 40 volunteers, I have met some amazing individuals. The courage and tenacity that is required to overcome overwhelming life challenges and obstacles for those affected by mental illness is what makes me come to work each day. I am blessed to see how the proper treatment, education and support can save peoples’ lives. Respect, Compassion and Hope … NAMI Works! It really does.
I enjoy sitting in my backyard and watching the bamboo sway against the backdrop of a beautiful, blue Florida sky, spending time with my husband, children and grandchildren, going to the beach, kayaking, and nature walks.
It has always been important to me to work in a field where I can help people. Offering hope, resources, and information is invaluable when someone is in need of services. As mental illness has touched my life with my own family members , NAMI is a perfect fit. I have been fortunate to have worked for, and with, many talented and inspiring people along the way. Previously, I worked for Jeff Industries as a vocational instructor, and at Gulfstream Goodwill as a program coordinator. I have volunteered with Palm Glades Girl Scouts and at the Hospice of Palm Beach County (summer) Teen Bereavement Camp.
I am excited to be working at NAMI with a team who really knows that education, awareness and hope are needed in our community and who are all dedicated to removing the stigma associated with mental illness.