I have lived in Hanover, PA all my life with the exception of my time spent at Millersville University. For nearly 28 years, I have worked for an exceptional non-profit organization in the behavioral health field. Since several years, I have been certified as a Mental Health First Aid instructor as well as a facilitator for a hearing distressing voices workshop. Both of these providing opportunities to share information about mental health to stop the stigma, to create an empathetic view of the challenges of mental health and to instill hope for those during their recovery journey.
I had been looking for an opportunity to be involved in another organization or group outside of the agency I work which shares the same philosophy regarding mental health. NAMI was familiar to me for a long time and it has been a great resource through my many years in the mental health field. When the opportunity presented itself to be a part of the NAMI Board, I was excited to be involved and help them continue to meet their mission and succeed in their efforts as an integral part of the mental health community.