Suzi was drawn to NAMI as a student in the Family to Family program; she is now one of our trained educators in this program, and co-teaches at least one course each year. She hopes to make teenage and college age students aware of NAMI since so many mental illnesses are best addressed and diagnosed early after onset.
Jacki’s attention to our website and social media are functions of her professional career in nonprofit marketing, research, and development. As a denominational leader and former religious educator, she is interested in exploring how we might utilize NAMI's FaithNet program.
Aaron has been affiliated with NAMI for many years, first with NAMI Western Massachusetts where he participated in the Family to Family program along with two of his relatives. He is very happy to be on the board for NAMI NW where he hopes to use his experience with grants and program development to help the affiliate supporting people with mental illness and their families."
In addition to publicizing our NAMI NW support groups, Ken is exploring the roles of social workers in police departments and mental health courts, to see if there’s a strong case to be made for spreading their use widely. His professional focus as a consultant is to identify, assess and widely spread the use of non-medication ways to help people diagnosed with schizophrenia and other psychoses.
Ruth has always found education to be empowering. That is one of the reasons she coordinates our educational sessions as well as teaches NAMI's Family to Family Course. Ruth is interested in exploring other ways to reach out to people including having periodic news updates for our members.
Steffi Aronson Karp
Steffi has been a member of the NAMI Newton-Wellesley Board for nearly a decade, serving as affiliate coordinator to the annual NAMIWalk and on the Donations Committee. She advocates for NAMI in her professional world, and in her position on the Newton-Needham Chamber of Commerce Non-Profit Committee. In her non-spare time, Steffi is a quilter and plays lots of ukulele.
Nancy discovered NAMI NW in the late 1980’s, finding a place where people understood what she was going through, being a divorced woman with two children, one with a serious mental illness. She has rotated through most of our leadership positions including Walk, Education, Membership, Secretary, Vice President, President, Family to Family teacher and Family Support Group facilitator. Grateful for emotional support in the earlier days, she continues to give back through our Signature programs that give people hope today.
We all deserve so much better.
Glenn dedicates all he does to the memory of his brother Chris, cousins Gary and Claire and to the living memory of Sarah and Trish.
“Love to the loveless shown,
That they might lovely be”