Second Vice President
Vanessa Fernandes is a member of the NAMI Board of Directors, and a Store Manager at Nordstrom in Dallas. Vanessa is a member of Nami Austin where she has worked on promoting mental health and wellness in the workplace, workplace giving and contributions and raising awareness for peer to peer support for those in need in the work environments.
Vanessa found NAMI in 2014 as she was looking for resources to help peers in the work place and found Nami’s family to family program in Austin TX. In 2015, she lost her step daughter and husband to suicide within a month of each other. Having this lived life experience, Vanessa is now working on raising awareness on mental health support needs in the workplace. Vanessa hopes to through her affiliation with NAMI that she can help remove stigma and promote open dialogue with top employers about mental health needs.
Vanessa has a public relations background and has worked in the retail industry for the last 18 years. Vanessa is a member of the North Dallas Chamber of Commerce, and she sits on the North Dallas Chamber Marketing & Communications Council
During the 2018-2019 Board term, Vanessa will be serving on the Development, Finance & Audit, and Planning Committees.