Chief Operating Officer
Senior Leadership Team
Cheri Villa is a passionate nonprofit leader who strives to build extraordinary organizations that want to make a difference in the lives of others. She oversees the operations of the national office and is relentless in her desire to build a results-driven culture where we learn, grow, and innovate in order to maximize our ability to help more people.
Cheri holds a B.S. in public administration from Florida State University as well as a graduate certification in nonprofit management from George Mason University. She loves to learn, travel and spend time with her horses and dogs.
What piece of your work at NAMI are you most proud of?
I enjoy working to solve the complex issues that affect NAMI. We are a growing and thriving organization, but we need to grow and change gracefully. My commitment is to fully understand the nuances and values that are part of our mission so, together, we can bring more help and support to those who need it. I look forward to making a stronger Alliance for all of us!
Who inspires you?
I am very family-oriented and find tremendous inspiration from my six children. Each is so different and I enjoy watching them grow and change. They help me understand the meaning of unconditional sacrifice, love and commitment. They push me to be my authentic self each and every day and I am a better person because of it.