Manager, NAMI HelpLine
Internal Strategy and Support
After an 18-year career in the financial sector, Jill Cochones decided to follow her passion for a work life that supported her beliefs and values. Throughout her education and career, she has dedicated herself to nonprofit organizations such as Women Helping Battered Women, The Women’s Center and Girls on the Run.
While she’s not at NAMI, Jill is practicing yoga, reading and writing. Jill lives with her husband, two sons, two cats and one guinea pig in Alexandria, VA.
Jill holds a B.A. in psychology from the University of Vermont where she was teaching assistant to Dr. Herbert Leff.
What piece of your work at NAMI are you most proud of?
I’m so proud of our ability to positively impact peoples’ lives daily. Too few organizations can say they do this!
What’s something about you that would surprise others?
I’m proud of my Native American heritage. My relatives were part of the Algonquin Band in Quebec Canada. My seventh great-grandfather was a respected medicine man.