Shirley J. Holloway

Shirley J. Holloway, Ph.D.

NAMI Board of Directors

Dr. Shirley J. Holloway, Ph.D., is serving her second term as President of the NAMI Board of Directors and is currently Vice President of NAMI Alaska and a member of NAMI Anchorage.

She first found NAMI after the loss of her daughter to mental illness. Through her work with NAMI, she hopes to improve access and quality of mental health services to underserved populations.

Shirley provides consulting services through her business, Leadership for Excellence. Her areas of expertise include developing and improving relationships, processes and policies for both governing boards and their executive leadership. Her career includes being a teacher for the deaf and hard of hearing, speech pathologist, principal, superintendent, college professor and college president, as well as the Commissioner of Education and Early Development for the state of Alaska. She has also served as a member of the Alaska State Board of Education, Regent of Charter College, the President of Sheldon Jackson College and as a board member for the Blood Bank of Alaska, the Special Olympics, the CIRI Foundation, the Ilisagvik Foundation and NAMI Anchorage.

Shirley is also known as “Quvian,” the Inupiat name given to her by the people of Utqiagvik (previously known as Barrow), which means “person of joy.”

She earned her Ph.D. at Gonzaga University.

For the 2021–2022 Board term, she serves as Chair of the Executive Committee.

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