Member, NAMI Harford County (MD)
Nominated by NAMI Maryland
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Specific Strengths and Attributes:
Job Title or Position:
- Diversity of age, race, ethnicity, language, experience and national geography
- Knowledge of the philanthropic community and track record with donor cultivation
- Board governance and innovation
Other Board Service:
- Member, NAMI Austin (TX) Board of Directors, 2010-2014
- Seton Shoal Creek Hospital, Austin, TX, 2009–2015 (Secretary of Staff, Vice Chief of Staff, Chief of Staff, 2013–2015; Peer Review and Medical Executive Committees 2009–2014
- Member, Texas Society of Psychiatric Physicians, 2009–2011
- Chairman, Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, 2009–2015
Relationship to Mental Health:
- Volunteer, Harford County (MD) Elections, 2017
Individual with first-person experience of mental health condition; Family member or direct/ front-line support of someone with a mental health condition; Provider/mental health practitioner/employee in the field
When looking at the current strengths as well as projected needs of the NAMI Board, I am confident that I have the skills required. I am a medical doctor, yes, but more importantly, a psychiatrist. I advocate for and treat those suffering with mental health symptoms; however, I also interact with their families, friends, and other health providers. I trained in the US Army, and am a veteran who now works only a few miles away from the largest inpatient facility in the Maryland Health Care System (Perry Point). I am the Captain of Team AWESOME—originally in Austin, and now in Maryland. In Austin, Team AWESOME was voted “Top Team” for member recruitment and monies raised. I coached others how to do the same. Austin was Affiliate of the Year in 2013 in part due to the success of the Walk.
I have had several medical committee leadership positions as well as represented the hospital as Chief of Staff. I was a workgroup member creating the new and innovative Dell-UT Austin medical school. I managed my administrative duties along with my clinical practice, research, service on the NAMI Austin Board, and teaching of residents and medical students. All my students learned about NAMI and the impact of stigma on mental health when on psychiatry. They took this information onto other student rotations (i.e. internal medicine) and spread the word about NAMI.
I have personally helped advance the NAMI mission in my community by educating colleagues, patients and families about NAMI, its resources, as well as other mental health issues. I try to project compassion and acceptance. For me, being a psychiatrist is not just about prescribing medication. I spend time listening to a person’s story so that together we can create an effective plan. Stigma not only affects those in active treatment. It keeps a lot of people from ever showing up at all. Education and understanding help fight stigma. Participating in the Walk and promoting NAMI’s resources lower barriers to care and eliminates stigma. Being kind and respectful also helps.