Jeff Fladen, MSW

Jeff Fladen, MSW
Nominated by NAMI Tennessee
Member, NAMI Davidson County (TN)
Listen to Jeff's Candidate Speech

Specific Strengths and Attributes:

  • Diversity of age, race, ethnicity, language, experience and national geography
  • Knowledge of the philanthropic community and track record with donor cultivation
  • Experience with a variety of revenue models and financial oversight and management
  • Health care/medicine especially in team-based practice that provides integrated physical and mental health care
  • Criminal Justice experience, professional and/or lived, to provide insight into one of the central platforms of the NAMI 2020-2025 Strategic Plan

Job Title or Position:

  • Executive Director, NAMI Tennessee, 2013-present

NAMI Affiliations:

  • Member, NAMI Executive Directors Council, 2013-present (Second Vice President, 2018-present)

NAMI Programs:

  • NAMI Ending The Silence; NAMI Advocacy; NAMIWalks.

Other Board Service:

  • Member, Board of Directors, Healing Arts Project Inc. (HAPI), 2017-present
  • Member, Board of Directors, Middle Tennessee Mental Health Institute, 2016-present
  • Former Executive Director/Ex officio Member, Board of Directors, Jewish Federation of NH, 5 years
  • Former Executive Director/Ex officio Member, Board of Directors, JFS of Nashville and Middle Tennessee, 4 years
  • Former Associate ED, Board of Directors, JFS Cincinnati, 3 years

Relationship to Mental Health:

  • 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; Non-Profit Advocate; Other Professional.

My main focus for my board candidacy can be best described by considerations of NAMI as a national organization with state and local components. I have not been shy in sharing my concerns and advocating for the field to have the resources and support needed to be successful. This has kindled my interest to be elected to the board. I believe that we are at the crossroads of what NAMI will be and I fully recognize the challenges of being a grassroots mental health organization in a changing and challenging environment. I strongly believe that I can be an asset. I am also fully committed in sharing any and all attributes I possess with the board to the best of my ability.

I am particularly proud of the work that we have accomplished in Tennessee under my leadership related to Mental Health and Criminal Justice. I have been trained in sequential intercept mapping, and we are in year three of a state-wide CIT expansion project. During the pandemic we are shifting some of our effort with youth and young adults from ETS classroom presentations to online education that will be attractive to school-age youth.

I have personally helped advance the NAMI mission in my community by my unwavering commitment and advocacy for the NAMI mission together with my background as a leader in mental health service delivery, as a peer and family member, and as a fundraiser.

I work well in coordination with other leaders to accomplish goals as evidenced by the large number of organizations and individuals that have worked and continue to work together with me collaboratively to meet our goal of making things better for those impacted my mental illness. We have had many wins.

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