Jeff Fladen, MSW

Nominated by NAMI Tennessee
Member, NAMI Davidson County
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
  • Human capital management including professional experience in human resources and personnel development & management
  • Legal and risk management
  • Criminal Justice experience, professional and/or lived

Job Title or Position:

  • Executive Director, NAMI Tennessee

NAMI Leadership Experience:

  • NAMI Tennessee Executive Director (8 years)
  • NAMI Tennessee Board of Directors (Ex-officio Member, 8 years)
  • Executive Director Council (2nd Vice Chair, 4 years)

Additional NAMI Involvement:

  • NAMI Basics, NAMI Family-to-Family, NAMI Homefront, NAMI Family & Friends, NAMI Ending the Silence, NAMI In Our Own Voice, NAMI Smarts for Advocacy, NAMI Sharing Your Story with Law Enforcement, NAMI Advocacy, NAMI Speakers Bureau, NAMIWalks

Other Board Service:

  • Middle Tennessee Mental Health Institute, Board of Directors (Member, 3 years)
  • Healing Arts Project, Inc., Board of Directors (Member, 4 years)
  • Jewish Federation of New Hampshire Foundation, Board of Directors (Member, 5 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; Community Engagement/Employer

Candidate Strengths Assessment

The candidate indicated they have experience in the following areas that will help NAMI achieve its mission and strategic goals:

  • Adult Education, Business/Nonprofit Leadership, Advocacy, Banking/Trusts/Investments, Criminal Justice, Mental Health Service/Support, Financial Management/Accounting, Business/Nonprofit Administration, Philanthropy/Donor Cultivation, Program Research/Evaluation

Estimated years of experience in the above areas:

  • Criminal Justice, Program Eval, Trusts and Investments: 5 years
  • Advocacy and Philanthropy/Donor Cultivation: 10+ years
  • All others: 20+

The candidate indicated they have connections and networks in the following areas:

  • Criminal Justice, Information Technology, Entertainment/Film/Television/The Arts, Philanthropy, Social Media, Marketing/Public Relations, Human Resources/Personnel, Politics/Elected Officials, Traditional Media

Additional information about the connections and networks:

  • As a former Jewish Community Professional (Executive Level) for 12 years, a have deep knowledge of Jewish social service needs as well as philanthropic opportunities including established relationships at the national level. I am a cofounder and board member of the Behavioral Health Foundation (Policy and Advocacy) based in Nashville, TN. I am working weekly with Major Sam Cochran upon a large CIT expansion as well as SIM, dispatch training, 9-8-8, and jails and MH. My weekly Facebook Live continues to schedule in state and national leaders with strong viewership. I have entertainment contacts as evidenced by our recent gala broadcast from the Glen Campbell Museum with intimate participation from there Campbell family.

Candidate Leadership Style

The candidate indicated the following descriptors represent their leadership style:

  • Action-Oriented, Consensus Builder, Data Driven, Decisive, Outcome-Oriented, Process Thinker, Risk Taker, Innovator, Team Player

I believe that I have a strong and varied background that will allow me to serve the NAMI board well. I am particularly interested in bringing NAMI programs and services to the Jewish Community which is a slightly different mission then Blue Dove and other advocates that seek to make Jewish institutions more welcoming. While I share that goal, I am more focused upon facilitating partnerships between NAMI affiliates and NSO to bring signature programs to the Jewish community without the cost barrier of building capacity. This can be a model for other groups as well as a connection to Jewish Philanthropic opportunities including large foundations.

I also hope to serve the board through increasing understanding of past, current, and future actions related to fundraising and programming and how these issues impact the alliance. I appreciate management's commitment to the field however, I believe that my knowledge of affiliates and NSOs would be a great asset. My work to lead the successful by-law change to elect an ED council member to the board is further evidence of this desire.

Lastly, I have demonstrated a deep commitment to criminal justice and law enforcement has been well demonstrated to my state. I have been deeply involved with CIT International and interact with this and other national organizations such as TASC Center for Health and Justice and through their Behavioral Health Foundation.

I have personally helped advance the NAMI mission in my community by building a high-quality dedicated staff and board, increasing funding, building collaboration, successful advocacy, and adding new NAMI programs such as NAMI Ending the Silence, NAMI Family & Friends, and NAMI Sharing Your Story with Law Enforcement. I also strive daily to nurture affiliates and support and grow volunteer capacity.

I work well in coordination with other leaders to accomplish goals as evidenced by positive feedback from my peers and inclusion in collaborative efforts. I was awarded the Vicki Cottrell Award as Outstanding Executive Director in 2018.

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