brinkley Amy Brinkley, CRS/CHW, CAPRCII

Nominated by NAMI Indiana
Member, NAMI West Central Indiana
Listen to Amy's Candidate Speech

Specific Strengths and Attributes:

  • Diversity of age, race, ethnicity, language, experience and national geography
  • Experience with a variety of revenue models and financial oversight and management
  • Human capital management
  • Criminal Justice

Job Title or Position:

  • National Recovery Support Systems Coordinator, National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD)

NAMI Leadership Experience:

  • Former NAMI Gary Indiana affiliate, Board of Directors (Member, April 2015 - April 2017)

Additional NAMI Involvement:

  • NAMI Family-To-Family, NAMI Peer-To-Peer, NAMI Ending the Silence, NAMI In Our Own Voice, NAMI Parents & Teachers as Allies, NAMI Family Support Group, NAMI Sharing Your Story with Law, NAMIWalks
  • Former NAMI Gary Indiana affiliate, Volunteer, NAMI Peer-to-Peer Facilitator/Trainer (April 2013 - April 2015)
  • Former NAMI Gary Indiana affiliate, Volunteer, WRAP (April 2013 - April 2015)

Public Service:

  • 5 years working for state government
  • Employed through NASMHPD serving all states to expand recovery supports since January 2022

Relationship to Mental Health:

  • Individual with first-person experience of mental health; Family member or direct/front-line support of someone with a mental health condition; Provider/mental health practitioner/employee in the field; Other Professional; 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:

  • Advocacy, Business/Nonprofit Leadership, Criminal Justice, Financial Management/Accounting, Mental Health Service/Support


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

  • Criminal Justice, Corporate Responsibility, Human Resources/Personnel, Information Technology, Marketing/Public Relations, Social Media

Candidate Leadership Style

The candidate indicated the following descriptors represent their leadership style:

  • Action-oriented, Consensus Builder, Data Driven, Decisive, Innovator, Outcome-oriented, Peacemaker, Process Thinker, Team Player

Candidate Narrative

With many years of prior experience with non-profits I will be able to support the board in many diverse ways with little to no training/educating required. In my role as Recovery Support Systems Coordinator with the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors I will be able to inform NAMI on national partnerships that will help move the mission further as well as resources available to help NAMI leverage funding and build capacity. In my state role I increased the contract with NAMI Indiana by $500,000 to focus on local affiliate expansion and DOC education/training. I am a person with MH and SUD lived experience who also has a felony background that has served me in understanding the needs and addressing the gaps with state / federal funding.

I personally have helped advance the NAMI mission in my community by serving my local affiliate through leading support groups, donating, joining fundraising events, sharing grant opportunities, and training on signature programs. In state government I increased funding to target local affiliate expansion financially in a significant way for all local affiliates.

I work well in coordination with other leaders to accomplish goals as evidenced by showing up to meetings, committing my time, and supporting other leaders/volunteers as needed.

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