Phelan Alyson Phelan, MA, TRCC

Nominated by NAMI Lake County, OH
Member, NAMI Lake County, OH
Listen to Alyson's Candidate Speech

Job Title or Position:

  • Therapist

Additional NAMI Involvement:

  • NAMI Family-to-Family, NAMI Advocacy, NAMIWalks (10 years)
  • NAMI Family Support Group Facilitator (5 years)
  • Mindfulness, Yoga, and Meditation for Staff at NAMI Lake County, OH (2 years)

Relationship to Mental Health:

  • Family member or direct/front-line support of someone with a mental health illness; Provider/mental health practitioner/employee in the field; Other Professional; 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, Advocacy, Business/Nonprofit Leadership, Criminal Justice, Mental Health Service/Support, Philanthropy/Donor Cultivation, Program Research/Evaluation, Research/Academia

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

  • Criminal Justice, Corporate Responsibility, Information Technology, Legal/Law, Marketing/Public Relations, Philanthropy, Social Media, Traditional Media

Additional information about the connections and networks:

  • Parent Advocate Lake County Ohio (3 years)
  • ​Community Investment Committee Financial Stability Team, United Way of Lake County (3 years)
  • Women in Transition Through Support Program (WITTS) provider, Lake County Ohio Sheriff's Department (4 months)

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

The candidate indicated that they possess these specific strengths and attributes that the NAMI Board has identified as high priority for the 2023-2024 Board: 
  • Knowledge of the philanthropic community and track record with donor cultivation
  • Human capital management
  • Legal and risk management
  • Criminal Justice

I will use my experience working within the community and forming strategic partnerships to meet the needs of those with mental health diagnoses and their families. My NAMIWalks team has been a top donator through our efforts to involve people from around the community including businesses. I also have a proven track record of both gathering the right people to create and move projects forward for the good of those we serve. I was Compliance Officer for the private practice I work for and understand risk within the behavioral health space. My current work within the criminal justice system allows me to both understand and respond to this population.

I personally have helped advance the NAMI mission in my community by my commitment to NAMI over 22 years of service and support and providing support to the NAMI staff and leadership to help meet the goals of the organization.

I work well in coordination with other leaders to accomplish goals as evidenced by collaboration, partnerships, and community events to support individuals across multiple modalities inclusive of those with various age, race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, and other personal characteristics to connect them to services they need.

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