Nominated by NAMI Alameda County South (CA)
Member, NAMI Alameda County South (CA)
Listen to Joe's Candidate Speech
Job Title or Position:
- President, NAMI Alameda County South
NAMI Leadership Experience:
- NAMI Alameda County South Board of Directors (President)
- See CV for additional experience.
Additional NAMI Involvement:
- NAMI Family-To-Family, NAMI Provider Education, NAMI Ending the Silence, NAMI Parents & Teachers As Allies, NAMI Smarts for Advocacy, NAMI Advocacy, NAMIWalks
- Represent NAMI at Health Fairs
Other Board Service:
- See CV for additional experience.
- See CV, various behavior health and county committees starting 2000.
Relationship to Mental Health:
- Family member or direct/front-line support of someone with a mental health illness
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 Administration, Business/Nonprofit Leadership, Criminal Justice, Philanthropy/Donor Cultivation, Program Research/Evaluation
The candidate indicated they have connections and networks in the following areas:
- Criminal Justice, Corporate Responsibility, Information Technology, Politics/Elected Officials
Additional information about the connections and networks:
- Relationships with nonprofit and for-profit psychiatric organizations
Candidate Leadership Style
The candidate indicated the following descriptors represent their leadership style:
- Action-oriented, Consensus Builder, Data Driven, Decisive, Innovator, Outcome-oriented, Process Thinker, Risk Taker, Team Player
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:
- Diversity of age, race, ethnicity, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, 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
- Criminal Justice
I have technical skills as an Informational Technologist (IT), Large Corporate Management (V.P. Bank of America) retired, experience as a NAMI program leader for 5 NAMI programs. I oversee 3 NAMI peer programs in my affiliate, in collaborations with an Acute Care Psychiatric Hospital, developed a patient support program (Mentors on Discharge®) that reduced re-hospitalizations by over 72%, and was a charter member, President and CEO of a local affiliate that has expanded peer led programs in our county over the past 8 years. What has given me the passion to use my education and corporate skills (1960 to 2000, 40 years) to apply them to NAMI’s success? To begin with, it was NAMI’s invaluable aid which helped me with the mental health system in support of my loved one. Then it was my desire to give back after retiring from industry in 2000. I have two daughters, one of whom had a psychiatric break in 1992 just prior to graduating with honors from U.C. Santa Barbara in 1993. At that time, she was taken zip tied behind her back by the police on a 5150 in Los Angeles County. Although the police officer who took her in was very gentle with her, she still has scars on her wrists to this day from the traumatic experience. I continue to work to support caregivers like myself and our loved ones. As long as I have a pulse, this will be my purpose.
I personally have helped advance the NAMI mission in my community by training to be a program leader of NAMI programs and instrumental in expanding NAMI peer led programing. I have been on workshop teams at both NAMI National conventions and NAMI State Conferences. I am present at Health Fairs in support of NAMI programming. I collaborate with other community-based organizations for mutual support of our community’s needs.
I work well in coordination with other leaders to accomplish goals as evidenced by leading our affiliate to be the first in our county to have NAMI In Our Own Voice presentations in 4 acute care psychiatric hospitals (both nonprofit and for-profit). I have established personal relationships with those in the criminal justice system to get our NAMI programs implemented in county reentry programs. I have participated in presentations at numerous organizations in support of those dealing with a mental illness. I have participated in NAMI National conventions and state conferences for the betterment of NAMI and our programs.