Stigmas effect individuals of all ability levels, and it is my goal to be part of community advocacy and support for both Mental Health and Special Education needs.
As a family member of a person with Bipolar Disorder, I saw first hand how NAMI programs helped peers and family members. NAMI provided resources and Peer-to-Peer/Family-to-Family training when my parents were ready to share their stories and support others. My contributions to NAMI Bucks County PA include having volunteered at a Sunday Drop-In-Center for 6 years, as member of the Board of Directors since 2012, and helping to initiate the Ending the Silence program in 2013. It was an honor to be appointed secretary of the Board in January of 2018.
Academic achievements have led me into the field of Special Education with a Liberal Arts Degree (St. John’s College, 2002), employment in the Central Bucks School District since 2003 and teaching certification culminating in M. ED Degree from Temple University (2017).
To enhance my reach in the community, I provide recreational activities through the Abilities Program at the Central Bucks Family YMCA, I have mentored through Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Bucks County, and I sing in the Bucks County Choral Society.
Such Non-Profit fields encourage an acceptance that is growing nationwide, and I am proud to be a part of NAMI Bucks County PA.
About NAMI Bucks County PA
NAMI Bucks County PA is dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness through recovery-focused support, education and advocacy.
Since 1983, NAMI Bucks County has been a beacon of help and hope to all people affected by mental health conditions. From humble beginnings in a small library to becoming Bucks County’s leading voice on mental health and recovery, we have been at the forefront of the mental health movement providing support, education and advocacy to ensure people in the Greater Philadelphia area get the care they need and deserve.
NAMI Bucks County PA is an affiliate of NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.