NAMI-NYC Metro’s Board co-President, Barbara Ricci, was just elected to the NAMI national Board. Her leadership role on the national board comes at a critical time in the U.S., now that there is a greater willingness to talk about mental health and to develop policies that support people and families living with mental illness.
Barbara Ricci has served on the NAMI-NYC Metro board for a decade and as chair of the organization for the past three years. She has been instrumental in advancing NAMI-NYC Metro’s workplace mental health initiative. Last month she was invited to the White House to participate in the panel discussion Making Health Care Better Series on Mental Health, about the importance of addressing the mental health needs of employees. Barbara also understands the crucial role that an organization such as NAMI plays for families and individuals living with mental illness. While attending medical school in the late 1980s, her younger brother was diagnosed with schizophrenia. Since then, Barbara has become actively involved in mental health advocacy, both in Pennsylvania and New York; today, she is a primary benefactor for NAMI-Lancaster, PA, and a lifetime member of NAMI-NYC Metro. Aside from her responsibilities as a mental health advocate, she is a managing director at Deutsche Bank Securities Inc.
Please join us in congratulating her.