NAMI-NYC Welcomes New Board Members For Three-Year Term

NEW YORK (Wednesday, January 29, 2020) – NAMI-NYC (local affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness) today announced six additions to its Board of Directors effective immediately. Joining for a three-year term are Mitul Desai, Marjorie D. Eagan, Stacy Helfstein, Josh Neren, Anita Hill Sands, and Howard Spilko.

Executive Director Matt Kudish said, “I am thrilled to welcome these six dedicated members to the NAMI-NYC Board. Not only do they represent professions across a wide variety of industry sectors but their deeply personal ties to mental health issues make their commitment to the community work we do so distinct.” Kudish continued, “I look forward to the Board’s guidance in 2020 as we continue to broaden our local advocacy efforts and family programs to reach even more New Yorkers with our free services and helpline support.”

In addition, current Board members Cornelia Kiley and Raymond Schwartz will lead the Board of Directors in new roles as co-presidents, succeeding Nathan Romano who remains Board member, emeritus.

Also continuing in their term Board roles are members Michele Allison, Christopher Condelles, Chad DeMartini, John DeNatale, Kunaal Kanagal, Colleen Lauria, Howard Lenn, Gregory Leveto, Andrew P. Monshaw, Katherine Ponte, Timothy B. Price, David S. Shapiro, Mark F. St. George, and Drew Train.

Read the full biographies of all NAMI-NYC Board members here.

NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS OF NEW YORK CITY (NAMI-NYC) helps families and individuals affected by mental illness build better lives through education, support, and advocacy. NAMI-NYC offers several evidence-based education classes, 30 monthly support groups, public education programs to combat stigma, and advocates to improve the mental health system for all New Yorkers. Our programs and services — which reached over 19,000 individuals last year — are led by trained volunteers and staff with lived experience and are available free of charge to anyone who needs them. For more information, please visit Twitter, @NAMI_NYC; Instagram, @NAMINYC_Metro.

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