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From the President's Corner

Letter from Former President Beverley Watkins

Dear NAMI SWI Members

It has been my privilege to serve as president of this wonderful organization for several years. I have gotten to know many of you and will continue to value your contributions to NAMI SWI and those relationships. Thank you for supporting our mission by being part of the NAMI “family”. Members contribute by volunteering, being part of our classes and support groups, and supporting one another. My term as president ends on June 30, 2018. It has been an honor to serve NAMI SWI.

Welcome Sonja Vauters

As I prepare for the end of my term as board president in June and welcome Sonja Vauters as the new NAMI SWI Board President, I’d like to share other recent changes.

Executive Director

As a member, you may already know that as of May 31, 2018, Jessica Gruneich resigned as NAMI SWI Executive Director. I’d like to publicly thank Jessica for her service and leadership in growing and diversifying NAMI SWI’s programs, outreach, and funding over the past five years. Due in large part to her vision, preparation, and hard work, NAMI signature programs are now serving more families in our southern Illinois counties. This month, NAMI National is recognizing Jessica with an award at the National Convention for her accomplishments as NAMI SWI Executive Director. I know you join me and the entire NAMI SWI family in wishing her continued success.

As we work to identify a new Executive Director, Board Vice President Angie Townsend will be the point of contact for the day to day operations of NAMI SWI.

Another Change

Another change is Vickey Gonzalez’ resignation as treasurer of the NAMI SWI board. We were fortunate to have Vickey’s insight and contributions as she also serves as a NAMI National board member. We thank her for her passion and dedication to growing NAMI SWI’s funding base and programs. As Chair of NAMI’s National Convention this year, her plate has been full, and we appreciate her time and efforts on behalf of NAMI SWI.

NAMI Standards of Excellence

As you may know, being a NAMI affiliate requires going through an ongoing process of review to insure we are meeting the standards of excellence set by NAMI National. NAMI SWI is currently reviewing its internal procedures to ensure these standards are met and to identify areas that may be improved. We are committed to making changes where necessary and to transparency in our financial reporting, program management, collaborations with members and other organizations, and to all who donate time, talent, and resources.

Thank You

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for your commitment to NAMI SWI. We are southern Illinois’ leading nonprofit volunteer mental health organization. Your dedication to the growth and prosperity of programs through your participation and support is invaluable. During periods of transition, your continued support and engagement with NAMI SWI is especially important. As members, you are the “heart” of NAMI SWI. We welcome your interest and contributions as we move forward.

President’s Report
June 7, 2018  NAMI SWI President, Beverley Watkins, Ph.D., LCSW