Tuesday, December 12, 2017 – 6:00 p.m.
St. Stephen Lutheran Church, 2198 North Meridian, Tallahassee
The Holiday Party will give our members a chance to get to know new members, visit with old friends and recognize the hard work of our outgoing Board members and committee volunteers. The meat and drinks will be furnished. Please bring a side dish—veggies, salad, dessert, etc. to share with others.
Election of new board members:
The Annual Membership Meeting to elect officers for the 2018 Board of Directors is a requirement of our Bylaws.
There will be three vacancies on the NAMI Tallahassee Board of Directors beginning in 2018. Members of the board are elected for a three-year term, and are eligible to serve a second three-year term, after which they rotate off the board. After a one-year hiatus, former board members may be elected to another set of two three-year terms.
The recommendation of the 2017 nominating committee for the three vacant positions, serving their first three-year term are as follows:
•Sheila Barbee is a Northwest Florida native who is a dedicated professional with 30+ years of progressively responsible employment working in the field of social services. She is a graduate of the University of West Florida with a degree in Psychology and a Bachelor’s in Sociology. She began her work in behavioral health in 1985 at the Florida State Hospital as a Rehabilitation Therapist Supervisor. Along with direct client care experience with both juvenile and adult consumers, Sheila has also worked diligently in program analysis, management and continuous quality improvement at the administrative level in behavioral health, facilitating changes and assisting Florida in implementing evidence-based practices and programs. Her work in this initiative reduced consumer wait times and increased access to services across the state. She has experience in writing policy, bills, and reports for the legislature. She is passionate about making high level policy and practice changes that will break stigma barriers and reinvent the culture in not only mental health treatment, but in the community as a whole.
•Alisa “Lisa” Duke grew up in western New York State and moved to Florida in 1979. She went to law school at the University of Florida and then lived in Fort Lauderdale until moving to Tallahassee in 2001. For 30 years she worked as a health care attorney and then in 2016 began working at the Florida State College of Law as a career counselor for law students – a job she enjoys very much. In 2015 Lisa participated in the Fall Family-to-Family class, taught by Dick Stephens and Christine Waldman. As a result of her great positive experience with that class, she decided to get more involved with NAMI Tallahassee. She joined NAMI and attended many membership and board meetings. She then registered for and took the Teacher Training class in order to teach the Family-to-Family class – which she did with her co-teacher Dian Lyn in the fall of 2017. Lisa’s previous community service activities include five years as co-chair with Chiles High School Project Graduation and several years as a Committee Chair with Tallahassee Area Crew. She also worked many hours with the Chiles High School Music and Theatre Programs. Lisa has two children – Patrick 26 and Kathleen 21 – a dog Lily, and her cat Molly.
•Ashley Evard is 22 years old and moved to Tallahassee in January 2017, becoming involved with NAMI Tallahassee in May of 2017. She is a student at the University of North Florida majoring in Communications. She is an intern at Front Line Strategies, and will serve as an intern in the spring semester, 2018, at the Maddox law firm. Ashley has attended training to become a group facilitator for NAMI Connection, which is a peer support group led by peers, and currently leads a Connection group twice a month. She has shared her story of recovery at the Tallahassee Senior Center, in a Family-to-Family class, and at CIT training. She is also involved with Ending the Silence and has spoken to Leon High School students. Ashley is currently working to share information about NAMI Tallahassee’s programs, particularly NAMI Connection, with behavioral health service providers in the community.
Members in good standing as of the Annual Membership Meeting will be asked to approve these nominees to your NAMI Tallahassee Board of Directors 2018.
The bylaws have been updated according to standards set by the national NAMI organization and will be up for approval as well. The 2017 Board of Directors recommends that members review and ratify these bylaws by vote at the Annual Membership Meeting. For comparison purposes links are provided for the both the current bylaws and the proposed bylaws below: