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NAMI Sarasota County Welcomes Executive Director

By Barbara Wulf, Patch Poster 

Sarasota Patch | Mar 25, 2018 9:45 pm ET

Newly hired Executive Director for NAMI Sarasota will help the affiliate grow.

NAMI Sarasota County (National Alliance on Mental Illness), the nation’s largest organization for individuals and families affected by mental illness, has hired Colleen Thayer as their first Executive Director. As Executive Director, Ms. Thayer will provide leadership for NAMI Sarasota County’s mission and for the management of all programs and activities of the organization.

Ms. Thayer brings more than twenty years of management and advocacy to the position, including extensive experience in legislative and governmental affairs as well as communications and management work in nonprofit behavioral health.

“We are delighted that Colleen Thayer will be joining NAMI Sarasota County as our Executive Director,” stated Pat Mahoney, President of the Board of Directors for NAMI Sarasota County. “She comes with broad experience and knowledge of our community, and we are confident that she will work to grow our affiliate to provide more support, education and advocacy for people living with mental illness and their families.”

Ms. Thayer has a Masters in Management and Leadership and holds her Accreditation in Public Relations and is a Certified Public Relations Counselor. She is currently a board member for Centerstone Florida and The Circus Arts Conservatory.

NAMI Sarasota County is a local affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. With twenty-seven affiliates in communities across Florida, NAMI provides education, support groups and advocacy for people with mental illnesses and their loved ones. NAMI Florida works with local, state and federal agencies and elected officials to promote recovery and improved treatment for individuals who have a mental illness and their families. To learn more about NAMI Sarasota County, visit or call 941-376-9361.

Original Article can be found here.

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