National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Education Coordinator
Laurie has worked within the behavioral health system with transition aged youth and adults for many years. She has facilitated training for self-advocacy and mental health awareness, and has obtained grant funding for the program. Laurie is responsible for recruiting, training, supervising and mentoring 4 young adult speakers. She schedules all school and community presentations. Laurie serves on many boards: suicide prevention task force, NITT (Now Is The Time Transition), and Bucks County Promise. She is a family member who loves and supports someone with mental health diagnoses, and she is a peer diagnosed with depression. Laurie does not consider her job just a job, but a vocation, a calling, an honor and a privilege as she continues to learn, be inspired by and form relationships with such inspiring people.
Outreach and Development Director
Nicholas is passionate about sharing his story with a mental health illness and addiction as an adolescent and young adult. Nick works as a NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group facilitator to ensure that those with shared experiences do not feel the shame and stigma he experienced. Nick took on the role of Outreach and Development Director to ensure that the look and feel of NAMI Bucks County, PA reflects their mission of building better lives for those affected by mental illness, and to ensure that everyone in our community knows the NAMI name is synonymous with help and hope. He works to broaden their reach on the internet, through community events, speaking engagements, and programs and he serves on several community committees.