NAMI COLORADO BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Executive Board

President - Margaret Elmer

                               





 

Margaret joined NAMI in 2002 after taking the Family-to-Family class. She has experience as a volunteer for NAMI in three signature programs in Illinois, Texas and Colorado. Margaret has a Master’s degree in Education Counseling from Southeastern Louisiana University, and a Juris doctorate from Northern Illinois University. "I support NAMI because of its solid programs providing support, education and advocacy in the interests of people experiencing mental illness, their families and loved ones.

Vice President- Babu George Mathew


Babu grew up in India, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and a Diploma in Graphic Arts & Printing. Before moving to the U.S.A. in 1994, he had over 2 decades of experience in Sales & Marketing as a Sales Executive and a Business manager in India.

 

His life however, would change forever back in 2010, when his daughter was diagnosed of Anxiety & Depression. It would take the next 5 years for him to make sense of the darkness of mental illness during which period, he was collaborating with the support groups of Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA). During the mental health month, May 2015, Babu found “a home” in NAMI and ever since, had the blessings of being part of the local Family Support group in Littleton, CO. After the Family-to-Family training, he is now a certified Teacher for the Family-to-Family program and also has completed the Mental Health First Aid training. Babu has attended two NAMI National Conventions, 2016 in Denver & 2018 in New Orleans. For 2 years from 2014, he led a Refugee Mentoring Project from his church in collaboration with the Lutheran Family Services & the Denver Rescue Mission. He has been a member of the Interfaith Network on Mental Illness (INMI) from 2015, who promotes mental health awareness and support to interfaith communities. He loves to spend quality time with his only daughter and son-in-law (who are trained “In Our Own Voice” presenters) & “grand puppy, LEVI”, who with his energy and unconditional love, is a tremendous source of joy, peace & HEALING!


Secretary - Anna Bennett

             

Anna Bennett joined NAMI in 2008 when she first took the Family-to-Family (F2F) class. In 2013 she completed training to  become a F2F teacher and has taught the class twice so far, once in 2014 and once in 2015. She is a member of NAMI Arapahoe/Douglas where she was active with the FaithNet committee from 2014 to 2016. Anna retired in 2008 from a professional  career in adult education, vocational and professional training and development and in writing, implementing and managing grants  and sponsored projects, skills which may be useful to the NAMI Colorado Board.

Treasurer - Warren Harrison

               

Warren is retired president of WLH Construction Company (Underground and Ground Support Construction Company). He has over 50 years’ experience in construction and related experience all over the United States and over the world including Israel, Haiti, Columbia, Indonesia and Peru. A registered Professional Engineer in Colorado, Warren received a Professional degree in Mining Engineering from Colorado School of Mines and a Master’s of Business Administration from University of Colorado at Denver. Warren is a board Member of Historic Grant Avenue Community Center. He joined NAMI through the Family to Family program and became a family support facilitator, then provided essential assistance to the annual NAMI walk in 2016.

Member at Large - Jay Borgman



              





   


Jay works well with diverse populations and is a strong advocate for the Mental Health Community. He recognizes stigma is an ongoing battle for every community and is aware of the importance of education in helping reduce stigma. Jay is an active member of Frontier House in Greeley and is also on the Board of Directors at North Range Behavioral Health. Jay is a peer specialist, a NAMI Connection Facilitator and serves on the NAMI Colorado Board of Directors. He facilitates leadership support for the local affiliate and is currently helping develop a new local NAMI affiliate. In 2006, Jay was asked to be on the Colorado Mental Health Planning and Advisory Council (which later became the BHPAC) where he served for three years as co-chair of the council. He also served on the recovery, membership and legislative committees and is active in legislative issues on the state and national level. He served on the council for over 12 years and was term limited in June 2018. Jay graduated from McCook College and Elkins Institute earning a First-Class FCC Operators License.  He spent 25 years as a broadcast engineer, operations manager and air personality at radio stations in Kansas and Colorado.


NAMI Colorado By-Laws.pdf  

NAMI Standards of Excellence.pdf

NAMI National Board of Directors Operating Policies and Procedures.pdf