NAMI Will Grundy Board of Directors
Teena Mackey, Executive Director
Teena is the President of the local National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) serving residents of Will Grundy Counties and has served since 2008.
Teena is a licensed facilitator of the Family to Family program, the Mental Health First Aid and Youth Mental Health First Aid programs whose goal is to recognize the signs and symptoms of emerging issue associated with the onset of mental illness. Mental Health First Aid and Youth Mental Health First Aid desires to educate the community and reduce the stigma associated with mental illness.
Following a successful career in public service Teena has been employed for the past eight years at Cornerstone Services serving individuals diagnosed with mental illness. Recently, Teena has accepted a case manager position with Help At Home and is working to create residential CILA’s in the community.
Sue Meyers, 1st Vice President
Sue has been an active volunteer with NAMI Will Grundy since 2010 beginning with the Family to Family classes. After retiring from a local university, she became a member of the Board of Trustees as Treasurer and just recently was voted as 1st Vice President. Sue manages the NAMI office and teaches the Family to Family program. Her experience with a loved one with mental illness makes her realize how important NAMI is to her family and to others and how important it is to share these experiences.
Sharry Graves, 2nd Vice President
Sharry Graves has served NAMI Will Grundy since 2009. Sharry has been trained in the “In Our Own Voice” program and provides an invaluable service at Presence St. Joseph’s Hospital linking individuals who are discharged from the Behavioral Health unit with the valuable support group services that they need.
Cheryl Nelson, Secretary
Cheryl has been employed as a mental health professional at a social service agency and a hospital in Chicago working with adults with mental health and addiction issues. She recently became an RN and is looking forward to this new career. She recently graduated from family-to-family and also helps recruit new NAMI members. Cheryl enjoys spending time with her family, going to new restaurants, listening to vinyl records, and working out and eating healthy on non-cheat days.
Sandy Hamon, Treasurer
Sandy is a Family to Family graduate and she now dedicates her time to facilitating the Family to Family program. Sandy works for a small local business and in her spare time enjoys music, dancing, travel and photography. Sandy serves as the NAMI Will Grundy treasurer.
Lisa Arp, Education
Lisa is a pediatric dental hygienist and a passionate supporter of the Family to Family program. Lisa is a facilitator for both the support groups and the Family to Family program since 2012. Lisa is the Education Committee chair and is leading the effort to provide NAMI programming as part of the Adult Continuing Education Program at the Joliet Junior College in order to make certain that the community is able to take advantage of the NAMI evidenced based program opportunities.
Kevin M. Lepacek, Technology
NAMI Will Grundy has witnessed Kevin get married and have two children since the start of his volunteer time with NAMI Will Grundy in 2009. Kevin has provided considerable IT support as the Information Technology Committee chair. Kevin is participating in the renovation of the NAMI website with the help of the Chamber of Commerce Community Leadership Team effort.
Char Spreitzer, Marketing
Char Spreitzer is employed as an office manager with a construction contractor in Joliet for over 30 years. Char is the marketing chairperson with NAMI Will Grundy since March 2015. Char completed the NAMI Family to Family program and the NAMI Basics program. Char is a certified trained NAMI Basics facilitator. Char is an advocate for children and adolescents diagnosed with a mental illness. In her spare time, Char enjoys kayaking, reading and going to concerts.
Joyce McGivern, Outreach
Joyce has been an active member of NAMI Will Grundy since 2008 and following her participation in the Family to Family program Joyce participated in the facilitator training. Joyce has taught hundreds of participants in the Family to Family program and has provided invaluable support to those in need far beyond the parameters to the NAMI program. Joyce is the Outreach Committee chair.
Susan C. Hudson, Board Member
As the Director of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Division at the Grundy County Health Department Susan has been serving individuals diagnosed with a mental illness and their families for the past 30 years. Susan is a NAMI Board member and represents the residents of Grundy County on the NAMI Will County Board. Susan works hard to advocate for those with mental health needs.