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.

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.

Member at Large - Jeff Zinn


In December of 1999, Jeff Zinn, a former New York City garment center executive and entrepreneur, thought he had it all. Money, fame and an abundance of “friends.” One month later, at the age of 47, Jeff incurred an intense and life altering occurrence that would transform his life forever. He was diagnosed with Bi-Polar 1 disorder, acute stress and anxiety. The next nine years of his life would include: losing his company, filing for personal bankruptcy, divorce and worst of all losing his children’s respect. Jeff Zinn’s entire life, his personal existence, and his reasons for living were turned upside down. Jeff has spent the last 9 years in recovery. He has now dedicated most of his life in the hopes of helping others find ways in which to explore their own recovery through: education, psych social rehab principles, and NAMI programs. Since moving back to his hometown of Denver over five years ago, he has been fulfilling his passion by working and/or volunteering for Aurora Mental Health Center, CHARG, Denver Health and numerous other mental health organizations. In addition to being a NAMI state trainer for the Peer to Peer program, he is also a teacher for NAMI’s Family to Family, Provider Educator and Connection Support Group. Jeff Zinn has built a reputation as an inspiring and knowledgeable professional speaker in the field of mental disorders and Recovery. His lived experience, education and dedication make him a great addition to the board.

NAMI Colorado By-Laws.pdf  

NAMI Standards of Excellence.pdf

NAMI National Board of Directors Operating Policies and Procedures.pdf