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 - Leona Paul 

Leona has been the President of NAMI Jeffco since August 2015, is a former small business owner and a retired Federal Government employee with over 31 years of service. She is an insightful leader who believes in entrusting people to deliver the highest quality of work by fostering trust, collaboration, openness and honesty in any endeavor undertaken. Leona has been recognized for demonstrating full accountability for the success or failure of any component of a task, including the successful performance of team members.  She has gained a strong reputation as a hands-on-manager.

In Government, Leona pioneered and authored numerous processes and procedures in such areas as Project Management, Quality Assurance, Customer Support Services, Service Level Agreements and Change Management. She wrote business plans, developed and managed small and large budgets, and assisted in the creation of new personnel performance plans and standards. She assisted in the development and delivery of training programs. She lectured inside and outside the Federal Government on asset management and impacts of change. She collaborated with Agency executives and hydropower facility managers to develop business practices and technical requirements that led to the successful completion of a $9 million project that impacted over 6,000 employees.

Leona obtained her Professional Project Manager certification in 2005 after completing coursework from George Washington University. She is the grandmother of a family member living with a mental health condition and continues to support her family, affiliate and state organization in any aspect that can benefit from her involvement.                                                   


                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. Because of his years of experience in communications and the mental health community, Jay has developed a genuine interest in people and seldom meets a person he does not respect and connect with.  Jay feels there is a "gem" in every person.





                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