NAMI Colorado Staff

Sarah Mooney - Executive Director 

    

Sarah brings over 30 years of non-profit experience to the position of Executive Director for NAMI Colorado. Sarah is a Colorado native and has worked most of her life ensuring that all Coloradans have access to the opportunities that make life meaningful. Prior to joining the NAMI family in May of 2017, Sarah worked for the Nature Conservancy, Jefferson County Open Space, Bluff Lake Nature Center, 9Health Fair, the Clear Lake Historical Society and Environmental Learning for Kids. Sarah holds a BA and MA in political science and has been active in politics since high school. “Inspiring people to take action for the things they believe in” has been a motivating philosophy for Sarah throughout her life. Sarah comes to NAMI after experiencing mental illness, the stigmas that still exist regarding diseases of the brain, and the lack of support and advocates for those living with mental illness. She comes to NAMI with hope that mental illness will be looked at as part of the “human condition” rather than something that separates us from one another. Contact Sarah at executivedirector@namicolorado.org

Cheri Bishop - Director of Programs

   

Cheri discovered NAMI Colorado in 1999 when her 21-yr. old son became ill with schizophrenia.  She felt NAMI saved her son’s life and wanted to give back by helping other families living with mental illness. In 1999, she took the Family-to-Family teacher training, the first one ever offered in Colorado. Seventeen years later she is still teaching Family-to-Family and is now a state trainer for the program.  She also facilitates a NAMI family support group twice a month. In 2004 she was hired by NAMI Colorado for the position of Family-to-Family and Colorado Visions Coordinator, and was soon managing 9 NAMI Signature programs and 2 NAMI CO programs. Cheri has 2 sons, 43 yrs. and 37 yrs., and a 20-yr. old granddaughter diagnosed with mental illness. Her passion lies in assisting and supporting families and individuals living with mental illness and providing them with the knowledge that there is hope for recovery.  Contact Cheri at cheri@namicolorado.org

 

 

David Garrity - Volunteer Engagement Coordinator

 

David is the new Volunteer Engagement Coordinator at the NAMI Denver affiliate. He has also been active answering the Helpline and the NAMI Law Line which was re-introduced to Colorado back in July 2017. David is an active IOOV presenter, Connections Facilitator and state trainer for Connections. He is also helping to spearhead the NAMIWalks campaign in 2018 in addition to playing drums with his band. He is also an ordained minister and holistic energy practitioner in addition to being an artist and musician. David was diagnosed 5 years ago with Complex PTSD, dissociation and severe depression. In addition, he had a 9 lb. thymoma tumor removed from his chest 4 years ago. Since that time, he has battled back and joined NAMI as a part-time employee in February 2017. 

He is passionate about helping people get well and live a life of their choosing instead of being hopelessly saddled with trauma and mental illness. He loves writing stories, poems and screenplays as well as playing music in 2 bands. 

Contact David at david@namicolorado.org

 

   

Max Maddox - Development Director

Max is Director of Development and Law Line Coordinator at NAMI Colorado. Max aims to involve peers in a cooperative effort to change public perceptions of mental illness by exhibiting the myriad ways we uniquely contribute to the community. Max has been an In Our Own Voice presenter since 2012 and was coordinator of the program in 2017. Max is co-author of the 2014 memoir Walks on the Margins, A Story of Bipolar Illness, winner of an EVVY award for creative non-fiction. He has been interviewed about his illness and the book by numerable radio and television stations, including NPR and PBS, and has spoken at conferences including the The National Council for Behavioral Health Conference (SAMSHA). Max is an artist with a B.A. in Philosophy from Grinnell College and an MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art. While learning to be an effective advocate, he spends every moment he can muster working on his art, having exhibited his work all over the country. Contact Max at max@namicolorado.org  Contact Max at max@namicolorado.org