Annual Meeting and Voting

 Announcing the 2019 NAMI Virginia Annual Meeting

Saturday, June 8, 2019 at 4:30 pm
Richmond Marriott Short Pump

Come join fellow NAMI members, supporters, and friends at the Annual Meeting to recognize award recipients, elect new NAMI Virginia Board members, review NAMI Virginia’s financial health and thank outgoing board members. A short reception will follow the meeting.

There is no cost to attend the meeting, but you must register in advance.  


Board Member Elections

The NAMI Virginia Board of Directors slate for 2019 includes one member, Robin Church, who is standing for reelection to the Board for a three-year term.  You can read more about Ms. Church at this link.

NAMI Virginia’s 2019 Annual Awards

Please consider nominating an individual or affiliate for one of the following annual awards by completing the 2019 Awards Nomination Form. Please note the Outstanding Legislator Award is determined internally.

  • Spirit of Recovery Award –  recognizes a person who is living with mental illness for his or her service, courage, and leadership on behalf of people with mental illness. The recipient displays exemplary courage and leadership not only in staying the course to recovery but also educating others through NAMI’s programs in Virginia and helping others to understand, pursue or experience recovery.
  • Outstanding NAMI Affiliate Award – recognizes a local NAMI Virginia affiliate‘s outstanding achievement with NAMI’s education and support programs, advocacy, and in other areas supporting recovery and individuals living with mental illness.
  • The Hope Award – recognizes a NAMI Virginia family member or caregiver of someone with mental illness who displays exemplary leadership within NAMI’s education and support programs, advocacy, and other venues. 
  • Young Leader Award – recognizes a youth or young adult between the ages of 14-30 who exhibits exceptional leadership and courage. As a leader or participant in NAMI Virginia’s programs, including Youth MOVE Virginia, the recipient works to promote resiliency, recovery, and mental health awareness in his/her community, all while empowering and supporting other youth and young adults with mental health needs.
  • Outstanding Legislator Award – recognizes an elected official that has demonstrated a commitment to supporting the needs of those impacted by mental health conditions through their legislative actions, advocacy and leadership as a public servant.  


2017 NAMI Virginia Awards

The 2017 NAMI Virginia Award Honorees were presented with their awards at the 2017 Annual Meeting.

 Michelle Payne – Spirit of Recovery Award

NAMI Central Virginia – Outstanding NAMI Affiliate

The Haley Family – Hope Award

Amanda Swindle – Young Leader Award

The Honorable Patrick Hope, Virginia House of Delegates – Outstanding Legislator Award


2016 NAMI Virginia Awards

The 2016 NAMI Virginia Award Honorees were presented with their awards at the 2016 Annual Meeting.

 Jennifer Giles
Spirit of Recovery Awardjenn

NAMI Northern Virginia
Outstanding NAMI Affiliate Award


Tommie Cubine
The Hope Award


Leah Ganssle
Young Leader Award


The Honorable Chris Peace (Accepted by Alexander Macaulay)
Outstanding Legislator Awardalexander