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A Letter from the President

 

Dear NAMI Pierce County Membership,

My name is Cynthia Macklin. I am the current NAMI Pierce County President on the Board of Directors. Last year, I sat as the Vice President. I am writing to introduce myself and let you know what I see for the future of NAMI Pierce County.

I have lived in Washington for over 25 years.  My husband, Ed Tuck, and I are both business owners in Tacoma. Ed’s business, Point S. Tire (previously T&T Tire Factory) has been in the same location for over 65 years.  I run the Law Office of Cynthia Macklin and have been practicing law for almost 20 years in Pierce County. Between us, we have 4 adult children and 7 grandchildren.  Ed also sits on the NAMI Board as the Treasurer.

So, what brought me to NAMI? A little more than two years ago, my son suffered a psychosis. That was followed by countless hours in hospitals by his side while begging for help and desperately seeking answers. He would be in and out of 8 different hospitals that first year alone. In my effort to find answers I came across NAMI support groups. Shortly thereafter, I attended the 12-week Family-to-Family course. Admittedly, I haven’t always found the answers I wanted to hear, hope is a difficult thing to come by. In fact, the more I learned, the more dismayed I was to find that despite how common mental illness is, services are dismal, and the stigma is enormous.

Through NAMI, what I found is compassion, comfort, and coping skills. I can’t even imagine what I would have done during this very difficult time had I not found NAMI. In NAMI I found a community of people that have helped show me that not only are we not alone on this journey, but that we have many shared experiences. You have shared with me how you have coped, what you have learned, and how you have comforted and helped your families and yourselves. I firmly believe in the need for support for those of us who have loved ones and those who are suffering from mental illness.

I am grateful for all of you that donate your time and money toward helping us improve the lives of people suffering from mental illness. In particular I want to thank the previous NAMI Pierce County Board.  As many of you know both Bob Winslow and Ginny Peterson have officially retired from their roles as board members after serving our community for many years. That said, they will both remain active on their respective committees and continue to help raise awareness for our cause and to further our mission.  I cannot properly express the outstanding work Bob and Ginny have done in building this organization.  As such, our new board is fortunate to take over a fiscally sound and growing organization. We also recently announced we have hired our first part-time employee, Bre Johnson, as Program Coordinator.

What we see for NAMI Pierce in 2018…

As we move into 2018 we have focused our strategic efforts on four core areas:

  • Improving program management
  • Increasing fund raising
  • Expanding our membership base and improving member retention
  • Continued work in advocacy at the city, state and national levels.

Over the years, many of you have volunteered and worked on furthering the mission of NAMI. We have come a long way in the fight to end the stigma associated with mental illness but there is much more work to be done and the truth is that for several years much of the work has been done by a few dedicated and passionate people. But we are in desperate need of more volunteers and members to help organize events, teach Family to Family program classes, facilitate Peer to Peer meetings, and to serve on our Board of Directors. My philosophy is that there is strength in numbers. We have recently reorganized the Board Positions and created a number of chair positions to support our efforts. We have many innovative ideas and goals for 2018, but we can’t accomplish everything without your input and help. We need you again and we need you to help us find new members and volunteers to help us further our mission. 

Chair Positions

  • Volunteer Coordinator Chair Person
  • Event Coordinator Chair Person 
  • Fundraising Chair Person
  • Outreach Chair Person
  • Membership Chair Person
  • Signature Program Chair Positions
  • Family to Family Class Chair Person
  • Homefront Chair Person
  • Peer to Peer Chair Person (Recruiting for 2019 Board)
  • In Our Own Voice Chair Person
  • Stigma Busting Chair Person
  • Connections Support Chair Person
  • NAMI Basics Chair

We are looking for people who are passionate about furthering mental health services, support groups and classes, and stigma busting. If you, or anyone you know, are interested in becoming a part of our organization I encourage you to reach out to Bre at bre.johnson@namipierce.org.

Serving as our president is one way I can give back to the community. I hope you will join me in 2018 as your continued support is both valued and fundamental to the success of our organization. Together we will continue to work hard to expand our mission to educate and advocate on behalf of all families and individuals impacted by mental illnesses.

It is indeed a privilege to serve as your president.

Cynthia Macklin, NAMI Pierce County President 2018

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