Founded in 1977, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is the largest non-profit grassroots mental health organization in the United States. NAMI-UW is one of a hundred NAMI on Campus Clubs dedicated to bringing the NAMI mission to colleges around the nation. We are an all volunteer student run organization consisting of about 50 members primarily serving the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
National Alliance on Mental Illness at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is a growing student organization comprised of student advocates, student consumers, and student supporters! We provide resources, education, support, and promote advocacy for all things mental health related on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus and in our community. Please explore our website for all things NAMI-UW!
OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM:
CAITLIN BEHM: Co-President. Caitlin is in her fifth year as a biology major with the intent of med school in the future. She loves coffee, elephants, and spending time with friends. Caitlin has been apart of NAMI for four years, and loves the community that surrounds it; "I joined because I've seen the stigma around mental illness and how it has affected people refusing to seek help. I want others to know that it's okay not to be okay."
MADELINE NOREIKA: Co-President. Maddie is a senior studying political science and social welfare with the intentions of going to law school. She recently held an internship where she worked with people facing homelessness to find housing and connect them to resources and is currently a House Fellow (RA) in university housing. She loves to drink coffee, hangout with her friends, try new foods and restaurants, and talk about politics. She is looking forward to working with the rest of her team to have NAMI-UW reach other communities across campus!
HANNAH GLASRUD: VICE PRESIDENT. Hannah is a senior studying psychology. She spent the last two summers interning at a therapeutic preschool in Minnesota and plans on pursuing a degree in social work after graduation. Through her own mental health challenges, Hannah noticed the need for increased awareness, advocacy, and access to resources for those struggling. Joining NAMI-UW gave her a sense of belongingness and hope for a better future of mental health care. In her free time, Hannah likes to hike, craft, and garden.
TYLER FOX: Chief Communications Officer. Tyler is a senior studying Life Sciences Communications. He loves writing and works for the university as a science writer and is the Science Editor for the Daily Cardinal. He also enjoys biking and watching lots and lots of movies. He was inspired to become part of NAMI after hearing a speaker at one of the general meetings discuss how many students struggle with mental illnesses on campus.
TYRA GUTSCHOW: Treasurer. Tyra is a sophomore studying human resources and business management. She loves running, weightlifting, and baking! Tyra became involved in NAMI because she knew it was her calling to advocate for mental health and stop the stigma around mental illnesses; "NAMI is like a little community on this huge campus; it brings a sense of belonging."
KENIA LINK: Outreach Coordinator/Bandana Project Director. Kenia is a sophomore who loves hunting, traveling, trying new foods, making playlists, and going to concerts! Kenia is involved with NAMI because she is passionate about being there for people and she sees mental illness as such a prominent issue in our world; "I think the stigma associated with mental illness needs to be diminished, and the best way to do that is to get involved with NAMI.. to advocate, educate, and support those with mental illness."
SAM POWELL: Fundraising Coordinator. Sam is a junior studying neurobiology and working towards a certificate in criminal justice. She likes helping people and is hoping to attend med school in the future. She loves outdoors, reading, and watching Netflix with friends. Sam realized the importance of a sense of community, advocacy, and education after joining NAMI and she is excited to be involved in changing the conversation surrounding mental illness on campus.
NATALIE HAMMER: Event Coordinator. Natalie is a junior majoring in Elementary and Special Education. In her free time she loves to be outdoors, cook and spend time with friends and family. Natalie got involved in NAMI because it's a welcoming and supportive space where she can learn more about mental health to help herself and others; "Mental health is such a big part of who I am, so one of the major reasons I joined was to help educate others to end the stigma behind it as well as support people in their journeys with it."
HANNAH ENTNER: Marketing Director. Hannah is a junior studying rehabilitation psychology on a pre-occupational therapy track. She loves yoga, baking, Grey's Anatomy, and Instagram;). Hannah joined NAMI because she has always been passionate about mental health and supporting others who are struggling; "As a freshman I knew that NAMI would be the supportive environment I needed as I worked through my own struggles and it has continued to be that light for me ever since. Now I'm gland I have the chance to give back to the organization."
HANNAH RUETH: Volunteer/WiChat Coordinator. Hannah is a senior studying genetics & genomics and psychology. She loves running, biking, and video games. Hannah joined NAMI because of the supportive and passionate environment; "This organization helped me a lot when I started recovering, so I want to give that back to our members and community".
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