NAMI Finger Lakes Welcomes Beth McGee As New Executive Director

We are very pleased to announce that the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Finger Lakes (NAMI Finger Lakes) has hired Beth McGee as Executive Director. Beth has an impressive background, including as an elected official in the Town of Enfield and as a local business owner. She has lived experience with mental illness in her family and extensive volunteer involvement as a NAMI Finger Lakes Family Support Group facilitator and Family to Family instructor.

Beth is pioneering for NAMI Finger Lakes – she is not only our first Executive Director but also our first paid employee. “I so appreciate how NAMI Finger Lakes has changed my life through Family to Family education and the additional supports that are available through our local affiliate. I’m excited to begin
working with them in an official capacity as their first Executive Director, and look forward to increasing
our offerings to fill the many gaps in our region for families seeking support,” she said.

Beth will work half-time and will establish office hours within a few weeks. Her duties will include further developing critical relationships in the community for NAMI Finger Lakes, increasing our visibility as an important partner, re-establishing the NAMI Finger Lakes newsletter, recruiting volunteers for various roles in support of NAMI Finger Lakes efforts, and developing funding opportunities to help grow our local programming.

“We are very grateful for the opportunity to expand our capacity. And we are very excited that Beth will
be helping us grow NAMI Finger Lakes,” said NAMI Finger Lakes President Brigitt Schaffner.

Please join us in welcoming Beth at our Annual Member meeting on March 16, 2020, 6 pm. We will
meet in the NAMI Finger Lakes office at 108 North Cayuga Street, Ithaca, NY (second floor, Suite #2,
above Sew Green).

Community Support

We are very grateful for the Park Foundation for providing significant funding for this position and for the Center for Transformative Action at Cornell University for serving as our fiscal sponsor. Our volunteers have made the funding possible by raising the match we needed to access these funds, through Cornell’s Dump and Run, other fundraising, and direct donations to NAMI Finger Lakes.

NAMI Finger Lakes is the local affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) for Tompkins
and Cortland Counties. NAMI Finger Lakes was founded in 1985 by Jean Walters and incorporated as a
501(c)(3) in 2006. For more information about NAMI Finger Lakes, visit our website

Contact for more information:
(607) 273-2462

Welcome Article- Beth McGee- Executive Director of NAMI Finger Lakes

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