Contact: Alina Morrisey, Board President (Incoming)

NAMI Spokane Hires First Full Time Executive Director in agency’s 40-year history!

Spokane, WA –

NAMI Spokane announced Laree Shanda as Executive Director of the non-profit dedicated to empowering all who have been affected by mental illness.

Shanda has a great passion for those affected by mental illness and is thrilled to be the new leader of the agency. She formerly had a position at Eastern State Hospital working with those affected by mental illness. She brings with her a wealth of skills and knowledge, as well as a strong desire to empower and improve the lives of those affected by mental illness.

“Laree is the first full-time Executive Director in NAMI Spokane’s history,” Teri Koski, Board President, said. “We are all delighted to have Laree lead us through this exciting stage of growth.”

NAMI Spokane worked closely with Providence Community Benefit to ensure this project reached fruition.

“They are as invested in the potential of NAMI Spokane as we are. We are so grateful for their support of this project,” said Koski.

About NAMI Spokane

The National Alliance on Mental Illness is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness. Since its inception in 1979, NAMI has become “The Nation’s Voice on Mental Illness” with offices in every state and local affiliates in more than 1100 communities across the country.

Through the dedicated efforts of grassroots leaders, NAMI focuses on three cornerstones of activity that offer hope and health: Education, Support and Advocacy. NAMI Spokane, a non-profit 501(c)(3), all volunteer, self-help organization was incorporated in 1980, with an office in the Peyton Building, and has since provided help to thousands of individuals and hundreds of families through its education programs, support groups, advocacy network and information/referral desk. All of our education courses, support groups and advocacy forums are free to the public and draw participants from Spokane County, eastern Washington and western Idaho.

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