2022 Annual Meeting

Let others know that there is hope and understanding. You can change the way the world sees mental health.

NAMI Arizona is a statewide grassroots organization dedicated to serving individuals and families affected by mental illness to improve their quality of life and achieve recovery. NAMI Arizona promotes activities, in partnership with local NAMI affiliates, through education, advocacy, research, and support.

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NAMI Arizona Governing Board*

NAMI ARIZONA VETERANS CONTINGENT
– Travis Burns, Author, and
2019 Arizona Veterans Hall of Famer
– Geoff Davis, M.C, M.HCA, M.A
– Celeste Linguere Johnston, PhD, PCC
(Three Vettes acting as One Governor)

Kathy Bashor, MC,
Governor

Barbara Lang, MA, LPC, LISAC, CCSOTS,
Governor

Darius Perry,
Governor

Dina Ross,
Governor

Lori Schectman, MS, MSW
Governor/Peer Leadership Council

Leslie Schwalbe, MPA,
Governor

Kijuana Wright, M.A,
Governor

**Secretary/Governor**
Meghan Perez, M.Div, CPMP
Governor

**Treasurer/Governor**
Phyllis Getz, AA-Paralegal,
Governor

**Vice President/Governor**
Skyler Brice, Governor

**President/Governor**
Sherry Candeleria, BS., CPM, PHR
Governor,

***Staff***

Jim Dunn, M.Ed./C.
Executive Director/CEO

Cheryl Fanning, RN, BSN, MBA,
Affiliate Support Coordinator (P/T)

Sonia Johnson,
Admin/Program Support, (P/T)

2022 NAMI Arizona Annual Meeting

Saturday, May 7, 2022
8:00 AM to 3:30 PM
NAMI Arizona 2022 Annual Meeting

“Finding the Light – Truth and Reconciliation the Natural Way”

Te experience the videos of the full meeting please click on the link below:

https://vimeo.com/user/42268592/folder/10662458

“Finding the Light – Truth and Reconciliation the Natural Way”

On behalf of the Arizona State Office of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI Arizona) Board of Directors, with special thanks for the foundational support of our generous longtime sponsors, it is my great privilege to extend you this admittedly compelling personal invitation praying that you’ll join us, both in-person and virtually, for our 2022 BlueCross BlueShield of Arizona/NAMI Arizona/Tribal Nations’ Annual Meeting, Partnering, and Sustainability Summit: “Finding the Light – Truth and Reconciliation the Natural Way” May 7, 2022.

Having just completed ten years of intentional partnering and collaborative community relationship building, there is no time like the present to revel in the powerful work we’ve accomplished together, highlighting how conveniently fortuitous each year’s annual meeting theme has built upon the one before, only to now arrive at this penultimate opportunity to ensure every Arizona community has The Right Voices at the Right Tables and includes all who invest in working together (Praise in public/Criticize in private). Reflecting on the many multi-varied Annual Meeting themes you’ve participated in over the years, we hope you find at least a small sense of satisfaction remembering that while relationships can be difficult, we not only overcame a great deal of financial, relational, and environmental challenges; but have established our NAMI Arizona Affiliates, and Affiliate Partner Platforms as “those powerfully prepared community leaders who Just Don’t Quit.”

We are striving to build on the long established statewide intertribal collaboration most recently witnessed at the 8th Annual Health Choice Arizona Tribal Summit and 3rd Annual Statewide Tribal Veterans Symposium; and we ask that you please Stay Tuned for the upcoming announcement of which central Arizona tribal venue will be chosen to host leadership from all 22 Arizona First Nations, nine active NAMI Arizona Affiliates, three Affiliate Partner Platforms, and hundreds of individual, family and community leaders from practically every corner of our great state determined to ensure every Arizona community is heard, validated, and included.

Agenda-wise, so far, First Nation presentations/panel/introductions in the morning, lunch included, then NAMI Arizona/Affiliate sharing concluding with a strong recurring commitment to see each other again at least annually.

Ever since our January 2019 NAMI Arizona Annual Meeting – “Caring Means Sharing”, our State Board of Directors has committed to and been sharing a portion of our annual meeting sponsorship revenues ($120,500 total over the past six years) with our officially recognized NAMI Arizona Affiliates. This year they’ve decided to step it up a notch and have chosen to include our three “Affiliate Partner Platforms” (David’s Hope-Arizona Mental Health and Criminal Justice Coalition, Arizona Peer and Family Coalition, Arizona Crisis Intervention Team/CIT Association); along with hopefully all 22 Arizona Tribal Nations who chose to partner with us this year to ensure every Arizona community has equitable access to basic common infrastructure with the ability to connect and engage with whoever they want whenever they want just like the rest of us.

It is with extremely Special Thanks for the exemplary leadership of our 2022 NAMI Arizona Board of Directors that we look forward to sharing up to 50% after expenses of this year’s 2022 annual meeting sponsorship revenue fourteen ways: 1-NAMI Southern Arizona, 2-NAMI Pinal Central, 3-NAMI Yuma, 4-NAMI Southeastern Arizona, 5-NAMI Valley of the Sun, 6-NAMI Payson, 7-NAMI Yavapai County, 8-NAMI White Mountains, 9- NAMI Flagstaff, 10-David’s Hope/Arizona Mental Health and Criminal Justice Coalition, 11-Arizona Peer and Family Coalition, 12-Arizona CIT Association, 13-NAMI Arizona/Affiliate/Tribal & Veterans Sustainability Initiative, 14-Arizona Tribal Nations’ Intentional Partnering Activity Fund.

Can’t think of an easier way to raise money to strengthen and grow the reach of the communities you love than by encouraging everyone you know to join in, Sponsor, and participate in this year’s annual meeting to ensure we’re all connected, engaged, included, validated, growing, healing, and transcending together.

Thank you for all you do in support of NAMI in Arizona and worldwide. See you May 7th!
Thanks, Jim

Jim Dunn, M.Ed./C, CPRP
Executive Director/CEO
NAMI Arizona
2502 E. Washington St.
Phoenix, AZ 85034
602.885.4166

jimdunnaz@msn.com
namiarizona.org

View The 2022 Meeting Agenda

AGENDA

NAMI Arizona Annual Meeting, Partnering, and Sustainability Summit:
“Finding the Light – Truth and Reconciliation the Natural Way”



Saturday, May 7, 2022
8:00 am – 3:30 pm
Gila River Indian Community – Wild Horse Pass Resort & Casino
5350 North 48th Street, Chandler, AZ 85226

8:00am Check In & Continental Breakfast

9:00am Posting of Colors & Invocation
Haskell Osife-Antone Post 51

9:15am Welcome/Opening Remarks –
Governor Stephen Lewis & Lt Governor Monica Antone, Gila River Indian Community

9:30am NAMI Arizona Welcome & Opening Remarks –
Jim Dunn, Executive Director/CEO & Sherry Candelaria, President NAMI Arizona

9:45am Building Bridges, Making the Connection
Holly Figueroa, Tribal Liaison, Health Choice

10:15am Weaving Indigenous Spirituality into Mental Health
Damon Polk, Red Circle Lodge

11:15am Music Medicine
“Supaman” Christian Takes Gun Parrish

12:15pm Lunch Provided

1:15pm Walking on Common Ground – The Steps Taken to Success Collaboration

2:30pm Putting Together the Pieces of the Puzzle: What Are The Priorities

3:30pm Conclusion/Retire Colors/Adjourn

NAMI Arizona is a state-wide grassroots organization dedicated to serving individuals and families affected by mental illness to improve their quality of life and achieve recovery. NAMI Arizona promotes activities, in partnership with local NAMI affiliates, through education, advocacy, research, and support.

NAMI ARIZONA PUBLIC POLICY POSITION:

1. We are proud of our State and love that we lead the Nation in several nonpartisan criminal justice, behavioral health, and veterans’ initiatives.
2. We know all three branches of Arizona State Government seek effective system oversight and service delivery; and wish to do our part to ensure they’re successful.
3. We realize that truly independent oversight is no different than good leadership and supervision, and choose to be proactive instead of reactive, inspirational instead of punitive, and to partner on the front end to achieve our targeted outcomes instead of admonishing on the backend.
4. We love and respect that our 11 Affiliates blanketing Arizona, reflect diverse sometimes even opposing perspectives on numerous issues, yet unite where we share common cause determined to deliver their powerful product. We vow to help strengthen their independent ability to ensure they can effectively unite and reflect the communities they serve.
5. We refuse to jump on anyone’s bandwagon without knowing all sides of the issue, who’s behind it and why. Even still, we will be extremely cautious not to dilute our brand or message.
6. We also refuse to shame, blame, or ridicule when we don’t find common ground.
7. We value collaboration and intentional partnering in all that we do and strive to ensure the Right Voices are at the Right Tables, and those who share our cause feel heard, validated, and attended to.

View the 2022 NAMI Arizona Sponsorship Levels

2022 NAMI Arizona Annual Meeting Sponsorship Levels
“Finding the Light – Truth and Reconciliation the Natural Way”


(Thank you for considering supporting NAMI Arizona in the important work we do each day. Recognizing the bulk of our success lies on the backs of our hard-working Individual, Family, and Community Leader Volunteers, we pledge to continue operating on the thinnest margins possible focused on strengthening Affiliate Operations, connecting and engaging collaborative communities across the state, and further growing Arizona’s pioneering healthcare leadership.)

Title/Event/Presenting Intentional Partner $35,000

  • Title/Event/Presenting Sponsor for 2022 NAMI Arizona Annual Meeting
  • “All-In/Early Adaptor” – Intentional, Mutual, Collaborative Partnering on all aspects of event design .and delivery; along with active, participatory, leadership focus throughout 2022 to ensure the right voices are at the right tables and accurately reflect Arizona’s diverse demographics
  • Prominent/Lead Name inclusion on all Meeting materials, digital and print, programs, website, social media from the moment of expressed commitment
  • Full Event Access and Introduction/Recognition/Connection of up to eight (8) participants in direct partnership with NAMI Arizona Board and Regional Affiliate Leaders
  • C-Level/Co-Host/Emcee/Lead-level participation in full day’s activities
  • Four post-event follow-up NAMI Arizona/Affiliate Leader-Partner Visit/Check-ins as desired
  • Intentional Partnering/Collaborative Commitment/Relationship Development and Strengthening

Platinum Level Collaborative Community Partner $15,000

  • Platinum Sponsor for 2022 NAMI Arizona Annual Meeting
  • Prominent name recognition on all Meeting materials, digital and print, programs, website, social media
  • Full Event Access and Introduction/Recognition of up to four (4) chosen representatives in direct partnership with NAMI Arizona Board and Regional Affiliate Leaders
  • C-Level/Speaker participation in Community Introduction/Intentional Partnering/Group Activity
  • Two follow-up NAMI Arizona/Affiliate Leader-Partner Visit/Check-ins as desired
  • Intentional Partnering/Collaborative Commitment/Relationship Development and Strengthening

Gold Sponsor Level Collaborative Community Partner $10,000

  • Gold Sponsor for 2022 Annual Meeting
  • Recognition on all Meeting materials, digital and print, programs, website, social media
  • Full Event Access and Introduction/Recognition of up to two (2) chosen representatives in direct partnership with NAMI Arizona Board and Regional Affiliate Leaders
  • One follow-up NAMI Arizona/Affiliate Leader-Partner Visit/Check-in if desired
  • Intentional Partnering/Collaborative Commitment/Relationship Development and Strengthening

Silver Sponsor Level Collaborative Community Partner $7,500

  • Silver Sponsor for 2022 Annual Meeting
  • Recognition on all Meeting materials, digital and print, programs, website, social media
  • Saturday Event Access and Introduction/Recognition of up to two (2) chosen representatives in direct partnership with NAMI Arizona Board and Regional Affiliate Leaders
  • Intentional Partnering/Collaborative Commitment/Relationship Development and Strengthening

Bronze Sponsor Level Collaborative Community Partner $5,000

  • Bronze Sponsor for 2022 Annual Meeting
  • Recognition on all Meeting materials, digital and print programs, website, social media
  • Saturday Event Access and Introduction/Recognition of one (1) chosen representative in direct partnership with NAMI Arizona Board and Regional Affiliate Leaders
  • Intentional Partnering/Collaborative Commitment/Relationship Development and Strengthening


“Thank you again for choosing to support NAMI in Arizona as we strive to connect, engage, and include the Right Voices at the Right Tables!”

Please Note:
Thanks to the exemplary leadership of our 2022 NAMI Arizona Board of Directors, we look forward to sharing up to 50% after expenses of this year’s 2022 annual meeting sponsorship revenue fourteen ways: 1-NAMI Southern Arizona, 2-NAMI Pinal Central, 3-NAMI Yuma, 4-NAMI Southeastern Arizona, 5-NAMI Valley of the Sun, 6-NAMI Payson, 7-NAMI Yavapai County, 8- NAMI White Mountains, 9-NAMI Flagstaff, 10-David’s Hope/Arizona Mental Health and Criminal Justice Coalition, 11-Arizona Peer and Family Coalition, 12-Arizona CIT Association, 13-NAMI Arizona Tribal Nations & Veterans Sustainability Initiative, and 14-Arizona Tribal Nations’ Intentional Partnering Activity Fund. Please plan to join us May 7th for all the details.
View a “Special Thanks” to our Sponsors and Community Partners