Susan Hein – Executive Director
Hello everyone!! What an honor it is to be asked to serve as the Executive Director of NAMI YC!! I have been an active volunteer for this wonderful organization since first introduced to NAMI in 2011 after a family member was diagnosed with bipolar and panic disorder. After attending NAMI YC’s family-to-family classes in 2012 I realized how important this organization was to the community!! Sometimes when we are going through a stressful personal experience we can feel alone in our struggles. The family-to-family-classes and support groups I attended let me know I was not alone. NAMI YC is a small organization that does great things and I hope to continue building upon all that NAMI YC has to offer.
I want to, also, take this time to thank all of the volunteers who work hard to run the support groups, presentations, and classes! Our volunteers are the backbone of NAMI and we couldn’t function without you! And, Danielle, I would be remiss not to mention you in my introduction. You have been a tremendous support and wealth of information for me as I’ve been transitioning into this position, a BIG thank you!
Danielle Dennis – Program and Advocacy Specialist
Danielle is a full-time Program and Advocacy Specialist. She has been employed at NAMI PA York County since January 2008, but has been active in NAMI for over 10 years. Danielle has been the Chairperson for the annual Mental Illness Awareness Walk since its inception in 2010.
Danielle participates in many NAMI outreach efforts at schools, neighborhoods and resource fairs. She also is active on numerous committees including the Minority Behavioral Health Coalition and the York County Community Support Program (CSP).
She continues to educate herself by attending select classes through Drexel University, Community Care Behavioral Health, NAMI Conferences and other venues. She is a Family-to-Family teacher and has received training in, and assists with, CIT trainings. She also graduated from the York City Citizens Police Academy.