NAMI High Country Colorado is a 100% volunteer, grassroots organization with no paid staff.
2020 Board of Directors
Having family members with mental illness made me reach out to NAMI in 2014. NAMI programs helped me through some difficult times. In 2015, I was honored to be a part of the process to bring NAMI to Summit County. Being involved in my community is an essential part of my life and NAMI has afforded me, a great opportunity to serve in our wonderful community. NAMI High Country is definitely an integral part of Summit County and I am so proud to serve on the board.
I am mother of a son who committed suicide at age 27 and a daughter who struggles with several mental diagnoses: Bi Polar, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and Depression. Sadly she continually succumbs to substance abuse. I have been raising her daughter for the past nine years. Fortunately, I met Betty Sarber at a parenting education presentation. She told me about NAMI and I took the NAMI Basics course. It was so beneficial to me that I became very passionate about what I had learned. I started attending the NAMI Support Group, helping helped me realize I am not alone.
Now I am member of the NAMI High Country Colorado board. My goal is to advocate, reduce stigma, and educate as many people as possible about mental health. There is no health without mental health.
Lyn Herford is a Sergeant with the Breckenridge Police Department and has been in law enforcement in Summit County for 15 years. She became trained in CIT, Crisis Intervention Training, which is an intensive 40 hour course that trains police officers how to deal with people experiencing a mental health crisis. She is a trained course director and coach and is passionate about bringing the training to all officers in the mountain region. Lyn is also involved in the Suicide Prevention Action Team and speaks at local schools on suicide prevention and advocates for reducing the stigma of mental illness. She and her husband have lived in Summit County since 1991 and enjoy all the outdoor activities our community offers.
Margie Gilmon has been involved with NAMI for many years in Alaska and Colorado. She is a founding board member of NAMI High Country Colorado. Her interest is in supporting people with mental illnesses and their families. She advocates to end stigma, support research, and to increase mental health services for everyone. Margie is a professor of nursing at Colorado Mountain College.
As a parent of a child who committed suicide in 2009 at age seventeen, I chose to channel my grief into giving back to children and families in my community, in hope of preventing a similar tragedy. I have started a personal journey to be involved as a leader in my community, learning about mental health, awareness and education. I have focused my efforts on adolescents by creating a coalition of local mental health professionals, educators, peers and parents. Participating on the High Country NAMI Board is a great privilege and I am proud to support the organization.
I retired from the Ski Industry in 2006 and have been with the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment since then. I am an employment specialist and social media publisher for the Rural Resort Sub Regions of the Colorado Workforce Center.
As the father of a son with a mental illness, I was introduced to NAMI through a family support group in the Houston area. NAMI Family Support Group helped my wife and myself through some very tough times over the years and introduced us to a caring, loving group of individuals where you can share your difficulties and struggles without shame or stigma. The support of the group led me to learn more about mental health and participation in NAMI Walks fundraisers in Houston and Denver.
My family relocated to the mountain community of Summit County in 2015, and we quickly found the local NAMI Family Support Group and are looking for ways to get more involved in the community and spread the word about NAMI and the programs it provides. I am proud to be on the NAMI High County Colorado Board of Directors and want to advocate for those with mental health issues and help reduce stigma about mental health.
I joined NAMI and the Board to help educate and reduce the stigma of Mental Illness. I have family members that suffer from mental illness and I was introduced to NAMI in 2016. The NAMI classes and support groups have been a blessing in my life. My goal is to help educate other families or individuals suffering from mental illness to help them realize they are not alone.