Geri KergerGeri Kerger is the Executive Director of NAMI DuPage, a national organization providing support, advocacy, and education for people with mental illness and their families. As a dedicated nonprofit executive, she brings a wealth of experience in program management and administration to her role. Geri excels in resource development for nonprofits, employing strategic and innovative methods to communicate an agency’s message and amplify its impact effectively. 

Beyond her executive responsibilities, Geri contributes to academia as an adjunct faculty member at National Louis University in the Greater Chicago Area, specializing in human services and law courses. Her multifaceted expertise reflects an unwavering commitment to advancing the mission of NAMI DuPage and supporting the broader nonprofit community.

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Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:

  • Geri Kerger gives an overview of NAMI DuPage and what her role encompasses
  • What attracted Geri to work for NAMI?
  • The services NAMI provides
  • NAMI mental health programs and courts for children
  • Geri highlights DuPage County’s mental health advocacy programs

In this episode…

The National Alliance on Mental Illness is the largest grassroots mental health organization in the United States. Its unique model is committed to hiring individuals with lived experiences to facilitate key programs. This combination of firsthand experience, training, and education contributes to the organization’s distinctiveness. How does NAMI stand out as a mental health advocate trailblazer in DuPage County?

Geri Kerger’s dedication to mental health advocacy is rooted in a personal commitment to making a difference in individuals and families facing mental health challenges. Her decision to work with NAMI reflects a shared vision of fostering understanding, support, and resources for those navigating the complexities of mental health. From educational programs to support groups, NAMI addresses the diverse needs of individuals affected by mental health conditions. One of the noteworthy aspects of NAMI DuPage’s initiatives is its focus on mental health programs tailored for children, such as Ending the Silence. Beyond direct services, NAMI DuPage engages in advocacy programs that work towards influencing positive change in mental health policies through forming alliances with the local court system.

In this episode of the Mission Matters Podcast, Paul Feith welcomes Geri Kerger, Executive Director of NAMI DuPage, for an in-depth conversation about the organization. Geri provides valuable insights into the diverse range of programs NAMI offers and sheds light on DuPage County’s impactful role as an advocate and support system for mental health initiatives.

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