The Board of Directors of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has announced that Executive Director Michael Fitzpatrick chose not to renew his contract which expired in December. Fitzpatrick will continue his tenure through the end of 2013 in order to ensure a smooth leadership transition.
"When Michael took over as NAMI's chief executive in 2004, he brought tremendous energy and unique professional perspective to address many challenges," said NAMI Board President Keris Myrick . "As a result, NAMI is a stronger organization today, positioned to lead the fight into the future to improve the lives of millions of Americans affected by mental illness."
"During Michael's tenure, he assembled a skilled team and worked with NAMI State Organizations and NAMI Affiliates and our membership base to expand education and support programs and advocacy at every level. He also has provided a steady hand in maintaining financial stability during a period that included a national economic crisis that affected the non-profit community," said Myrick.
"Leading NAMI for nine years—which will be 10 by the end of the year—has been a privilege," Fitzpatrick said. "In building a great organization, there is neither a single defining action nor any one leader that makes it successful. NAMI's achievements are the result of the combined talent and dedication of state organizations, local affiliates, board members, advocates, members and staff. NAMI's many volunteers work every day to provide hope and save lives. I am so very proud to have worked side by side with all of them.