Banks-Lovely-240.jpgElise Banks-Lovely
Nominated by NAMI Texas

Member, NAMI Greater Houston (TX)
Listen to Elise's Candidate Speech

Job Title or Position:

  • Clinical Psychotherapist

NAMI Leadership Experience:

  • NAMI Texas Board; served 7 years

Additional NAMI Involvement:

  • I have been a national ambassador for NAMI since 2015. This has been an honor, as I've had the honor to travel across the country to represent NAMI and been involved in appearing on podcasts, publications, and special events with NAMI's 3rd party relationships.

Board Service:

  • Menninger Foundation Board: 2017-Present; Nick Finnegan Counseling Center Advisory Board: 2022-Present

Relationship to Mental Health:

  • Provider/mental health professional/employee in the field

Candidate Strengths Assessment

The candidate indicated they have experience in the following areas that will help NAMI achieve its mission and strategic goals:

  • Adult Education, Advocacy, Mental Health Service/Support

The candidate indicated they have connections and networks in the following areas:

  • Marketing/Public Relations, Social Media

Candidate Leadership Style

The candidate indicated the following descriptors represent their leadership style:

  • Action-oriented, Decisive, Peacemaker, Risk Taker, Team Player

Candidate Narrative

The candidate indicated specific skill areas identified as high priority for the 2024-2025 Board where they excel and additional skill areas that would be an asset to the NAMI Board: 

I identify as a Black female representing a demographic under 40 and managing my own business. I also demonstrate expertise in social media, currently having over 60k followers on my personal social media.

Serving on the NAMI Texas board, and currently Board President, I believe I bring the asset how showing how decisions made on the national level affect the state affiliates.

I personally have helped advance the NAMI mission in my community by...
My advocacy efforts with NAMI started in 2015 with the goal of making NAMI a household name. From events to social media, I strive to make more people aware of the good work NAMI provides and how they can benefit from NAMI's resources. I am proud to have also raised thousands of dollars to NAMI (locally, state and national level).

I work well in coordination with other leaders to accomplish goals as evidenced by...
My tenure on the NAMI Texas board is evidence of my ability to work well with other strong leaders. I am honored to have been elected Board President since January 2023.

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