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NAMI Executive Director seeks to create change

NAMI executive director seeks to create change building relationships, supporting community

Two months into her new job, Katie Jenkins believes that serving as executive director of National Alliance on Mental Illness Lake County is the next step in creating change and eliminating stigma through education and advocacy for all of the county.

“I am very lucky to have come into an agency that is highly respected and incredibly effective,” said Jenkins, who replaced Carole Jazbec.

“So far it has been wonderful. The staff at NAMI Lake County is amazing and has made the process painless. I know we have the full support of the Lake County ADAMHS (Board) staff as well as many of the people in our network, and that is invaluable.”

Jenkins, 38, was born and raised in Painesville, graduating from Harvey High School and later earning a bachelor’s degree from Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania, and a master’s from Cleveland State University.

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