Marsha Martino assumed the role of Executive Director for NAMI of Palm Beach County (NAMI/PBC) in August of 2015. Prior to becoming Executive Director, Marsha served on NAMI/PBC’s Board of Directors and as an instructor of NAMI/PBC’s educational programs for four years. Previously, Marsha worked at Gulfstream Goodwill Industries, overseeing programs for individuals with disabilities and disadvantages including adults with developmental disabilities, acquired brain injuries, individuals returning to the community from incarceration, and at risk youth. Prior to moving to Florida in 2008, Marsha devoted 25 years to developing and administrating clinical and residential services for adults with acquired brain injuries and neurological issues. Marsha worked extensively with the state of Maine Bureau of Medical Services and the Maine State Legislature to help develop regulations and funding resources for individuals with neurological issues. Marsha and her husband are the parents of a son who has serious mental illness. Her passion is developing resources for individuals who have multiple diagnoses and complex needs.
NAMI Palm Beach County (NAMI/PBC) is a grassroots organization that provides evidence-based, best practice educational courses, support groups and information and referral services for persons with mental illness and their family members. NAMI/PBC is the local affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and has been serving Palm Beach County since 1983. Many of NAMI/PBC’s educational programs and services are delivered by individuals living with mental illness and their family members, stressing the importance of the lived experience in the recovery and support of individuals with mental illness. NAMI currently offers Family and Provider Education Courses, Individual and Family Support Groups, Peer-to Peer-Education Courses, and Social and Recreational Activity Groups, free of charge, to the residents of Palm Beach County. NAMI is also a member of the Children’s Behavioral Health Collaborative where children, youth, and their families receive coordinated care and mental health services. NAMI’s role in the Collaborative is to provide Peer Mentoring, support and family education to youth and families who receive services through the Collaborative.