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About NAMI Maine Lighthouse

Mission - History - Board of Directors - Annual Report


Our Mission

Through support, education, and advocacy NAMI Maine is dedicated to building better lives for the 1 in 4 Mainers who are affected by mental illness. 


Our History

NAMI was formed in 1977 when two mothers, each with a son with schizophrenia, met over lunch to discuss their shared experiences and challenges. At a second lunch the women decided to assemble people with similar concerns. 

In 1977, the second meeting drew about 13 people who met at a nightclub in Madison, Wisconsin. The name, Alliance for the Mentally Ill, was suggested, partly because its acronym, AMI, meant "friend" in French. Within six months, 75 people had joined. 

Upon hearing about similar organizations around the country, they decided to hold a national conference. They hoped 35 people would come to Madison in September, 1979, but 284 representatives from 59 groups (representing 29 states) were in attendance. 

By the end of the conference, a national group, The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill had been formed, named and financed. NAMI, renamed The National Alliance on Mental Illness to further reduce stigma and the discrimination associated with mental illness, is now based in Arlington, Virginia with over 1,000 local affiliates.

NAMI Maine:

  • Offers compassion and provides social/emotional support for all persons affected by mental illness 
  • Advocates for improved quality of services for all persons affected by mental illness
  • Educates, inform, and provide resources for and about mental illness
  • Raise public awareness and promote understanding of mental illness
  • Promotes the importance of peer support for all persons affected by mental illness
  • Trains volunteers and professionals
  • Fosters a statewide network of affiliates and support groups


Board of Directors

NAMI Maine's Board of Directors are leaders elected from across the state who provide strategic guidance in the fulfillment of the agency's mission to provide support, education and advocacy to build better lives for the 1 in 4 Mainers who are affected by mental illness.

Amy Hodgdon
Robert ReedFormer PresidentResidential General Contractor
Teresa Price
Price Structural Engineers
Lisa Shaw Secretary

Michael Pooler  COL (ret) MEANG 
Clare Davitt Bangor Public Library
Dr. Joseph Fitzpatrick
 Licensed Psychologist, Private Practice
Meg Greene
Brann & Isaacson
Dr. Bobby Kysela
 Maine Medical Partner 
Walter McCulley SHAW House, Young People in Recovery (YPR) Brewer Maine Chapter
Rich St. Pierre   SVP & CFO, Skowhegan Savings
Karen-Ann Hagar CLC YMCA


Click here for board expectations and application instructions

Click here for a list of NAMI Maine Board and Committee Meetings 

Click here for NAMI Maine's Bylaws

Click here for NAMI Maine's 990 (2017)

Annual Report

Read NAMI Maine's most recent Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2019.

Download Annual Report