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Special Announcement:

Ellen Ritz has resigned as President of NAMI Queens/Nassau

Resigning from a job that one has truly enjoyed, where one has grown personally and developed relationships requires a special kind of person. The entire NAMI community has benefited from the care, compassion, and hard work of Ellen Ritz. Ellen has served as chair of many committees at NAMI Queens/Nassau. She has been Vice President of our affiliate, Co-President, and President of the Board of Directors. Additionally, Ellen also serves as a trusted member of the NAMI New York State Board of Directors.

She has been a driving force of our Family-to-Family Program and a respected teacher of many Family-to-Family Classes. She initiated our in-school program “Ending The Silence Program” for adolescents and has been a powerful presenter. Ellen has been the leader of numerous support groups, brought many new programs to NAMI Queens/ Nassau, and presented on topics throughout the Metropolitan area.

Without doubt, she has had an unforgettable impact on myriad peers and families who have relied on her advice, knowledge, warm smile, and ability to zoom directly into the needs of peers and their families.

Ellen had been a well-respected nurse prior to becoming President of NAMI Queens/Nassau. Unfortunately, she has not devoted as much attention as before, to nursing due to the responsibilities she has had as President. Therefore, she has requested to step down as President to resume her career. Fortunately for our affiliate, she will remain on the Board.

We would like to express our sincerest gratitude for the passion she has offered as we are all thankful that Ellen found NAMI and NAMI found Ellen.

Sincerely,
Angela Babaev and David Sills
Interim Co-Presidents

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