About Us

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Who We Are

Our Mission: NAMI Syracuse strives to better the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness through advocacy, support, public awareness, and education. 

Our History: In May 1981, 12 people met to form PROMISE, an acronym for “Parents and Relatives Of the Mentally Ill Supporting Each other.” By 1984, PROMISE had grown to include a Board of Directors with by-laws, incorporation as a non-profit, and had become a member of NAMI-NYS and the national NAMI organization. Eventually the name was changed to NAMI-PROMISE and most recently to NAMI Syracuse.

NAMI Syracuse Today: NAMI Syracuse is an affiliate of NAMI-NYS and NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Today, NAMI Syracuse is a vital and active non-profit advocacy organization with a membership of over 500 families. In 1998, PROMISE Residential Project, Inc. was established and manages two houses to serve persons with mental illness.

NAMI Syracuse provides:

Monthly Support Group Meetings

Information and Resources through our NAMI Syracuse office

Bimonthly NAMI Syracuse newsletter 

Family-to-Family, a free 8 week family support and education program

A free speakers bureau of family members, peers, and professionals who will do presentations about mental illness and the stigma associated with mental illness

Events including educational conferences, speaking engagements at churches/schools/organizations, social engagements, and our main fundraising event, the Hopela Raffle

Officers & Board of Directors

Officers

Marla Byrnes

Marla Byrnes

President

Margaret Bristol

Margaret Bristol

Vice President

J. Thomas Bassett

J. Thomas Bassett

Treasurer

Maureen Woodward

Maureen Woodward

Rec. Secretary

Board of Directors

Beth Carmosino

Beth Carmosino

Jim Livi

Jim Livi

Susan Lyons

Susan Lyons

Karen Loftin

Karen Loftin

Hank Wilcox

Hank Wilcox

Ashley Sloan

Ashley Sloan

Carol Notar

Carol Notar

Tanisha Wiggins

Tanisha Wiggins

Sondra Bufis

Sondra Bufis

Consultants to Board

Dr. Sunny Aslam

Dr. Sunny Aslam

Dr. Mantosh Dewan

Dr. Mantosh Dewan

Stephen Glatt, PhD

Stephen Glatt, PhD

Sheila LeGacy

Sheila LeGacy

Dr. Raslaan Nizar

Dr. Raslaan Nizar

Ann Canastra

Ann Canastra

Steven Comer

Steven Comer

Office Staff

Sandra Carter

Sandra Carter

Executive Director

Mary Lee Gilmarten

Mary Lee Gilmarten

Office Manager

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