FREMONT - The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Seneca, Sandusky and Wyandot Counties has a new executive director, Melanie A. White, effective June 1.
According to Josie Setzler, the retiring director, White brings "extensive experience in organization building and in refining and implementing strategic plans. She also has considerable experience as an advocate and will bring a fresh perspective and creative ideas regarding how NAMI can improve its service to members, families and organizations in the three counties it serves."
"I am looking forward to building on the work and many accomplishments of Ms. Setzler and being a part of the NAMI family," White said. "Our local NAMI is committed to raising community awareness, reducing the stigma associated with brain disorders and making our communities supportive and hospitable to recovery and quality of life for all."
White's career in the insurance and financial services industry led her to numerous leadership roles at the state level. After years of service, she became an activist for the environment, promoting better watershed management at the local level and in the Great Lakes. As a watershed coordinator, she founded and is president of the Friends of Minnow Creek and Minnow Creek Preserve.
Setzler said she is looking forward to sharing retirement with her husband, Denny, who is retiring from Terra Community College on the same day. They look forward to spending more time with their children and grandchild. They plan to continue with their avocations, and Setzler plans to stay on as a NAMI volunteer, leading the Family Support Meeting in Fremont.