NAMI Minnesota 2019 Award Winners

Congratulations to NAMI Minnesota’s 2019 special recognition award winners. The awards recognize individuals or organizations that have demonstrated extraordinary work and advocacy on behalf of children or adults with mental illnesses and their families. They were presented at NAMI’s state conference and annual meeting held on Nov. 2 in St. Paul.

Professional of the Year: Nita Kumar, Ph.D.

Provider of the Year: Touchstone Mental Health

Volunteer of the Year Award: Bob Swanson

Criminal Justice Award: St. Cloud Collaborative: Central Minnesota Mental Health Center, CentraCare Health, Stearns County Health and Human Services, and the St. Cloud Police Department

Employer of the Year Award: Best Buy

Legislator of the Year Award: Representative Nick Zerwas

Legislator of the Year Award:  Senator David Senjem

Media Award: Andy Steiner (MinnPost)

Special Events Volunteer of the Year: Sue Lundholm