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Jennifer Waaler, announced as Executive Director

NAMI Piedmont Tri-County announces Jennifer Waaler appointed as Executive Director.

NAMI Piedmont Tri-County continues to be the foremost authority dedicated to Mental Health awareness, advocacy, and support in Chester, Lancaster, and York Counties, South Carolina.

Betsey O’Brien passes the torch to Jennifer Waaler.

Jennifer joined NAMI Piedmont Tri-County as Executive Director on Jan 3, 2022.

Chester, Lancaster and York Counties SC, Jan 7th, 2022. NAMI Piedmont Tri-County, an established organization in mental health awareness, support, and education, is delighted to announce Jennifer Waaler as the new Executive Director.

Jennifer has 15 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, including positions with the largest behavioral health care systems in Texas and Delaware. Jennifer couldn’t be more excited to be chosen as the next ED, continuing the wonderful legacy and reputation of Betsey O’Brien.

Jennifer, the new Executive Director of NAMI Piedmont Tri-County, said, “With the recent announcement by the Surgeon General, and incidence of mental health concerns increasing to one in three adults, we are tasked with doing all we can to advance NAMI’s worthy mission.” She further added, “Our focus will be on creating new programs while continuing our flagship support and education offerings.”

Jennifer holds a master of nonprofit management degree and included mental health advocacy in most of the coursework. She recently settled in South Carolina after relocating from Colorado where she was the executive director of a nonprofit that helps foster youth become independent through a college education.

Steve Vogel, the current board chair for NAMI Piedmont Tri-County, said that the board of directors unanimously voted to hire Jennifer as executive director, effective January 3, 2022. “Jennifer’s qualifications are a great match for NAMI PTC’s needs and the board of directors is very confident that Jennifer is the right person to lead the organization,” Steve stated.

NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health nonprofit organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

We are delighted that with her retirement announcement, Betsey O’Brien will transition to the position of Board Chair.

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