Shelly Keinath Speaking About NAMI

Shelly Keinath, one of Beacon’s District Directors of our East Region, was nominated by the National Alliance on Mental Illness for Administrator of the Year. A prestigious honor to be considered, here we see how passionate she is for the individuals she serves each and every day.

A core tenet of Beacon’s foundations, Advocacy, is on display every day in our homes with compassionate caregivers like Shelly. It can come in many forms from helping an individual obtain a job, developing stronger social skills, or speaking up for their rights, the Beacon Team strives to embody this pillar every shift of every day.

I’m very passionate about what I do. I think that mental health is something that people don’t believe in, or don’t take serious.”

Shelly Keinath, District Director

The nomination itself is both an honor and a milestone for Beacon Specialized Living as it recognizes those in the mental health field that truly advocate for those with mental health issues. The support families receive from the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) include education to help people with mental illness lead their best lives. According to Kim Rawlings, Regional Vice President – East Region, Shelly not only advocates for residents, but the staff that help to support those residents, and the managers she supports.

I cannot think of anyone more deserving of this nomination than Shelly, she’s one of the most hardworking and compassionate people I know.

Kim Rawlings, Regional Vice President

The National Alliance on Mental Health has served communities around the nation since 1979, starting with a humble group of families gathered around a kitchen table. Today, they span the country through more than 600 local Affiliates and 49 State Organizations who work to raise awareness and provide support and education that was not previously available to those in need. NAMI envisions a world where all people affected by mental illness live healthy, fulfilling lives supported by a community that cares.

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  • Alexander Furman

    Alex has been the Executive Director of Marketing for Beacon Specialized Living since 2021.