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Make It OK

January 21, 2014
12:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Wilder Center
451 Lexington Parkway North
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55104



Powerpoint presentation: MakeItOK-Presentation.pptx

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Gayle Godfrey, MS RN, has been a nurse for over 25.  Much of that time has been in mental health nursing both inpatient and outpatient settings.  For the past 10 years, Gayle has worked at Regions Hospital in the mental health department in the role of nurse manager.  Gayle has seen the effects of stigma and is committed to reducing it.  Gayle holds a baccalaureate degree in nursing and a master’s degree in Health Care Administration.

Kay King is Director of the Older Adults Program at the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Minnesota (NAMI Minnesota).   King is the former Executive Director of a retirement community in the Twin Cities that offers both independent and assisted living services. She managed a home health care agency and is a long-time volunteer with seniors.  She is also a family educator who teaches NAMI’s Family-to-Family 12-week education course and is the State Trainer for family class teachers.  King is a family member whose grandmother, mother, sister and niece (four generations) lived/lives with a mental illness.  

Abby Miller is a Patient Representative for Regions Hospital.  Prior to this, she worked as an Occupational Therapist in the Mental Health units at Regions for 5 years.  Abby became involved in anti stigma presentations during the preparation towards moving into the new mental health building in 2012.  Abby is passionate about educating the community on mental health and is committed to helping people overcome the effects of stigma.

Wendy Waddell, PhD (c), MSN, RN, is the Director for Inpatient Mental Health services at Regions Hospital. She has been a mental health nursing leadership for over 20 years, overseeing multiple types of mental health programs including inpatient units, outpatient clinics, psychiatric emergency rooms, and chemical dependency treatment programs.  Wendy is passionate about providing care for those who live with a mental illness that is equivalent to care provided to those with other medical illnesses.  She was recently awarded the March of Dimes Mental Health Nurse of the Year award for Minnesota for 2013.