Ann Jadin hired as NAMI FV’s Community Engagement Director

NAMI Fox Valley is excited to welcome Ann Jadin to its staff. Ann, who recently retired from Fox ValleyTechnical College, will serve as the agency’s new¬†Community Engagement Director.

In her role, Ann will oversee and develop the agency’s NAMI Talks Speakers Bureau; co-facilitate the NEW Hope Peer Specialist training program and supervise the program’s interns; and oversee new program development and community collaborations.

Ann, who has a long history with NAMI Fox Valley, has been on the agency’s Board of Directors for the past two years; has served as a Family-to-Family Education Program instructor since 2009; and has been a team captain for several past NAMIWalks and last year’s Strike Out Stigma Bowl-a-Thon.

“I’m going to be right where my heart wants to be,” said Ann. “NAMI Fox Valley helped me through a family crisis over six years ago when my husband was diagnosed with Bipolar II. Both the Peer-to-Peer and Family-to-Family programs provided hope for us just when we needed it. NAMI Fox Valley has been key to my husband’s recovery and since then I’ve always wanted to give back.”

Ann retired from FVTC in May after serving nearly 18 years as an instructor in the school’s Occupational Assistance Therapy Program. In recognition of her service, she was awarded the college’s H. Victor Baldi Excellence in Instruction Award in May. Prior to joining FVTC, Ann, who is a Certified in Biofeedback Therapist, worked as an occupational therapist at St. Elizabeth Hospital, Theda Clark Regional Center and in a private practice medical clinic for a chronic pain rehabilitation program.

Ann earned her bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy from the University of Wisconsin- Madison, a master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of Wisconsin- Oshkosh, and a doctorate in educational leadership and organizational development from Nova Southeastern University, Florida.

Ann and her husband, Tom, who have been married more than 30 years, live in Appleton and have two grown children, Katie and Mark. They enjoy bike riding, gardening, and being involved in community advocacy related to mental illness, homelessness and LBGT issues.

Everyone at NAMI FV is thrilled to have Ann on board and is looking forward to her talents and expertise in teaching, program development and community engagement. Welcome Ann!