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New York, NY, February 20, 2023—NAMI-NYC’s Chief Operating Officer Lynnette Verges, LCSW-R has been named as a Crain’s Notable Black Leader. Lynnette has over 20 years of nonprofit direct service and leadership experience, primarily serving Black and brown New Yorkers.
“I’ve dedicated my career to providing mental health support to Black and brown communities, so it’s incredibly meaningful to be recognized with this award,” shared NAMI-NYC COO Lynnette Verges.
“Lynnette’s leadership has been pivotal to NAMI-NYC’s growth over the past two years. Thanks to Lynnette’s vision and innovation, we continued to provide our free mental health programs to New Yorkers during the pandemic and develop unique programs like our Black Minds Matter support group,” said NAMI-NYC CEO Matt Kudish.
During the pandemic, a time of extreme mental distress for New Yorkers, Lynnette oversaw NAMI-NYC’s pivot to virtual classes and support groups, including coordinating over 300 volunteers who assist in program delivery. In response to inequities exacerbated by the pandemic and social injustices, such as the murder of George Floyd and rise in anti-Asian hate crimes, Lynnette led the innovation of culturally responsive programs, including Black Minds Matter Family & Friends, AAPI, and LGBTQ+ support groups and Spanish programs. Lynnette also built our COVID safety policies, as well as transitioned the team to a new office this year, tripling our community space.
Crain’s Notable Black Leaders and Executives identifies talented and accomplished Black individuals whose professional and communal achievements enhance the City and the lives of New Yorkers. Lynnette previously held direct care and leadership roles at Mount Sinai and Care for the Homeless.
Lynnette was born and raised in the Bronx and is a native Spanish speaker. She prides herself on remaining in her home borough to both raise her family and give back to the community. Lynnette is the Board Secretary for Banana Kelly Community Improvement Association (BKCIA).
To learn more about NAMI-NYC’s free programs and services, visit www.naminyc.org/find-support.