LORAIN: NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) of Lorain County is excited to announce that for the first time the annual meeting will be in the form of a dinner awards banquet.  The banquet will take place November 14, 2022 from 6pm to 9pm at the Emerald Event Center, located at 33040 Just Imagine Dr, Avon, OH 44011.

“We are excited to take the next step in mental health awareness by hosting this event,” said Kelly LaRosa, Executive Director for NAMI Lorain County.  “It’s an opportunity for us to really let people know about the free services that are available to those living with mental health conditions and their families.”

In addition to learning what NAMI of Lorain County has planned for the future, the banquet will feature Youngstown’s own, Catherine Bossley, who will speak on mental health as it relates to cyberbullying.  Also, awards will be given to those in the county who personify NAMI’s mission of mental health education, advocacy, and support groups.


Award Winners  

Law Enforcement Officer of the Year – Officer Spencer Grummet  

Dr. Malcolm L. Peel Award – Lauren Cieslak – Bahnsen  

Volunteer of the Year award – Donna Burton  

Holly Henderson Inspiration Award – Holly St. Cyr  

Clare Cyan Young Visionary Award – Lori Best Yeager  



About NAMI Lorain County

Since 1986, NAMI of Lorain County has served families and individuals within our region impacted by mental health conditions. Mental illnesses can affect persons of any age, race, religion or income. Mental illnesses are treatable. Most people diagnosed with a serious mental illness can experience relief from their symptoms by actively participating in an individual treatment plan.


Our Mission

The mission of NAMI of Lorain County is to improve the quality of life for individuals living with mental illness by providing them, their families, and public with education, support groups, and advocacy in the public arena.


Our Vision

NAMI of Lorain County envisions a world where all people affected by mental illness live healthy, fulfilling lives supported by a community that cares.