Hello, my name is Christine Rickeman; I am the Information and Resource Helpline Coordinator at NAMI-NYS and I am on the Board of Directors for NAMI Capital Region, NY, where I also serve as the program coordinator for the affiliate. I believe strongly in the positive effect NAMI came have on people who are challenged by mental illness, both family members and those living with a mental health condition. That is why chose to become involved-I am a certified teacher and support group facilitator and teach classes in NAMI Family to Family, NAMI Basics and NAMI Peer to Peer. I have also served as a NAMI In Our Own Voice presenter. I am very passionate about ending the stigmas of mental illness, as I have lived experiences with this through myself and family members. It is time to take Off The Mask! I am honored to represent my affiliate and take part in this event to help raise awareness and the funds needed to help both NAMI-NYS and NAMI Capital Region, NY continue to offer the programs and support in our community.