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MIAW-posterNAMIFest 2016: Mind, Body, and Spirit

NAMIFest 2016 was huge success… thanks to YOU!!! 

2016 NAMIFest KeyNote Speakers – THANK YOU! 

Everyone enjoyed our KeyNote speakers so much, NAMI Gulf Coast truly appreciates Lyda Ann Thomas and Jon Crispin for taking time out of their busy schedules to come and speak at our conference. All of our attendees were moved and entralled by their speeches. Thank you!

LYDAANNLuncheon KeyNote Speaker – Lyda Ann Thomas

A native of Galveston and a fifth-generation Texan, Lyda Ann Quinn Thomas has demonstrated an enduring commitment to family, state and community.  Her philanthropic activities, adhere to her family’s tradition of service and leadership.

As Mayor, Lyda Ann’s sensitivity to the needs and aspirations of others, her business acumen, her political leadership, and her steadfastness in the midst of storm and turmoil thrust her into the role of much admired civic leader.

Elected to City Council in 1998, Thomas served her three-term limit.  In 2004 she was elected Mayor of the City of Galveston, was re-elected in 2006, and was without an opponent to serve her last term, beginning in 2008.  She worked tirelessly to make city government and city services more accessible to all citizens.  She relishes her role as spokeswoman, ambassador, visionary and advocate for Galveston and Galvestonians.

The City prospered, perhaps as never before, under her determined leadership.  Her calm example and strength of character displayed during Hurricanes Rita & Ike (2005 & 2008) captured the attention and respect of people around the nation and the world.

Recipient of numerous awards at local, state, and national levels, Thomas has brought much positive attention to Galveston through her incredible leadership. She is the mother of four grown children and grandmother of two. We look forward to hearing her speak about her experience with mental illness at the NAMIFest 2016 Conference Luncheon!


CrispinBioPicDinner Gala KeyNote Speaker – Jon Crispin

NAMI Gulf Coast’s 2016 Dinner Gala will feature an exclusive look inside the now closed Willard Psychiatric Center as told by keynote speaker, Mr. Jon Crispin. Mr. Crispin will present his photographic documentation of a unique collection of suitcases left behind by some of the residents of Willard.

He will share his experiences from decades of his interest in the development of New York State’s system of treating those with mental health issues.  Highlights of the presentation include the history and society of the institution’s mental health system, as well as information about multiple residents of the center.

During the presentation, we will hear about residents such as Flora, a nurse who came to Willard in her twenties, and died there at the age of 103. We will have the privilege of exploring the life of Lawrence, a resident who spent forty years of his life digging graves for the center, and who is now buried there himself.  With an overall goal of restoring dignity to the lives of many mental health patients who have since been forgotten, Mr. Crispin will walk participants through an experience that is both fascinating and moving.


Dean Price, Reathea Alexander, Linda McCrery & Walter Dean, Mike & Barbara Winburn, and Andrea & Lonnie Hazlitt

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