Past Club President Beth Markley, National Alliance on Mental Health

Beth Markley

Executive Director, National Alliance on Mental Illness, Idaho.

For the past 1.5 years I have been the executive director of NAMI Idaho whose mission is to provide support and education to those who have mental illness and their families as well as advocate on their behalf and reduce the stigma of mental illness.
I’m going to talk about the prevalence of mental illness in Idaho, how it impacts youth and adults, families, communities, as well as misconceptions and stigma related to mental illness, and the roles advocacy and support can play even in a state like Idaho–a designated mental health professional shortage area. If I can, I’ll bring one of our support group facilitators who is spearheading a support group program to benefit participants in Idaho court specialty mental health/drug diversion programs, who has a powerful story about what her life was like before she was diagnosed with a mental illness and received proper treatment versus what her life is like today.

Beth Markley, CFRE, has been working with nonprofit organizations for more than 25 years.

As an independent consultant, she has worked with more than 50 area nonprofits; managing campaigns, events, communications outreach and volunteer training.

Beth is a feature article writer and has developed content for websites and blogs, print pieces from brochures to annual reports, speeches, presentations and surveys. She currently hosts the public affairs program “Vital Idaho” on 89.9 FM, KRBX, Radio Boise.

She has been a regular contributor for several local publications. She has served as an adjunct professor at Boise State University for a course on nonprofit management.

Beth is active in the community. She is a past president of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Idaho Chapter, Radio Boise, and the Rotary Club of Boise, and has served on the boards of the Idaho Women’s Charitable Foundation, the Junior League of Boise and Boise Contemporary Theater. She is a regular presenter for AFP and the Idaho Nonprofit Center. Beth is a graduate of the 2000 class of Leadership Boise.