ABOUT US - BIOS
Janet Susin is President of NAMI Queens/Nassau and Chair of the Long Island/Queens Area NAMIWalks. Lead author of “Breaking the Silence”, Janet lectures nationwide and has received numerous awards for her work in promoting mental illness education. In 1998 she served on the steering committee for NAMI’s Campaign to End Discrimination and in 2007 was a member of the Planning Group for NAMI’s Strategic Plan. In 2006 she received the NAMI Outstanding Member of the Year Award. She served on the board of NAMI-NYS from 2005-2010 and was president in 2010. In 2004 Janet retired after twenty-four years of teaching middle school drama in the Manhasset Public Schools. That year she received the Rod Marriott Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of her outstanding work in educational theatre from the New York State Theatre Education Association. She has a B.A. from the University of Michigan and an M.A. from Northwestern University.
Lorraine Kaplan is a co-author of "Breaking the Silence: Teaching the Next Generation about Mental Illness" and is the project’s Director of Educational Outreach. She lectures extensively in schools and to organizations to promote mental illness education. She has a M.S. in Education from Queens College and holds state certifications in elementary education, special education, reading, and music. After more than 25 years of public school teaching, she retired to devote much of her time to teaching educators and students about mental illness. Mrs. Kaplan and is on the boards of Aid to the Developmentally Disabled, and NAMI Queens/Nassau. Awards include numerous citations from several members of the State of New York Assembly; 2003 "Inspiring Woman Who Lead to Change " , "The Woman of Distinction for 2006 Town of Oyster Bay ,Long island , N.Y and recognition from Easter Seals and Adelphi University . She is a graduate of Brooklyn College where she was elected to Kappa Delta Pi and Phi Beta Kappa.
Amy Lax is Director or PR and Development for NAMI Queens/Nassau and is responsible for oversight, communications and fundraising related to the BTS project. She plays an integral role in promoting BTS and mental illness education. She has a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison; Certificate in PR from NYU’s School of Continuing Education, is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and is a professional grant writer.