NAMI National Board of Directors 2014-2017

Our own Ron Morton, Vietnam Navy Veteran is one of our own and was recently reelected to the NAMI’s National Board of Directors.

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The 16 members of NAMI’s National Board of Directors are elected by NAMI members to provide strategic guidance in the fulfillment of NAMI’s mission to eradicate mental illnesses and improve the quality of life of all whose lives are affected by these diseases. NAMI National Board Members have broad responsibility to govern the organization. Together and with input from all members, they make policy to govern NAMI, determine NAMI’s official position on matters of public policy, set the budget and priorities of the national office, and develop strategic plans to guide organizational development.

Ron Morton, M.A.

Ron Morton is a member on the NAMI Board of Directors and director of recovery and resiliency at ValueOptions in Knoxville, Tenn. Mr. Morton was previously the director of recovery services at Peninsula Behavioral Health Services.  Ron Morton is the Parliamentarian and Chaplain of the Knoxville Regional Veterans Mental Health Council, Co-Chair of the East Tennessee Veterans Treatment Court PTSD/TBI law enforcement subcommittee, and is Peer Facilitator with Legacy Peer Support Group.

Mr. Morton found that the spirit and goals of NAMI matched his own. He would like NAMI to focus on the prevention of child abuse as a causative factor for mental illness. He would also like NAMI to involve more active duty members of the military.

Ron Morton was instrumental in the creation of the National Council of Urban Indian Health and its first president. He is in his second three-year term on the Mayor’s Council for Disability Issues in Knoxville. He is a member of the Psi Chi Psychological Academic Honor Society and the Society of Indian Psychologists. He is the author of “Treatment of Native Americans in an Urban Setting,” published in Innovations in Clinical Practice.

Ron Morton earned his B.S. at the National University in San Diego, his M.S. at United States International University and his Ph.D. at the California School of Professional Psychology. He is a member of NAMI Knoxville.