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Luna Chica Records COO Brenda Cline Honored By Nami
Luna Chica Records COO Brenda Cline honored by NAMI. Music industry veteran is recognized for her advocacy for mental health.
By: Luna Chica Records
“It was a privilege to serve on the NAMI Board and I am humbled to receive this honor,” said Cline. “One in four people are affected by mental illness. This is deeply personal to me because mental illness has affected family members, as well as many artistic and creative people that I know. Mental illness is a disease and those who are affected with it shouldn’t feel shame or embarrassment. My dream is that someday the stigma will be eradicated. It is one of NAMI’s missions as well to provide support to those affected by the disease and their families.”
"Brenda has been a true champion in our struggle to develop a strong NAMI affiliate in Davidson County,” said Gregory Fisher, present Board President of NAMI Davidson County. “Her faith and belief that this organization is needed and must be created never waivered. She is a hero of our movement."
Cline was among 12 founding members recognized at the dinner on October 20 for their dedication and commitment to establishing the current, active chapter of NAMI within Davidson County:
"Tonight we are honoring the original, founding board members of NAMI Davidson County,” said Fisher at the awards dinner. “Three years ago, they bravely stepped forward to form this organization to ensure that Nashville and Davidson County have a strong voice and inspired programs to provide advocacy, education and support for individuals with serious mental illness and their loved ones. It was a difficult time. It would have been easier to let the current situation continue to exist unchallenged. But these 12 people saw it differently, took on the task and prevailed. Today, we have a vibrant, thriving NAMI affiliate in the heart of Middle Tennessee, ready to meet the needs of our members and all those who are recovering from the devastating effects of mental illness."
The founding Board Members for NAMI Davidson County are: Regina Baiden, Kathy Ballinger, Woody Cade, Brenda Cline, Michael Corbin, Elliott Garrett, Rev. John Lewis, Rori Mason, Steve Pulford, Kim Speakman, Kübra Snow, and Evelyn Yeargin.
In addition to recognizing the founding board members, the following awards were presented throughout the evening:
Communications Award: Claudia Pinto
Scott Ridgway: Professional Award
Jeff Blum: Justice Award
Lynda F. Jones: Advocacy Award
Dale Calvert: Well Within Award
Carly Enders: Well Within Award
Charles R. “Dick” Blackburn: Lifetime Achievement Award
President’s Award: Steve Sheehan, Mental Health Cooperative
NAMI Davidson County’s mission is to improve the quality of life for people within mental illness and their loved ones by providing effective and innovative support, education and advocacy services.
For more information on NAMI Davidson County, visit: http://www.namidavidson.org.
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Luna Chica Records International is a Nashville-based, multi-genre, independent record label. Its internet-driven model includes sales and distribution;