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Riggs Staff Member Named NAMI Berkshire County Member of the Year

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Austen Riggs Center Erikson Institute Program and Community Outreach Manager Lee Watroba named 2016 NAMI Berkshire County Member of the Year. Recently, the Berkshire County chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) named Lee Watroba the recipient of their 2016 Member of the Year Award. Watroba, the Erikson Institute Program and Community Outreach Manager at the Austen Riggs Center, remarked, “This is very meaningful to me; I am very honored. NAMI Berkshire County is an amazing organization doing incredibly important work.”

The award, presented annually, is designed to “recognize someone who contributes enthusiastically to NAMI Berkshire County’s activities in support of its mission to help families whose lives are affected by mental illness.”

“The Austen Riggs Center is grateful to Lee for her energy, enthusiasm, and dedication. We are very proud of the work she has done for NAMI and congratulate her on this well-deserved recognition,” said Riggs Medical Director/CEO Andrew J. Gerber, MD, PhD.

Though Watroba has only been formally involved with NAMI Berkshire County for two years, she has been very active helping to build bridges and develop relationships on Riggs’ behalf. Whether it’s been NAMI Berkshire County’s annual Cupcake Wars or their Minds Matter Walk for Mental Health Awareness, Watroba has been there, working alongside NAMI to help educate and raise awareness about mental health issues in Berkshire County.

The award was presented to Watroba at the NAMI annual meeting on Wednesday, September 28 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Pittsfield.

Read more about NAMI Berkshire County and Riggs

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