Kathy Forward, Executive Director, is a family member with several family members who have been diagnosed with mental illness. In 1997, she was fortunate to be in the first Family to Family, the Keys to Understanding, class for families in Santa Clara County dealing with mental illness. Since that time Kathy has been one of the principal leaders at NAMI Santa Clara County as a volunteer teacher, trainer and eventually Education Director. In 2010 she became Board President and served for two years to begin building our staff infrastructure. Kathy has worked closely with numerous mental health organizations over the years, always with the goal of helping those organizations understand that family and peer support are critical elements for a person struggling with mental illness. Kathy also has an extensive business background as an owner of a travel agency.