Under Kate Farinholt’s leadership, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Maryland has grown into a nationally recognized agency, and Farinholt is a sought-after consultant who is respected for creating tools and procedures adopted by NAMI affiliates across the country.
“I have been strategic in developing our organization and finding new ways to increase our visibility, improve and innovate our programs, and embrace the many populations who most need our help,” Farinholt said. “Community outreach has been critical in growing NAMI Maryland as a grassroots organization, and everything I do as a leader revolves around connecting people to the organization.”
Farinholt has demonstrated a strong commitment to serving diverse communities in Maryland. For example, she has been instrumental in helping military veterans and their families.
She was a pioneer in delivering free educational programs, such as NAMI Homefront, for service members and veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and their families. She has also helped military experts and other mental health officials develop Operation Resilient Families, which educates former combat veterans and their families about mental health issues. And she helped veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder in Baltimore move from the criminal justice system to treatment.
“She shows us every day by her own actions and encouragements how working at NAMI Maryland is not just a job but instead fulfills a critical need for so many without a voice in Maryland,” Farinholt’s five-person staff, led by Deputy Director Elizabeth Bloom, signed a nominating letter that praised Farinholt’s leadership. “She is innovative, dedicated, resourceful, and driven.”
This is a winner profile from The Daily Record’s 2018 Maryland’s Most Admired CEOs awards. Some information for this profile was sourced from the honoree’s application for the award.