NJ Governor’s Council on Mental Health Stigma Ambassador Awards


The New Jersey Governor’s Council on Mental Health Stigma honored law enforcement professionals at the 2017 Ambassador Awards Ceremony on April 20, 2017. NAMI NJ congratulates those professionals who have provided effective supports, services or programs that reduce the ways in which society stigmatizes people with mental illnesses.

2017 Ambassador Award Winners
Honoring Law Enforcement Professionals

Sean F. Dalton – Gloucester County Prosecutor
Lieutenant Richard E. Cavanaugh – Montclair Police Department
Chief Douglas Scheer – Rockaway Borough Police Department
Stafford Township Police Department
Patrol Officer Jarrod D. Broadway – Burlington Township Police Department
Edward C. Dobleman, Director, State CIT-NJ Center for Excellence

“Honorable Mention Recognitions”
Michael Allora – Deputy Fire Chief, Clifton NJ Fire Department
Andrew Carey – Middlesex County Prosecutor

View Photos of the Ceremony.

At the 2016 New Jersey Governor’s Council On Mental Health Stigma Ambassador Awards Ceremony, Ambassador Award Winners who have Demonstrated Exemplary Accomplishments were recognized.


View Photos of the Ceremony.


2016 Ambassador Award Winners
Honoring the Faith Community

Reverend Adele Hatfield
First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens
Central Unitarian Church
Caldwell University
Rabbi Lawrence Sernovitz
Christ Church
Bishop Phillip M. Bonaparte, M.D.
First Unitarian Society of Plainfield
Patricia Greeley
Pastor Simeon Spencer



The Governor’s Council on Mental Health Stigma honored people in the arts on April 30, 2015 for their efforts to raise awareness about mental illness and dispel the myths surrounding it. NAMI New Jersey congratulations all recipients of the 2015 Ambassador Awards and we are proud that our own Jacquese Armstrong, Jay Yudof and Latha John receive their well-deserved honor!

“Reducing Stigma Through The Arts: Promoting Wellness and Recovery” Ambassador Award Recipients:

Jacquese A. Armstrong
Jay Yudof
CavanKerry Press
Latha John – A Space on Main
Valerie Fox
Stigma-Free Dancers
Rhonda Richardsen
Ocean County Mental Health Awareness Committee
STYGMA – Music Band

PRESS RELEASE by the Office of Public Affairs, NJ Department of Human Services: 

Governor’s Council Honors Artists for Battling Mental Health Stigma


View Photos of the Ceremony.



The NJ Governor’s Council on Mental Health Stigma honored members of the media with 2014 Mental Health Ambassador Awards on May 1, 2014.  A number of award winners had been nominated by NAMI New Jersey.

“Honoring Excellence in Media Coverage” Ambassador Award Recipients:

Christopher DePatria, VP of Revenue, Signpost Inc.
Steve Adubato, Ph.D., Emmy Award-winning Anchor-Thirteen/WNET (PBS)
David Matthau, Radio News Reporter, 101.5-FM Radio
Paul Grzella-General Editor/Manager, Courier News-Somerset Cty, Home News Tribune-Middlesex Cty.
Sunita Sohrabji-Staff Reporter, India-West
Jessica D’Amico, Managing Editor, Greater Media Newspapers
Sino Monthly New Jersey – Ivy Lee, Editor-in-Chief and Founder
Michael Skinner-Writer and Editor, Surviving Spirit
Larry Cartwright-Radio Host, Mental Health Matters
Kelly Ebbels-Community Editor, The Montclair Times
Euna Kwon Brossman-Columnist, Attitudes in Reverse
NJNTV News-John Servidio-Vice President, Subsidiary Stations WNET, General Manager, NJTV


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