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Executive Director

Rhonda Benson, MSW has worked as a case manager in community mental health for over 10 years. She spent an additional 10 years working in the field of substance abuse. Prior to her role as executive director, she served as associate director of NAMI Butler County for two years. Rhonda graduated with honors from Purdue University with a bachelors in sociology and psychology. She earned her masters in social work, also with honors, from the University of Michigan. She is a member of the National Honor Society of Social Workers, and currently serves on the Butler County Public Health Preparedness Committee.

Associate Director

Alyssa Louagie graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Toledo Honors College. After graduation, she spent six years in the human resource and benefits field before transitioning into the education and non-profit sectors. In addition to experience as a substitute teacher, she worked as Office Manager for Hamilton Living Water Ministry, another Butler County non-profit organization, and has served in a variety of leadership roles with the Parent/Teacher groups for various buildings in the Lakota School District. She currently serves as President of Lakota LEADS (Lakota Enrichment and Academic Development of Students), a district-wide parent group supporting high achieving and gifted students.

Program Director

Berni Murray joined NAMI-Butler County as Program Director in September, 2016. Berni taught for over 32 years throughout Ohio and Michigan in a variety of both Elementary and Special Education settings. She earned her teaching degree in Special and General Education from Bowling Green State University in 1982 and a Master of Education degree in Educational Administration and Supervision in 1999 from Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio. Upon her retirement from teaching in 2015, she moved to Butler County with her husband, Dennis. Berni has participated in NAMI’s Family to Family educational program.