Sherry Fink of Janet Wattles receives NAMI award

March 30, 2011

People in Our Times

The Northern Illinois chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness honored Sherry Fink, a licensed practical nurse and counselor at Janet Wattles Center, with the “Clinician of the Year Award” at the group’s annual event at Klehm Arboretum March 1.

A 13-year employee at Janet Wattles, Fink leads a team of caseworkers and specialists who work with Boone and Winnebago County residents with mental illness who are homeless or in danger of being homeless without intervention.

Eileen King, president of NAMI of Northern Illinois, said the group also wanted to honor the legacy of Janet Wattles’ longtime chief executive, Frank Ware, who died Feb. 13, 2011.

He was posthumously named “Friend of NAMI” for his 22 years of leadership at Janet Wattles Center and his advocacy for people with mental illness. Ware’s stepdaughter, Courtney Oertel, accepted the award on his behalf.

From the March 30-April 5, 2011 issue

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