Our own Dr. Laura Nelson was recognized for her outstanding leadership and skills as President of National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors. Her service was rewarded at the annual conference for State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors where she received the presidents award for her work! While presenting the award, the president called Dr. Nelson, “an impeccable advocate for substance abuse and mental health services”. Mark Singer continued praising her with words like impeccably professional, polite, ethical, caring and considerate. We all know that about her – but it sure is nice to hear that type of praise on a national stage. It reminds us that we are lucky to have someone with her skills advocating for those with mental illness in Arizona.