Meet a Board Member!
Turning Point is pleased to continue its Spotlight Series featuring the members of our wonderful Board of Directors! This week, we interview Board Member Randy Roberts --
Randy, how long have you been a Board member at Turning Point?
I have served on the Board since 2016.
What first inspired you to become involved at Turning Point?
I have had a close family member who had a serious mental illness. It helped me understand the great need for accessible and affordable mental health treatment.
Could you tell us a little about your background?
I was born and raised in Quincy, Illinois, a small town in the west central part of the state on the Mississippi River. I am the oldest of six siblings.
What field have you worked in? Could you tell us a little about your work and professional history?
I am a retired attorney. I worked in the criminal justice system for 30 years. I also worked as a compliance officer for Maryville Academy for six years. I have served as a trustee in the Village of Skokie for the past 20 years. My final term ends this month.
Any activities that have lifted your spirits during the pandemic?
I’ve enjoyed walking with my wife and friends, especially when we can walk in the forest preserve or at the lakefront.
Any book you've recently read or movie/TV show seen that you would recommend?
I would recommend “The Promised Land” by Barack Obama and “Soul”, a new movie on Disney Plus.
What do you find most rewarding about serving on the Turning Point Board?
My greatest reward is that I am helping an organization that serves the mental health needs of some of the most vulnerable residents in my community.
Anything else you would like to share with our community, Randy?
Don’t be afraid to ask for help; and don’t hesitate to give of yourself in some way. You are rewarded far greater than your sacrifice.
(Photo by Genie Lemieux-Jordan)
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ABOUT TURNING POINT BEHAVIORAL HEALTH CARE CENTER, established in 1969, is a non-profit outpatient mental health center, serving children and adults, with a mission to provide “solid support, when you need it most.” Each year, Turning Point serves approximately 1,300 children and adults from throughout the Chicago metropolitan area, approximately 90% of whom are low income. Located in Skokie and recognized as a leader in innovation and community support, Turning Point was honored with the 2017 Excellence in Mental Health Award from the Illinois Association for Behavioral Health, the 2015 Impact Award for Excellence in Behavioral Healthcare Management from the National Council for Behavioral Health, and the 2017 Public Health Partners of Excellence Award from the Skokie Health Department and Board of Health, in recognition of exceptional contributions to the health of Skokie.