NAMI Oklahoma Names New President

Oklahoma City, July 10, 2020 - Dr. Laressa Beliele has been named president of the board of directors for NAMI Oklahoma. 


NAMI Oklahoma is the state chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. 


“Dr. Beliele has been involved with NAMI for more than two decades,” said NAMI Executive Director James Bost. “Her experience working as a counselor and her perspective as a family member of a person who has a mental illness are valuable as the NAMI team works to expand support for those struggling with mental illness to more communities in Oklahoma.”


Beliele is chair of the Donna Nigh Department of Advanced Professional and Special Services within the College of Education and Professional Studies at the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO), where she has worked since 2011. Prior to her service at UCO, she worked as a special education teacher and public school counselor. She is a licensed professional counselor and an associate professor. 


Dr. Beliele lives in Newalla with her husband, John Pennington, to whom she has been married for more than 39 years. Together, they have two adult children, Gabriel and Jaclyn.

NAMI Oklahoma in the News


Have questions? Contact us.

3812 N. Santa Fe, Suite 305

Oklahoma City, OK 73118

Toll Free Helpline: 1-800-583-1264 

M-F 9a.m.- 4p.m.

© 2020 by NAMI Oklahoma