Phyllis Finley is a graduate from the University of North Texas with a B.A. in Sociology and a minor in Psychology. She has worked in the human services field for over 30 years and at Denton County MHMR Center for the last 27 years. Ms. Finley has extensive and varied experience working alongside Individuals with Developmental Disabilities as well as individuals with Mental Illness.
Phyllis began her career at Denton County MHMR Center in August of 1993 after working for a private residential facility for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities. After hearing from other colleagues in the field about the great work and services being offered by this local authority, she decided to join the team and entered the non-profit world. Phyllis currently serves as the Community Outreach Coordinator at the center. This position is devoted full time to marketing and providing The National Council’s Mental Health First Aid training program to staff of Denton County ISD’s, Charter Schools, Trade Schools, Universities, Community Colleges as well as the general community through collaboration and partnerships. In 2011, Ms. Finley was named Employee of the Year at Denton County MHMR and Mental Health Professional of the Year by NAMI (National Alliance for Mental Illness) Texas in 2016. Ms. Finley was voted to serve on the Board of Directors for NAMI North Texas in March of 2020. Due to a lengthy career and having a loved one with a severe and persistent mental health concern, it is Ms. Finley’s passion to provide education, training, support, advocacy, and resources to the community on Mental Health as well as Suicide Prevention, Intervention and Postvention.