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Got Talent


NAMI Franklin County is starting a star search and we want to celebrate and showcase your talents and entrepreneurship. If you are a person with lived experience (living with a mental health condition), or know someone with lived experience, we want to hear from you. To nominate yourself or someone else with lived experience, please submit the following to
We all know who Dr. King is, the other portrait is actually of the father of the artist. The father (now passed on) and mother ran NAMI Franklin County before Rachelle so I thought that was very fitting.


Nominate yourself or someone you know by filling out the form


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NAMI FC’S Got Talent Shining Star Award | June 2022
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Nominee's name, phone number and email address

Connection: NAMI Mental Health First Aid Adult Instructor
Talent: Author of children’s book
Book Title: BUZZ, the Premier Bee
I am writing to partner with your organization/school to raise consciousness about Substance Abuse and Mental Health.
As a former educator of Columbus City Schools and current mental health and substance abuse advocate, I am utilizing BUZZ, the Premier Bee, to leverage my creativity, skills, and passion for youth. Through collaboration, I offer a presentation that reinforces your mission to inspire youth here in Ohio and across the globe.
The presentation/event will offer the following outcome for consideration:


NAMI FC’S Got Talent Winner | Feb 2022

Nominee's name, phone number and email address

How the nominee's talent can help the mental health community

How you are connected to NAMI Franklin County (if applicable)

Suzanne Robinson, member of NAMI FC since 1998

A short bio and photo of the nominee, and why they are being nominated

Pictures, websites, etc. to show the nominee's talent

Portrait of Drew’s late pup Cooper
Various creatures
Drawing used in NAMI Family-to-Family and NAMI Family & Friends
Portrait of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Portrait of our late father Dr. David Robinson, retired professor of Slavic Languages at OSU and gifted musician

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December’s talent search Shining Star award goes to Laurita Barber!

Laurita’s own mental health journey has led her to become a mental health advocate. She was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2002 and worked until 2010 until she could no longer work due to complications of MS. Laurita thought she would never work again, but God had a different plan for her life.
Laurita has many talents, but the one she is most humbled by is her most recent accomplishments of becoming a Certified Aromatherapist, starting a business called Earth’s Extract, and launching a website. Laurita stated her greatest desire is to help her community by helping people heal mentally, emotionally and physically. “A lot of us, too many of us, spend too much of our lives in pain. Often times the pain is so debilitating that we can find ourselves stuck for months, years, and even decades. If I can serve people by helping them to feel better by sharing my gifts with them, then I am truly humbled.”

For more information contact Laurita at or visit the website at

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