Change in leadership at two of Southern Arizona’s best-known non-profits
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Change in leadership at two of Southern Arizona’s best-known non-profits


Contact: Jan Howard, 520-245-7302,

Christina Bickelman, 520-622-5582,

Debbie Rich named NAMI SA executive director after leading Southern Arizona Girl Scouts for nearly 15 years

TUCSON, Ariz. (January 23, 2020) – A significant change in leadership at two of Southern Arizona’s best-known non-profits is announced today. Debbie Rich, who has served as the Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona’s (GSSOAZ) chief executive officer for nearly 15 years, will be the next executive director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Southern Arizona (NAMI SA).

“Debbie is leaving GSSOAZ after building a rock-solid foundation in our organization from which to launch our mission higher, reaching more girls,” said Susan Armstrong, CPA Council Board Chair. “For that, and her many other accomplishments, including Angel’s Place for Girls. I could not be more thankful. Personally, I cannot put into words how much I will miss working with her and learning from her on a regular basis with GSSOAZ. That said, I am so hopeful for her next challenge and what it will do for Tucson.”

“We are excited to work with Debbie to promote her vision for NAMI SA, said David Delawder, CRSS, CPRP, President of NAMI SA’s Board of Directors. “Together with the board and staff, we will set the stage for a prosperous future where NAMI SA can have an even greater impact in the community. We will also continue to raise awareness and look for new funding and support to make sure more mental health services, not fewer, come to those in need.”

Because of a thoughtful succession plan, Rich’s move from GSSOAZ to NAMI SA will be smooth. Rich will be working closely with the board and executive team for both organizations as she moves into her role in March. Her initial work with NAMI SA will be to ensure open communications with staff, clients and their families, elected officials and area communities while learning about services and additional funding opportunities.

The GSSOAZ board will select an interim chief executive officer at the organization’s next board meeting.

We're Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona

Comprised of Girl Scouts from Pima, Cochise, Santa Cruz, Pinal, Graham, Greenlee and Yuma Counties, Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona is one of 112 Girl Scouts of the USA Councils. We believe in the power of every G.I.R.L. — Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader™— to change the world. Girl Scouts is the preeminent leadership development organization for girls. And with programs from coast to coast and across the globe, Girl Scouts offers every girl a chance to practice a lifetime of leadership, adventure, and success. Our extraordinary journey began more than 100 years ago with the original G.I.R.L., Juliette Gordon “Daisy” Low in Savannah, Georgia, she organized the very first Girl Scout troop, and every year since, we’ve honored her vision and legacy, building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. For more information about Girl Scouts, contact the Council at 520-327-2288, visit

National Alliance on Mental Illness of Southern Arizona

NAMI SA is an affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), a non-profit, grassroots organization providing no-cost advocacy, education and support to people with mental illness and their loved ones. Founded in 1983, NAMI SA devotes its efforts to educating the public about mental disorders and treatment, and advocates for quality care for anyone affected by mental illness. Information about NAMI SA’s services can be found by visiting, or by calling 520-622-5582.

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