After 15 years as executive director of Crisis Ministry of Princeton and Trenton, Sally Osmer has replaced Jerry Lindauer as executive director of NAMI Mercer NJ, a non profit that offers support, education, information, and advocacy for individuals and families facing the challenge of mental illness. Lindauer now has a counseling and consulting practice.
Osmer is an ordained United Methodist minister with a master’s degree in social work. She majored in math at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, class of 1972, graduated from Yale Divinity School, and earned a master’s in
social work, with an emphasis on mental health, from Virginia Commonwealth.
"Although the NAMI role is a totally new one for me, I am excited about getting back into the field of mental health and sharpening my clinical skills once again," says Osmer. In her 15 years at Crisis Ministry of Princeton and Trenton her role ranged from direct client contact with low-income people to coordination and training of volunteers to overall administration of a growing non-profit organization.
She and her husband, Rick Osmer, a professor in practical theology at Princeton Theological Seminary, have been NAMI members for many years. "This organization has very strong volunteer leadership. As we celebrate our 25th anniversary next
year, and we hope to extend our multi-cultural outreach – reaching out to underserved populations in Trenton and other areas of the county."
She also hopes to reach out to area colleges with the national organization’s anti-stigma mental illness program, "In Our Own Voice." In the wake of the recent college tragedies, she aims to offer mental illness education programs to
faculty members and students – what to look for and whom to call when someone’s behavior causes concern.
NAMI deals with those who have a wide range of abilities and disabilities. "For many people, the possibility of recovery and leading a productive, professional life is a real possibility. For others, there will always be the need for many
supports. NAMI tries to be there for all those people," says Osmer. "The support for both the `consumer’ and the family is at the heart of our organization."
NAMI Mercer NJ: Fmilies Meeting the Challenge of Mental Illness, 3371 Route 1,
Lawrence Commons, Suite 124, Lawrenceville 08648; 609-799-8994; fax, 609-799-8996. Sally Osmer, executive director. www.namimercer.org.
Newmark Knight Frank, 301 Carnegie Center, Suite 301, Princeton 08540; 609-896-1600; fax, 609-896-1753. John H. Buschman, managing principal. Home page: www.newmarkkf.com
Tim Norris has left Callaway Commercial to join Newmark Knight Frank as senior managing director.
Xcenda, 502 Carnegie Center, Suite 105, Princeton 08540; 609-986-1600; fax, 609-986-1639. Brian Nightingale, vice president. Home page: www.xcenda.com
Last year, shortly after Xcenda moved to the Carnegie Center, it was bought out by AmerisourceBergen, a company with headquarters in Chesterbrook, Pennsylvania, for $25 million. It is now part of the AmerisourceBergen Specialty Group, which
also has offices in Charlotte, North Carolina, San Francisco, Tampa, Florida, and Washington, D.C.
Xcenda works with pharmaceutical, biotech, and device companies as well as managed care organizations and academic institutions to help them discover and communicate the value of pharmaceuticals and other healthcare technologies.
The firm’s four practice areas include: brand services to help marketing decisionmakers use product advantages to extend or expand the pharmaceutical product lifecycle; payer solutions to develop innovative approaches to access and reimbursement challenges; applied health outcomes to do health economics and outcomes research for pharmaceutical and diagnostic companies; and biopharma strategies to support marketing throughout product development.