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NAMI Broward County Celebrates 40-Year Milestone and Introduces Dr. Joe Oravecz as CEO

The grassroots organization provides free services to individuals facing severe mental illness and their family members, caregivers, and friends. 

As NAMI Broward County commemorates 40 years of mental health advocacy in Broward County, it’s preparing for an even more impactful future by hiring Joe Oravecz as its new Chief Executive Officer. The organization offers free educational programs, support groups, training, and local and statewide advocacy to promote mental health for all. Its significant contributions to mental health awareness and support have been evident throughout its history, as it has implemented many vital programs and initiatives. In 2023, the organization’s signature programs, such as NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group, NAMI Family Support Groups, NAMI Ending the Silence, and its Mentor-to-Mentee program, helped it reach over 6,000 people.

Dr. Oravecz is an experienced leader with a visionary leadership style that closely aligns with the mission of NAMI Broward County. Having previously served in leadership positions in higher education, he has a proven track record of implementing transformative initiatives. 

“I am truly honored and excited to join NAMI Broward County as its new CEO,” Dr. Oravecz says. “Mental health is a critical aspect of our overall well-being, and I am committed to working with the dedicated team at NAMI Broward County to advance our mission and make a positive impact on the lives of individuals and families in our community.”

Before becoming NAMI Broward County’s CEO, Dr. Oravecz worked as the Vice President for Student Life and Vice President of Student Affairs & Enrollment Management at Bridgewater State University (MA). In these roles, he oversaw the strategic vision of 18 departments and ensured efficient and unified operations across all university programming. During his tenure, he introduced innovative recruitment/enrollment operations based on a crisis-informed approach, created a culture of equity, and collaborated with various internal initiatives, including the University Mental Health Task Force. Dr. Oravecz has a B.A. in Psychology from Gettysburg College, an M.A. in Higher Education & Student Affairs from The Ohio State University, and a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Florida State University.

“Dr. Oravecz brings a strong commitment to mental health advocacy and a vision for the continued growth and success of NAMI Broward County,” John Linn says, NAMI Broward County Board President. “The Board of Directors and the entire NAMI Broward County community extend a warm welcome to Dr. Oravecz and look forward to seeing the positive impact his leadership will have on mental health awareness and the services available in our community.”

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Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

Limsky, an avid traveler, swimmer and film buff who holds a law degree and Ph.D. from New York University, likes to say, “I’m a doctor, but I can’t operate—except on your brand.” He wrote his dissertation on the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. Prior to that, Limsky received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Emory University and earned his M.A. in literature at American University in connection with a Masters Scholar Award fellowship.

Limsky came to SFBW at the apex of a storied career in journalism and publishing that includes six previous lead editorial roles, including for some of the world’s best-known brands. He served as global editor-in-chief of Lexus magazine, founding editor-in-chief of custom lifestyle magazines for Cadillac and Holland America Line, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida. He also was the executive editor for B2B magazines for Acura and Honda Financial Services, and he served as travel editor for Conde Nast. Magazines under Limsky’s editorship have garnered more than 75 industry awards.

He has also written for many of the country’s top newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, USA Today, Worth, Robb Report, Afar, Time Out New York, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Ritz-Carlton, Elite Traveler, Florida Design, Metropolis and Architectural Digest Mexico. His other clients have included Four Seasons, Acqualina Resort & Residences, Yahoo!, American Airlines, Wynn, Douglas Elliman and Corcoran. As an adjunct assistant professor, Limsky has taught journalism, film and creative writing at the City University of New York, Pace University, American University and other colleges.