Keara Rypien

Secretary – Board of Directors

Keara is a born and raised Spokaneite and graduated from North Central High School and college at Eastern Washington University with a degree in Public Health. Keara is a strong advocate for mental health and wellness given her family’s history of struggles with mental illness. Keara is particularly interested in athlete head injuries and mental health. Her cousin, Rick Rypien, who was a professional hockey player, died by suicide at age 27, and uncle, Mark Rypien, who is a former NFL player and Spokane community leader battles depression and has likely developed Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy CTE as a result of his head injuries.

Her advocacy is demonstrated in her career: Keara works as a behavioral health coordinator tasked with the promotion of mental health wellbeing for students across 59 local school districts and has worked to enhance regional suicide prevention efforts. Now, she’s ready to take a step further and help NAMI build the capacity to advocate for and deliver quality mental health programs to the Spokane community. Keara is a strong believer in early intervention and is specifically interested in promoting youth programs. In her free time, Keara enjoys training for marathons with her favorite fur child, Rori, and golfing with her husband, Tyler.