Libby Kuffner Nealis

As Senior Program Coordinator for Behavioral and Mental Health at NEA Healthy Futures, Libby works with NEA members, leaders and staff, and within the school health community to promote social-emotional learning programs, mental health and behavioral support services, and comprehensive efforts to improve school safety and violence prevention in our nation’s schools. Libby Nealis has been working in education and mental health policy for close to 20 years, largely focused on issues of school mental health and student support services, both within general and special education. Prior to joining NEA Healthy Futures in 2013, Libby began her career working as a Legislative Assistant in the U.S. House of Representatives working on education, health and justice issues. She went on to represent the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), and the School Social Work Association of America (SSWAA), where she maintains a role in school mental health advocacy. The parent of a 10 year-old daughter with cerebral palsy, Libby uses her professional experience and knowledge to advocate not only on behalf of her daughter’s unique needs, but to work with her community and school district to improve services for all children and assist fellow parents with resources and support. She holds a Masters in Social Work from the University of Texas and a B.S. in Psychology from Georgetown University.