Dottie Pacharis

Dottie Pacharis is the mother of a bipolar son who took his life five years ago. After her son died from untreated bipolar disorder, she became an advocate for giving families more control over the healthcare needs of people with mental illness. Dottie is retired from a law firm in Washington, D.C., and lives with her husband, George, also retired. They divide their time between Fort Myers Beach, Florida, and West River, Maryland. She volunteers at the National Alliance on Mental Illness in Naples, Florida during the winter months and in Annapolis, Maryland during the summers. Recently Dottie has learned that the United Methodist Women’s Reading Program Committee has selected Mind on the Run to be on its 2013 reading list.