Patrick Schmitz

Patrick Schmitz,
Chief Executive Officer

I was honored to become the Chief Executive Officer of the Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center on June 5, 2017. I have a 27-year career working in the field of mental healthcare after earning a degree in Educational & Counseling Psychology from the University of Missouri – Columbia in 1990. I have worked in Day Treatment and Community Support with individuals suffering severe and persistent mental health diagnoses; provided therapy for the entire age range and full diagnostic categories to individuals, couples and families. 

I worked within individual communities, across multiple communities and counties within the state of Iowa and held advocacy and leadership roles throughout my career. I served as the senior administrator of two mental health centers in Iowa for 18 years prior to coming to Lawrence.

At Bert Nash, I oversee a staff of nearly 200 professionals and dozens of volunteers who serve the citizens of Douglas County by responding to needs, restoring lives and building a healthy community. I am honored to be part of the Bert Nash legacy and look forward to future developments and possibilities in front of us here in Douglas County.

In my free time, I enjoy cycling and have completed 6 RAGRAI’s, the nation’s largest, weeklong bicycle event that crosses Iowa starting on the Missouri River and ending on the Mississippi with upwards of 20,000 plus daily participants. Along with that, I enjoy listening to all kinds of music, exercising, reading and spending time with family.