NAMI Texas is governed by a Board of Directors, who are elected by the members of NAMI Texas. The NAMI Texas Board of Directors shall consist of fifteen (15) directors in number elected by the membership. Nine (9) of the fifteen (15) directors will be elected to represent the nine (9) regions of the state and six (6) will be elected at large. The Board of Directors shall be NAMI Texas members in good standing, residents of Texas and be willing to serve/fulfill their duties and elected term/s, and consist of, at least a majority of the 15-person voting membership of the board who have or have had mental illness, or parents or other relatives thereof. Board members should have an understanding of and appreciation for the issues relating to mental illnesses and the family perspective.