Board of Directors and Leadership

Board Secretary
Dana Anderson
Writer, retired educator and business owner of St. Clement's Outreach to the institute for Human Services, founding member of Friends of Youth Outreach Hawaii Foundation.

Board of Director Anika Gearheart PhD Candidate of Cognitive Psychology at UH Manoa, instructor of psychology at Leeward Community College. Living successfully with an anxiety disorder and supporting family members with mental health disorders. Active volunteer with NAMI Hawaii and leads NAMI on Campus group at LCC.

Board of Director Randy Hack Retired Consumer Advisor of AMHD, Department of Health,  person in recovery from mental illness, NAMI Recognition Award 2015, unique personal relationship with largest individual donor and NAMI Hawaii.

Board of DirectorKathyHammes
Retired social worker, NAMI Family to Family teacher.
Board of Director Loretta Hughes NAMI Family to Family teacher.

Board of Director Deborah Kissinger Psychiatrist: adult, child and adolescent (addiction medicine).

Board of Director Greg Knudsen Retired (DOE communications director), Family-to-Family teacher, Support Group facilitator, former editor & Peace Corps volunteer, photographer, traveler.

Board President Carol Kozlovich Rotary Club president, trained facilitator with American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Board 1st Vice President

Francesca Leonetti Director of Microsoft Brand Strategy. She has a family member with mental illness.

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KateMadiganATR-BC, Art Therapist with Hawaii State Hospital. Has a family member with mental illness.

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KarinMedigovichChildcare licenser for the state of Hawaii. Al anon member. NAMI Support Group facilitator and F2F teacher. Mental health first aide certified, CPI and assist certified. Four years experience as a Crisis Outreach Therapist. Mother of a fine artist who survives schizophrenia.

Board of Director Daniel Mistak Director of Health Care Initiatives for Justice-involved individuals at Community Oriented Correctional Health Services. A conference presenter and advocate for jail diversion.

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AmyMorton-SogiOperations Manager at Department of Health, former corporate and healthcare attorney. Successfully living with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, supports family member with mental illness.

Board of DirectorTyPerrierPsychiatric and Family Nurse Practitioner, and a current military spouse. Previous United States Public Health Service Officer. Has family members suffering from mental illness.

Board of Director Marc Sicignano Technology and design consultant, Family to Family teacher, living with a partner suffering from schizophrenia and borderline personality disorder.

Board Treasurer Michael Williams Certified Public Accountant.

Board 2nd Vice President Debbie Zimmerman President of New Millennium Meetings, Inc., consultant to the Hawaii Tourism Authority, Wellness Partner with Amare Global, family member with mental health condition.


Advisor Marjorie Au Attorney, Former NAMI Hawaii President.

Advisor Carol Denis Retired DHS State Worker, NAMI Family Support Group facilitator, NAMI Family to Family teacher.

AdvisorMikeDurantNAMI Family Support Group facilitator, member of Hawaii State Council on Mental Health, retired businessman, retired general manager of Jorgensen Steel Company in Honolulu, and a member of NAMI Hawaii since 1999.

AdvisorKimiGabbardCEO & founder of Ka Lai Aina, RN, MFT, and currently a case manager. SHe has family members with mental illness.

AdvisorStevenKatzDealing with mental illness of a family member, licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, NAMI Support Group facilitator, community speaker.

Advisor Denis Mee-Lee MD, MS, CPI, Co-Founder of NAMI Hawaii, past, Chief Hawaii Mental Health Division, past Director and Chair of Psychiatry, Castle Medical Center, President and Principal Investigator of Valden Medical, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Hawaii, Past Chief of Staff, Castle Medical Center, SAMSA Grant Reviewer.

AdvisorAnsonRegoAttorney, dealing with mental illness of a family member, Family Support Group facilitator.

Advisor Kathleen  Rhoads Merriam A licensed social worker and a certified substance abuse counselor, has experience as someone living with a mental illness, as a family member, mental health provider and administrator, works for HI Adult Mental Health Division and is on the Statewide Suicide Prevention Task Force, board member of National Association of Social Workers.  
Advisor Kathleen Sheffield Founder NAMI Kauai, NAMI Family to Family teacher trainer and instructor, NAMI Support Group facilitator, certified instructor Mental Health First Aid, real estate sales person.


Executive Director Kumi  Macdonald Former church ministry director and hotel manager, Connection Support Group Facilitator, successfully living in recovery from depression and has family members with mental illness.

Program and Walk Manager Anisa Wiseman Former special education teacher, business owner, successfully living in recovery from PTSD and has family members with mental illness.

Program AssistantIanMacdonald IT, videography, and customer service background. Temporary hire during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Volunteer Community CoordinatorBrysenPoultonPR background.