Board of Directors and Leadership

Board of Directors 2018

Dana  Anderson NAMI Hawaii State Vice President, writer, retired educator and business owner, St. Clement's Outreach to the Institute for Human Services,  founding member of Friends of Youth Outreach Hawaii Foundation.

Corey Arakaki Living in recovery from Type I Bipolar Disorder, student at University of Hawaii at West Oahu and is active with NAMI on Campus, trained in SafeTalk and Assist, and Hawaii Certified Peer Specialist 2011 - 2012.

Mike  Durant NAMI Hawaii State President, NAMI 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. 
Michael Gatti LCSW. former mental health social worker at Queen's outpatient and inpatient psychiatric, Tripler Hospital and Adult Mental Health Department.  Currently in a private practice as a psychotherapist.

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.

Kathy Hammes Retired social worker, NAMI Family to Family teacher.

Andre Hippolite Community Mental Health lecturer at BYU-Hawaii, Licensed Clinical Social Worker.

Loretta Hughes NAMI Family to Family teacher and family with mental illness.

Steven  Katz NAMI Hawaii State Vice President, dealing with mental illness of a family member, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist,  NAMI Support Group facilitator, community speaker.

Deborah Kissinger Psychiatrist: adult, child and adolescent (addiction medicine), and former police officer.

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

Carol Kozlovich NAMI Hawaii State Vice President, business leader, interior designer, event planner, former Rotary Club president, trained facilitator with American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

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

Linda  Taylor  NAMI Hawaii State Secretary, masters in Social Work, co-founder of The Institute For Family Enrichment.

Michael Williams NAMI Hawaii State Treasurer, Certified Public Accountant.
   
Advisors 2018
 
Marjorie Au Attorney, Former NAMI Hawaii President

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

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.

Kathleen  Rhoads Merriam A licensed social worker and a certified substance abuse counselor. Kathleen has experience as someone living with a mental illness, as a family member, mental health provider and administrator. She works for HI Adult Mental Health Division and is on the Statewide Suicide Prevention Task Force.  She also services as a board member for the National Association of Social Workers. 

Anson  Rego Attorney, dealing with mental illness of a family member, Family Support Group facilitator.

Kathleen Sheffield
Founder and Affiliate Executive Director of NAMI Kauai, NAMI Family to Family teacher trainer and teacher, NAMI Support Group facilitator, certified instructor Mental Health First Aid, real estate sales person.


Staff  

Kumi  Macdonald Executive Director of NAMI Hawaii State since 2015, former church ministry director and hotel manager, Faithnet Support Group Facilitator, successfully living in recovery from depression and has family members with mental illness.
Anisa  Wiseman Program Manager of NAMI Hawaii State since 2017, former special education teacher, business owner, successfully living in recovery from PTSD and anxiety and has family members with addiction disorder and serious mental illness.