Board of Directors and Leadership

Board of Director 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.

Board President Mike  Durant 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. 

Board of Director 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.

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 Director Kathy Hammes Retired social worker, NAMI Family to Family teacher.
Board of Director Loretta Hughes NAMI Family to Family teacher.
Board Second Vice President Steven  Katz Dealing with mental illness of a family member, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist,  NAMI Support Group facilitator, community speaker.
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 First Vice President Carol Kozlovich Business leader, interior designer, event planner, former Rotary Club president, trained facilitator with American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Board of Director Daniel Mistak Staff Attorney at Legal Aid Society of Hawaii on the Big Island, a conference presenter and advocate for jail diversion.

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 Secretary Linda  Taylor  Masters in Social Work, co-founder of The Institute For Family Enrichment.
Board Treasurer Michael Williams Certified Public Accountant.
Board Member Francesca Leonetti Director of Microsoft Brand Strategy.  She has a family member with mental illness.

Board Member 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.

Board Member Mary Yong FHB Database Administration, former IndoCom Web Developer and Lockheed Martin Database. She has a son with mental illness.

Board Member Kimi Gabbard CEO & Founder of Ka Lai Aina, RN, MFT, and currently a case manger.  She has family with mental illness.
Advisor Dana  Anderson 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.

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.

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.

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 Anson  Rego Attorney, dealing with mental illness of a family member, Family Support Group facilitator.
Advisor Kathleen Sheffield Founder NAMI Kauai, NAMI Family to Family teacher trainer and teacher, 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.