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Organization and Program Leadership

Executive Director, Annie Schmidt

Annie Schmidt is the Executive Director for NAMI of Wake County. Annie received her M.S. in Family, Youth, and Community Sciences from the University of Florida and B.A. in International Studies and Peace, Justice, and Conflict Resolution from DePaul University. Her background includes collaborating with community organizations to provide wrap-around services in Title 1 schools and program planning and evaluation for child welfare programs at the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde. She is passionate about mental health and grateful for the impact NAMI has had in her family. When she’s away from the desk, you can find her near water, playing with her two cats, or socializing with her friends and family.

She can be reached at aschmidt@nami-wake.org.

 

Data Coordinator, Lynell Harris

Lynell Harris Wiggins is the Data Coordinator for NAMI Wake County. Lynell is an enthusiastic team player with a witty sense of humor. She comes to NAMI with a background in administrative support ranging from the military to the Duke University library. Lynell also serves as a Connections Support Group Facilitator in Raleigh and an In Our Own Voice Presenter.

She can be reached at lwiggins@nami-wake.org.

 

Education Programs Coordinator, Sheron Sumner, PhD

Sheron comes to NAMI Wake with years of experience in organizational development and higher education. She founded StepUp Greensboro in 2011, has served as a Community Investment Specialist for United Way of Greater Greensboro, the Director of the Community Education at Cone Health System, and served as a professor and research faculty member at UNC Greensboro. She comes to NAMI Wake with a passion to make a difference in the mental health community.

She can be reached at education@nami-wake.org.

Support Groups Coordinator, Gordon Gogola

For the past 25 years he has conducted Family Support Groups for the National Alliance on Mental Illness both in North Carolina (20 years) and in Texas (5 years). During that time he has conducted over 900 family support group meeting and assisted over 11,000 families deal with the effects of mental illness within their households.  He also trains Family Support Group facilitators throughout the states of North Carolina and Virginia. Professionally he worked as a project manager in the Engineering field for over 35 years. With his last 7 years working with pharmaceutical clients. He holds degrees in Chemistry and Mathematics and has studied psychology.

He can be reached at gogolags@hotmail.com.

Advocacy Committee Chair, Andrea Chase

Andrea has served in a leadership role with NAMI Wake for the past four years. She is in her second term as President of the Board for NAMI Wake County and also serves as a state trainer for NAMI Family-to-Family and NAMI Smarts. Through her role leading the board and the advocacy committee, she hopes to create a community where quality care is easily accessible.

She can be reached at andrea@nami-wake.org.

 

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