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Organization and Program Leadership


Annie Schmidt, Executive Director,

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.


Roxana Ungureanu, Programs Coordinator,

Roxana graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2019 with a BA in Political Science and in Music. She was involved in mental health projects throughout her time in college, including in student government and working on a mental health phone application for adolescents. She is very passionate about de-stigmatizing and increasing access to mental health services and has had personal experience with mental illness. She is grateful to be continuing this passion through the role of Programs Assistant. In the future, she plans to attend law school to help change the status quo through policies. In her free time, she loves watching Netflix with her cat, hanging out with friends, and going on runs.


Kristen Luft, Engagement Specialist,

Kristen Luft is a 2018 graduate from UNC Chapel Hill where she studied Public Relations and Public Policy. Based in the Raleigh area, she has experience in the non profit and health/wellness space doing marketing, design, and communications work. Kristen’s passion for mental health advocacy started in college when she realized the magnitude of mental illness’ effects on herself and her loved ones. This passion has continued through her career, as she seeks out more ways to express vulnerability in the hopes of decreasing mental health stigma. In her free time, Kristen enjoys writing, reading, snuggling her dogs, and singing.



Work-Study Team

Mina Ouanvilay
Program Support Assistant
North Carolina State University
Bachelors of Social Work, 2022
“Hello hello! I am a Greensboro native, my pronouns are she/her/hers. I am a 3rd year in Social Work at NC State, and hope to pursue my Masters of Social Work after I earn my BSW. My goal is to one day work with immigrants/refugees, children, the homeless, macro-work, mezzo-work (organizing) and education.

Mental Health is an important sub-section to the overall health and wellbeing of a person. It is an invisible battle that we can’t see. I have personally experienced trauma in my past, and I wouldn’t have been able to work through it without the support system I have now and the support, validation from NAMI. NAMI Wake has certainly provided a lot of insight to the spectrum of Mental Health and bettered my learning as a part of the community.  My hope is to play an active role in de-stigmatizing mental conditions such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and psychosis. In my free time, I love to explore writing through blog posts or just in my notes app. I enjoy browsing through new music, hearing introspective podcasts and walking my dog throughout checkpoints in the day. I do Ashtanga Yoga and participate in High Intensive Training classes at NC State. Sometimes I’ll explore making new smoothies, or lattes and food options.”

Miranda Owen
Social Media and Content Creation
North Carolina State University
“My name is Miranda Owen and I am a content creator for NAMI Wake who manages our Twitter and Linkedin pages and contributes to our blog. This is my second semester as a NAMI Wake work study student and I have loved being able to contribute to the Wake County community and a cause I care about. As someone who has struggled with anxiety and depression from a very young age, the outreach and services NAMI provides are extremely important to me. This year, I am a senior at N.C. State studying political science and Japanese language. In my free time, I love to hike and travel.”

Jessica Stutz
North Carolina State University
Bachelors of Social Work, 2020

“Mental Health matters to me because it is something that everyone experiences during their lifetime, whether indirectly or directly. I want to do my part in helping to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health/reaching out for help so that people are able to live their best lives and have the proper support system along the way! By working at NAMI and assisting with the Helpline, I am able to contribute my very small part to Mental Health advocacy while learning a lot about myself and mental health along the way. In my free time I love to read and watch pointless reality TV shows!”

Alma Victoriano
Membership Outreach
North Carolina State University
Bachelors of Social Work, 2020
“I am from Charlotte, NC and I am currently a junior studying political science and sociology.  I value mental health because I have had personal experience with mental illness and have witnessed how it can drastically affect a person’s quality of life. In the future, I would like to work to address the mental health disparities present in historically marginalized communities through developing public policy aimed at increasing access to quality mental health services. In my free time, I enjoy taking nature walks, painting, and hanging out with friends.”

Terri Wilkerson
Data Entry Specialist
North Carolina State University
Bachelors of Social Work, 2020
“I am from Selma, NC and a senior in the BSW program with the goal of beginning my MSW in 2021. I am interested in mental health, specifically serving the LGBT community and survivors of rape and domestic violence. My background includes over ten years of hospital experience, including time as an ultrasound technologist and radiographer. I have been married for ten years with two sons aged 6 and 2. My downtime is spent napping, reading, hiking, or playing video games.”

Chanel Whittington
Youth Suicide Prevention Intern
Saint Augustine’s University
Bachelors of Public Health, 2021
“I am a senior Public Health major at Saint Augustine’s University from The Bronx, New York, and my pronouns are she/her/hers. Mental Health matters to me because many people deal with mental illness do not have the resources to deal with it or even someone to talk about their problems with. As a Youth Suicide Prevention Intern I plan to do my part to assure that there are plenty of mental health resources for the youth in surrounding communities. Having a strong support system is such a crucial factor because without it, people tend to fall victim to their trauma. In my free time, I like to crochet, listen to music, and binge watch shows on Netflix. “

Education Coaches

TBD, NAMI Family-to-Family

TBD, NAMI Peer-to-Peer

Amy Robertson, NAMI Basics

Roxana Ungureanu, NAMI Connections for Recovery Support Group

Thomas Gehrmann, NAMI Family Support Group


Program Leads

Tom Hadley, Crisis Intervention Team Training

Sandra Mann, Helpline

Jeremy Fine, Ending the Silence

Christine Knott, In Our Own Voice

Ron Coleman, Advocacy Team

Kristen Luft, Gratitude Team

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