Organization and Program Leadership
Annie Schmidt, Executive Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
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, email@example.com
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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 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!”
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
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