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Organization and Program Leadership

Staff

Annie Schmidt, Executive Director, aschmidt@nami-wake.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, rungureanu@nami-wake.org

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, kluft@nami-wake.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. Creativity fuels many of Kristen’s hobbies, which include writing, reading, illustrating digital art, and singing.

 

 

Work-Study Team

Tryanna James
Administrative Assistant
Shaw University
Bachelors of Social Work, 2020
“I am from Greenville, NC and I have 9 siblings. I started volunteering in high school and I realized I wanted to help people. I know Social Work has been my calling because whenever I talk about it I become very passionate and emotional. I plan to get my masters and work in child welfare. ”

 

 

Mina Ouanvilay
Gratitude Team
North Carolina State University
Bachelors of Social Work, 2022
“I am from Greensboro, NC. I value mental illness so much because of personal experience to a friend struggling with depression who did not make it out, and through her, fueled my journey of advocacy and constant understanding. I also hope to work closely with refugee resettlement. My parents are such a big influence because they are immigrants and I understand very closely the struggle of living life in a foreign world. It would be a dream for their stories to be heard while fostering a warm community for refugees.”

 

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.”

 

Education Coaches

Krista Fuller, NAMI Family-to-Family

Amy Robertson, NAMI Basics

Barbara Jackson, NAMI Connections for Recovery Support Group

Thomas Gehrmann, NAMI Family Support Group

Tom Hadley, Crisis Intervention Team Training

 

 

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