Founded in 1984, NAMI Central Texas, formerly NAMI Austin, is a member of the largest grassroots mental health organization in the United States, the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Through innovative education, support and advocacy programs, we are changing the way our community addresses mental health.

Mission

NAMI Central Texas is dedicated to improving the lives of all individuals affected by mental illness through education, support and advocacy programs.

Vision

NAMI Central Texas envisions a community that addresses mental illness as a health issue and provides the systems, resources and education for all people to achieve recovery.

2019-2021 Strategic Plan

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Learn how your community can change how you address mental health

In order to change the mental health conversation in our community, we all must learn the facts about mental illness and work to break down the barriers to treatment and support. We offer a variety of trainings and presentations to help your group or organization get started.

Our Staff

Kathy Bentz, MA

Family and Peer Program Coordinator
[email protected]
512-420-9810 ext. 1005

Sharon Guess

Director of Development
[email protected]
512-420-9810 ext. 1007

Nidia Heston

Parent Support & Resource Navigator
[email protected]

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Joe Iannello

Director of Program Innovation
[email protected]

Jordan Lueker

Program Operations Specialist
[email protected]
512-420-9810 ext. 1001
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Jessica Miller, MA

Child and Youth Program Coordinator
[email protected]
512-420-9810 ext. 1003

Toniya Parker

Program Expansion Coordinator

[email protected]
512-420-9810 ext. 1004
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Christina Schneider

Communications and Event Coordinator
[email protected]
512-420-9810 ext. 1006

Karen Ranus

Executive Director
[email protected]
512-420-9810 ext. 1002
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Our Board of Directors

President:
Leo J. Paterra, MBA, CPA

Director of Accounting & Financial Reporting
Texas Workforce Commission

Vice President:
Paul Trylko, BBA

Retired CEO
Amplify Credit Union

Secretary:
Julie Almendral, MBA

Communications and Multimedia Manager
Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute

Treasurer:
Jennifer Perkins, MBA

Advocacy Communication Manager
Texas Medical Association

Lissa Adams

Associate Provost
 Texas State Technical College

 
 

Amanda N. Barczyk, PhD, MSW

Associate Director
Dell Children's Hospital - Trauma and Injury Research Center

Courtney Bailey

Director of Issues and Engagement
Leadership Austin

Adrienne Kennedy, MA

NAMI National Board President
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Maria Mathis

Family Fund Committee
The Brown Foundation

Brianna McKinney

President
Bloom Communications

Manuel Quinto-Pozos, JD

Partner
Deats Durst and Owen, PLLC

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