• NAMI Austin is now NAMI Central Texas to reflect our growing community.
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.


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


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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What is NAMI?

Presentation for community groups

NAMI Central Texas provides a variety of programs to the community. Want to share what we do with your school, workplace, faith community or other group? Our 30-minute "What is NAMI?" presentation is great for any group to learn about how we are educating the community on important mental health topics and providing support to those who need it.

“Hearing personal stories, struggles, and lifestyle was most important to me. We had wonderful and amazing guest speakers and appreciate hearing their stories.”

In Our Own Voice

Presentation for all communities

This presentation is a unique public education program developed by NAMI, in which two trained speakers share compelling personal stories about living with mental illness and achieving recovery. In Our Own Voice presentations change attitudes, assumptions and stereotypes by describing the reality of living with mental health conditions that are often invisible to others.

You'll hear a first-hand account of what it’s like to live with a mental illness. Presenters humanize this misunderstood topic by demonstrating that it’s possible—and common—to achieve recovery. You'll have a chance to ask questions, which allows for a deeper understanding of mental health conditions and helps dispel stereotypes and misconceptions.

Our Staff

Katrina Anaya, MA

Director of Operations
[email protected]
512-420-9810 ext. 1004

Kathy Bentz, MA

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

Cecilia Bliss, MSW

Central Texas Community Outreach Coordinator
[email protected]
512-420-9810 ext. 1008

Sharon Guess, BA

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

Jordan Lueker, BS

Program Support Specialist
[email protected]
512-420-9810 ext. 1001

Jessica Miller, MA

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

Karen Ranus, BA

Executive Director
[email protected]
512-420-9810 ext. 1002

Christina Schneider, BA

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

Our Board of Directors

President: Lissa Adams, BS

Independent Consultant
 J.L. Powers & Associates

Vice President: Leo J. Paterra, MBA, CPA

Director of Accounting & Financial Reporting
Texas Workforce Commission

Treasurer: Jennifer Perkins, MBA

Advocacy Communication Manager
Texas Medical Association

Secretary: Julie Almendral, MBA

Communications and Multimedia Manager
Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute

Courtney Bailey, BA

Director of Issues and Engagement
Leadership Austin

Adrienne Kennedy, MA

NAMI National Board President

Barbara Johnson, MBA

Executive Director
Austin Area Research Organization

Paul Trylko, BBA

President and CEO
Amplify Credit Union

Brianna McKinney, BA

Bloom Communications

Steve Strakowski, MD

Founding Chair
Department of Psychiatry, Dell Medical School

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