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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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]


Joe Iannello

Director of Program Innovation
[email protected]

Jordan Lueker

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

Jessica Miller, MA

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

Quevarra Moten, Ed.D.

Deputy Executive Director 

[email protected]
512-420-9810 ext. 1009

Toniya Parker

Program Expansion Coordinator

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

Christina Schneider

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

Karen Ranus

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

Our Board of Directors

Leo J. Paterra, MBA, CPA

Director of Accounting & Financial Reporting
Texas Workforce Commission

Vice President:
Paul Trylko

Retired CEO
Amplify Credit Union

Julie Almendral, MBA

Director of Communications
Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute

Jennifer Perkins, MBA

Advocacy Communication Manager
Texas Medical Association

Lissa Adams

Associate Provost
 Texas State Technical College


Amanda N. Barczyk, PhD, MSW

Senior Research and Evaluation Associate
Ripple Effect

Courtney Bailey

Director of Issues and Engagement
Leadership Austin

Adrienne Kennedy, MA

NAMI National Board President

Maria Mathis

Family Fund Committee
The Brown Foundation

Brianna McKinney

Bloom Communications

Manuel Quinto-Pozos, JD

Deats Durst and Owen, PLLC

Business Supporters