Our NAMI Central Texas staff and board members are passionate advocates for mental health in our community. Along with hundreds of volunteers, they work hard to ensure that everyone who needs it can access the mental health education, support and resources they need.

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

Joe Iannello

Director of Program Innovation
[email protected]

Jordan Lueker

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

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, BBA

President and CEO
Amplify Credit Union

Julie Almendral, MBA

Communications and Multimedia Manager
Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute

Jennifer Perkins, MBA

Advocacy Communication Manager
Texas Medical Association

Lissa Adams

Independent Consultant
 J.L. Powers & Associates


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

Maria Mathis

Family Fund Committee
The Brown Foundation

Brianna McKinney

Bloom Communications

Manuel Quinto-Pozos, JD

Deats Durst and Owen, PLLC