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2018 Annual Meeting of Members

The 2018 NAMI Georgia Annual Meeting of Members will be held on Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 3:30pm-4:30pm, at the location of the Annual Conference. (Members need not register for the Conference to attend the Meeting of Members). Voting for the election of Board Directors and Bylaws will end on the day of the meeting. Ballots returned by mail must be received in the NAMI Georgia office by Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at 5pm. Ballots cast in-person and by-proxy at the Annual Meeting location must be turned in by Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 11:30am.

Annual Membership Meeting Details

NAMI Georgia Annual Meeting
April 21, 2018
Mercer University-Atlanta Campus, AACC Building
(Atlanta Administration And Conference Center)
2930 Flowers Road South
Atlanta, GA  30341
Ballots for the election will be sent by mail in the first week of April to members active as of March 7. Ballots returned by mail must be received in the NAMI Georgia office by Wednesday, April 18, 2018.
In-person and proxy ballots must be turned in at the Annual Meeting location by 11:30am on Saturday the 21st.

View Election Ballot and Instructions for Voting

This ballot is available here for reference only.  It may not be used for voting.

Official ballots will be sent by mail the first week in April to members active as of March 7.  Ballots returned by mail must be received in the NAMI Georgia office by Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at 5pm. Ballots cast in-person and by-proxy at the Annual Meeting location must be turned in by Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 11:30am.

Members will receive a ballot with two parts– one for the NAMI Georgia Board of Directors, and one for
the NAMI Georgia By-laws Amendments. Both parts must be returned.

2018 Board Directors and Bylaws Ballot

Please note that there are six (6) vacancies to be filled on the NAMI Georgia Board of Directors.

Voting instructions

Via Mail: Members can mail their completed ballot to the NAMI Georgia office. Ballots must be received in the office by 5:00pm on Wednesday, April 18, 2018. Envelopes will remain unopened until the official ballot counting process begins on April 21, 2018. Voter's membership status will be checked when the ballot is opened.
In Person - Members can vote in person on April 20-21, 2018, at the Annual Meeting location  Mercer University, AACC Building, 2930 Flowers Road South, Atlanta, GA 30341. Voting is from 8:30 to 3:30 pm on April 20 and from 8:30 to 11:30 on April 21.  The ballot must be dropped off by the voting member. The voter's membership status will be checked at that time.
Via Proxy – Members may assign a proxy to vote for them. There are two types of proxy. For a Closed Proxy, the member fills out the ballot, and the proxy delivers the ballot for them. For an Open Proxy, the proxy makes the choices on the ballot and delivers it. The proxy MUST attend the meeting for the vote to count. Voting is from 8:30 to 3:30 pm on April 20 and from 8:30 to 11:30 on April 21. When voting by proxy, the voter MUST fill out the Proxy Statement on the ballot, and the proxy must bring it to the Annual Meeting to cast it. The proxy must turn in the ballot in-person. Their membership status will be checked at that time.

Proposed Bylaws Changes
In preparation for re-affiliation process, the NAMI GA board of directors has had a full legal review of NAMI Georgia bylaws. Proposed bylaws changes will be voted on at the Annual Meeting of Members. Ballots will be sent by mail to members who were active as of March 7. Ballots may be returned by mail, or in-person or by proxy at the meeting.
The bylaws committee has made the following dates and times available to answer any questions. Email your questions to Debra Feagins at and Kim H. Jones at
Sat March 17th
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
NAMI GA Office - or call in -MUST RSVP
Sat. April 7th
9:40 am – 10:00 am
on the Affiliate Development Call
Mon. April 16th
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Conference call
To join any Conference Call
Call-In Number: 712-432-1549 
Call-In Code: 5 4 6 5 # 
Board of Directors Candidates for Election

Pete Colbenson
Fulton County, GA
Retired -- State of Georgia
"My connection to mental Health is both personal and professional. I worked closely during my career with mentally ill youth and mental health providers and maintain a strong interest in this area. Having been raised by a mother with chronic mental Illness I have a strong personal interest in the area. I am seeking to join NAMI and the Board primarily to give back to the community during my retirement. I bring extensive knowledge and experience in the state's juvenile justice system and mental health issues confronting juvenile offenders and their families. Both as the Director of a community diversion program and a secure facility I was confronted virtually daily with the impact of mental illness on youth and their families. I also have extensive experience in grants administration. And, as a consultant I have had limited experience in journalism while working with Kennesaw State University in the creation of the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange. In today's troubled world I believe the mission of MAMI is more important than ever, and I would like very much to contribute to this mission."

Joanna Jungerman (Incumbent)
DeKalb County, Georgia
Research Health Science Specialist- Atlanta VA
"I have been a member of the NAMI Georgia board of directors since 2015 and have served as a NAMI Connections support group facilitator for the last two years. I'm passionate about being a voice for the people in my community who are affected by mental illness, particularly young adults and veterans. I believe I can be a unique asset to the board because of my combined experiences as a young adult, a consumer and a scientist. I also wish to leverage my connections with other non-profits in Georgia in order to influence and pass legislation that supports NAMI's priorities. NAMI is important to me because it gave me a way to turn my mental health challenges into something positive and meaningful: Helping others navigate the journey to mental health recovery."

Ron Koon (Incumbent)
Gwinnett County, Georgia
NAMI Gwinnett
GA Dept. of Juvenile Justice -- Office of Behavioral Health Services
"I have extensive experience with mental health program development, administration and clinical practice in private and public settings. I currently serve as the Chief of Psychological Services for the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice. In this role I oversee the development, operation and management of psychological services for youthful offenders served by this department. I am also a member of the DJJ Behavioral Health Leadership team responsible for development of mental health policies and training programs. Before joining DJJ I was Director of Juvenile Forensic Services at Georgia Regional Hospital in Atlanta. My early career experiences also include work in acute care and long-term psychiatric hospitals, inpatient substance abuse treatment and community mental health. I have been a friend and supporter of NAMI for many years. Over the last several years as a board member and board officer I have developed a deep appreciation of the good work this organization does and am proud to be an active contributor to the growth and stability of NAMI - GA as an organization that provides effective support, education and advocacy for all Georgians affected by mental illness. I know that NAMI-GA has a thriving organization with leadership that is committed to the cause. I would consider it an honor and privilege to continue my service on the Board of Directors."

Brian Le (Incumbent)
DeKalb County, Georgia
State of Georgia – Behavioral Health
"I am connected to mental health due to my own anxiety and ADHD, which is thankfully managed well due to treatment and support. I am connected with NAMI due to previously working/interning under the 2013 walk, where I aided in fundraising, sponsorship, and organization. Even afterwards, I volunteered my time by taking photographs for the 2014 walk. I currently work in Behavioral Health for the State of Georgia. I wish to serve to help ideate for the future, as well as plan for the present. As a millennial, I want to help NAMI in whatever ways I can in order to ensure that NAMI is able to help advocate and serve others, as well as to outreach to the younger population. NAMI is important to me because of my own past mental health issues. I was frustrated due to the lack of emphasis or acknowledgment of mental health issues in undergraduate (less so in graduate school), as well as the lack of support. I also value NAMI due to NAMI affording me the ability to work on NAMIWalks in the past. As mentioned earlier, I can bring my experiences in networking, advocacy, policy, planning and ideation to NAMI."

Jennifer Philips (Incumbent)
Fulton County, Georgia
Director of Psychiatric Access at Emory Healthcare (Wesley Woods Hospital)
"I am currently serving on the NAMI GA Board, as best as possible. I attend the bi-monthly meetings in-person or via telephone. I have been an advocate of NAMIWalks for the past 5.5 years and support the organization by membership and marketing to consumers/staff members. I wish to continue serving on the board because of the support I have gained, while coping with a friend's suicide. I have been able to promote NAMI and their resources to friends and colleagues. As I have experienced mental health from a diversity standpoint, I believe that I have an opportunity to truly utilize the platform and engage more minorities to be aware of their mental health and its importance. I believe my skills in relationship building, marketing, counseling and communications would be of benefit to NAMI GA. NAMI remains important to me because I have a personal experience with a friend who committed suicide. Working in this field, professionally, has allowed me to discern that I am not immune to having personal experiences and that someone impacted by a mental disorder can be right in my close proximity. I recognized my ability to be a resources for anyone that is suffering in silence and to be more in tune with issues that plague those close to me. NAMI allows a greater, reliable source of information to connect those individuals too."

Darlene Schultz
DeKalb County, Georgia
CEO, 3Keys, Inc.
"NAMI is an important organization and a valuable one for the state. NAMI has been a friend of 3Keys for many years. I feel that I could learn a lot and share my knowledge of permanent, supportive housing, thereby helping both of our organizations."


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