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NAMI Georgia Staff

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Kim H. Jones
Executive Director
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“As a person with a family member who has experienced issues in the area of mental health, I have a passion for the mission of NAMI Georgia to promote recovery and optimize the quality of life for Georgians affected by mental illness through support, education, advocacy, and research. The NAMI mission describes my life for the past two years, as I have worked to get my loved one the right doctors, medication, and therapy. I have personal experience and a passion for this job, in addition to experience and skills I believe will help the NAMI mission.” Read more about Kim.

Jennifer Ayers-Moore
Family Programs Coordinator

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Jennifer Ayers-Moore is an alumni of Kent State University and National Louis University.  She has a Bachelors degree in Behavioral Science.  Ayers-Moore has many years of experience in teaching, counseling, program development, program management, and has taken the lead for many successful campaigns to support the homeless, hungry, children in foster care and continues to advocate for those who have been diagnosed with a mental illness, as well as their family’s.  Her inspiration for being so active in this environment is her brother, who was diagnosed with schizophrenia while attending The Juilliard School of Music in New York. Jennifer has been introduced as a “Keynote” speaker for many events and has developed very valuable friendships from her travels that she cherishes. Ayers-Moore is an active blogger, continuing the discussion of mental illness and sharing her experiences, as a sibling and encouraging others to do the same.

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Rachel Barber, MSSW
Development Manager

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Rachel Barber joined NAMI Georgia in 2016 as the Walk Manager. Rachel supports NAMI Georgia in meeting its fundraising goals, including the management of NAMIWalks, grant proposal writing, corporate sponsorship as well communication/marketing activities. She has spent over a decade fundraising for a variety of non-profit organizations including Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network in Arlington, VA and Saint Louise House in Austin, TX. Originally from East Tennessee, Rachel received both her BA and MSSW from the University of Tennessee. She currently lives in Atlanta with her husband, Justin and daughter, Willa.

Jennifer Cardenas
CYA Program Manager
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Jennifer Cardenas joins the NAMI Georgia team as the Child and Young Adult Program Manager. She was born and raised in Atlanta, and is proud to call Georgia home. Jennifer holds a Master of Science in Conflict Management from Kennesaw State University and has spent over ten years as an advocate for children and young adults, and their families, to foster collaboration between home and school for individuals struggling with mental illness and learning differences. She has extensive experience working with schools, educational leadership, and State Legislators to promote awareness and support educators by identifying programs dedicated to mental health and wellness.  Jennifer is committed to eliminating the stigma surrounding mental illness, and she is excited to bring her experience and passion for collaborative advocacy, mental health, and education to NAMI Georgia.

Kai Dean
Finance Coordinator
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Kai is a graduate of Bethune-Cookman University with a BS degree in Accounting and minor in Marketing. Kai has worked in multiple Fortune 500 companies such as Price-Waterhouse Coopers Public Accounting Firm, Cox Communications, Inc., AT@T (Bellsouth Corporation), Black Entertainment Television (BET) and The Walt Disney Company. During her corporate tenure, Kai held many management positions such as Senior Financial Auditor, Senior Project Manager, IT Business Manager, Director of Financial Operations, Director of Development and Director of Program Services just to name a few. In addition to Kai’s corporate work experience, she has served over 15 years in the non-profit sector for many non-profit organization within the Atlanta metropolitan area, such as Chris 180, Inc., Experience Works, Inc., Atlanta Community Food Bank, Corporation for National and Community Service, Americorp VISTA, United Way-Atlanta, Boys and Girls Clubs of Atlanta, Hands on Atlanta, Truly Living Well Center of Natural Urban Agriculture, Feeding Hands…Feeding Hearts Food Pantry, Feed My People Food Pantry, Toys for Tots-South DeKalb Distribution, Circle of Friends, Inc., Parent and Teacher Association (PTA) and many more. Kai looks energetically forward to serving at NAMI Georgia in contributing her talents and gifts towards changing lives for a better tomorrow of hope.

Kathleen Elmiger
First Responder Program Coordinator
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Kathleen began working for NAMI Georgia in October 2016.  Kathleen is a graduate of the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science degree in Therapeutic Recreation.  She worked earlier in her career as a Recreational Therapist in a variety of rehabilitation settings that included traumatic brain injury, stroke, and other neurological injuries, as well as, adolescent behavioral health.  Prior to NAMI GA, Kathleen worked for Life Line Screening as a Senior Health Service Coordinator, where she coordinated community cardiovascular health screenings and provided public education on the importance of stroke awareness and early detection.

Shamika Gooding
Office Manager and Volunteer Coordinator

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Shamika Gooding, a native of Jacksonville, NC, graduated from Full Sail University with a B.S in MediaCommunications. She came to Atlanta in 2014 to master TV/Film/Audio Engineering at the University of Sound & Technology of Atlanta, graduating in 2017. Shamika joined NAMI Georgia in 2017 as the full-time Office Manager and Volunteer Coordinator. Shamika’s passion is to help children with a mental illness enhance their creativity and express themselves through music.

Bonnie Hannah
Affiliate Relations Manager

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A native of Atlanta, Bonnie has returned to her hometown after fifteen years working in PR around the country. She spent most of the last decade in Nashville, where she left marketing to join NAMI Tennessee as Advocacy and Communications Manager. In that role, she shaped and promoted legislative priorities, and she launched the Tennessee Parity Project (TPP) with Sita Diehl, former NAMI Director of Policy & State Outreach. TPP is a coalition of behavioral health stakeholders from across the state which advocates for parity legislation and participates in parity education. The education module has now been adopted into the NAMI Smarts curriculum. She was also sponsorship coordinator for NAMI Tennessee’s Annual Conference and staff director of the annual Vision of Hope Awards Gala. In the wider behavioral health landscape, she also served on the Tennessee Pre-Arrest Diversion Coalition and on the Steering Committee of the Tennessee Coalition for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.

Kenya Phillips
Peer Programs Coordinator

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Kenya Phillips, a native of Atlanta, GA; by way of Greenville, MS. She graduated Clark Atlanta University with a B.A. in Business Management, concentration in Marketing. She continued her studies at the Interdenominational Theological Center, Gammon Seminary, where she pursued a Dual Masters in Divinity and Christian Education. However, she is indeed a scholar; who is currently working on her Educational Doctorate in Pastoral Community Counseling at Argosy University.  Although, she is a woman of many hats; her foundational block includes being a wife, mother, and poet who carries a smile of enthusiasm to those whom she considers close and dear to her heart. Many people who know her say that she never meets a stranger; for, out of her narrative is her passion, zeal, testament, and ability to advocate and assist other individuals who strive for recovery and wellness in the daily journey called life.

Maria Ramos
Programs Manager

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Maria Ramos, a native of Brewton, AL, graduated from the University of Montevallo with a B.A. in Psychology. After graduating, Maria committed to a year of national service through the AmeriCorps program. After AmeriCorps, Maria worked with Impact America, a nonprofit focusing on mitigating various disparities in low-income communities throughout the southeast. Currently, Maria serves as Program Manager with NAMI Georgia, and is passionate about providing much-needed mental health education, advocacy, support, and services while continuing her love for nonprofit work.’

Yuniko Tonge
Programs Supervisor
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Yuniko has ten years of administrative/research experience in the nonprofit and higher education sectors. Her last position involved working with minority women in an outpatient substance abuse/mental health treatment program. She is originally from the Caribbean and enjoys spending free time with her nephews.

Kristen Zychinski, PhD
Resources Coordinator
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Kristen began her career in Chicago as a sixth grade reading and language arts teacher before going on to start graduate school in clinical child psychology. During her time in Chicago, she worked in a variety of clinical settings and schools, providing mental health services and participating in research projects. She completed her doctoral program with a clinical internship at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, working with children and families, and wrote her dissertation on the association between academic achievement and depression in Latino youth. Kristen lives in Marietta with her husband, two kids, and cat Hugo.

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