NAMI Georgia Staff
Kim H. Jones
“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.
Pat is the NAMI Georgia Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Program Administrator. She is responsible for scheduling statewide CIT classes and collaborating with local law enforcement and NAMI Coordinators to develop successful CIT programs.
Christina has lived and worked in Atlanta for 20 years. Christina received a BA in International Marketing from Pace University, New York, NY. Christina has developed a strong sense of devotion for the nonprofit sector working with some of Atlanta’s community service organizations such as: The Partnership Against Domestic Violence, Hands On Atlanta, Junior Achievement of Georgia and Loudermilk Conference Center. These experiences gave her a deep appreciation for how nonprofits seek to improve the quality of life for our region: one region at a time.
Robert is a past Cobb affiliate president and their current membership chair. Not only does he come with excellent NAMI experience, but he has done strategic planning for not only NAMI but other non-profits. This board development work will be a wonderful asset to our affiliates. Robert is a Certified Peer Specialist and is passionate about supporting his peers in recovery. In his spare time, Robert plays clarinet in the Cobb Wind Symphony. He is also writing a book about his recovery journey and a musical composition in honor of his parents.
Joan is the office coordinator for NAMI Georgia. She is also a writer, a newlywed and a proud parent with two sons and three grandchildren. She has a strong administrative background, has studied psychology, and has worked in mental health as a care provider. In Joan’s words, “It is my personal delight to write, giving a synopsis of emotions that people experience in the form of poetry. I started a line of informational cards called‘Cards of Intervention’, that give a description to family members of what it is like for persons living in certain situations.”
Public Policy Intern
Melana will be volunteering from the end of July through March 2017. She is a Masters of Public Policy major at Georgia State University and desires to work with NAMI Georgia to learn about advocacy in the local community as well as on a state level with decision makers. It is her intent to help individuals and families see that their community not only cares but will also take the time to understand and support them. She will be working with the public policy committee, creating advocacy content for the newsletter, learning from and supporting NAMI Georgia resource specialists, and helping the program coordinator promote training programs. She will be in the office on Mondays from 9:30am to 3pm.