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.
Rachel Barber, MSSW
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.
Office Manager and Volunteer Coordinator
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.
Affiliate Relations Manager
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.
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 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.