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Annual Meeting of Members

Due to the current social distancing guidelines in the COVID-19 outbreak,

the meeting will be presented digitally via Zoom. 




Saturday, May 16, 2020   ●   2:00 PM

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Note: Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, there is not an in-person voting option for the 2020 election. You may vote in one of two ways:

Online (preferred): You may cast your votes using the secure online voting site NAMI Georgia has created. A link and instructions will be sent to the email address associated with your membership in NAMI 360.

Via Mail: Unless requested otherwise, all members will receive a ballot in the mail. Send your completed ballot to the NAMI Georgia office using the enclosed envelope. Your ballot must be received by 5:00pm on Thursday, May 14, 2020.

View a sample 2020 ballot HERE.


2020 Board of Directors Candidates

Name Monique Carter  (Incumbent)
Current Hometown Jonesboro, GA
Your NAMI Affiliate NAMI DeKalb – Henry County
Occupation Executive Director, New Vision Behavioral Health Center
I have had the pleasure of connecting and working with some of the most inspiring individuals for the past 23 years in the mental health field. People with mental illnesses from all walks of life, from diverse cultures and super stars in their own rights. They are not just people with illnesses they are people with uniqueness; created for greatness but more importantly they are my family. They have taught me some of the most valuable life lessons including grace and humility.  Service should not be looked at as a chore but more as a way of life. We are blessed to be a blessing to others. Being a servant leader caring for your fellow man is an innate responsibility for us all. The question “Am I my brother’s keepers the answer is YES I AM!!! The skill set I possess is a nature innate willingness to use my talents to help and build others. My effective leadership skills include effective communication, time management. organization, networking, persuasiveness, compassion, empathy, dedication, and creativity. NAMI is important to me because “Knowledge is Power”. NAMI equips people with not only the tools to impact life but the ability to change lives.


Name James Chafin III  (Incumbent)
Current Hometown McDonough, GA
Your NAMI Affiliate NAMI DeKalb – Henry County
Occupation Senior Judge, Henry County State Court (retired)

State Court Judge Jim Chafin retired from the Henry County State Court in December 2018 and is now a Senior Judge. Judge Chafin joined the NAMI Georgia Board in January 2019. He served on the State Court Bench for 16 years, having been appointed by Governor Roy Barnes. Judge Chafin practiced law in McDonough, Georgia, for 15 years in a general practice before taking the State Court bench. He graduated from Georgia State College of Law in 1988 with his J.D. and received a B.S. from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1974. He is retired from the U.S. Air Force Reserves after 30 years of service. Near the end of his Judicial term, Judge Chafin chaired a collaborative effort from multiple Henry County agencies to divert select misdemeanor offenders in mental health crisis from incarceration to the regional Emergency Receiving Facility in Spalding County for evaluation, stabilization, short term treatment and then released on citation for their charges. The diverted offenders are given a court date to appear on a special docket in the State Court of Henry County and are given pre-ajudication conditions focused on treatment with the possibility for dismissal of the charges. Judge Chafin is presiding over this special docket calendar in a volunteer status.


Name Wendy Martinez Farmer
Current Hometown Peachtree City, GA
Your NAMI Affiliate NAMI Gwinnett
Occupation AVP Crisis Product/Corporate Strategy, Beacon Health Options
Wendy is a Licensed Professional Counselor and holds a Master of Science degree in Clinical Psychology from Marquette University and a MBA from Georgia Southern University.  She has over 20 years of behavioral health experience in direct service and administration in both the public and private sectors. She currently works for the Beacon Health Options corporate office as AVP Crisis Product/Corporate Strategy.

I have worked with NAMI collaboratively for many years and was trained as a Family to Family Instructor in 2003 and
taught with NAMI Gwinnett. I have been a clinician for over 20 years and have worked in many capacities to ensure
individuals are aware of available behavioral health services but have always encouraged individuals to be involved in
advocacy. I am adamant that NAMI services are life-changing. Even though I have been a clinician for many years, my
Family to Family training made more of a difference in my life than any class I ever took. I was married for 18 years to
a wonderful man with bipolar disorder who had 6 hospitalizations and 4 suicide attempts. Family to Family truly helped
hold my family together in a very difficult time and I will always be grateful.


Name Dr. Laklieshia M. Izzard, Ed.D, LPC, NCC, ACS
Current Hometown Oxford, GA
Your NAMI Affiliate NAMI DeKalb – Rockdale/Newton
Occupation self-employed, private practice
I am a current NAMI-GA leader. I lead ETS trainings and serve on the Recovery Committee. I participate in NAMI-GA fundraising activities such as the recent walk. To name a few skills I possess are policy development, training, organization structure/restructure, event planning, advocacy, leadership. I am connected to NAMI as a member, NAMI Leader, and Licensed Mental Health Counselor. As President over a major Counseling organization, I have collaborated with NAMI-GA on several events to enhance our connection for those we serve. I would like to serve in board leadership with NAMI-GA to add my experience, insight, and wisdom from my unique background to add organization growth. NAMI importance brings a sense of candor to Mental Health!

Dr Izzard has over a decade of counseling in community mental health and private practice experience. She utilizes her faith based, evidence based, clinical counseling expertise, counselor education knowledge, and technology approach to create a unique serving environment for clients and professionals. She has worked in diverse population mental health agencies, fast paced, and high-technology outpatient treatment programs. These environments included, hospitals, state agencies, residential settings, and in home services. She has been employed in secondary education as a special education teacher.  Dr. Izzard is a founding board member and the standing President of The American Counseling Association of Georgia.


Name Dr. Nadia Yousuf Tayeb
Current Hometown Atlanta, GA
Your NAMI Affiliate NAMI DeKalb – Henry County
Occupation Community/ Forensic Psychiatrist at McIntosh Trail Community Service Board
I am a forensic psychiatrist by training. I have extensive experience working in the Fulton County Jail competency restoration program, testifying in court for individuals I evaluated at Georgia Regional Hospital for competency and criminal responsibility, and providing mental health services in incarcerated settings (including Fulton County Jail and Atlanta City Detention Center). I currently do assessments for appropriateness for mental health court for individuals incarcerated at Henry County Jail in McDonough, Georgia.

I am the former Vice-President of the NAMI Birmingham (AL) BOD, and I have served as the NAMI Birmingham NAMIWalks Co-Chair. I became involved with NAMI in 2017 when I discovered the plethora of resources it had available to the patients I was serving at the time. I believe as a psychiatrist serving a low-income community and involved with jail diversion programs I have a unique perspective on patients’ and families’ struggles and can help advocate for them.


Name Dr. Sarah Vinson (Incumbent)
Current Hometown DeKalb Co, GA
Your NAMI Affiliate NAMI DeKalb
Occupation Child & Adolescent, Adult & Forensic Psychiatrist employed by Lorio Psych Group & Morehouse School of Medicine
I consider it an honor and privilege to partner with consumers and their families in their mental healthcare. My goal for each of my clients is not merely diminished symptoms, but multi-faceted recovery that rings true to them as individuals. There is much, much work to do in the mental health advocacy space and I have frankly been disheartened by the absence of more concerted, consistent collaboration between providers and consumers. I’m a triple board certified psychiatrist who works in public sector, private, juvenile correctional, forensic consultation and primary care settings. I believe the perspective afforded by these experiences could be helpful in advocacy and educational efforts.

Dr. Vinson is the Program Director for the Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at Morehouse School of Medicine. Additionally, Dr. Vinson serves as a Governor’s Appointee on the Georgia Behavioral Health Reform and Innovation Commission and is the Chair of the Children’s Mental Health Committee of this Commission.



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