Board and Staff


Nancy Carstedt – Executive Director
Fay Anderson – Office Administrator & Resource Specialist
Christine Somervill, PhD – Program Director
Sue Ockerlund – Development Director
Brian Rootberg – Peer Program Coordinator
Tracy Sommer – Business Manager
Kip Russell – Social Media & Online Marketing Manager
Julie Daraska – Grant Writer
Rev. Kathy Dale McNair – FaithNet Coordinator
Moira Melendez – Administrative Assistant
Robert Sklar – IT Coordinator

Officers & Board of Directors

President – Patricia Rodbro
Vice President – Richard DeCleene
Executive Director – Nancy Carstedt
Recording Secretary – Laura Cooper
Treasurer – Gregg Sackrider
Immediate Past President – John Schladweiler
Frieda Ankin
Steve Best, MD
Margaret Winker Cook, MD
Chris Dee
Maun Dee
Jane Denten
Nathaniel Ekman
Ann George
Judy Graff
Candice Hughes
Jennifer Hull
Chic Marasa
Tina Nelson
Frank Saracco
Julie Savastio
Sandra Shovers
James Brodnicki
Steve Colton
Joan DeCleene
Jennifer Bishop Jenkins
Brenda Jordan
Jim Jorgensen
Seemin Khan, MD
Susan Kuhn
Sally Mann
Angelo Milazzo
Vi Orr
Dan Greenberger
Fred Miller, M.D.
Micki Moran, J.D.
Ray Savastio, R.Ph.
Susan Shimon
Robert Shulman, M.D.
**Associate Board Members**
Our Associate Board is an emerging group of young leaders in the community who support the mission of NAMI CCNS to raise awareness, provide education, advocacy, and support groups for all in our communities living with mental illness and the people who love and care for them.

We hope to help erase the stigma of mental illness together through volunteer opportunities, fundraising events, outreach, and social events. We invite you to join with us! Join us to plan what our future can and will look like!

Please email us at,, or for more information and become part of the movement.

Associate Board

Matt DeFano
Jon Galanis
Steven Galanis
Melissa Gustafson
Josh Kaplan
Christina Rinozzi
Kip Russell
CJ Walton


National Alliance on Mental Illness – Cook County North Suburban

Welcome to NAMI CCNS
The mission of NAMI Cook County North Suburban is to improve the lives of individuals with serious mental illness and those who love and care for them through education support and advocacy.

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