NAMI Staff

Executive Director – Nathaniel Ekman
Director of Programs – Christine Somervill, PhD
Director of Development – Alyx Kesselring
Administrative & Peer Resource Manager – Heather Kendall-Winterroth
Grant Writer – Vacant

Officers & Board of Directors

President – Richard DeCleene
Vice President – Steven Warshauer
Recording Secretary – Sandra Shovers
Treasurer – Chic Marasa
Immediate Past President – Patricia Rodbro

Matt DeFano
Frieda Ankin
Chris Dee
Maun Dee
Carrie Dolan
Ann George
Chris Gillock
Judy Graff
Candice Hughes
Tina Nelson
Chris Pawlowski
Julie Savastio
Carolina Velazquez
Laura Cooper


Joan DeCleene
Samantha Handley
Jennifer Hull
Jennifer Bishop Jenkins
Brenda Jordan
Jim Jorgensen
Seemin Khan, MD
Susan Kuhn
Sally Mann
Angelo Milazzo
Vi Orr
Stanley Rothbardt
Gregg Sackrider
Frank Saracco
Jacqleen Scafide
John Schladweiler

Advisory Board

Steve Best, MD
Dan Greenberger
Fred Miller, M.D.
Micki Moran, J.D.
Susan Shimon
Robert Shulman, M.D
Nancy Sussman
Dr. Michael Ziffra | Northwestern Medicine


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 are erasing 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, for more information and become part of the movement.

Associate Board

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