NAMI Faithnet Advisory Group
In order to meet our mission, NAMI FaithNet (NFN) is supported by an Advisory Group that provides advice, guidance, recommendations, leadership, promotion and content to ensure that the voice and needs of our grassroots constituency is strong and reflected in our work.
NFN Advisors are volunteers who recommend to NAMI National staff NFN web content, materials, activities, tools and other resources. On the local and state level, NFN Advisors support the initiation of faith outreach activities through their NAMI local and state affiliates. In addition, they help plan, manage and/or execute recommendations for networking, workshop, symposia sessions and an interfaith service for the NAMI Annual Convention.
Carole J. Wills
Carole is Chair of the NAMI FaithNet Advisory Group, an outreach initiative of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. NAMI FaithNet creates resources and trains NAMI members, clergy and people of all faiths to welcome, nurture and support people living with serious mental illnesses. In 1999, after benefitting from NAMI Indianapolis support groups and education programs, Carole and her husband David became active NAMI members and teachers of the NAMI Family to Family, a twelve week course for family members who have a loved one with a mental illness. From 2000 to 2010, she founded and chaired Faith Communities Education Project (FaithCEP), the NAMI Indianapolis interfaith mental health education outreach to clergy and faith communities. She was Board President of NAMI Indianapolis from 2006-2009. Carole is a mental health ministry resource consultant, promotes NAMI FaithNet outreach in Indiana NAMI affiliates, and coordinates clergy and seminary trainings in Indianapolis. Other projects include developing the Alban Institute's Congregational Mental Health Ministry Resource Guide, 2001-2012 and the Top 25 Most Recommended mental health ministry resource project for the Indianapolis Center for Congregations in 2014. She is editor of Wellspring Mental Health Ministries, a Christian-based quarterly e-newsletter offering inspirational articles, news, resources and event announcements related to mental illness ministry. Carole holds a Master of Arts in Religion and, as a church organist, is a member of the American Guild of Organists.
Minister Monique Tarver
Monique is the Program Manager of the Mental Health Ministries division of Good Times Ahead Family Ministries, a ministry she co-founded with her husband Troy in 2000. As a survivor of mental health distress and family member, Minister Tarver uses her experiences both in the mental health system and faith/spiritual community to advocate for the collaboration of these communities to allow for a holistic approach to wellness and recovery. Minster Tarver is the developer and lead facilitator of Mental Health and Spirituality 101 Training for Spiritual Leaders, a member of the California Mental Health and Spirituality Initiative, and a member of the NAMI FaithNet Advisory Board.
When she is not working Minister Tarver enjoys spending time with the love of her life, her husband Troy and their three children; Elijah, Joshua, and Imani.
Ron is a member on the NAMI Board of Directors and Manager of Recovery and Resiliency for BlueCross BlueShield in Knoxville, Tenn. Mr. Morton was previously the Director of Recovery Services at Peninsula Behavioral Health Services. Mr. Morton found that the spirit and goals of NAMI matched his own. He is the current President of NAMI Knoxville. He would like NAMI to continue its efforts to involve youth in NAMI programs. He would also like NAMI to involve more active duty members of the military. Ron Morton was instrumental in the creation of the National Council of Urban Indian Health and its first president. He also sits on the Knoxville Regional Veterans Mental Health Council and is involved in Veterans’ issues throughout Tennessee. He is the author of “Treatment of Native Americans in an Urban Setting,” published in Innovations in Clinical Practice. Ron Morton earned his B.A. at the National University in San Diego, his M.A. at United States International University and is Ph.D. ABD at the California School of Professional Psychology now known as Alliant University. Ron is in his final term as a member of the national board. Ron is married to a retired US Navy Commander who is a writer and program director for At Risk Intervention and an advocate for Animal Rescue. Ron served during Vietnam War aboard the flight deck of the USS Ticonderoga and was assigned to Torpedo Bomber Squadron VS 29. Ron is a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. For the 2015-2016 NAMI Board of Directors term, Ron will serve as Chair of the Dispute Resolution Committee and as a member of the Executive, Governance and Policy Committees.
Nancy Kehoe, RSCJ, Phd
Nancy is a member of the Religious of the Sacred Heart, a Roman Catholic order of nuns, a licensed clinical psychologist and Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School, part time. For thirty four years she has led groups on spirituality in psychiatric day treatment programs, successfully using a model she created. Based on her work in the psychiatric day treatment programs, she wrote, "Wrestling with Our Inner Angels: Faith, Mental Illness and the Journey to Wholeness," published by Jossey-Bass-Wiley in 2009. She has presented at NAMI conferences since 2009 and has offered presentations, both nationally and internationally, addressing the interface of spirituality/religion and mental illness. She has also published 6 You Tubes, "Conversations on Religion and Mental Illness."
Rabbi Dov Gartenburg