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.

 

Doug Beach

Doug Beach is the parent of an adult son with a mental health diagnosis and member of NAMI San Antonio. He is President of the Board of NAMI San Antonio, a NAMI Family to Family instructor and leader of a faith-based family support group. Doug also serves as the chair person for PATHWAYS TO HOPE, a city-wide conference to engage the faith community in providing support for families and individuals impacted by mental illness. The conference brings individuals and groups together across the spectrum of social services, mental health professionals, educators, the faith community and many others for this community wide two day program. Doug chairs the local mental health authority Public Advisory Committee, is a board member for the Bexar County Health Collaborative, and a member of the Texas Dept. of Human Services Behavioral Health Integration Advisory Committee. Doug has served as an Elder for First Presbyterian Church San Antonio and is a member of its Local Missions Committee.

 

Ron Morton

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."