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.

Doug Beach

Doug Beach

Doug is the chairperson of the NAMI FaithNet Advisory Group. He is an advocate for better mental health care and the current President of NAMI San Antonio. He is also a NAMI Family-to-Family instructor and leads a Family Grace faith-based support group for families impacted by mental illness. Doug is also the chairperson for the 2017 Pathways to Hope Conference held in San Antonio, a county and regional event to help engage the faith community along with mental health professionals, social agencies, law enforcement and the judiciary and families and individuals impacted by a mental illness. In 2016 Doug received the Visionary Award from the Bexar County Health Collaborative for his leadership in organizing the initial Pathways to Hope Conference. In 2009 he and his wife began a mental health ministry which has become a model for other churches throughout the city.

Nancy Kehoe

Nancy Kehoe, RSCJ, Ph.D.

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 34 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 YouTube videos, "Conversations on Religion and Mental Illness."

Carole Wills

Carole J. Wills

In 1999, Carole and her husband David became active NAMI members and teachers of NAMI’s Family-to-Family education program. 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. Carole is also editor of Wellspring Mental Health Ministries, a Christian-based quarterly e-newsletter offering inspirational articles, news, and resources related to mental illness ministry.

Kathy McNair

Kathy McNair

Rev. Kathy Dale McNair is a minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA), specializing in mental health ministries. She is certified as a peer support specialist by the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance. She is also a FaithNet coordinator for a NAMI affiliate north of Chicago. Kathy is the founder of two mental health ministries. Faith, Hope and Recovery is an open and ongoing support group which uses spiritual practices such as mindfulness, guided imagery, reflection and blessing to free those attending from mental attitudes that weigh them down. Faith, Hope and Wholeness is a six-week Christian curriculum for adults of all ages.