OUR TEAM

Our collective commitment powers our work.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

ANNE FITCH (she/her)

Board President
Anne Fitch graduated from the University of the Pacific with a Bachelors in Liberal Studies Biology and a minor in English. She has spent the majority of her career in the healthcare arena beginning in R&D and moving into sales leadership and consulting. Most recently, she was a Wellbeing and Engagement Consultant at Gallagher, helping employers provide programs and resources to their employees across the full spectrum – not just physical wellness, but social, emotional, financial and even community wellbeing.

Anne is known for being a strategic thinker, a strong communicator and an excellent connector.

STEPHANIE NANNARIELLO (she/her)

Vice President
Fundraising & Development
Stephanie is a designer with a passion for mental health and advocacy. She earned her B.S. in Industrial Design from Wentworth Institute of Technology, and currently works as a consumer products manager for Mojang Studios.

During her undergraduate studies, she knew she wanted to utilize her design background to educate, reduce stigma, and create awareness around the mental health conversation.

While pursuing her master’s degree in psychology, Stephanie joined NAMI Eastside as a volunteer, working on the Youth Ambassadors program, the Cope2Thrive Pilot Program, and the Youth Mental Health Conference.

She is dedicated to creating a space in the mental health conversation for youth voices to be heard. Stephanie will continue to explore the intersection between design and psychology, as she listens to youth insights and the unique challenges they face. She hopes to use this knowledge to curate toolsets, programming, and a supportive community for youth.
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RICHARD TAYLOR, JR. (he/him)

Vice President
Community Outreach
Richard has created an impact over the past decade as a leader and mental health advocate for people around the world. His story of overcoming morbid obesity, depression, multiple suicide attempts, failing in college, and domestic abuse rings a strikes a chord for students and professionals alike. Richard is a graduate of Northern Illinois University with a B.A. in Corporate and Organizational Communication and the Founder of TaylorMade Empowerment.

An author of 7 books and podcast host, his message breaks cultural boundaries and challenges biased social norms. Richard’s goal is to create safe spaces for difficult conversations, encourage empathy in a society that is clouded with apathy, and foster transformation to mental wellness.

MARGARET ANDERSEN (she/her)

Secretary
Margaret earned a B.A. in American Ethnic Studies from the University of Washington. She’s held a diverse range of jobs from volunteer coordinator, human resources, librarian, office manager and school registrar. She spent many years volunteering as an art docent in elementary schools and at Providence Hospital Hospice.

Growing up with family members who dealt with mental illness in silence, Margaret saw how harmful this can be. She realized that staying silent about mental illness perpetuates the stigma and believes that mental health education is vital for everyone’s well-being. Margaret is determined to make a difference and is excited to be a part of NAMI-Eastside and all that it accomplishes.
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MATT BERNSTEIN (he/him)

Co-Treasurer
Matt is a Finance leader at Amazon, driving healthy growth and profitability using a data-driven approach. He thrives at breaking down complex problems into approachable solutions and giving the business valuable insights to improve strategic decision making.

Matt received his BS at University of Maryland and his MBA at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He feels strongly about the importance of mental health for everyone, as this is a journey unique to every individual.

ETHAN SERACKA (he/him)

Co-Treasurer
Ethan is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist employed at Sound as the Director of Whole Health and Innovation. Ethan works to ensure the most vulnerable populations coping with behavioral health needs are able to readily access the treatment resources they need including integrating primary health care into the available services. With 13 plus years of experience in Community Behavioral Health, Ethan has had the opportunity to support those with behavioral health needs in: co-occurring disorder treatment, individual, couple and family therapy, reintegration into the community post institutionalization and crisis services.

Ethan graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Family and Human Development and East Carolina University with a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy.
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BIN HU (she/her)

Board Member
Bin Hu is a seasoned HR professional with a strong track record in recruitment and HR business partnering in high-tech multinational companies. Currently Bin serves as a Senior Executive Recruiter at Microsoft. Her role involves leading executive recruiting and hiring senior leaders for Microsoft’s headquarters and across America.

Prior to this, Bin was the Head of Talent Acquisition at Yahoo’s China R&D Center and HR Consultant at Nokia China. Her expertise spans talent acquisition, learning and development, performance management, and HR consulting.

With a personal background as a member of a Chinese immigrant family, Bin possesses a profound comprehension of the hurdles individuals may face in their mental wellness journey while striving to assimilate into the United States.

Bin's firsthand experience equips her with a deep understanding of the distinct cultural nuances pertinent to mental health within immigrant communities. Bin is deeply driven to make a positive impact in the lives of those grappling with mental health challenges. Bin received her master’s in psychology at Beijing Normal University and her Bachelor of Engineering in Food Science and engineering at China Agriculture University.

REENA SAXENA (she/her)

Board Member
Reena Saxena, a Psychology graduate, has made the beautiful Pacific Northwest her home for the past 15 years. Upon immigrating to the United States almost three decades ago, she earned an Associates degree in Design and Arts.

This formative educational experience served as a stepping stone towards her career as a professional designer and photographer. She worked with renowned Fortune 500 companies such as Ericsson and Ameriserve, where she played an instrumental role in shaping their digital identities.

Reena is an active contributor of her time and photography skills to non-profit organizations that champion the education and psychological well-being of marginalized women and survivors of domestic violence.

She collaborates with esteemed institutions such as API Chaya, ASHA, MAK Dewas, Kiran Anjali Project, as well as the Bellevue Youth Theater and Treehouse charity. In addition, Reena proudly serves on the board of YMCA Sammamish, where she passionately advocates for mental health in the local community. In her spare time, she enjoys wildlife and landscape photography.

Having closely witnessed mental illness in her close family and friends, Reena feels strongly about its importance and has developed an unwavering commitment to psychological wellness in the community.
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STEVE MCDONALD (he/him)

Board Member
Steve, a Seattle native, has dedicated over 25 years to professional services and staffing, currently serving as the Director of business Development at Chameleon Technologies in Kirkland. Specializing in search engagements, he has connected top talent with companies ranging from startups to Fortune 100. Before staffing, Steve spent four years with the Redmond Police Department and Northeast District Court.

Outside the professional realm, Steve has spent the last four years facilitating the NAMI-Eastside family support group on Monday nights, providing a positive and supportive start to the week for those navigating mental health challenges. A BA in Marketing from BYU and an associate degree in interpersonal communications contribute to his compassionate and serving nature, rooted in a two-year volunteer mission in Boston.

In his pursuit of self-care and outdoor adventures, Steve has achieved milestones such as completing the 2017 Ironman Arizona and the 2019 Boston Marathon. He recently earned his open-water diving certification in the Caribbean. Family is at the core of Steve's life; married for over 25 years with three children and four grandchildren, he cherishes quality time with loved ones.
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GIRISH JOSHI (he/him)

Board Member
Girish is currently a technology leader at Microsoft Corporation. He along with his team, defines the strategy and develops programs to drive the technical capacity/capability and profitability for the strategic advisory and consulting partners. In his 20 years of corporate experience, he has delivered deep client value through complex IT environments to achieve Business success.

Girish is passionate about mental health and believes no one should have to face a difficult mental health condition alone and that we must not leave anyone behind from where we found them, especially teenagers. Girish's personal interest in researching practical, innovative and effective ways to transform mental health has led him through multiple breakthroughs, that he now uses to help many with.

In his weekly leisure time, Girish loves to climb mountains of Pacific Northwest to explore the elements and practice mind/body oneness.

DONNA LURIE (she/her)

Board Member
Donna is an attorney and proprietor of Lurie Workplace Solutions. She serves as an independent mediator, arbitrator, trainer and facilitator for companies, agencies and non-profit organizations. While her specialty is in the area of labor and employment law, she helps organizations with communications, problem-solving, team cohesiveness, and human resource issues.

Donna received her B.A. at Pennsylvania State University and her law degree at the University of Wisconsin. Donna has personal connections with those suffering from mental health conditions through family members and through working with individuals in employment settings.
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ILYSE ROSENBERG (she/her)

Board Member
Meet Ilyse Rosenberg, a dedicated psychiatrist with over 13 years of experience in child, adolescent, and adult mental health. Starting her career at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, she honed her skills in cancer care, clinical trials, and patient education. Dr. Rosenberg, a graduate of Rowan University in New Jersey, completed her psychiatry residency at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City.

Throughout her career, Dr. Rosenberg has worked in diverse settings, including schools, foster care, outpatient clinics, and family court, contributing valuable insights to the field. Her research at Long Island Jewish Medical Center focused on geriatric bipolar disorder and depression related to obesity in gastric bypass surgery, earning her the prestigious Cynthia Horner Research Award.

A board-certified psychiatrist by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Dr. Rosenberg actively contributes to the American Academy of Child Psychiatrists. Beyond her professional achievements, she finds joy in cuddling with dogs, traveling, hiking, baking, and running. Welcome to the board, Dr. Rosenberg!

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MARC OOMMEN (he/him)

Executive Director
Marc graduated from Western Washington University with a BA in Law, Diversity, and Justice. After graduating, he worked for several years in marketing and program management for an organization dedicated to advancing the public purpose of higher education through student civic engagement. Marc has also worked and volunteered in politics, and is passionate about advocating for policies that help people access resources.

Marc comes to NAMI Eastside after working for the state government where he helped folks navigate unemployment insurance during the pandemic. He is excited to join the NAMI team and to be a part of an organization on the frontlines of destigmatizing mental illness and providing important resources to the community.
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CHEZERÉ BRALEY (she/her)

Community Resource Specialist
Chezeré is a mother of 3 and California native, whose life has been dedicated to helping other people. She comes from a background in the medical field as an optician and CNA. Her passion lies within her own lived experiences with mental health. She wants to help the community by reducing the stigma around mental health and advocating by bringing awareness to mental health for all. She believes everyone deserves to have the best quality of life, starting with their mental well-being.

EDIE MYERS-POWER (she/her)

Program Manager
Edie is originally from Southwest Washington and graduated from the University of Washington with a Master’s degree in Social Work. While working on her degree, she was an intern with NAMI Seattle and NAMI Washington working on resource and organizational development.

Edie has lived experience with mental health struggles and strongly believes in increasing education and accessibility to mental health resources, especially for youth. Outside of work, Edie is a musician and enjoys spending time with her partner and her cats.

LENA BERNAL (she/her)

Housing and Support Group Coordinator
Lena Bernal is a single mother of five children who drove from Texas to Washington to restart her life. She has since received her Office Assistant/ Receptionist Certificate from Renton Technical College. Lena spent ten years in customer service in the restaurant industry. She excelled in a fast-paced front desk position at a popular hotel and later served as the lead receptionist at a local windows and doors company. Lena provides office and volunteer coordination for NAMI Eastside. She is excited to work for such an amazing non-profit organization that helps so many in need.
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ROMY ROMERO (she/her)

Bilingual Programs Coordinator
Romy Romero graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration. She has dedicated a significant portion of her career to working in client-facing roles within legal organizations, supporting vulnerable communities in a variety of legal matters, ranging from domestic violence to immigration law.

Most recently, she served as a technical recruiter at Amazon.com, where she assisted software engineers in navigating a rigorous interview process by offering relevant resources and training to candidates around the world.

Romy is known for her passionate and upbeat personality. She is always dedicated to delivering results and finding solutions to “impossible things”.

ALEC NORTHROP (he/him)

Marketing and Communications Coordinator
Alec comes to NAMI with a background in government and a passion for public (and personal) relations. After two years in the Washington State Legislature, he took a communications role that required a diverse set of skills and honed his ability to communicate from all angles.

His business formed during the pandemic trained him in the ways of media marketing, and his interest in the continual improvement of the health sector drives him to push our shared vision and line of work forward.
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JASON CUNNINGHAM (he/him)

Operations Manager
Jason comes to NAMI Eastside with an immense amount of empathy for people suffering from mental health conditions. He has nearly a decade of experience working in nonprofit spaces, from political campaigning, to fundraising for nonprofit organizations.

Jason provides operational and Event Management for NAMI Eastside. He brings an all-around ‘do what it takes’ mentality to his work, which is appreciated. He is excited to help bring awareness and equity to people with mental health conditions.