ABOUT NAMI EASTSIDE
NAMI Eastside, the East King County affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. We are a community-based non-profit organization that provides services that focus on the concerns of all those affected by mental illness. Our members include families, friends, clinicians and people living with mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, general anxiety disorder, ADHD and many others. We currently run 9 different support groups across east King County for individuals and families, many of which occur each week, we provide mental health education and training for law enforcement, give presentations to organizations, schools and hospitals, have monthly public forums, provide educational courses to parents, caregivers, and individuals affected by mental illness, and we have a public policy committee dedicated to improving mental health legislation in Washington State.
Since January 2001 we have worked with all those affected by mental illness in Beaux Arts, Bellevue, Bothell, Carnation, Clyde Hill, Duvall, Fall City, Hunts Point, Issaquah, Juanita, Kenmore, Kirkland, Medina, Mercer Island, Mill Creek, Newcastle, North Bend, Redmond, Sammamish, Snoqualmie, Woodinville, and Yarrow Point and more.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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DIANE DEWITT, PH.D.
Ph.D. Board Member/Past President
Diane Dewitt, PhD, has been a NAMI supporter for decades, joined the NES BOD October 2010. She became president in February 2013. And now, after leaving the position of President, she still supports NES as a member in Board of Directors. Her NAMI passion is double rooted: a) family members living with mental illness and other disabling chronic conditions and b) as a private practice Board Certified Psychologist working to connect the NAMI and psychology communities.
Manka Dhingra is a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, Senior Specialist with the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office. She holds a JD from the University of Washington School of Law and Bachelor of Arts degrees in History and Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley. She has been a prosecutor with King County since January 2000. She started working in Mental Health Court MHC in August 2002. Prior to becoming a King County Deputy Prosecuting attorney she interned and then was a Rule 9 with the State Attorney General's Office in their Criminal Division assisting with Sexually Violent Predator cases. She also clerked for Justice Barbara Madsen at the Washington State Supreme Court from September 1997 to June 1998.
Manka is the founder of Chaya, a South Asian Domestic Violence Organization and served on its board for 7 years. She is currently on the Board of NAMI Eastside.
Minniie Juneja is a business strategy & social change management consultant. Over the last 12 years she has helped C-level technology leaders of multi-national companies and social-change start-up entrepreneurs influence transformational change with a special focus on inter-cultural management & solution adoption. She holds executive certifications in a) Intercultural Management, b) Change Management, c) Six Sigma Green Belt d) Strategy & Business Development and a degree in Business Administration and Information System.
She is owner of Project NeuroConscious with a vision to bridge the gap between neuroscience and mindfulness based mind-body-soul preventative therapies. She launched this project after she recovered from a brain tumor surgery and realized how much mindfulness sculpting breathing practices helped her with speedy recovery. She is the member of the NeuroLeadership Institute and Society for Neuroscience. As a typical millennial generation technology change leader she grew up with iPhones, PCs, and the Internet. She blogs tweets and participates in various social media influential dialogues. You can primarily follow her point-of-view through her blog-site www.minniiejuneja.com and Twitter handle @NeuroConscious.
She joined NAMI Eastside Board with intent to raise awareness, create more supportive partnerships and facilitate streamlined processes for better community outreach for those affected by mental illness.
Clark Graves has been on the Board of Directors since December 2013.
I have been an East-side resident for almost 20 years. I have a personal and professional connection to serious mental illness. My hope is to help elevate the quality of life for those afflicted with serious mental illness. In addition, I would like to see increased support and encouragement for family and friends of those whose loved ones are afflicted with serous mental illness.
For 51 years, Bob Krulish lived with undiagnosed bipolar. During a three-year period of time he was misdiagnosed as having anxiety disorder and was given an anti-depressant. Unfortunately for Bob, taking an antidepressant without a mood stabilizer causes someone with Bipolar I to have a manic episode that will last as long as he or she is on an anti-depressant.
This sustained manic episode created massive destruction of his life. After 3 years, Bob took himself off of this antidepressant. It quickly got rid of his mania but it allowed him to sink into a deep and dark depressive episode. It was in this depressive episode that he sought out treatment. Finally properly diagnosed and medicated, Bob researched everything he could find out about bipolar disorder and learned how to, with the help of his doctor and therapist, climb of the depressive hole that he found himself in and get into recovery. He gained the companionship of his children back, remarried, restarted his career with another company, and bought a home and most of his things back. Bob is a great example of what proper treatment, knowledge, hard work and time can do for somebody with bipolar disorder.
Now Bob has been in recovery for the pass several years. He volunteers his time to NAMI-Eastside as a Board Member, an Our Own Voice (IOOV) presenter and Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) facilitator. Bob often speaks as an advocate for mental illness in many other places in addition to his IOOV presentations.
Now Bob professionally trains families who have a bipolar loved one on how to avoid or overcome the devastating effects of bipolar disorder. He wants to eliminate the break-down of as many families as possible who are affected and afflicted by this illness.
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Development Director Michele Meaker Pin
Carolyn has been living in the Pacific Northwest for 7 years. She comes to us by way of Orange Park, Florida. She started to volunteer with NAMI in February of 2017 and has come to love the organization. Her background is in theatre, engineering, music, and filmmaking. She is passionate in her love for dogs and simply adores her Dalmatian, Lily. When not in the office she likes to visit the local off leash dog parks, watch movies, and enjoys drawing with ink pens and writing.
Fun Fact – Carolyn can be hilarious and considered doing stand-up comedy as a career choice at one point. She now uses her sense of humor to try and help others going through a rough time.
You can reach Carolyn at: Carolyn@nami-eastside.org
IT Manager (Volunteer)
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Megan Bishop been working at NAMI Eastside since 2015. She has a background in Graphic Design and Game Art. She worked in the Gaming Industry for 10 years prior to starting at NAMI.
She learned about NAMI Eastside after her sister and her started a campaign called Operation Wandering Waffle, in which they throw events and fund raisers to benefit local charities. After falling in love with their mission, she volunteered to redesign and build their website. A few months later a position opened up and she jumped on it.
She has grown from Office Assistant, to Communications Manager, to Communications and Program Manager, to now Managing Director.
Fun Fact: While in the gaming industry Megan worked on Halo 4, DC Universe, and Pirates of the Burning Sea as a Lighting and Environment Artist, and still works as a freelance lighting artist on games and various virtual reality experiences.
You can reach Megan at: Megan@nami-eastside.org
Volunteer Coordinator (Volunteer)
Paul Gardiner is a retired mechanical engineer with a background in Sales and Marketing in Aerospace and Energy Markets. Originally from the UK with experience living and working in Asia and now very firmly settled in the Pacific Northwest.
Fun Fact: Besides volunteering at NAMI Eastside, he is a Master Gardener (Compulsory with his name), enjoys hiking, volunteer trail maintenance on the Pacific Crest Trail, books and map collecting on exploration, Bluegrass and music from the 60's and 70's...... Mariners (how can that be)
You can reach Paul at: PaulGardiner@nami-eastside.org
Michele Meaker Pin
Michele Meaker Pin is a seasoned Development Professional. Her last three years have been in the non-profit sector with Compass Health; a $58 million non-profit behavioral healthcare organization that serves clients in the northern five counties of Puget Sound. Through her work there, she has gained a strong understanding of the systems and the funding for our Mental Health system in Washington.
Prior to Compass Health, Michele served as Legislative Assistant to Representative Luis Moscoso for two years in Olympia and had several years of political fundraising and campaign management experience as well with well-known progressive candidates. She says, “My desire to reach back to advocacy work to secure funding for services for the most vulnerable amongst us is strong and I’m thrilled to be joining NAMI – Eastside, a local service provider and proven advocacy organization to do that.”
Michele is currently pursuing an Executive Master’s Degree in Public Administration at the Evan’s School of Public Policy and Governance. Prior to that, Michele completed the University of Washington Professional Certificate in Fundraising Management and that course has helped her to transition from raising funds for political candidates to the non-profit sector.
Fun Fact: The largest grant written was a public grant for $2.9 million for the Crisis Prevention and Intervention Teams in Whatcom, Skagit, and Snohomish Counties.
You can reach Michele at: Michele@nami-eastside.org
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Redmond, WA 98052
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