Ashley assumed the role of Executive Director in 2014. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Gonzaga University, and a Master’s in Social Work from University of Illinois at Chicago Jane Addams College of Social Work. Ashley is an AmeriCorps*VISTA alum, and through two years of national service developed her commitment to economic and social justice issues. Prior to becoming the Executive Director at NAMI Seattle, she was the Education Programs Manager at NAMI Chicago and a CIT (Crisis Intervention Team) instructor for the Chicago Police Department. Ashley is excited to be back home in the Pacific Northwest, and enjoys photography and hiking, especially in the Olympics.
Katie Mahoney, MSSW
Katie has worked as NAMI Seattle’s Program Manager since November 2015. She holds her Master of Science in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin, and her previous nonprofit work includes program management, outreach, and direct client services in women’s health, HIV, employment training, homelessness, and community martial arts and self-defense. Working with volunteers and developing community-based programs has always been Katie’s favorite part of her job, and she feels extremely lucky to have the opportunity to do so every day at NAMI Seattle.
VOLUNTEER & RESOURCES COORDINATOR
Faarah has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Washington. She very passionate about mental health care and its accessibility, especially in low-income communities where it is stigmatized. She spends a lot of her free time on volunteer work in the Muslim community but also enjoys spending time reading and watching cheesy romcoms.
INTERIM DEVELOPMENT & OPERATIONS MANAGER
Christina has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Western Washington University and certificates in Nonprofit Administration and Fundraising Management, and brings this background, along with a 12-year career in the nonprofit sector, to her interim role with NAMI Seattle. She has a passion to contribute to the health and vitality of her community, and a desire to contribute to the greater good of the place she calls home. She is so pleased to work with and support the NAMI vision where all those impacted by mental illness know they are not alone, and are empowered to live a fulfilling life. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, supporting the local musician community, and western swing dancing.
Aislin has a Bachelors of Science degree in Health Sciences with a minor in psychology from Seattle Paciic University. She is passionate about increasing awareness of mental health conditions in youth. She has worked with adults and youth (13-17) experiencing mental health crises and a host of resulting issues including homelessness, substance abuse and involvement with the juvenile criminal justice system. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering, playing with her dog and long distance running.
NAMI Seattle’s board is built with intention to represent the community we serve. These volunteer leaders are people in recovery, family members supporting someone with mental health conditions, and professionals in the mental health field. They are uniquely positioned to provide firsthand perspectives and guide our affiliate in ways that are true to our values and elevate the lived experiences of our community members impacted by mental illness.
Sarah Punshon, President
Michele Moore, Vice President
Laura Umetsu, JD, Treasurer
Mindy Meyring, Secretary
Richard Martin, MD
We are proud to work with care providers to bring lived experience to their continuing education efforts through the In Our Own Voice Program: