Muguette is a 20-year Seattle resident with a passion for children, education, social justice and mental wellness. She was born in Haiti; her family moved to New York City when she was a teenager. Her family was deeply impacted by members with mental illness. She believes the best way to eliminate stigma is to have honest conversations about mental illness.
For the past 15 years, her work has centered around education, social justice and advocacy.
She has served on the board of several organizations including Launch, the largest before and after school program in the Seattle area, and Ventures, a microenterprise organization inspired by the Grameen Bank of Bangladesh. In addition, she served as co-chair on the Equity and Inclusion task force of Seattle Academy of Arts and Science, and founded and directed Learning Assets Tutoring Services, helping young people develop a lifelong commitment to education and learning.
In 2018, she dedicated herself to a project called Common Purpose, a citizen activist pipeline where participants learn the nuts and bolts of voter registration, engagement and mobilization. Muguette is a proud community advocate for equity in education, housing and health care.
She graduated from Seattle University with a degree in International Business. She enjoys living in the Northwest with her family and friends. In her spare time, she reads, cooks and volunteers.
Katie has served as NAMI Seattle’s Program Manager since 2015. She holds a Master of Science in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin, and her previous nonprofit work includes program coordination, outreach, and direct client services in women’s health, HIV, employment training, and community martial arts.
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.
Aislin has a Bachelors of Science degree in Health Sciences with a minor in psychology from Seattle Pacific 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.
Merry received her fuzzraising credentials with a minor in manipulative facial expressions from Cavalier Rescue USA. She is passionate about fish treats, pepperoni sticks and Starbucks puppuccinos. Merry has worked as an emotional support animal for a number of years. Currently, she is enjoying her golden years in retirement spending all of her free time snoring, barking at animals on the TV (but not real ones because they are not threatening at all) and soliciting snacks from any willing dog lover.
Jeremiah served on the Philanthropy and Policy Committee as a member of the NAMI Seattle board of directors in 2018. He has worked in mental health advocacy as a presenter for the NAMI In Our Own Voice program and served as a moderator at the NAMI Washington 2018 conference. Before joining NAMI Seattle, Jeremiah volunteered as a grant writer for LifeDesigns in Bloomington, Indiana, and as a networking assistant for New Leaf – New Life, an anti-recidivism organization supporting formerly incarcerated persons. Jeremiah has a BA in Anthropology from Indiana University.
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.
Michele Colyn, President
Eli Lieberman, Vice President
Laura Umetsu, JD, Treasurer
Jenny Vandenbelt, JD, Secretary