Black Mental Health Town Hall

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Please join us for a Live Town Hall Meeting with King County Councilmember Girmay Zahilay and the National Alliance on Mental Illness ( NAMI)  Seattle. NAMI Seattle’s Executive Director Muguette Guenneguez will present information on the triple trifecta of the impact of racial, historical, and generational trauma combined with the effects of these tumultuous times on the mental health of Black people. Director Guenneguez will also review available resources offered by NAMI Seattle. Panelists include Dr. Katrina Sanford, Clinical Psychologist and co-founder of Nile’s Edge Healing Arts Center; George Dicks, Geriatric Mental Health Specialist at Harborview Medical Center, Anthony Rivers, Seattle- King County Public Health; and Leo Flor, Director, King County Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS); and James Donaldson, NAMI Seattle Board Member. Opportunities for call-in and online Q & A will take place after the panel discussion.  

Broadcasting Details

Date: Thursday, January 14th

Time: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Call-In Number: 206 290-9685


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Councilmember Girmay Zahilay

Girmay Zahilay is a King County Councilmember representing District 2, which includes South Seattle. Girmay was born in Sudan to Ethiopian refugee parents and was raised in low-income public housing like Holly Park and Rainier Vista. After graduating from Franklin High School, he received degrees from Stanford University and UPenn Law School, and worked in the Obama White House. His experiences growing up in public housing and going to public schools inspired him to pursue anti-poverty work through the Congressional Hunger Center and also to found Rising Leaders, Inc., a nonprofit that equips underserved middle school students with mentors and life skills training. Girmay ran for King County Council to offer bold solutions to problems that need immediate regional leadership. He wants to build and maintain affordable housing for communities experiencing displacement, invest more in youth opportunities, build public transit in neighborhoods that have the highest need, reform the criminal legal system, and make the political process more inclusive across communities and generations.

Muguette Guenneguez
Executive Director
NAMI Seattle

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.


Dr. Katrina Sanford
Clinical Psychologist 

Dr. Katrina Sanford is a Clinical Psychologist with specialties in Trauma and Sex Therapy. Dr. Sanford uses her knowledge in traditional African centered healing approaches and background in trauma-informed healing to challenge social injustice issues for her clients and community, particularly racially induced inequities. Dr. Sanford spends much of her time helping her clients decolonize their minds, bodies, and souls from Euro-centric ways of being that continue to negatively impact our whole selves. 

Additionally, Dr. Sanford is the co-founder of Nile’s Edge Healing Arts Center ( and Executive Director of Earth Pearl Collective ( 

You can contact Dr. Sanford at for therapy, consultations, workshops, and healing circles. 

George Dicks
Geriatric Mental Health Specialist
Harborview Medical Center
Chair, HPRC Community Advisory Board
Anthony Rivers 
Vaccines Program Manager II
Public Health Seattle King County

Anthony is dedicated to ending stigma, increasing testing, and advocating for health equity amongst communities disproportionately affected by HIV, STI’s, and other health conditions. He has been a part of the COVID response since April 2020 in several roles including lead to the LGBTQ+ task force for the Community Mitigation and Recovery Branch and as the program manager for the Community Well-Being group. Currently, Anthony serves as Project/Program Manager for COVID Vaccines in the non-healthcare priority populations. When not working for the community, Anthony enjoys roller skating, spending time with Buddy and Pal, his dog and cat, and writing.

Leo Flor
Director, King County 
Department of Community and Human Services 

Leo Flor was confirmed as the Director of King County’s Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS) in December 2018.  He oversees a biennial budget of $1.9 billion and 443 staff. DCHS administers a wide-range of services to undo or mitigate inequity for residents across King County, including the County’s programs for affordable housing, homelessness, behavioral health care, and persons with disabilities.  Key initiatives administered by Leo’s team include the Best Starts for Kids Levy, the Veterans, Seniors and Human Services Levy, and the behavioral health MIDD programs and the new Health Through Housing initiative. In response to the current pandemic, DCHS designed and oversees the County’s isolation and quarantine system working successfully to slow the spread of the virus in our communities, coordinates the region’s COVID-19 homelessness response, and is managing King County’s Eviction Prevention and Rental Assistance Program. Prior to joining King County, Leo worked in Washington state as a legal aid attorney for incarcerated veterans. His first career was eight years as an Airborne Ranger-qualified U.S. Army Infantry Officer, including deployments leading a platoon in Iraq and commanding a company in Afghanistan. Leo holds a B.S. from the United States Military Academy at West Point and a J.D. and a Masters Degree from the University of Washington.

James Donaldson
NAMI Seattle Board Member