NAMI Northern Virginia Staff, Volunteers, and Board of Directors
NAMI NORTHERN VIRGINIA STAFF
President & CEO: Kristine Konen, MBA, CPRS
Ms. Kristine Konen has over 15 years of business experience working with training, leadership and organizational development and is passionate about advocating for mental health. She completed her undergrad in Organizational Adminstration (Business, Communications, Sociology) and holds her MBA from Marquette University. She recently completed the 500 hours and exam required for the Certified Peer Recovery Specialist Certification.
Program Director: Kristen Marks, MSW
Ms. Kristen Marks, MSW, joined NAMI Northern Virginia in 2010 and is responsible for the coordination, development, and implementation of all NAMI Northern Virginia education and support programs. In 2013, she received the NAMI Peer-to-Peer Leadership Award for her outstanding program leadership. Kristen received her Masters in Social Work at the University of Michigan.
Program Coordinator - Classes & Groups: Esther Lee
Ms. Esther Lee served NAMI Northern Virginia as an intern and volunteer before joining our staff in 2014. Esther received her Bachelors in Public Health from James Madison University. Esther coordinates NAMI Northern Virginia's education classes and support groups.
Program Coordinator: Megan Souza
Ms. Megan Souza earned her M.A. from Tufts University in Child Study and Human Development. She coordinates the NAMI Ending the Silence presentation program to help bring mental health education, awareness and hope to students, parents and school staff throughout Northern Virginia.
Program Coordinator: Lee Duffy-Ledbetter
Mr. Lee Duffy-Ledbetter has years of experience in mental health education and advocacy having previously coordinated a national mental health awareness and suicide prevention program. Lee coordinates our NAMI In Our Own Voice program to change attitudes, assumptions, and ideas about people with mental health conditions.
Family Support Partner Supervisor: Kishawna (Shawn) Scarborough
Ms. Kishawna Scarborough receives all incoming requests and referrals for peer support and connects families with a NAMI Northern Virginia Family Support Partner. Before joining NAMI Northern Virginia, Shawn served as a Childcare Center Director.
Family Support Partner Team:
Family Support Partners are trained parents and caregivers who use their personal experience to provide peer support to youth and families as they navigate mental health services and supports.
Communications and Development Coordinator:
Ms. Sally Mallison has more than 20 years’ experience in fundraising and communications for healthcare, environmental, and membership organizations. She received her B.A. in English from Duke University.
Bookkeeper: Veronica Sholin
Ms. Veronica Sholin is an experienced bookkeeper, providing bookkeeping and finance support to NAMI Northern Virginia. In addition to her background in bookkeeping, Veronica holds a PhD in Physics.
NAMI NORTHEN VIRGINIA BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Carole Thomas, Chair
Management Consultant, Pragmatic Solutions Group
Bryce Benson, Vice Chair
U.S. Navy Veteran
Victoria Chialy Smith, PhD, Secretary
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Jason Benedict, Treasurer
Consultant, Deloitte Consulting LLP
Owner/Attorney, Abrenio Law
Associate Attorney, Farrell & Croft, P.C.
COO, New Paradigm Recovery, LLC
Foreign Service Officer, US Department of State
Director Membership Services, American Public Health Association
Chief Financial Officer, ARIN
Stacy LaMontagne, CPA
Treasurer Assurance Partner, Cherry Bekaert, LLP
Public Affairs Specialist, U.S. AbilityOne Commission
Vice President - Compensation, Benefits, and Well-Being, Freddie Mac
Owner/Trial Attorney, The Law Office of Melinda L. VanLowe, PC
OFFICE VOLUNTEERS AND INTERNS
Administrative Assistant: Julie Lee
NAMI Peer-to-Peer Facilitators
NAMI Family-to-Family Facilitators
NAMI Basics Facilitators
NAMI Connection Support Group Facilitators
NAMI Family Support Group Facilitators
NAMI In Our Own Voice Presenters
NAMI Ending the Silence Presenters
Help Line Volunteers
Community Outreach Team
Monthly Meeting Volunteers
Annual Walk Volunteers
Youth Leadership Council