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Pat O’Konis – Administrative Volunteer

Email Pat Pat O’Konis joined the office staff in 2014 as a volunteer helping with social media and email communications. A few months later her volunteer role expanded to include administrative assistant duties for the Hartford office. Since then, Pat has become a Family to Family teacher, Ending the Silence presenter and Family Support...

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Paul Brainerd – Professional Education

Email Paul Paul Brainerd is the Provider Education Coordinator at NAMI Connecticut. Paul manages the Provider Ed course, which offers essential insight for mental health Providers and their front line staff. It incorporates and encourages collaboration between the providers, their patients and families into the process and stages of treating mental illness. Paul is...

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Iris Alamo – Member & Donor Relations Manager

Email Iris Iris Alamo joined the NAMI Connecticut family in 2004 as a staff person, member, and volunteer. She is currently the Manager of Member and Donor Relations. She also serves as the annual NAMI Connecticut Walk Manager, planning, coordinating and organizing our biggest fundraiser....

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Thomas Burr – Community & Affiliate Relations Manager

Email Thomas Thomas Burr has been a member of NAMI for over 15 years, and a staff member since February 2011. He has also served as a volunteer on both the NAMI Connecticut and NAMI Manchester Affiliate Boards; and is the former Board President of the Manchester Affiliate. He works closely with affiliates to...

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Don Fischer – Recovery Programs Coordinator

Email Don Don Fischer serves as NAMI Connecticut’s Recovery Programs Coordinator. He started volunteering for NAMI Connecticut in 2000 and served as a member of an affiliate board and later with the NAMI Connecticut board prior to joining the staff 2007. Don is also a facilitator for the Recovery Support Groups and one of...

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Louise Pyers, MS – Criminal Justice Project

Email Louise Louise Pyers, M.S. is the Criminal Justice Project Director and CIT Liaison. Louise helps families navigate the criminal justice system, provides logistical support for the Crisis Intervention Training and works with our civilian mental health providers to encourage strong police-mental health partnerships. She also works within other criminal justice agencies to collaboratively...

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Paloma Bayona – Program Director

Email Paloma Paloma R Bayona is the Director of Programs Director and joined NAMI in 2006. She oversees the Family & Professional education programs as well as the Support Groups. She is very proud of her work with NAMI Connecticut and she will continue to work for those who need her stand up at...

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Shauna Lee Pangilinan, MS – Director of Development

Email Shauna Shauna Pangilinan directs development for NAMI Connecticut, providing strategic leadership to support the organization’s mission. She has over 25 years’ experience in healthcare and 15 years’ experience in developing innovative philanthropic programs for complex health systems and securing funding for statewide and regional behavioral health initiatives including addressing health disparities, integration of...

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Valerie Lepoutre, RSS – Young Adult Coordinator

Email Valerie Valerie Lepoutre is the Young Adult Coordinator at NAMI Connecticut. Valerie is a certified Recovery Support Specialist who brings her own personal lived experience to her work to inspire, advocate, and educate others about mental health and suicide awareness. In addition to managing all of the Young Adult related programs at NAMI...

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Susan Kelley, JD – Director of Policy and Advocacy

Email Susan Susan Kelley is Director of Policy and Advocacy at NAMI Connecticut. Prior to joining NAMI Connecticut, Susan practiced public interest law, representing children and parents in child welfare/juvenile matters in Northern California. She also developed online programs on child abuse reporting laws and child abuse prevention for children and educators. Susan brings...

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