2017 NAMI Greater Orlando Board of Directors
Rosemary Steinbach, President
Rosemary has been associated with NAMI Greater Orlando since 2008 after attending its 12-week Family-To-Family education class for family members and caregivers of individuals living with mental illness. She is a long-time resident of Orlando, Florida and is the mother and stepmother of 2 daughters who live with a mental health diagnosis. Steinbach joined the Board of Directors in 2011, and has served as Board President since 2012.
Steinbach is a certified Family-to-Family education instructor; Support Group facilitator and is a presenter for “Ending the Silence”, NAMI’s signature education program for young adults and high school students. She is a public speaker who meets regularly with businesses and civic organizations providing information and education about NAMI’s programs and services.
Additionally, she is a 35-year associate with Vistana Signature Experiences, a premier developer and operator of high-quality vacation ownership resorts operating under the Westin and Sheraton brand, where she is Director of Inventory Services.
Paula Kegelman, Vice President
Paula has been involved with the National Alliance on Mental Illness since 2006. After her son’s diagnosis in 2005, she was determined to learn as much as possible about mental illness to be able to advocate for him, believing in “knowledge is power”. Paula took the Family-to-Family class in 2006, and it was a defining moment for her, and her entire family. It was then she knew she needed to do more.
Paula was trained to teach the Family-to-Family class in 2007, and has taught the course annually since. She was asked to join the NAMI Greater Orlando Board of Directors in 2010, and served a four year term. Paula also served a one year term on the BOD for NAMI Florida.
She does quite a bit of public speaking on behalf of NAMI including conferences, radio interviews, web syndicated talk shows, education classes, corporations, etc. Paula also served as the NAMIWalks Greater Orlando Walk Chair for the 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 Walk. In 2016, she rejoined the NAMI Greater Orlando BOD.
Paula is native to Orlando, Florida. She works full time as the Firm Administrator for a local law firm. She is a busy mom and grandmother, and enjoys spending time with her family.
Jennifer Brewer, Secretary
Jennifer Brewer has served as Vice-President since 2014. She is the Director of Inventory Forecasting & Operations for Vistana Signature Experiences, a leading developer and operator of luxury vacation ownership resorts operating under the Sheraton and Westin brand. Jennifer possesses strategic project management capabilities and has a strong background in financial planning and forecasting. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Husson College in Bangor, Maine. She has had a lifelong passion for service, and has served previously on the Dr. Phillips Little League Board of Directors, Windermere Union Church Board of Directors, and is now the Stewardship Leader, holding this role since 2009. Jennifer has several loved ones – both friends and family – who are affected by a mental health diagnosis. Jennifer is a Family Support Group facilitator in SW Orlando.
Paul Gregg, Treasurer
Paul Gregg is an Executive in Residence and Assistant Chair/Director for the Department of Finance and Dr. P. Phillips School of Real Estate at the University of Central Florida. Mr. Gregg has a background in both corporate finance (Consolidated Natural Gas/Road Runner High Speed Online) and public accounting (PwC). He has served as treasurer for the Louisiana Leukemia Society and the Southeast Louisiana Chapter of the American Red Cross before moving to Orlando. He holds a B.S.B.A. degree and an M.S. in Accounting from UCF, and is a licensed Florida CPA. Mr. Gregg is a 2004 inductee into the UCF College of Business Administration Hall of Fame. He serves on the investment committees for the UCF Foundation and Dr. Phillips Charities. The student Financial Management Association at UCF named Mr. Gregg Finance Professor of the Year for 2007 and 2013.
Mr. Gregg has taught Family-to-Family for over ten years and is a family member.
Debbie Kendler-Leviten, Director
Debbie lives in Winter Park, and is the parent of two children, one of whom is a young child living with Bipolar and other disorders. She volunteers at her child’s schoool. She has attended Basics, and is a Basics Class instructor, she attends the Family Support Group, and received training for the Parent and Teachers as Allies program. She appreciates the process of bringing together diversity, flexibility, and creativity to accomplish goals for the greater good. Debbie believes in the importance of ending stigma about mental illness, and showing family members they are not alone in helping their children and others living with mental illness.
Donna Helsel, Education Director
Donna found NAMI when her daughter was diagnosed with bipolar disorder as a teen. After taking the Family-to-Family class with her husband, she was determined to “pay it forward.” Donna became a Family-to-Family teacher and state trainer, a Family support group facilitator, a CIT presenter, and a participant on the Provider Education teaching team. After 20 years as a business owner in Central Florida, Donna Helsel now works part-time as an office administrator, which allows her time to volunteer in the community. She dedicates her time to promoting mental health awareness through her role as Education Director for the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Greater Orlando.
Kelley Lesperance, Director
A graduate of Greensboro College in North Carolina, Kelley has lived in Central Florida for more than 40 years and currently resides in the Maitland area. Kelley and her husband of 32 years are the proud parents of two adult children.
Kelley has been involved in the Central Florida business and nonprofit community for almost 30 years. She most recently served as the communications chair for the Florida Executive Women and Vice President of the Rotary Club of Maitland. She has actively participated on the boards of American Women in Radio & Television, Consumer Credit Counseling Services of Central Florida, Weekends of Greater Orlando, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, Maitland Rotary Art Festival, Inc. and March of Dimes.
As the Executive Director of the Northern and Central Florida Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Kelley Lesperance oversees a 37-county region to implement programs, services and community fundraising initiatives.
Beginning in 2010, Kelley was responsible for the successful merger of two existing chapters—the Northern Florida chapter, encompassing Jacksonville to Tallahassee, and the Central Florida chapter, including the entire metro Orlando area. Prior to joining the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Kelley helped to lead several other nonprofit health agencies such as Autism Speaks and the March of Dimes, and has also worked for local NBC television affiliate WESH-TV.
Steven Ball, Director
Stephen T. Ball is a partner in the Orlando office of Holland & Knight whose practice area is labor and employment law, including employment discrimination and other employment/labor-related matters such as employment discrimination litigation, Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) matters, OSHA matters, FMLA matters, employment and severance agreements, non-competition agreements and litigation. He regularly represents employers in employment and labor-related lawsuits in federal and state courts and in investigations and charges before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Florida Commission on Human Relations and related organizations. Mr. Ball is a frequent speaker on labor and employment law topics and is recognized in Best Lawyers in America, Florida Trend’s Legal Elite, and Florida Super Lawyers magazine.
Nancy Rosado, Director
Nancy is a retired NYPD Sergeant with over 35 years of combined professional experience in mental health, law enforcement, community affairs and training. She possesses a MSW from New York’s Fordham University, a certification in Traumatic Stress from Florida State University and was a member of the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress.
A survivor of the World Trade Center attack, Nancy went on to create the Department’s mental health response for NYPD’s on-scene first responders and served as a liaison between The American Red Cross Disaster Mental Health Response program and NYPD.
Subsequent to the terrorist attack on Pulse Night Club, Nancy along with three other Latin women founded Somos Orlando. Somos Orlando is a community-based program which has, as its primary mission, the culturally and linguistically competent delivery of long term mental health services for anyone impacted by the attack at Pulse.
Janice Seay, Director
Ms. Seay has been working as an Administrator in the Behavioral Health field since 1989 with a passion for advocating for individuals in need, and connecting them to appropriate resources. She believes in the on-going benefits of heightening awareness and education for mental health issues. Jan graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing Management and went on to start her Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration. Since 1998, she has worked as Assistant Administrator to the CEO of La Amistad. She is responsible for the oversight of staff working in Intake/Admissions, Community Outreach, and Public Relations, in addition to, special projects and contracting for the facility.
Jan has previously served as a Board Member for the Mental Health Association of Central Florida from 1999-2005, and a NAMI Greater Orlando Board Member, Secretary, and Co-Chair for the annual NAMIWalks from 2010-2013. She and her husband are also active with Shriner’s Hospital for Children.