NAMI Greater Orlando 2019 Board of Directors
Paula Kegelman, President
Driven by the belief that “knowledge is power,” Paula Kegelman has been involved with NAMIGO since 2006. Her son’s diagnosis in 2005 spurred her to learn as much as possible about mental illness to be able to advocate for him. Taking the Family-to-Family class in 2006 was a defining moment for her and her family and began her volunteer efforts for mental health issues. She has taught Family-to-Family since 2007. She served a four-year term on NAMIGO’s Board from 2010-14 and rejoined the Board in 2016. She served as the 2011-15 NAMIWalks Greater Orlando Walk Chair. She served a one-year term on the NAMI Florida Board. She is a dedicated community advocate for NAMIGO, frequently speaking at conferences, radio interviews, web syndicated talk shows, education classes and local businesses. An Orlando native, she is the firm administrator for a local law firm.
Janice Seay, Secretary
Janice Seay believes in the on-going benefits of heightening awareness and education for mental health issues. An administrator in the behavioral health field since 1989, she has a passion for advocating for individuals in need and connecting them to appropriate resources. Since 1998, she has been assistant administrator to the CEO of La Amistad. She is responsible for the oversight of staff working in intake/admissions, community outreach, public relations, special projects and contracting for the facility. She was co-chair for the 2010-13 NAMIWalks. She holds a B.S. in Marketing Management and went on to start her Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration. From 1999-2005, she served on the Board of the Mental Health Association of Central Florida. She and her husband are also active with Shriner’s Hospital for Children.
Stephen 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. Steven 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.
A NAMI member since 2012, Daniel Buckley is a NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group facilitator and Consumer Council Chair. He is an advocate for treatment of those with mental illnesses. Daniel was a primary caregiver for Clem Clausen and Mary Ann Buckley before their passing. He has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Cincinnati in Engineering Mechanics.
Jamie Harris is a regional partner with Pacific Dental Services serving the Central Florida area. His professional experience includes over 13 years in commercial property development and 18 years in the dental supply and equipment business. He holds a B.A. in Business Administration from Valdosta State University. He is passionate about helping NAMIGO advance its mission.
Donna Helsel, Education Council Chair
Donna Helsel 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.” She became a Family-to-Family teacher and state trainer, a Family-to-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 works part-time as an office administrator. She dedicates her community advocacy volunteer time to promoting mental health awareness as NAMIGO’s Education Council Chair.
Kris Hunter has been active in NAMI since 2011, when she sought information to obtain a correct diagnosis for her teenage daughter. She took the Family-to-Family and Basics courses. Her husband and son took the Family-to-Family course and her daughter took the Peer-to-Peer course. A firm believer in education, Kris became a Family-to-Family teacher and has taught the course for three years. She has also participated in other NAMIGO classes including CIT. Her daughter presents her own story through NAMIGO’s Ending the Silence program, This Is My Brave production and at several Family-to-Family classes. Kris has served on the Board for Sanlando Christian School. She is a project manager for an architectural and engineering firm. Kris is a graduate of Florida State University, College of Business.
Carl Metzger is Chief of Police at the University of Central Florida, the second largest university in the U.S. He spent 26 years with the Orlando Police Department, retiring as the Deputy Chief over the City’s 400 patrol officers. Carl is a graduate of the Crisis Intervention Team training course and is dedicated to improving the interaction between law enforcement and individuals impacted by mental illness. He serves on the Boards of the Center for Law Enforcement Technology, Training and Research and Central Florida Cares. He is a member of the Central Florida Criminal Justice Association, the Florida Police Chief’s Association, the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA), the National Association of Campus Safety Administrators (NASCA) and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). Carl received his B.S. in Finance from the University of Florida and his Master’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Central Florida.
Dr. Farnaz Namin is an active member of the community with the mission to build public awareness around mental health, rehabilitation, employment and community integration. She is a private psychologist and executive coach with specialized training in both clinical and industrial/organizational psychology. She has over 18 years of consulting experience and over 15 years of university level academic teaching experience including her current position within the University of Central Florida. She is the founder of Center for Work Life (www.centerforworklife.com), a neuro-scientific and emotional intelligence-based mental health counseling and training consultancy in Central Florida. She serves on various public policy and regulatory governing panels representing the Florida Psychological Association in state and federal workforce regulatory planning and legislature. She is a Florida Courts forensic expert. She serves on the Boards of the Central Florida Employment Council and Central Florida United Arts. She is a speaker, subject matter expert and advisor to private and public organizations including FOX, HLN, trade and professional magazines, The Huffington Post, The Boston Herald and The New York Post.
Melissa Norris has held various roles supporting children, teens and adults affected by mental illness since 2000. She is executive director of Big Bear Behavioral Health and CEO of Credentialing Consultants of Florida. Both these management roles in the fields of behavior analysis, foster care case management, juvenile justice, residential facilities and community behavioral health have allowed her to enhance and design programs to help meet the needs of Central Florida families. Personal experiences with mental illness have led to Melissa’s increased passion for advocacy and support for better mental health services nationwide. The Office of Family Safety has recognized her for positive program development and she has received a commendation by Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) reviewers as operating a “program to which we would send our own children.” She is a graduate of the University of Central Florida.
Katherine Quilit believes in positive change for individuals living with mental illness. She is excited to be a part of ending the stigma throughout the Central Florida community and the nation. She became involved with NAMI after attending an Ending the Silence presentation at her high school. She then began sharing her story with other students as an Ending the Silence youth presenter. She is also a CIT presenter and participates in community events for NAMIGO. She is working toward her degree in Psychology.
Louis A. Quiñones, Jr. is the deputy chief of operational services at Orange County Corrections in Orlando. He provides oversight and leadership to over 2,400 inmates and over 1,200 staff members including more than 1,000 certified correctional officers. He has over 30 years of experience in the field of corrections and has worked at four large agencies in two states.
Retired NYPD Sergeant Nancy Rosado has over 35 years of combined professional experience in mental health, law enforcement, community affairs and training. A survivor of the World Trade Center attack, she created 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. After the terrorist attack on Pulse Night Club, Nancy and three other Latin women founded Somos Orlando. This community-based program’s mission is to provide culturally and linguistically competent long-term mental health services for anyone impacted by the Pulse attack. She holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from Fordham University and a certification in Traumatic Stress from Florida State University. She was a member of the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress.