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 s
hows, 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.
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.
Paul Gregg is an Executive in Residence and Assistant Chair of the UCF Department of Finance and Dr. P. Phillips School of Real Estate. Mr. Gregg has a background in both corporate finance (Consolidated Natural Gas and Road Runner High-Speed Online) and public accounting (PwC).
As a family member, Paul has taught Family to Family classes since 2004, and served as Treasurer of NAMIGO between 2012-2018. He also serves on the UCF Foundation and Dr. Phillips Charities Investment Committees.
Mr. Gregg has a Master of Science degree in Accounting and is a licensed Florida CPA. He is also a 2004 inductee into the UCF College of Business Administration Hall of Fame.
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.
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.
Maxine Moul, RN-BC, CCM is an Assistant Manager of the South Seminole Hospital Behavioral Health Care Management Department, which has a diverse patient care management population. This population includes, children ages 3-17, with mental health or behavioral disorders, adults with general behavioral/mental health issues, and patients that require higher levels of observation due to their behavioral health or co-morbid condition(s)/medical care. Maxine oversees the coordination of aftercare with medical care providers, as well as insurance providers, and works to strengthen partnerships with community organizations.
Maxine believes, that through effective mental health care and stabilization, patients are empowered in the care of her team. Via the use of a multidisciplinary collaborative team approach, addressing the acute crisis and substance abuse needs of the patient and their families, their lives and minds are enriched for focusing on their strengths and recovery. Behavioral healthcare services are centered in providing safe crisis intervention and stabilization services in a patient centered structured milieu. Maxine’s team aids in the preparation and transition of patients into a continuity of care.
Maxine is a Registered Nurse with a Bachelor’s degree both in Nursing and Social Work from the University of Central Florida. Maxine has National Certifications in ANCC (American Nurses Credentialing Center), CCN (Critical Care Nurse) and a certification in Psychiatric Nursing and Case Management.
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.
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.
Jake Talley is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and earned an MSW degree from Widener University in Pennsylvania. Jake is the CEO of Lakewood Center, a non-profit, residential treatment center for adults with chronic mental illness. Prior to Lakewood Center, Jake began his career in the residential treatment field in 2004 at the Spirit of Gheel. He was the Clinical Director and certified as a Personal Care Home Administrator. During his time at the Spirit of Gheel, Jake developed internship programs for aspiring Bachelor and Master’s level social workers, developed and implemented clinical programming, maintained licensure compliance with the Department of Human Services and was the American Residential Treatment Association representative for the company.
When Jake is not in the office you will find him spending time with his wife Cindy and their two children. Jake enjoys the outdoors along with sports, including baseball, basketball and golf.