NAMI Faithnet Advisory Group
In order to meet our mission, NAMI FaithNet (NFN) is supported by an Advisory Group that provides advice, guidance, recommendations, leadership, promotion and content to ensure that the voice and needs of our grassroots constituency is strong and reflected in our work.
NFN Advisors are volunteers who recommend to NAMI national staff NFN web content, materials, activities, tools and other resources. On the local and state level, NFN Advisors support the initiation of faith outreach activities through their NAMI local and state affiliates. In addition, they help plan, manage and/or execute recommendations for networking, workshop, symposia sessions and an interfaith service for the NAMI Annual Convention.
Doug is the chairperson of the NAMI FaithNet Advisory Group. He is an advocate for better mental health care and the current President of NAMI San Antonio. He is also a NAMI Family-to-Family instructor and leads a Family Grace faith-based support group for families impacted by mental illness. Doug is also the chairperson for the 2017 Pathways to Hope Conference held in San Antonio, a county and regional event to help engage the faith community along with mental health professionals, social agencies, law enforcement and the judiciary and families and individuals impacted by a mental illness. In 2016 Doug received the Visionary Award from the Bexar County Health Collaborative for his leadership in organizing the initial Pathways to Hope Conference. In 2009 he and his wife began a mental health ministry which has become a model for other churches throughout the city.
With the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health since 2007, Vicky has committed more than 30 years to increasing awareness, offering services and enhancing systems to support individuals, youth and families living with mental health conditions in Texas.
Her work has supported youth and families in Houston, as well as faith-based communities throughout Texas. Vicky has served as an executive board member and secretary for the National Leadership Council on African American Behavioral Health. A certified licensed professional counselor supervisor and Mental Health First Aid instructor, she holds a Bachelor of Science in child and family development and a Master of Education from Texas State University.
Hira is a practicing psychotherapist, credentialed as a Registered Associate Clinical Social Worker in California. She serves as the outreach coordinator of the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of Khalil Center, an international non-profit organizational that specializes in spiritually-integrated counseling and psychotherapy for Muslims. Hira's clinical expertise includes working with trauma, depression, anxiety, family/marriage relationship and a host of other challenges. Her outreach work entails on-the-ground efforts to connect Muslims to culturally-relevant psychological care locally and nationally. She completed a Master of Social Welfare degree at UC Berkeley.
Paul is a member of the NAMI California board of directors and volunteer NAMI FaithNet coordinator for NAMI Orange County. He believes faith and spirituality can be a significant factor towards recovery for people living with mental illness and can also be the source of comfort, hope, and strength for family members and friends. As the parent of an adult child with mental illness, he is motivated to bring hope, comfort, and assistance to other families in similar situations. Paul holds a Master of Theology degree from Fuller Theological Seminary, a Master of Aeronautical Science degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, a Doctor of Business Administration degree from Nova Southeastern University and is currently a doctoral student at Fuller Seminary.
Babu George Mathew
Babu is vice president of the board of directors of NAMI Colorado. He grew up in India and before moving to the United States in 1994, had over two decades of experience in sales and marketing in the printing and graphic arts industry. After his daughter was diagnosed with anxiety and depression, Babu found a home with NAMI in 2015. He is part of a NAMI Family Support group and teaches NAMI’s Family-to-Family education program. Babu also belongs to the Interfaith Network on Mental Illness (INMI) and promotes mental health awareness and support to interfaith and South Asian communities. He is currently coordinating this outreach initiative and networking with faith leaders in Colorado.
Rev. Kathy Dale McNair is a minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA), specializing in mental health ministries. She is certified as a peer support specialist by the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance. She is also a FaithNet coordinator for a NAMI affiliate north of Chicago. Kathy is the founder of two mental health ministries. Faith, Hope and Recovery is an open and ongoing support group which uses spiritual practices such as mindfulness, guided imagery, reflection and blessing to free those attending from mental attitudes that weigh them down. Faith, Hope and Wholeness is a six-week Christian curriculum for adults of all ages.