Staff Members

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NAMI Multnomah is a grassroots, volunteer-driven organization. Our volunteers facilitate weekly support groups, teach free NAMI classes, spread the word of NAMI at community events, and provide one-on-one peer support. Our staff is here to support our volunteers and coordinate a variety of programs that fulfill our mission. We look forward to connecting with you soon!

For general information about our free programs, or to learn which programs might best fit your needs, please give us a call on the NAMI Multnomah Helpline at 503-228-5692 or send an email to info@namimultnomah.org.


General Programs, Education & Community Engagement

Kimee Burnett, HelpLine Resource Assistance, 503-228-5692

Kimee has been at NAMI Multnomah for over 10 years. She has a calm perspective, an understanding ear, and a great handle on the resources available in Multnomah County. If you are looking for a place to start, give Kimee a call. Our HelpLine is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Kimee is in Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays with the remaining hours filled by some amazing volunteers.

Taylor-Marie Madden, Outreach Coordinator, outreach@namimultnomah.org

The newest NAMI Multnomah staff member, Taylor-Marie coordinates our general outreach including website, social media, videos, flyers, and much more. Volunteer coordination is also one of her major responsibilities. As a volunteer you are likely to hear from her about orientations, collecting volunteer hours, or about special events. She has also added some new outreach programming to her portfolio including Ending the Silence, a Veteran’s Recovery Series, and NAMI On Campus. We are so happy she’s joined our team!

Mario Odighizuwa, Community Engagement Coordinator, community@namimultnomah.org

Mario is an amazing connector. Mario’s passion for direct service and making sure people get the support they need serve him well in this role. His responsibilities include In Our Own Voice presentations, First Step presentations, and coordinating the Resource Guide update. Though Mario is part-time and only here a few hours a week, he is very active in the mental health community so you may see him out and about in a variety of roles.

Taylor Roberts, Education Program Coordinator, education@namumultnomah.org

Coordinating all of our classes and support groups, Taylor has a personable and easy-going demeanor. You’d never guess her favorite pets at home are bearded dragons. Other than registration, if you have questions about Peer-to-Peer, Family-to-Family, Homefront, a Peer Support Specialist Training, or any of our support groups, email Taylor. She’ll help you sort out all the details.


Child & Family Programs

Our Child & Family staff walk alongside parents and caregivers of minor children with mental health differences. They may play the role of educator, supporter, and advocate in one day. All families assigned a Family Partner are referred to us from outside organizations. Though these staff are doing amazing work, they cannot take self-referrals.


Administration

Kerri Melda, Executive Director, kmelda@namimultnomah.org

As our Executive Director, Kerri focuses on budgeting, extensive grant writing, program leadership, advocacy, and overall organizational management. She came to NAMI after setting best-practice standards in the developmental disability and mental health services. She also spent two decades with Human Services Research Institute where she was distinguished as a national leader in family support policy and evaluation. Kerri has a degree in Special Education from Indiana University and a Master’s degree in Public Affairs/Policy & Management from the University of Oregon.

Angela Southwick, Office Manager, om@namimultnomah.org

Responsible for the day-to-day operations, a lot of Angela’s responsibilities occur behind the scenes assuring NAMI Multnomah operations run smoothly. A generalist with experience in bookkeeping, human resources, program and grant implementation, outreach and communication, Angela came to us with 15 years of non-profit experience. Passionate about peer-based programming in the broadest sense of the word, Angela received a degree in Political Science and a Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning from Portland State University focusing her studies in the local communities and citizen engagement.