Meet Our Leadership

NAMI Brown County’s volunteer Board of Directors is comprised of a group of people who meet monthly giving of their time and talent. Each May, Directors are elected by NAMI members to provide strategic guidance in the fulfillment of NAMI’s three-point mission of advocacy, education and support.

Together and with input from members and volunteers, the Directors make policy to govern NAMI Brown County, set the budget, priorities and develop strategic plans to guide organizational development.

If you’re interested in participating on our Board or joining one of our many committees, we want to hear from you!

NAMI Brown County Leadership
NAMI Brown County Board of Directors, GALA 2018

NAMI Brown County Board of Directors 2021


Officers

President: Amy Helein

May 2018 – Current

2013 – 2017  Joined the board and served as Vice President

Pronouns: She/her/hers

  • It is my goal that no one feels alone on this difficult journey which many of us or a loved one has experienced.
  • My adventure began when I started volunteering at NAMI Brown County as a way to help with the Crisis Intervention Team training in 2012. I began serving as the NAMI Brown County Board Vice President in approximately 2013.
  • As a counselor in our community, I work with individuals and families striving to improve their mental wellness

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Treasurer: 

Vice-President: Tracy Schiesser

May 2018 – Current

2015 – 2018 – Board Member

Pronouns: She/her/hers

  • I am a social worker and work for Family Services, NEW. I am a program manager of a CBRF that serves adults experiencing chronic mental illness challenges.
  • I began working with NAMI years ago and I am now the vice president. I enjoy meeting and working with so many wonderful people. I especially appreciate the enjoyment the CBRF residence get attending the picnic, walk, and the peer support groups.
  • I’m also in school obtaining my master’s degree! I have always had the desire and drive to help others.
  • I’m married and have two beautiful grandchildren. I love spending time with my family and friends.

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Secretary: Carla Larson

February 2020 – Current

Pronouns: She/her/hers

  • Growing up in the beautiful state of Alaska taught me to appreciate the beauty of nature. Alaska is well known for its beauty but it is also known for some dark statistics. Alaska has some of the highest mental health related incidents such as substance/alcohol abuse, domestic violence, sexual assault and attempted/completed suicides in the United States. I was not immune to this. I myself have struggled with anxiety and depression from a young age. I have also personally lost loved ones to suicide. It’s an all too common occurrence in Alaskan youth.
  • Wisconsin is not immune to this. During my 6 years in Green Bay I’ve learned that the Midwest is much more conservative and unfortunately that means that the words “Mental Health” come with a bit of Stigma. NAMI is here to offer support and education in hopes to end the stigma and help people with mental illness live life to the fullest. I am proud and honored to volunteer my time with this amazing group of leaders.

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Executive Committee

Mary Mason   

1999 – Current

Pronouns: She/her/hers

  • I’m passionate about breaking stigma surrounding mental health! I taught Family to Family Classes for over 5 years.
  • I’m a nurse and have been a liaison at Bellin Behavioral Health while serving on the NAMI board.
  • I’ve enjoyed being a fundraiser for NAMI by partnering with other groups sponsoring softball tournaments and other community events. In addition, I’ve been a speaker at many community events including CIT classes.

Barb Gerarden

2006 – Current

Pronouns: She/her/hers

  • I’m recently retired from Green Bay Police Department where I served as the coordinator for our CCIT – Community Crisis Intervention Team and was a Behavioral Health Officer for the last 5 years. I remain the NAMI CCIT Liaison as we continue our work with local law enforcement to provide training in crisis response. NAMI’s pillars of education, support, and advocacy are the perfect platform to help make a difference and improve the quality of life for people living with mental illness. I love being part of this fun and passionate organization!
  • I’ve been a long time jail diversion advocate and worked hard towards decriminalizing people with serious mental illness while serving on the Brown County Mental Health Court Team.
  • Like one in four Americans, I have struggled with depression and anxiety since my youth, I am blessed to be a suicide survivor. Because of my personal experience and seeing so many others struggle with mental health working as a behavioral health officer, I’ve become a strong advocate for wellness.

Members at Large

Ken Corry

■Board Member – Ken Corry

June 2019 – Current (Supported NAMI for several years before deciding to join the board)

Pronouns: He/him/his

  • As a combat veteran who served my country proudly, I struggled for a long time after my service with PTSD, Depression, Anxiety, Isolation, relationship issues, getting into fights and suicidal ideations until I found help with counseling.
  • I am part of NAMI because I am passionate about leaving no one behind who is struggling to find a foot hold in life.  In my current role with the Green Bay Vet Center it is my job to support veterans who are struggling with AODA / Mental Health and connect them to resources, programs and benefits they may be eligible for.
  • NAMI brown county is a great resource for our community who advocates for mental health and our community, that is why I am part of NAMI brown county and why they are my second family, a place I can call home.

Megan Kamps

February 2019 – Current

Pronouns: She/her/hers

  • I joined the NAMI board after going through a family tragedy. In April 2018 my brother lost a long/hard fight with mental illness and took his own life. During the grieving process I needed to do what I could to try and help others. I knew it would make my brother proud and also be very therapeutic for me.
  • I’ve enjoyed being part of the NAMI Walk with my team “Peace Love Be Hippy”. I received a great amount of support and that’s what inspired me to become part of NAMI. I have made it my goal to help remove some of the stigma that is associated with mental illness. Peace Love Be Hippy!
  • I’ve served as the raffle coordinator for several NAMI sponsored events.

Eric Arnesen

May 2019 – Current

Pronouns: He/him/his

  • I retired last year after almost 20 years in the mental health field in New Jersey. In NJ, I co-facilitated a weekly family support group and served on The Board for a newly formed NAMI affiliate.
  • Since moving to Green Bay, I’ve volunteered for NAMI of Brown County, for The Aging and Disability Resource Center in Green Bay, for the Brown County Coalition for Suicide Prevention, and for the Advocacy Coalition.
  • I’ve been happy to represent our local affiliate at several community meetings and coalitions and am an advocate for positive change.

Abby Russell

May 2019 – May 2020 as Office Manager

June 2020 – Current as board member

Pronouns: She/her/hers

  • I worked at the NAMI resource center helping volunteers, running social media, setting up events, giving presentations, and other office duties which started as a UWGB Internship. I loved working for the NAMI team and meeting people throughout our community. I’ve been blessed to work in a community I love and spreading the word about a topic I’m passionate about.
  • I recently started a new job at Willow Creek Behavioral Health and decided to join the NAMI board of directors
  • I’m happy to support NAMI as the social media specialist

Heather Burzynski

Oct 2020 – Current

Pronouns: She/her/hers

  • Heather is currently employed with Brown County HHS and is the first and only clinician in the area working with law enforcement. Heather responds out to crisis/mental health calls with Green Bay Police Department’s two Behavioral Health Officers and is able to provide immediate assistance. Heather is also is a volunteer clinician on the Brown County Coalition for Suicide Prevention’s LOSS team.
  • I wanted to join NAMI to help end the stigma that often comes along with mental health. I promote NAMI’s mission of advocacy, education, and support in every way I can and I am extremely passionate about mental health and giving a voice to those who do not feel like they have one.
  • Heather has her master’s degree in clinical social work and also a degree in substance abuse counseling. She has experience in corrections, working with individuals with PTSD, crisis, and has also worked in a group home with adolescent males.
  • In my free time, I like to hang out with my two dogs, spend time with family and friends, go hiking, read, and travel to as many places that I can!