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Our Team

 
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Executive Director

Jessica Gruneich, J.D.  Executive Director Pronouns: She/her/hers  Mon–Fri: 8–4pm  jessica@namiwisconsin.org   Jessica manages the operations of the organization. She ensures that work is carried out in line with the organizational mission, vision and strategic plan.

Jessica Gruneich, J.D.
Executive Director
Pronouns: She/her/hers

Mon–Fri: 8–4pm
jessica@namiwisconsin.org

Jessica manages the operations of the organization. She ensures that work is carried out in line with the organizational mission, vision and strategic plan.

It is honor and privilege to serve as Executive Director helping to ensure that Wisconsin individuals and families have access to critical NAMI education, support, and advocacy programming across our state. NAMI works tirelessly at the local, state, and national level ensuring a better quality of life for those impacted by brain disorders. We provide help and hope to those who need it most.
— Jessica Gruneich

Professional Staff

Mary Kay Battaglia  Program Coordinator Pronouns: She/her/hers  Mon, Tues, & Thurs: 8–4pm  marykay@namiwisconsin.org   Mary Kay assists in coordinating statewide program trainings in addition to providing affiliate support and managing membership.

Mary Kay Battaglia
Program Coordinator
Pronouns: She/her/hers

Mon, Tues, & Thurs: 8–4pm
marykay@namiwisconsin.org

Mary Kay assists in coordinating statewide program trainings in addition to providing affiliate support and managing membership.

I have spent countless hours volunteering for things I feel passionate about. I understand and appreciate those who dedicate their time to the cause of NAMI. I am so fortunate to be a part of a program that focuses on education, support and outreach for mental illness thru so many dedicated volunteers. I look forward to supporting and helping all affiliates increase mental health awareness and support within their own community.
— Mary Kay Battaglia

Emily Grebner  Development Director Pronouns: She/her/hers  Mon-Fri: 8-4pm  emily@namiwisconsin.org   Emily works to ensure that NAMI is seen and heard throughout the state.

Emily Grebner
Development Director
Pronouns: She/her/hers

Mon-Fri: 8-4pm
emily@namiwisconsin.org

Emily works to ensure that NAMI is seen and heard throughout the state.

I am thankful to be a part of a team that is so passionate about helping those affected by mental illness. It is incredible to be a part of an organization that focuses on providing education, advocacy, and support to those who need it most. I am looking forward to being a voice for NAMI Wisconsin as we continue to promote hope and recovery.
— Emily Grebner

Crystal Hester  Public Policy & Advocacy Director Pronouns: She/her/hers  Mon–Fri: 9–4pm  crystal@namiwisconsin.org   Crystal directs our advocacy efforts. She advocates on state level issues, strengthens our grassroots advocacy efforts and provides information and referrals to individuals seeking support.

Crystal Hester
Public Policy & Advocacy Director
Pronouns: She/her/hers

Mon–Fri: 9–4pm
crystal@namiwisconsin.org

Crystal directs our advocacy efforts. She advocates on state level issues, strengthens our grassroots advocacy efforts and provides information and referrals to individuals seeking support.

When you are in the moment of dealing with a difficult situation, it can be hard to see the bigger picture around you. Advocacy is a way of helping not one, but hundreds or even thousands of consumers and families at once. I find being a part of state and local change a highly rewarding job. By teaching advocacy skills to others, I am able to empower them with the best tools possible to go out and create their own change in their communities.
— Crystal Hester

Gina Leahy  Administrative Coordinator Pronouns: She/her/hers  Mon–Fri: 8–4pm  gina@namiwisconsin.org   Gina provides administrative support for the NAMI Wisconsin team. She is responsible for the day-to-day operations and serves as membership and volunteer coordinator.

Gina Leahy
Administrative Coordinator
Pronouns: She/her/hers

Mon–Fri: 8–4pm
gina@namiwisconsin.org

Gina provides administrative support for the NAMI Wisconsin team. She is responsible for the day-to-day operations and serves as membership and volunteer coordinator.

I am passionate about helping people and making a difference in my community however I can which is through my work and volunteering. I have seen how mental illness impacts individuals and families. I am thrilled to be part of the amazing team at NAMI Wisconsin and I am looking forward to the challenges of helping people through education, advocacy and support. I believe that assisting with a greater understanding of mental illness is a key factor to providing these services.
— Gina Leahy

Chrisanna Manders  Associate Director Pronouns: She/her/hers  Mon-Fri: 8-2:30pm  chrisanna@namiwisconsin.org   Chrisanna provides consultation, support, and technical assistance to local affiliates and  Crisis Intervention Teams  around the state.

Chrisanna Manders
Associate Director
Pronouns: She/her/hers

Mon-Fri: 8-2:30pm
chrisanna@namiwisconsin.org

Chrisanna provides consultation, support, and technical assistance to local affiliates and Crisis Intervention Teams around the state.

“Peace. It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work, it means to be in the midst of those things, and still be calm in your heart (~unknown).” This is a quote I live by, and is a kind of peace I believe to be possible for those affected by mental illness. I am beyond honored to be part of NAMI’s team of passionate, caring individuals to be here to support you, to help transform your negatives, and restore your hope! We are all in this together, and can get through anything with our powers combined!
— Chrisanna Manders

VIsit the CIT/CIP website powered by NAMI Wisconsin to learn about Wisconsin's newest Crisis Intervention initiatives!

With Special Thanks to Our

Board of Directors

Rob Golub, President
Rick Muhammad, Vice President
Lauren Keepers, Secretary
Tenisha Grimmer, Treasurer
 

Executive Committee Members At Large

Angela Fingard
Chris Keenan

Members at Large

Scott Anderson
John Battaglia, MD
Kay Jewell, MD
Scott Lutostanski


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Our Volunteers are the Heart and Soul of NAMI

Bob Fox, Office Volunteer

Nancy Abraham, Office Volunteer

Carol Grogan, Office Volunteer

 

Get Involved with NAMI

NAMI Wisconsin is always looking for great people to help achieve our mission of improving quality of life and promoting recovery. Contact us today and we will help you find a role that most interests you. Thank you for your interest in helping NAMI Wisconsin's important cause.


NAMI Wisconsin Interns

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Molly Eckerle
Programs Intern
Pronouns: She/her/hers

Mon: 9-2pm; Tues: 10-2pm
program.intern@namiwisconsin.org

Molly assists Mary Kay in coordinating statewide trainings and supporting local affiliates.


I am so fortunate to have the opportunity to work with an organization that is committed to helping those living with mental illness. It is amazing to be able to work with people that are passionate about mental health and helping those in need. I look forward to being able to learn from those around me to become the best ally that I can be.
— Molly Eckerle
 

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Madison Keepers
Events Intern
Pronouns: She/her/hers

Tues & Thurs: 9-4pm
events.intern@namiwisconsin.org

Madison assists Emily with the planning and preparation of events, as well as creating content for our newsletter and social media accounts.

I’m extremely honored to be a part of a program that works so tirelessly to improve the lives of those affected by mental illness. Everyone deserves to feel supported in their recovery, and our team is dedicated to inspiring hope in everyone!
— Madison Keepers