Chris Novak

Chris Novak, Program Administrator Chris Novak joined the NAMI team in 2006 as the first staff member of NAMI Ventura County. Her role at NAMI gave her a way to provide support and services to those affected by mental health conditions.  Now serving in the role of Program Administrator for the past several years, Chris […]

Arcelia Martinez, Volunteer Coordinator

Arcelia Martinez, Volunteer Coordinator Arcelia is an advocate and filmmaker who focuses on bringing stories to life that demystify and humanize the Mexican American experience. Her work gives audience members the opportunity to see themselves and feel a little more understood. Arcelia infuses storytelling with social issues from first-hand and shared experiences on topics like […]

Elena Kennedy, Program Coordinator

Elena Kennedy, Program Coordinator Elena comes to NAMI Ventura County with experience in dual diagnosis. This discovery lead her to participate in every program offered by this affiliate. She is passionate about encouraging others to understand their mental health as well as addictive disorders.  Elena is a recent graduate of Oxnard College with degrees in […]

Roberta Griego, Executive Director

Roberta Griego, Executive Director Roberta Griego’s journey with NAMI Ventura County began with a Family-to-Family class in November of 2012 after her stepson experienced a mental health crisis. Roberta and her husband Ernie have been active members of NAMI Ventura County since 2013.  Roberta retired from public service in the spring of 2013 after 39.5 […]

Kimberly Quinn-Colvin, Program Coordinator

Kimberly Quinn-Colvin, Program Coordinator Kimberly Quinn is a writer, artist, and public speaker. Kimberly chased her natural curiosity from Maine to California before leaving a career in print journalism to deal with the fallout of trauma and mental illness. By day, Kimberly now focuses her creative energy and considerable determination on demolishing mental health stigma.

Dr. Janine Ivy

Dr. Janine Ivy, Director at Large Dr. Ivy attended Pacifica Graduate Institute where she obtained her master’s degree in counseling psychology before earning her Doctorate degree in Clinical Forensic Psychology at the California School of Forensic Studies at Alliant International University. In her clinical training, Dr. Ivy has worked with a variety of populations including survivors of […]

Patti Pape, President

Patricia Pape, President Patti Pape is a mother of five and a lifelong educator in Ventura County as a teacher and administrator. She is a LGBTQ+ advocate and an advocate for appropriate special education and cultural equality in education. Patti has experienced mental health issues both personally and professionally and wants to bring about changes […]

Mark Stadler, Director at Large

Mark Stadler, Director at Large Mark Stadler has over 36 years of law enforcement experience; he became the Ventura County Law Enforcement Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Program Administrator in July 2015 after retiring as a Commander from the Ventura Police Department in California. Commander Stadler is a founding member of Ventura County’s CIT program, beginning […]

Dr. James R. Norris, Vice President

Dr. James R. Norris, Vice President Dr. Norris retired from the US Army Reserve at the rank of Colonel. He holds a B.S. in Mathematics, M.S. in Business Management, M.S.S. in National Security Policy and Strategy, and a D.Eng. in Systems Engineering and Engineering Management. Colonel Norris served on the General Staff of 8th US […]

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