2020-2021 Board of Directors
Mary Harrington, President and Oxford Affiliate Representative
Mary Harrington recently retired from the University of Mississippi, where she served as Director of Institutional Research, Effectiveness, and Strategic Planning. She has been a member of the United Way Board of Directors for the past 10 years, and is active in many other community projects. Mary has taught Family-to-Family classes, served as Walk Captain for the NAMI Oxford Affiliate (the state’s top fundraiser), and is a regular participant in the NAMI Oxford support group. Mary is the mother of an adult daughter living with mental illness, and has firsthand experience of the stigma, the challenges and the heartbreak of mental illness. NAMI has been a source of support, strength and inspiration to Mary as she deals with her daughter’s illness. As a board member, Mary will remain firmly committed to NAMI’s goals to educate, advocate and support in order to improve lives for those living with mental illness in our state.
Megan Hamm, Vice President and Four Rivers (MS) Representative
Megan has a broad exposure to many facets of the mental health field, professionally and on a personal level.
Megan is the mother of a child managing mental illness. She plays the role of advocate for her child to get accommodations that ensure a fair and equal education. She shows leadership skill through her volunteer work and in her career. Megan is active in her community through board memberships and service to others. She is active in the her organizations that include NAMI Four Rivers steering team, DMH Youth Advisory Counsel, Community Action Group of Brookhaven, Inc, Dr. A.L. Lott Youth Sports and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Megan enjoys attending trainings and conferences to help her develop, personally and professionally.
Megan’s life’s work and passion is to help erase the stigma associated with mental illness and to increase access to quality mental health services for those in rural, lower socioeconomic, and underprivileged communities in Mississippi. She has a passion to help children and youth in being empowered to live healthy and productive lives.
Harriette Mastin, Secretary and At Large
Harriette has been a member of NAMI since 2000. She is a state trainer for Family-to-Family; family support facilitator; teacher for Family-to-Family, Family & Friends, Provider Ed, and BASICS for Parents as well as its predecessor Visions for Tomorrow.
She submitted Vicksburg’s application to become an affiliate of NAMI MS in 2001. Member of NAMI MS Board from January 2004 until January 2018 and from July 1, 2019 to the present. Worked with NAMI MS through the re-chartering process (completed Sept. 2013) and helped NAMI Vicksburg achieve re-affiliation in accord with the NAMI Standards of Excellence in Dec. 2015. Board service: chair of the NAMI MS BOD Nominating Committee; member of the NAMI MS Affiliate Development Committee, the Bylaws Committee, the Education Committee, and the Public Policy Committee. Other service: secretary of the NAMI MS Board and the Warren-Yazoo CMHC Advisory Council.
Marcus Ginn, Treasurer and At Large
Sherry Bouldin, At Large
Sherry Bouldin is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified Mental Health Therapist. She has a successful private practice in psychotherapy where she treats a range of disorders with the application of practical modalities. She has held major roles in promoting the transformation of the state’s mental health system into a recovery and oriented system of care along with the development and sustainment of the Peer Specialist Program. With ten years plus as a mental health professional, she has held positions through the ranks as a Division Director, Program Administrator, Mental Health Therapist, Suicide Prevention Specialist, Wellness Recovery Action Plan Facilitator, Consultant, Presenter and an Advocate of mental health. Sherry holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in Counseling/Human Resources.
Sharon Turner-Davis, At Large
Sharon Turner-Davis holds both a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in sociology and criminology from Mississippi State University. Throughout her professional work both in and out of the classroom, she has developed an astute awareness and understanding of the social, racial, economic, health and educational needs of diverse populations within society. Having been born and reared in one of the most economically stagnated, educationally challenged and racially oppressed areas of this country, the Mississippi Delta, she is aware of the need to provide essential mental health support services, community organization and planning for diverse populations. Sharon has served as a full-time or adjunct instructor of sociology for more than 10 years at several institutions of higher learning throughout the state of Mississippi. She is a full-time instructor of sociology at Hinds Community College and an independent research evaluator for various federally-funded projects.As a research evaluator for more than 20 years, Sharon has conducted evaluation research and analysis on an array of community, educational and social issues including health and wellness, early childhood development, parental engagement and involvement, teenage pregnancy prevention, community engagement in early education and family social problems.
Christiane Williams, At Large
Christiane Williams has been in law enforcement/corrections for 20 years. She has extensive training in all aspects of law enforcement/corrections. She is certified in law enforcement with an educational background in criminal justice. She is active in the behavioral health community in the area of law enforcement/corrections, a Certified Mental Health First Aid Public Safety Instructor, and also currently serves as a Priority 7 Committee Member of the Mississippi Urban Research Center (MURC). In the last four years, she has been very active in the mental health community assisting persons with a mental illness get the help they need when they become a part of the criminal justice system. In May 2015, she gave a presentation at the statewide NAMI conference entitled, “Mental Health and Probation.” She is involved in various community organizations involving adults and youth, serving as president and a board member. Christiane currently works as an agent with the Mississippi Department of Corrections. She resides in Jackson, Mississippi and has one son.
Thomas Carson, Peer Leadership Council Representative
Thomas is a Certified Peer Support Specialist at Warren-Yazoo Behavioral Health in Vicksburg, working in housing services. He has been active in NAMI since 2003 and has served as a trainer, mentor, facilitator and presenter in several of its educational programs, including Peer-to-Peer, In Our Own Voice and NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group.
Auvergne Williams, Central Mississippi Affiliate Representative
Shan Abbott, Coastal MS Affiliate Representative
Diane Sellers, Meridian Affiliate Representative
Mavis Creagh, Pine Belt Affiliate Representative
Stephanie Stout May, Tupelo Affiliate Representative
Jenny Drake, Vicksburg Affiliate Representative
Jenny is a retired English teacher, family member, Family & Friends teacher, Family-to-Family teacher, and Family-to-Family State Trainer.