2017-2018 Board of Directors
Brett Mayfield, President
William “Brett” Mayfield, a teacher at Madison Central High School, teaches courses in AP Psychology, the Psychology of Conflict, and AP Human Geography. An instructor for nearly two decades, Mr. Mayfield earned his master’s degree in teaching from Belhaven University.
Gloria Mwase, Vice President
Sharon Turner-Davis, Secretary
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.
Auvergne Williams, Treasurer
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.
Jesse Coppenbarger, At Large
Hanne Gaycken, At Large
Originally from Germany, Hanne Gaycken attended UT Knoxville where she received her MA and PhD degrees in historical linguistics. She met her husband there, and they both began to teach in the Modern Language Department at Ole Miss. Hanne also taught German part time at Oxford High School. She retired from both institutions in 2010 after many years of teaching foreign languages.
Their middle son, Karsten, was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia in 2006, and Hanne learned about NAMI in 2007 by participating in a Family-to-Family class. She then underwent training to teach Family-to-Family classes herself and has now been the Support Group Facilitator since 2012. She is the vice-president of the recently-established NAMI Oxford Affiliate and has been active in NAMIWalks, raising a considerable amount of money for the annual charity event. NAMI is an important organization in the Gayckens’ lives. Hanne and Karsten both attended the NAMI national conference this year, and Karsten is one of the facilitators of the local Connection group.
Marcus Ginn, At Large
Mary Harrington, At Large
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.
Clinton Smith, At Large
Clinton Smith was born in 1939 in Brookhaven, the location of most of his ancestors. He grew up in Jackson and finished college at Tulane University. He completed medical school at Marquette University in Milwaukee, and his residency training in pediatrics and pediatric cardiology at the University of Minnesota. He practiced primarily at UMMC in Jackson, and retired in 2011.
His wife is Lois Smith, who spent many years in NAMI, worked with direct care workers at the Mississippi State Hospital at Whitfield, and was a contractor for the Department of Mental Health. They have a son with serious mental illness who lives in the Warren-Yazoo group home. They are both avid readers, and Smith is writing his memoirs.
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.
Harold White, At Large
Harold White had a career in the corporate world for more than 35 years. Prior to retirement, he worked in corporate human resources with the responsibility of helping global business leaders improve organizational performance. He was also charged with developing business leaders at the executive level. Harold earned a BS degree in industrial engineering and an MS degree in organizational psychology. When he lived in Tennessee, Harold was a member of NAMI Tennessee. He currently lives in Brookhaven with his wife, Nancy. Harold has experienced the pain of family members living with serious mental illness through Nancy’s brothers. Harold participated in family support groups in Tennessee and Mississippi. His NAMI-related activities include being on the steering team for the Central Mississippi affiliate, SMART advocacy training, public relations work for the state, building the NAMI 4 Rivers MS affiliate for southwest Mississippi (serving as vice-president), and participating in radio and newspaper interviews to build awareness and membership. Harold’s other related experiences include being a member of the DMH Advisory Board and the Hinds County PACT Advisory Board.
Nancy White, At Large
Nancy White has served as a teacher for children with disabilities for 28 years. She obtained a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree in special education, and served as the Bradley County School System Department Head and Coordinator of Special Services in Cleveland, Tennessee for eight years, which involved supervising a staff of 15 teachers, leading in-services and coordinating programs, and scheduling of personnel. Having retired in 2014, Nancy and her husband returned to their hometown of Brookhaven, where she now tutors children with autism and reading difficulties. Nancy is the sister of family members who have suffered with severe mental illness for more than 40 years. Because of knowing firsthand what living with family members with mental illness involves, she has a desire to join with others to play an active part in helping improve the lives of those individuals and their families, and to help them know that there is hope and they are not alone. Nancy has been active in NAMI Mississippi and was formerly active in NAMI Tennessee. She has served as a member of the steering committee for NAMI Central Mississippi, is a member of a Family Support Group, and completed the SMART advocacy training program. She is currently involved in the startup of a new NAMI affiliate in southwest Mississippi, NAMI 4 Rivers MS, where she serves as secretary. She also serves on the advisory board for the Department of Mental Health and the Hinds County PACT Team.
Thomas Carson, Peer Leadership Council Representative
Dr. Joe Kinnan, Pine Belt Affiliate Representative
Joe Kinnan, Colonel (USAF, Retired) has a Ph.D. in adult education from the University of Southern Mississippi. His other degrees are from the University of Florida, Wayne State University, and Ohio State University. He served in the Air Force for 26 years. He and his family were involved in volunteer mental health activities throughout most of his career. After retiring from the Air Force in 1988, he served with the Mississippi Department of Mental Health (DMH) as an associate psychologist, staff development director, investigator advocate and risk management director. Most of his service was at Boswell Regional Center and Ellisville State School (1988-2001). He then became a consumer education consultant with DMH from 2003 to 2015. During that time, he conducted the Mississippi Leadership Academy, a program to help people recovering from serious mental illness to re-discover their “giftedness.” He also assisted in creating jail diversion programs such as the Crisis Intervention Teams. Joe and his wife, Sandy, have been active in NAMI since the early 1990s. They are committed to eradicating stigma, and to help vulnerable people to prosper and maintain their dignity. Joe is currently on the NAMI Mississippi affiliate development and education committees. He is also the facilitator for the NAMI Mississippi State Veterans Council.
Randall Williams, Vicksburg Affiliate Representative
Randall is a long-time outstanding member of the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Mississippi, working through the Vicksburg affiliate. He is a trained Family-to-Family teacher and support group facilitator as well as a state trainer for Family-to-Family teachers, and has been a leader in working with and supporting NAMI through his time, financial contributions and advocacy efforts. He has also been a strong supporter of the Mental Health First Aid Program and spearheaded having a training set up in Vicksburg this past May, and just recently became a Mental Health First Aid Instructor.
Lynn Gilbert, Oxford Affiliate Representative
Lynn and her husband, Ken, joined NAMI Mississippi in 2000 after moving back to their home state of Mississippi from State College, Pennsylvania. They are both educators by profession. Lynn has a B.A. in elementary education from the University of Mississippi, while Ken obtained a Ph.D. in theoretical nuclear physics at Michigan State University. Before Lynn taught school, she was a graduate of Jackson Commercial College and has many years of secretarial experience. Lynn was a secretary for the Physics Department at Michigan State while Ken was a graduate student in physics there. Later after three children, Lynn completed her B.S. in elementary education. Both are now retired and live in the rural community of Thaxton, which is east of Oxford. They have been married for 52 years, and have three children and two granddaughters.
Lynn taught her first and large NAMI Family-to‐Family class in 2001 in Tupelo with a local psychologist whose goal was to help educate family clients on mental illness in hopes that ill family clients would not be abandoned. Family member attendees came as far away as Corinth and Starkville.
After successfully teaching several Family-to-Family classes and attending various NAMI events and forums, Lynn was tapped by past NAMI Mississippi advocate Ann Jensen to become a NAMI State Trainer. In 2007, Lynn and NAMI Mississippi board member Patricia Battle attended the St. Louis NAMI National Convention. Joyce Burland, founder of the NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program, taught and certified both Lynn and Patricia as Family-to-Family State Trainers. Soon thereafter, Lynn, with the assistance of Anne Jensen, trained three of NAMI Oxford’s family members as Family-to-Family teachers.
This past July, Lynn and Ken attended NAMI Mississippi’s Signature Programs Training Academy in Raymond. Ken renewed his certification as a Family-to-Family Teacher, while Lynn took the Family Support Group Facilitator Training Class just in case Oxford’s present and very excellent Family Support Group Leader, Hanne Gaycken, might need a substitute. Lynn and Ken’s ultimate goal, however, is to teach Family-to-Family classes together. They understand the importance of NAMI’s Family-to-Family classes. Lynn and Ken both give credit to NAMI Family-to-Family educational classes, alongside NAMI family members’ loving support, in coping with mental illness within their own family.
Patricia Battle, Meridian Affiliate Representative
Patricia Battle has been a member of NAMI Mississippi since 1997, and she has an adult son living with mental illness. She is the president of the NAMI Meridian Affiliate and a member of the NAMI African American Networking Group. She also serves on the Meridian Community Partnership on Mental Health, the Friends of Central Mississippi Residential Center, the Central Mississippi Residential Center Human Relations and Advocacy Committee, and the NFusionX Governance Board. She retired from being a bank officer to become the administrator for the Mississippi Choctaw United Methodist Mission, which has allowed her to gain knowledge about the Choctaw culture. She has an interest in an outreach development model that will help NAMI Mississippi be received in rural communities. She has been involved in training seminars and workshops on multiculturalism and inclusiveness. Patricia has taught outgrowth studies on culturally diverse groups of people and persons with disabilities. She has also been trained in the four models of the California Brief Multicultural Competence Scale and Training Program (CBMCS).