NAMI Colorado Board

Executive Board

President


Greg C. Coleman, CPM

Greg Coleman is founder and CEO of Spectrum Commercial Real Estate Solutions, a thirty five year old commercial real estate company specializing in property management, , leasing and construction management.

Greg is well respected in the commercial real estate arena, having served as the founding President of the 1800 member Denver  Metropolitan Commercial Association of Realtors where he was recognized as ”Commercial Realtor of the Year” in 1997.  Greg also served as President of the Northern Colorado Chapter of the Institute of Real Estate Management and was recognized as “Manager of the Year” in 1990. 

Greg and his wife Nancy have been involved in the mental health community for many years, having received critical help in support of their daughter who struggles with mental illness. Both Nancy and Greg are Family to Family instructors, and both currently serve on the board of NAMI Boulder / Broomfield.   


Vice President


Margaret Elmer

Margaret joined NAMI in 2002 after taking the Family-to-Family class. She has experience as a volunteer for NAMI in three signature programs and in Illinois, Texas and Colorado.

Margaret has a Masters degree in Education Counseling from Southeastern Louisiana University, and a Juris doctorate from Northern Illinois University. "I support NAMI because of its solid programs providing support, education and advocacy in the interests of people experiencing mental illness and their families and loved ones."


Secretary


Pam Haynes

Pam grew up having a mother living with undiagnosed, non-medicated delusions, hallucinations and mood fluctuations.  Her brothers would later develop major illnesses.  Her silence, fear, and confusion, were broken upon walking into one of Colorado's first Family-to-Family Courses in 1999. 

She would later express her passion for breaking through the stigma having kept her from having the healthy relationships she wanted with her brothers, by teaching more than 20 Family to Family classes, coordinating the courses for NAMI Jeffco, becoming a support group facilitator, as well as the V.P. and President of NAMI Jeffco.  Pam has enjoyed giving presentations about NAMI's programs to Rotary Clubs, Churches, Government Entities, and the Jeffco Action Center.  

After being a management member during the early growth of Celestial Seasonings Herb Teas in Boulder, she spent many professional years as a criminal defense investigator, paralegal, and, law office manager.

Pam proudly displays her Channel 7 Everyday Hero Award in her home.  She is a Mental Health First Aid Instructor and most recently has become an advocate within the First Judicial District's Adult Mental Health Court. 

With education, support, resources and advocacy, hope so often replace hopelessness and helplessness.  Every person facing challenges of living with a mental illness deserves the respect and consideration afforded people who do not live with these biologically based illnesses.


Treasurer


Sam Carrasco

Sam has a bachelor’s degree in Finance and has worked in the banking and banking software industry for over 16 years. He currently works for a technology firm that designs, installs and supports software for financial institutions internationally. Sam has held multiple management level positions within his company and is currently an Implementation Coordinator. His business experience includes staff management, project management, strategic planning, capital management, operations management, and business continuity planning.

Sam’s passion for NAMI began while trying to understand and offer compassion to his family members that live with mental illness. While dealing with an extraordinarily tough period of time he and his wife were searching high and low for understanding and guidance. He found all of that and more when he found NAMI.

Sam immediately joined a Family to Family class which educated him on mental illness and gave him incredible empathy for the individuals in our world living with mental illness. The additional benefits of meeting so many incredible families and individuals experiencing very similar situations was amazing and offered an invaluable support system. This experience led Sam to become a Family to Family teacher, volunteer for this incredible organization, and do all he can to support those that live with mental illness and their families.

Sam believes in NAMI’s mission, goals, education programs, and support groups and considers them to be an invaluable resource to our community. He is committed to do all he can to ensure this great organization continues to thrive. 


MEMBERS AT LARGE

Member At Large


Kat Atwell

Several years ago, Kat participated in her first Colorado NAMIWalks. Soon thereafter, she successfully completed the NAMI In Our Own Voice training, becoming a speaker for the community, sharing her story of lived experience with mental illness throughout Colorado. Having been first diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and depression over twenty years ago, with the additional diagnosis of bipolar disorder in 2006, she knows all too well the confusion, isolation and stigma people living with severe mental illness can face on a regular basis.

She has been actively involved in community events throughout Denver for the past ten years as a speaker, performer, and producer. In addition to serving as the emcee for Ignite Denver for the past three years, she is a storyteller and improvisational comedian, in 2016, she brought the This Is My Brave show to Denver, a live presentation of essays, poetry, and music performed by individuals living with or loving someone with mental illness.

Kat is also a benefits counselor with Colorado PERA, where she has worked for over eight years. She has spent more than fifteen years in the financial industry, educating individuals and groups on retirement planning and health insurance options.

Mental health advocacy is Kat's passion. She looks forward to strengthening the NAMI Colorado programs and getting more people in the community involved in breaking down the stigma of mental illness.


Member at Large


Cheri Bishop

For 25 years my husband and I owned and operated an industrial tool distributorship corporation. My primary responsibilities were accounts payable, payroll and taxes along with maintenance of our company’s website. 

I found NAMI Colorado in 1999 when my 21 yr. old son became ill with schizophrenia.  I felt NAMI saved my son’s life and wanted to give back by helping other families living with mental illness. In 1999, I took the Family to Family teacher training, the first one ever held in Colorado. As a volunteer Family to Family teacher, I’ve taught over 30 Family-to-Family classes. I next completed the National training to become a Family to Family state trainer and have completed over 20 Family to Family teacher trainings.  I am listed in NAMI National’s Family-to-Family Gold Hall of Fame for the number of Family to Family classes I’ve taught and for the number of trainings I’ve facilitated.  In addition, I was a Colorado Visions teacher and a Colorado Visions state trainer for many years. I am also a trained Family Support Group facilitator and have been co-facilitating a NAMI family support group twice a month for the past 2 years.

I started working at the NAMI CO state office in April 2004 as coordinator of the Family to Family and Colorado Visions programs. As time went on, I was assigned additional responsibilities and by 2015, I was organizing and managing 9 NAMI Signature programs and 2 NAMI CO programs. I was also giving presentations on NAMI and NAMI programs, hosting tables at health fairs, resource fairs, etc. and working with affiliates around the state to provide support and assistance.

In 2005, I received the NAMI Colorado’s Staff Member of the Year award and in 2013 I was recognized at the NAMI CO Annual meeting for my dedication and work. In 2012 I served as NAMI CO’s Interim Executive Director until a new Executive Director could be hired which took almost 6 months. 

I have also represented NAMI CO on the Voices for Veterans Mental Health Recovery Council since it was implemented in 2009, and have worked with the VA on the NAMI Walk and Suicide Prevention. Additionally, I have taught a number of Family to Family classes at the VA.

At present, I have 2 sons and a 20 yr. old granddaughter diagnosed with mental illness. 

My passion is helping and supporting families and individuals living with mental illness and letting them know there is hope. 


Member at Large

Jay Borgman

Jay serves on the Board of Directors for NAMI Weld County.  He is a Connections group facilitator and a State Trainer for Connections. 

Jay also serves on the Consumer Council, the North Range Behavioral Health Board and is a volunteer at Frontier House and Behavioral Healthcare Council.


Member at Large


Alison Canjar

It was when our loved one was diagnosed with schizophrenia at the age of 19 that we were horrified to realize how little we knew about illnesses that affect the brain. After attending the Family-To-Family class, I knew that I wanted to participate in helping others find the same comfort, hope and insight that we had found and became trained as a F2F instructor, Family Support Group facilitator and family member participant for the Provider Education Program.

I have been very active with the Denver affiliate, coordinating and promoting classes and programs while continuing to co-teach the Family-To-Family course. I believe that mental health issues are an urgent civil rights matter and I continually participate in advocacy whenever possible and view every interaction with others as an opportunity to change hearts and minds about such an important topic.

I believe that NAMI is uniquely qualified to make a difference and am extremely appreciative for the opportunities NAMI has given me to help with these efforts. I am also continually amazed by the people that I have had the privilege of knowing as a result of my, and my entire family’s, involvement with NAMI. It is an honor to serve in this capacity as we continue to support communities throughout Colorado in so many invaluable ways.


Member at Large


Warren Harrison

Retired president of WLH Construction Company (Underground and Ground support Construction Company).  Over 50 year’s experience in construction. Work experience all over the United States including Alaska and the world including Israel, Haiti, Columbia, Indonesia and Peru. A registered Professional Engineer in Colorado.  Received Professional degree in Mining Engineering from Colorado School of Mines and a Masters of Business Administration from University of Colorado at Denver.


A board Member of Historic Grant Avenue Community Center.


Joined NAMI through the Family to Family program and helped by being a family support facilitator and working with annual NAMI walk.


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NAMI Colorado By-Laws.pdf

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NAMI Standards of Excellence.pdf

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NAMI National Board of Directors Operating Policies and Procedures.pdf

Executive Board

Greg Coleman

Margaret Elmer

Pam Haynes

Sam Carrasco

Members At Large

Kat Atwell

Cheri Bishop

Jay Borgman

Alison Canjar

Warren Harrison