About Us

The National Alliance on Mental Illness Hawaii

NAMI Hawaii is proud to offer programs of education and real-life recovery for families affected by mental illness and anyone interested in being better informed. We strive to raise public awareness about mental illness and better mental health. The more people who understand and know more about mental illness, the less likely prejudice and stigma will exist in our community. Our programs and support groups are prepared and delivered by people who know firsthand the struggles of having a loved one afflicted with a mental illness as well as those who live in recovery. These presenters are well trained and look forward to helping you better understand the circumstances you may find yourself in.

Mission Statement:
NAMI Hawaii is dedicated to improving the quality of life of individuals and families affected by mental illnesses, through support, education, advocacy, and awareness. We serve our community by empowering people to confront the profound injustices brought by serious mental illnesses. Through the strategic plan, we chart a course to meaningful systems change and the path to recovery.
NAMI Hawaii's History:
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Hawaii is a state organization of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). NAMI is the largest grassroots mental health organization in the nation and is a non-profit organization dedicated to the support, education, advocacy and awareness regarding mental illness for individuals, referred to as consumers or peers, families, providers and the community at large. NAMI Hawaii has the state organization office on Oahu and has four affiliates including NAMI Kauai, NAMI Oahu, NAMI Maui, and NAMI Big Island. Originally founded in 1980 Hawaii Families and Friends of Schizophrenics, a few families gathered together to share information and resources. In 1991 they became known as NAMI Hawaii and received a 501(c) 3 status in March of 1997. Also formerly known as NAMI Oahu and National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, NAMI Oahu and NAMI Hawaii merged in 2007 in response to larger changes at the NAMI national level designed to stabilize the organization at all levels to facilitate further growth and improve services.


Kumi Macdonald

Executive Director

Former church ministry director and hotel manager, Connection Support Group Facilitator, successfully living in recovery from depression and has family members with mental illness.

Anisa Wiseman

Deputy Director

Former special education teacher, business owner, successfully living in recovery from PTSD and has family members with mental illness.

Ian M

Office / Program Manager

IT, videography, and customer service background.  


Trisha Chaung

Advocacy Manager

Former Program Manager at NAMI National and former educator.  Lives in recovery from mental illness.


Asianna Saragosa-Torres

Peer and Youth Coordinator

A former crisis case manager, lives in recovery from depression, Ending the Silence speaker, and is a Peer Specialist.

Lei Ohama Rol

Development Director


Former pastor of administration at C4 Church. Connection Recovery support group co-leader. Faithnet support group overseer. Living in recovery from generalized anxiety disorder. Has a family member with a mental illness.


Michael Broderick

Board of Director
Former Director of the State Court System, owner and mediator of Broderick Dispute Resolution, Retired Family Court Judge, Former CEO of YMCA Honolulu, serves on boards, commissions and councils, lives in recovery from depression, and supports family with mental health conditions.

Shuk Wai Chan

Vice President
PharmD and licensed pharmacist manging NYU's Pharmacy Business & Analytics Department, former behavioral health program manager working with nurse, doctors and social workers for patients with serious mental illness and substance use disorder. An advocate to immigrant family on mental health.

Amber Drake

Board of Director
NAMI Maui Designate Affiliate Leader, NAMI Peer to Peer teacher, Youth Mental Health First Aid Instructor, Youth Suicide and Bullying Prevention Instructor with Mental Health America Maui, UH Hilo Clinical Mental Health Counseling graduate student. Living in recovery from mental health conditions and supports family members with mental health conditions.

Mike Durant

Retired general manager of Jorgensen Steel Company in Honolulu, Team captain, along with his wife, Margie, for the Jay Walkers, the #1 fundraiser for NAMIWalks Hawaii, since 1999 in honor of their late son Jay Durant.

Anika Gearheart

Board of Director
PhD, Cognitive Psychology, UH Manoa, Instructor of psychology at Leeward Community College. Living successfully with an anxiety disorder and supporting family members with mental health conditions. Active volunteer with NAMI Hawaii and leads NAMI on Campus group at LCC.

Kathy Hammes

MSW, Retired social worker, NAMI Family to Family teacher and NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group Facilitator, lives in recovery from a mental health condition and supports family members with a variety of mental health conditions. Mental Health Advocate.

Steven Katz

Board of Director
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, supports a family member with a mental health condition, NAMI Support Group facilitator, community speaker.

Bradley Kuo

2nd Vice President
APRN; Hawaii State Center for Nursing APRN Policy and Practice Committee; board member of the Hawaii Association of Professional Nurses, Mental Health Kokua, and Hawaii Board of Nursing; received several awards for his work throughout the state; supports nurse leaders and nursing students.

Karin Medigovich

Board of Director
Child care licensor for the state of Hawaii. Al anon member. NAMI Kauai Designated Affiliate Leader, Family Support Group facilitator and F2F teacher. Mental health first aide certified, CPI and assist certified. 4 years exp. as a Crisis Outreach Therapist. Mother of a fine artist who survives schizophrenia.

Denis Mee-Lee, MD

Board of Director
MD, MS, DLFAPA, Co-Founder of NAMI Hawaii, past Chief, Hawaii Mental Health Division, Medical Director of Behavioral Health Services, Adventist Health Castle, President/Principal Investigator, Valden Medical (400 clinical research studies), Speaker for Pharma, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, University of Hawaii

Amy M

JD, MBA; Former Executive Director of a local nonprofit, former Operations Manager at Hawaii Department of Health, former corporate and healthcare attorney. Successfully living with mental health conditions and supports family members with mental health conditions. NAMI Hawaii peer leader.

Laurie Okinaga

Board of Director
Director of Operations at Central Pacific Bank, background in marketing, analytics, sales and technology. Mother of two and wife, supporter of those with mental health conditions.

Chelsea Wong

Board of Director
Licensed Psychologist. Staff Psychologist at The Queen's Medical Center. Mental Health Emergency Worker for DOH. CIT trainer.


Marjorie Au

Attorney, Former NAMI Hawaii President.

Linda Taylor

Masters in Social Work, co-founder of The Institute For Family Enrichment.

Debbie Zimmerman

President of New Millennium Meetings, Inc., consultant to the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority, Wellness Partner with Amare Global, family member with mental health condition.

Kathleen Rhoads Merriam

A licensed social worker and a certified substance abuse counselor, has experience as someone living with a mental illness, as a family member, mental health provider and administrator, works for HI Adult Mental Health Division and is on the Statewide Suicide Prevention Task Force, board member of National Association of Social Workers.

Anson Rego

Attorney, dealing with mental illness of a family member, Family Support Group facilitator.

Michael Williams

Certified Public Accountant.

Randy Hack

Retired Consumer Advisor, Adult Mental Health Division, NAMI Hawaii Commendation, various other awards, #2 fundraiser, NAMI Hawaii Walk, State Delegate, NAMI National Peer Leadership Council. Peer in recovery from mental illness.