Co-President

Victor Ojakian, a retired project manager, works tirelessly on mental health and suicide prevention efforts. He is the NAMI Santa Clara County Board Co-President and participates in several local, regional, California, and national organizations, including the SCC Behavioral Health Board and Suicide Prevention Oversight Committee, and SAMHSA’s Suicide Prevention Resource Center Advisory Committee.

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Co-President

Beverly Hersh Lozoff is a freelance editor and writer, having spent many years in curriculum development and more recently as an editor of nonfiction trade books. Beverly became involved in NAMI Santa Clara County about eight years ago, wanting to learn more about mental health issues, given a family history of depression and anxiety.

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Vice President, Latino Outreach

Juan Perez holds a B.A. in Human Resource Administration from UNAM. He was a Professor of Social Studies and Art Education for ten years in Mexico City and a chemical coordinator for fifteen years at IBM. He is Maestro de Familia a Familia at NAMI SCC, a Member of the Office of Family Affairs of SCC Mental Health Department and chairman of the Mexican Cultural Diffusion Group.

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Fundraising

Harold is a retired information technology manager with a career starting in the USAF, including Department Head at El Camino Hospital, Senior Project Manager with IBM and ending as President & CEO of DRC, a successful health information services company.

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Uday Kapoor, M.S. Electrical Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle 1972, is an engineering executive with Oracle Corporation, with 45 years of experience in several Silicon Valley companies. His 40 year old son has developmental disabilities as well as schizoaffective disorder.

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Secretary

Peter Newman, PhD, is an engineer in the high-tech industry designing the data plumbing devices that live inside data centers.

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Treasurer

Steven Wade, CPA, CA (Canada) MBA, joined NAMI in November 2013 as the treasurer. Impressed by the tireless work they do he was eager to help them manage their financial resources and reporting.

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Member-at-Large

Lowanda Pierson is a retired Registered Nurse from Santa Clara Valley Medical Center working for her last eleven years in Chemical Dependency and recently certified in Gerontology. She is a member of the San Jose Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta.

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Legislative Chair

Leah Dansby Ezeoha has worked as a Program Manager for the County of Santa Clara’s Probation Department for the last 10 years. She manages Resource Services within the department, to ensure Probation Officers are kept abreast of all community based resources within the county.

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