Executive Director

Kathy Forward, Executive Director, is a family member with several family members who have been diagnosed with mental illness. In 1997, she was fortunate to be in the first Family to Family, the Keys to Understanding, class for families in Santa Clara County dealing with mental illness.

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Deputy Director

Alexia Worsham, Deputy Director, is a family member who found information and support at NAMI meetings in San Francisco and the East Bay area in the 1990s before moving to the South Bay area. She has a Master of Science degree in Health Services Administration from Saint Mary’s College of California.

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Administrative Manager

Stacy Badgis, Administrative Manager, grew up in the Bay Area and graduated from San Diego State University. She has more than 15 years of experience in marketing including, branding, advertising, promotions, media relations, strategic planning, event production, and team leadership.

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Warmline Helpdesk Manager

Rita Girman was inspired to volunteer for the NAMI Warmline Help Desk after taking the amazing Family-to-Family course. Now, as the NAMI Warmline Helpdesk Manager, her responsibilities include supporting Warmline volunteers and working to make Warmline even more beneficial to people seeking support and information.

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Volunteer Coordinator

As of June 2017, Nichole Rathjen is the new Volunteer Coordinator at NAMI Santa Clara County.

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Connections Recovery Support Group Coordinator

Robin Stepto has been involved with NAMI Santa Clara County in a variety of roles: Connections Support Group facilitator; In-Our-Own-Voice presenter and mentor;  Peer-to-Peer and Provider Course teacher. 

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Community Programs Coordinator

Marc works with NAMI Santa Clara County supporting the In Our Own Voice, Ending The Silence, and Parents And Teachers As Allies programs. 

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Provider Course Coordinator

Greg grew up in Santa Clara County. He worked at several high tech companies including IBM and Intel Corporation in technical customer marketing.

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Peer-to-Peer Class Coordinator

Barbara has a BA in Psychology from the University of California at Santa Barbara. In her role as Peer-to-Peer Coordinator, she and her team are responsible for organizing, supervising and mentoring the Peer-to-Peer Recovery Education classes.

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Peer Pals Coordinator

David has a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from San Jose State University and holds an MBA from Golden Gate University. After many years in an accounting career, David has found his best direction and passion in employment in the Mental Health field, because of his first-hand lived experience with the illness.

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Family to Family Course/Basics Course/Volunteer Coordinator

Indra is the Family to Family Education Course, Basics Course, and Volunteer Coordinator.  She is dedicated to supporting the Family to Family and Basics programs to educate family members dealing with loved ones diagnosed with mental illness.

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Spanish Programs Coordinator, Spanish Outreach & Speaker Requests

Eugenio coordinates the NAMI Santa Clara County Spanish-language programs, which include Persona a Persona, Familia a Familia, the Spanish Support Group, Compartiendo Experanza Presentations, and MH101.

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