2018 Board of Directors
Cath Hopkins (President)
Cath joined the NAMI HC board in January of 2018. She enjoyed participating in an earlier NAMI Peer-to-Peer class, and looks forward to co-facilitating monthly NAMI Connections Recovery support meetings. Cath has over 25 years of lived experience coping with disabling mental illness. She finds healing and inspiration in nature, with her partner Melanie, and with their animals. Cath also has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, speaks a little Spanish, enjoys nature photography and gardening, and has hiked the entire Appalachian Trail. She is also passionate about countering stigma.
Suzanne McBee (Vice President)
Suzanne joined the NAMI HC board in the latter part of 2017 and brings experience from participation in NAMI Durham during her time living there. She is enthusiastic and committed to helping families affected by mental illness.
Mike Tanner (Treasurer)
Mike Tanner has served as NAMI High Country Treasurer for the past year. He is retired from careers in the law and in ministry. For 10 years of his pastoral education and ministry, he worked with and among people living with disabling mental illness, most of the time as their pastor and director of a day center offering enrichment, services, and community. He and his wife Cozette are parents of five adult children. He currently serves as a part-time hospital chaplain and supply clergy.
Elizabeth Kerley (Secretary)
Elizabeth Kerley holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology with a concentration in Family Development and a Master of Social Work degree with a concentration in Individuals and Families from ASU. Elizabeth previously worked with the Watauga County DSS where she served as an Adult Services social worker. Elizabeth is currently employed by AppHealthCare as their Health Promotions Program Manager. She has a passion for working with families of children with special health care needs and a strong desire to help individuals and communities combat the stigma associated with mental illness. Whole health includes mental health!
Ed Rothstein has been the Peer Specialist for Daymark in Watauga County for the last four years. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education from San Francisco State University. Ed has been involved with NAMI for 28 years on the state and local levels in Atlanta, GA and Murfreesboro, TN. He was the Chairperson for the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Mental Health Consumers Association and managed a Peer Support Center in Murfreesboro, TN for 13 years.
Murray Hawkinson has been a NAMI HC Board Member since 2015, and has been involved with the field of recovery since the 1970’s. He is a Boone, NC native, and graduated from Watauga High School in 1970, then from Davidson College in 1974 with a degree in Psychology, and then completed a Masters in Clinical Psychology from UNC Chapel Hill in 1982, eventually finishing his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology there in 1991 after making his own recovery from two bouts of cancer. After working over 30 years with New River Behavioral HealthCare he has been the Center Director for Daymark in Watauga County since 2011. Murray is an enthusiastic supporter of recovery efforts, has provided several presentations for NAMI HC meetings, and has been encouraging the development of a peer support center in this area.
Please contact Elizabeth Kerley at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in joining the board. Thank you!