NAMI Seattle is the only organization in the Seattle area working specifically to fill the gaps in our local mental health system through education, referrals, and support.

We offer classes and support groups at no cost to those who need them, connecting people with shared experiences and providing guidance on how to navigate an increasingly insufficient and complex mental health system. We are who people call when a mental health issue has left them feeling totally alone, when one more "Press 5" phone tree might just make them give up and lose hope.

Our office is located at 802 NW 70th Street, Seattle, WA 98117. Office hours are Monday through Thursday, 9am-5pm. You can contact us by phone at (206) 783-9264 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Our Helpline hours are the same as our office hours.

Our Mission

To address the unmet mental health needs within our community through support, referral, education, and outreach.

Our Vision

A world where all those impacted by mental illness know they are not alone, and are empowered to live a fulfilling life.

Our story

NAMI Seattle has been part of the Seattle community since 1978. Originally established as "Washington Advocates for the Mentally Ill," we worked with other concerned groups across the country to found a national advocacy and support organization, the National Alliance on Mental Illness. NAMI Seattle is proud to act as Seattle's voice on mental illness.

Annual Meeting

Are you a NAMI Seattle member? We have an annual meeting every fall, usually in November, where members vote in our candidates to join the Board of Directors.

Annual Reports

2017 NAMI Seattle Annual Report


Financial Information

2014 NAMI Seattle 990 Tax Return

2014 NAMI Seattle Financial Statements


2015 NGS Articles of Ammendment and Summary

2016 NGS Bylaws


Ashley Fontaine, MSW

Executive Director

Ashley assumed the role of Executive Director in 2014. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Gonzaga University, and a Master’s in Social Work from University of Illinois at Chicago Jane Addams College of Social Work. Ashley is an AmeriCorps*VISTA alum, and through two years of national service developed her commitment to economic and social justice issues. Prior to becoming the Executive Director at NAMI Seattle, she was the Education Programs Manager at NAMI Chicago and a CIT (Crisis Intervention Team) instructor for the Chicago Police Department. Ashley is excited to be back home in the Pacific Northwest, and enjoys photography and hiking, especially in the Olympics.

Katie Mahoney, MSSW

Program Manager

Katie has worked as NAMI Seattle's Program Manager since November 2015. She holds her Master of Science in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin, and her previous nonprofit work includes program management, outreach, and direct client services in women's health, HIV, employment training, homelessness, and community martial arts and self-defense. Working with volunteers and developing community-based programs has always been Katie's favorite part of her job, and she feels extremely lucky to have the opportunity to do so every day at NAMI Seattle.

Lyndsay Campbell

Development & Operations Manager

Lyndsay Campbell brings 12 years of nonprofit expertise to NAMI Seattle. She is a Seattle Native and has a deep passion for providing support and access to education and resources to those in Washington. Lyndsay focused initially on fundraising and event planning for 5 years, and then moved on to program management. She then served as the Director at NAMI Eastside for almost two years, until she re-joined the NAMI Seattle team in June 2017 in the Development & Operations role. She is excited to put her skills in fund development, donor relations, community outreach and operations to work for NAMI's mission. Lyndsay lives in Seattle with her husband, son, and their cat Abbey!

Amber McDowell-Reese

Outreach Program Coordinator

Amber began working as the Outreach Program Coordinator for NAMI Seattle through AmeriCorps in September 2017. She has a Bachelor's of Science in Psychology from Pacific Lutheran University. Amber has held various positions throughout the nonprofit sector including clinical individual therapy, case management, and grant writing. In addition, Amber is a Washington State Licensed Massage Practitioner (LMP), and is passionate about educating the community about positive and healthy touch, mental health/wellness and the de-stigmatization process, social justice, and advocacy. Amber hopes to one day combine all of her interests in order to facilitate and activate the body's ability to self-heal, be it emotionally, physically, and/or spiritually.

Amina Mohamud

Helpline Coordinator

Amina Mohamud has been volunteering with NAMI Seattle's Ending the Silence program since 2015 as a young presenter and has taken on the challenges of Helpline Coordinator through AmeriCorps in 2017. As Helpline Coordinator Amina assists individuals with mental health conditions, their families, social service providers and the Seattle community by providing critical information, resources and referrals. Amina worked with children and adolescents from ages 5-15 in the foster care system as a behavioral specialist before coming to NAMI Seattle. Amina earned her degree in Community Psychology and Behavioral Health from the University of Washington, with a focus on Adolescent and Childhood Development. Mina is also trained in Therapeutic Crisis Interventions, which teach health care providers in high crisis environments how to proactively prevent and/or de-escalate a potential crisis situation, in a therapeutic manner, and if necessary, intervene physically in a manner that reduces the risk of harm. Amina is excited to apply her knowledge of mental health and therapeutic care to provide the best support for our community members.

Nereyda Fuentes

Work Study, Development Assistant

Nereyda is our new work study hire. She just started to work with us in October and hopes to stay on board for a long time. She is a current undergraduate student at Seattle Pacific University with her planned major being Computer Science. She is so thrilled to be working with us at NAMI Seattle and really hopes that she can help make a difference. Her experience with nonprofits in the past has been mostly volunteering but she is excited to learn. She is new to Seattle but is happily settled with her cat KitKat.

Gideon Elliott

Administrative Assistant

Gideon C. Elliott graduated with his Bachelor’s in Psychology from Florida Institute of Technology in 2014 and promptly moved three-thousand miles to Seattle. He completed his undergraduate internship at a counseling office with a women’s center and has worked on forensic-clinical and cross-cultural industrial-organizational psychology research teams. He has volunteered for the past three years with local nonprofit Ingersoll Gender Center as both a peer-facilitator and member of the Support Services Committee and is committed to serving thhe trans community in their intersectional needs. Professionally, he has worked in Human Resources for the last two years with prior experience in logistics and customer support. His focus in school revolved around military psychology, LGBTQIA+ individuals, and the cross-section of those populations. His other passions are namely dogs and science. He is enthusiastic about joining the Seattle NAMI team and working to provide individual and community mental health resources.


  • Sarah Punshon

    Sarah Punshon


  • Mindy Meyring

    Mindy Meyring

    Board Member

  • Laura Umetsu

    Laura Umetsu


  • Shaida Hossein, OTD

    Shaida Hossein, OTD

    Board Member

  • Jen Dold

    Jen Dold


  • Richard Martin, MD

    Richard Martin, MD

    Board Member