NAMI Board Members
JOANN MONNIN-DEBEVEC (PRESIDENT):
Summerville is my adopted home. Due to my son’s illness, 30 years ago, I found NAMI. I needed help! I have been a member since. I have served on the NAMI Charleston Area in many positions, Membership Chair, Treasurer, Vice President and President from 2011-2013 then again from 2014 to 2015. I currently am the president again. My goal is to teach others about mental illness, with the hope of eradicating stigma. I am also the Vice Chair for Charleston Dorchester Mental Health Clinic. I enjoy cooking and entertaining visiting family and friends. I love to travel to foreign countries. I am a certified Master Gardener which involves educational classes and volunteering in the community.
SHARON DIAMOND (VICE-PRESIDENT):
I work at Odyssey International Inc. I have been a NAMI member since 2013 at which time I attended the Family-to-Family class. This class was helpful beyond words and so inspiring that I became a Family-to-Family instructor and Family Support Group Facilitator so that I could help others in despair. I’m an advocate for improving healthcare for those with mental illness and stopping the stigma!
ROBERT TAYLOR (TREASURER):
I’ve been volunteering with NAMI Charleston Area since 2007. It all started when I attended the Family-To-Family course, which taught me how to help and advocate for those with mental health needs. I knew instantly that I wanted to be a part of this organization and this amazing team. It’s been a great joy to both serve as the treasurer and on the board these past few years. I work as a Financial/Business Analyst, enjoy living in Charleston, and spending time with family and friends.
AASHINI SHRIVASTAV (SECRETARY):
I am an Indian girl born and raised in Dubai. I came to the United States in 2012 to attend Boston College, and continued onto Cardozo Law School. In the summer of 2020, I moved to Charleston and I am a Staff Attorney at the Center for Heirs’ Property Preservation. I am passionate about helping people, and love working with NAMI to spread mental health awareness and acceptance. I love exploring Charleston, and spending time with my husband and 2 dogs.
MALINDA WITHERSPOON-TERRY (COMMUNITY OUTREACH COORDINATOR):
I have been married for 17 years and have 3 daughters. I have been employed with Charleston County Government since 2005 as the Executive Assistant to the CFO, and have been a member of NAMI since 2017. I volunteer with NAMI to let parents know, they are not alone and compassionate help is available.
KELLY A. TROYER (DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR):
I have worked and volunteered in some capacity for 23 years with NAMI on a local and state level.
I do this work because I don’t want other families to experience what I did with my family 24 years ago. NAMI saved my family.
NAMI saves lives and gives people hope that people with mental health conditions have a community where we and our families belong. I believe our communities are better because of NAMI and the services we provide.
I am a Senior Manager in the Assurance practice at Ernst & Young, LLP, serving our clients and community in Charleston, SC. I serve as a Board Member of NAMI Charleston to support my family impacted by mental illness and my community that rely on the support of local leaders to bring awareness and support to mental health initiatives.
I work for Home Team BBQ and joined the NAMI board in 2021.
I joined NAMI to help bring awareness of mental health issues to the food and beverage industry. Too many of my colleagues have suffered mental health over the years. I would like to use my involvement in NAMI to help guide those suffering a mental health crisis to the resources that can help them lead better lives.
I am originally from Knoxville, TN and have lived in Charleston since 2013.
I am retired. I joined NAMI Charleston Area in May 2011. I served as a Family Support Group Facilitator in 2015 and Family to Family facilitator in 2016. I am now a Support Group co-Facilitator. I also served as President from 2016 to 2019. Additionally, I have also volunteered at CIT Trainings, NAMI info booths at local Farmer Markets, the Lowcountry Mental Health Conference and several local Sorority events. I am also a member of the MUSC IOP Patient Family Advisory Council.
REGINALD L. TERRY:
I am currently dually employed. I work for Charleston County School District/Department of Alternative Programs and Services (DAP) where I serve as a Prevention Intervention Facilitator.
I help facilitate support for students and families that are having problems with truancy and discipline. I also work for MUSC/Institute of Psychiatry (employed there for over 25 years) where I currently work with the Chronic Mentally Ill adults, but have worked with other disciplines both outpatient and inpatient. It is my pleasure to serve as a board member for NAMI. I am passionate about the field of Mental Health. I see this opportunity as a board member as a larger platform to advocate and support the mentally ill.
Our family is thankful for the resources which were available to us and look for ways to serve others in the community. I am a former corporate executive, retired to spend more time with family. I am the founder of Trust Your Gut Feelings, a business based in providing mental wellness thru a holistic platform, as well as the Host of the Mental Wellness Meet UP group online/in person. I am actively involved in suicide prevention and child sexual abuse prevention, and truly believe that ‘Mental Health is for All’.
I am originally from Columbia, SC but have been in Charleston ever since I joined the College of Charleston in 1987. I joined NAMI in 2012 and became a board member in 2019. I consider it a privilege to be associated with NAMI Charleston Area. NAMI saved my life. As a person living with generational mental health issues and lived experiences, I believe this grassroots effort is one that can touch the lives of many people living with mental health conditions, and those that support them. I currently work as a Certified Peer Support Specialist.