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Board, Staff, and Interns


Edmund Eisenberg, CPA – President

Alexa James

Susan Pickett

Lt. Jeff Murphy – Vice President

Russell Buck

Marcia Schumacher

Fred Friedman – Treasurer

Jennifer Gray

Mike Schumacher

Nona Manns

Denise White

David Nyberg


Alexa James, MS, LCSW – Executive Director

Alexa assumed the role of Executive Director in 2014. She has a Master’s in Child Development from Erikson Institute and a Master’s in Social Work from Loyola University.

Rachel Doherty, MSW – Education Programs Manager

Rachel holds a Master’s in Social Work from University of Illinois at Chicago Jane Addams College of Social work and was hired full-time in March 2014. She manages all of NAMI Chicago’s education programs, including internships.

Ryan Elliott, BBA – Membership & Volunteer Coordinator, NAMIWalks Manager

Ryan has been with NAMI Chicago since 2009, enthusiastically managing our volunteer program, growing our membership, and Managing NAMIWalks Chicago every year.

Edlyn Rodriguez, BA – Multicultural Outreach Coordinator

NAMI Chicago Staff MembersEdlyn has been with NAMI Chicago since July 2011, and co-leads the Spanish family and social support group. She provides Spanish language support to HELPLINE — (312) 563-0445 — callers and facilitates presentations and outreach to the Latino community.

Betty Frazier, MHP – Support Specialist

Betty has been with NAMI Chicago since 2001. She runs the social support group, coordinates Social Support Club events, and teaches Pathways in Living classes.

Adele Wegner – Special Projects Coordinator

Adele was hired part-time in July 2010 and assists with memberships, NAMIWalks, Light the Darkness, and other special projects and events as they arise.

Williams Project

Suzanne Andriukaitis, MA, LCSW – Williams Project Director

NAMI Chicago Staff MembersSuzanne acted as the Executive Director of NAMI Chicago from 1994-2014. She now manages our outreach efforts under the Moving On Project.

Luberta Conner Livingston, Marlena Johnson, Sherrie Martin, Juan Pablo Rivera, Maggie Skoller, Debbie Toh, DaJuan Warren and Ashley Williams are all Outreach Workers for the Williams Consent Decree. They work in various nursing homes throughout the Chicagoland area, providing information to the residents about their rights under the consent decree.


We host interns from a variety of graduate and undergraduate programs in the Chicago area, including the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Jane Addams College of Social Work, Loyola University’s School of Social Work, the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration, St. Augustine College, Elmhurst College, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, The Adler School of Professional Psychology, and others.

Moshe Brownstein

Samantha Swart

Amanda Walsh

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