Our Team

The NAMI Dane County team is comprised of individuals who are passionate about improving the lives of people affected by mental illness and their families. Collectively, we have provided long-standing leadership in the Dane County community to ensure everyone has access to quality mental health care services.

Want to learn more about us? Scroll down for information about what each person does and what we have to say about the work we do.

 

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lindsay wallace
executive Director

M-F 7:30am-3:30pm
lwallace@namidanecounty.org

Lindsay manages the operations of the organization. She ensures work is carried out in line with the mission, vision and strategic plan of the organization.

I am privileged and honored to lead an organization that values creativity, innovation, and change. Every day I get to work with dedicated staff, members, and volunteers who work tirelessly to improve the lives of people affected by mental illness through education, support, and advocacy. Their energy, passion and resilience inspire me and their extraordinary work in the Dane County community is creating tangible change every day.

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Blair Ellifson-Karlsson
Operations assistant

No office hours

bkarlsson@namidanecounty.org

Blair works outside normal business hours, providing administrative support along with clerical tasks that aid the daily business operations of the organization. 

Mental health is extremely important and impacts us all in a variety of ways. I’m excited to be a part of such an amazing organization that strives to advocate for individuals, provide support and education, and makes Dane County a better community for all.
— Blair Ellifson-Karlsson

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Kaitlyn mellom
Program coordinator

M 1:30-5:30 pm  W, F  7-11 am  and T, Th  7:30 am-5:30 pm
kmellom@namidanecounty.org

Kaitlyn coordinates the promotion, delivery, data collection and analysis for all NAMI Dane County education and support programs.

I am so grateful to be a part of an organization like NAMI Dane County that is so dedicated to breaking the stigma of mental illness and advocating for those who are affected by it. I’m excited to contribute to the education and empowerment of mental health!

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anna white
communications coordinator

M-F 10:30am-6:30pm
awhite@namidanecounty.org

Anna works to advance NAMI Dane County's mission by supporting the organization's communications and development efforts, as well as coordinating fundraising and mission-related events.

We all have a unique voice. NAMI Dane County works tirelessly to empower us all to speak our truths, share our experiences, and help break the stigma of mental illness. This small, dedicated team is consistently and creatively looking to the future. I am proud and thrilled to use my own voice and experiences to help guide and innovate communications for an organization that serves such a crucial role in our community.

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HEIDI HASTINGS
WALK MANAGER

No office hours
walk@namidanecounty.org

Heidi oversees the planning and implementation of NAMIWalks Dane County, which is our largest public awareness event that encourages better understanding of mental illness in our community and reduces stigma.

So many of us have been affected by mental illness in one-way or another and NAMIWalks helps us raise awareness and reduce stigma. I work for NAMI because it gives us a collective voice so that we can demand better services and treatments today, and cures for tomorrow.

Confucious said, "Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life." Our team can confidently say we enjoy the work we do!