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, they 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 them? Scroll down for information about what each person does and what they have to say about the work they do.

 
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lindsay wallace
executive Director

M-F 8am-4pm
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.
— Lindsay Wallace

angie mcalister
office Manager

M-F 8:30am-12:30pm
amcalister@namidanecounty.org

Angie provides administrative support to ensure organizational effectiveness and efficiency. 

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Mental health is just as important as physical health! If our minds are not healthy then our bodies don’t function properly. I strive to help erase the stigma of mental illness in our diverse communities through my work with NAMI Dane County.
— Angie McAlister

Kaitlyn mellom
Program coordinator

M & W 8:30am-4:30pm & F 1pm-5pm
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!

kayla smith
communications and
development COORDINATOR

M-F 9am-5pm
ksmith@namidanecounty.org

Kayla coordinates organization-wide design, message and content generation to increase our visibility and impact in the community. She also works closely with the Executive Director to grow and diversify our funding sources.

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One of the most fulfilling aspects of working for NAMI Dane County is being able to provide support to others during one of the most challenging moments in their life. Moreover, this profession provides the privilege of offering compassion, inspiring hope, and promoting recovery to those living with a mental health condition. Through organization-wide design and content generation I know that I am helping not only to increase awareness but also to provide people with mental illness and their families with the information and resources they need to get help.
— Kayla Smith

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shruti rajan
outreach COORDINATOR

M-Tu 7am-4:30pm & W 7am-12pm
srajan@namidanecounty.org

Shruti coordinates membership and volunteer engagement activities. She also provides program support and plans and implements various awareness activities.

From my own personal and professional experiences, I know that mental health is of absolute importance. I am humbled everyday by NAMI Dane County’s work in our community and am extremely excited to be able to have the chance to re-frame the domestic view of mental health while learning more about how to be a proper ally and advocate for individuals who are living with a mental illness.
— Shruti Rajan

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.

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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.
— Heidi Hastings

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!