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.


lindsay wallace
executive Director

M-F 8am-4pm

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

kayla smith
communications COORDINATOR

M-F 8:30am-4:30pm

Kayla coordinates organization-wide design, message and content generation to increase our visibility and impact in the community. 

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

Kaitlyn mellom
Program coordinator

M-Th 8:30am-4:30pm

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!


No office hours

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.
— 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!