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Welcome to our family of National Alliance for Mental Illness – NAMI IOWA!

Our group works to be a wealth of information to you the peer, the family member, the friends and relatives of those dealing with day-to-day issues of living with a mental illness.

2018 Board of Directors

Dawn Grittmann, President

Michael Newton, 1st Vice President

Jim Romar, 2nd Vice President

Kristina Senesaynho, Treasurer

Carrie Clogg, Secretary

Emily Archer Bodey, At Large Director

Tiffany Mass, At Large Director

Jim NormanAt Large Director

Charles Palmer, At Large Director

Laura Sands, At Large Director

Tanya Schmell, At Large Director

Kim Murphy, At Large Director


2018 Open Committees

If you are interested in serving on one of these committees as a non-board member, please contact Peggy Huppert at


  • Working with the Executive Director and lobbying team to formulate legislative priorities.
  • Promote engagement in grassroots lobbying through the advocacy list, Day on the Hill and NAMI SMARTS training.
  • Suggest allied groups to connect with to promote our agenda.
  • Meets monthly December-April, bi-monthly the rest of the year
  • Chair – Carrie Clogg
  • Members — Heather Strachan, Lindsey McCune, Jim Norman, Jim Romar, Alex Smith, Jean Larson, Nina Richtman, Tammy Nyden, Roxanne Pals
  • Staff Partner: Peggy Huppert, Zach Blevins

Beautiful Minds

  • Responsible for planning, promoting and executing this event on May 18th.
  • Meets bi-weekly from mid-January until the event.
  • Chair – Loretta Sieman
  • Members — Lynn Graves, Mark Holub, Amanda Huppert, Mary Neubauer
  • Staff Partner: Zach Blevins, Peggy Huppert


  • Ensuring adherence to NAMI program policies, training NAMI Signature Program facilitators and maintaining program fidelity.
  • Overseeing the re-affiliation and new affiliate development process and nurturing affiliate relationships
  • Ensuring the Iowa Office of Consumer Affairs meets its contractual deliverables
  • Meets monthly year-round.
  • Chair – Laura Sands
  • Members –Chuck Palmer, Dan Koch, Emily Archer Bodey, Denise Edwards, Debbie Scott
  • Staff Partner: Judy Davis, Cindy Woodard


  • Responsible for planning, promoting and implementing NAMIWalks Iowa on September 29th.
  • Meets monthly in March, April, May and June; bi-weekly in July, August, September.
  • Chair – OPEN
  • Members – Emily Archer Bodey
  • Staff Partner: Zach Blevins, Peggy Huppert

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