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Board Members and Officers – 2017

Meet the Nami West LA Board of Directors

Joe PicJoe Conrad

Joe Conrad has provided exceptional service to NAMI for more than ten years. In addition to serving as President of the San Fernando Valley affiliate for two years, Joe served as President of LACC for three years. Joe and his wife Lynn successfully increased membership of the San Fernando Valley affiliate, and the number of Family to Family courses from an average of three per year to six, and built a foundation that that affiliate has propelled it to become a leading affiliate in LA County.

Joe has also served as a member of the Board of Directors of NAMI WLA since January 2014, and was elected as a Vice President.

Sharon Dunas
VP Membership

Sharon has unselfishly provided leadership and exceptional services to the community via NAMI WLA for more than twenty years, having taught various NAMI courses to hundreds of members of the community, as well as teaching new teachers. She took the lead in reorganizing NAMI WLA in 2007, recruiting seven people to serve on the initial Board as well as a dozen or more to fill subsequent vacancies. Sharon has also recruited two speakers every month for our Speaker Meetings for ten years.

In addition to chairing the Board of Directors from 2007 to 2013, Sharon served as President of the affiliate from its reorganization until 2013, and also served for several years as our representative to the Los Angeles County Coordinating Council of NAMI (LACC), and served as its President for three years. Sharon has been the top “Team Captain” fundraiser for the annual NAMI Los Angeles County Walk for many years.

Lynn-smallLynn Conrad
VP Operations

Lynn was active from 2011 to 2014 with NAMI San Fernando Valley, helping to obtain funding from various political and government offices. She set up Family to Family classes, acted as volunteer coordinator and did outreach. Lynn also played a significant role in creating the infrastructure that enabled the affiliate to reach a large number of the community with a relatively small budget and resources.

Starting in 2014, Lynn has been active with NAMI WLA, including setting up classes and support groups in the Malibu area. She was also employed by LACC as their liaison person to support NAMI WLA. Lynn was instrumental in dramatically increasing the number of classes and locations. She recruited teachers and provided the resources to teach the classes, including Family to Family, Ending the Silence, In Our Own Voice, NAMI in the Lobby and the peer to peer program. In April 2016, the Board elected Lynn as a Vice President, to oversee the operations of our office and staff.

a-02-nye-2003Duane Bentzen

Duane has been a NAMI member for twelve years, served on the Board of NAMI Ventura county  for five years and was Board President for three years.  He teaches NAMI Family-to-Family and Provider Education classes and is a NAMI Group facilitator.

He also performs IT support and does Website development for a number of non-profit organizations in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties including The Client Network, NAMI Westside, NAMI Ventura, Musicians on a Mission, Rock for Recovery and Feed America Now.  Duane is excited to have the opportunity to be a member and to work with Joe and Lynn Conrad, Adaline and Ralph Fagen, Sharon Dunas, Mitzi Wright, Robin Broidy and David Wright, and to work to restore and increase the level of services to the Westside community.

Adaline photoAdaline Fagen VP
Resource Development

Adaline Fagen has been involved with NAMI WLA since 2007. She is a Family-to-Family teacher and a major fundraiser for the affiliate. December of 2015 Adaline co-chaired a Gala that raised $60,000 for the affiliate.

She is committed to growing the membership and effecting major change in the world of brain illness. She has taken the pledge to fight stigma and to effect change in the way people deal with mental health.



Robin0029Robin Broidy

Robin Broidy is a philanthropist, entertainment and business attorney, and film producer, and has been active with NAMI since September 2012.

Robin and her family have been generous donors to the affiliate, most notably helping the affiliate raise a significant amount of funds through the 2014 Gala.


mitziMary Sue Wright

Mitzi Wright has been a member of NAMI WLA for 15 years and was one of the seven individuals who completely reorganized and revitalized the NAMI WLA affiliate in 2007. Mitzi previously served as a member of NAMI WLA Board for six years, and served as a Walk Captain 11 years. Her team has always been one of top fundraisers for LA County.

Mitzi represented Westside LA on the NAMI WALK committee for four years, and organized Kick-off Luncheons with other team captains. Mitzi completed training to be a support group facilitator, and has served as a facilitator for 5 years. She also served on a committee that organized Luncheon and Fashion Show in 2013 that raised over $20,000.

 david-wrightDavid Wright

David was one of the seven individuals who completely reorganized and revitalized the NAMI WLA affiliate in 2007. David served as First Vice President and on the Board of Directors of NAMI WLA from then until February 2014, and has chaired the Finance and Budget Committee and the Personnel Committee.

David has been the largest individual funder of the affiliate, including donating $50,000 to NAMI LACC so that our annual NAMI Walks could be held in Santa Monica rather than a less-accessible location in the Eastern suburbs. The Board of Directors voted in January 2014 to award David as “recognized affiliate leader.” David has also worked extensively with NAMI LACC in its strategic planning efforts over the last two years, funding an outside consulting firm to form a strategic plan to greatly expand the outreach and benefits delivered by NAMI within LA County.

Ralph FagenRalph Fagan

Ralph has been an active member of NAMI Westside LA since 2007. Ralph has been a Family-to-Family teacher since 2008 and has assisted over 100 individuals to better understand, cope with, and support loved ones afflicted with mental illness. He has mentored new Family-to-Family teachers while leading a number of family support groups.

Ralph became a Smithsonian Laureate in 2000, for his work with at risk children.


Cynthia BrownCynthia Brown, PsyD, LMFT

Cynthia is a psychoanalyst and psychotherapist for individuals, couples and families since 1991.  She works in private practice in Santa Monica, California.  Additionally, since 2007, she provides intensive psychological treatment and case management for people diagnosed with trauma, and severe, persistent mental illness at the residential psychiatric facility, Bridges to Recovery. NAMI became an essential support for her and her family during her son’s psychotic break in 2010 and later during his recovery. Cynthia welcomes the opportunity to give back to NAMI and provide her expertise in whatever capacity can be best used.

Cynthia was one of the seven individuals who completely reorganized and revitalized the NAMI WLA affiliate in 2007. David served as First Vice President and on the Board of Directors of NAMI WLA from then until February 2014, and has chaired the Finance and Budget Committee and the Personnel Committee.

Dorit Haroni

Dorit has established NAMI Los Angeles Instagram profile. She’s responsible for the profile maintenance and daily updates.  In a very short period of time NAMI Instagram profile has surpassed a thousand followers with hopes of rapid growth in the future.  Dorit is dedicated to helping raise money for NAMI and awareness about mental illness.  Happily married wife and a mother of four children, Dorit immigrated to the US at the age of 14. She graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and proceeded to get her Masters in Structural Engineering from Stanford University.

Shelley Hoffman

Shelley is the Manager of NAMIWalks Los Angeles County — the signature fundraiser and anti-stigma campaign for the 12 local affiliates of the National Alliance on Mental Illness in the County. She came to NAMI in 2001 and soon became a Family to Family Teacher, Support Group Facilitator, Provider Education Course for Clinicians Teacher, and a State Trainer of Teachers for the Provider Education Course, and Coordinator of many Provider Education Courses held throughout the County. In addition to working full time as NAMIWalk Manager, she runs a Parent Support Group for Daniel’s Place, a program of Step Up On Second. Shelley occasionally still takes on projects as an interior design consultant, having run an interior design business before taking on major NAMI commitments. Shelley previously served on the NAMI Westside Los Angeles Board of Directors starting in 2005 for many years, as Treasurer and then Secretary.

Frances Tibbits

Frances has been a member of NAMI WLA for over 15 years and shares its commitment to education and focus on mental health services for all who need them.   After taking the enlightening Family to Family class, she helped edit the group’s newsletter.   She became a  NAMI California Board of Directors for six years, thanks to NAMI WLA’s nomination.   She held the positions of Vice President and Treasurer.  She is a retired attorney and chaired the Legislative Advocacy committee.  Frances would be pleased to serve on the Board of NAMI WLA.