Our Board of Directors
Victor Armstrong, MSW is Vice President, Behavioral Health with Carolinas HealthCare System based in Charlotte, NC and serves as Facility Executive of Behavioral Health- Charlotte (BHC). As such, he has responsibility for operational and strategic oversight of the 66 inpatient beds, the psychiatric emergency department, Brain Stimulation Program, Consult Liaison Program, and 10 provider-based outpatient behavioral health programs on the BHC campus. Prior to his role with Carolinas Healthcare System… Read More
I am an attorney, a mental health supporter and a career advocate of under-served populations. Residing in Chapel Hill, I serve as director on both the NAMI Orange County and NAMI North Carolina boards. A graduate of Pace University School of Law and admitted in New York, Connecticut, and North Carolina, I practiced law in multiple Connecticut firms in general practice and litigation. Read More.
Dr. Peggy Terhune has been CEO of Monarch and The Arc of Stanly County, Inc. since June 1995. Monarch provides residential, vocational, community and behavioral health services to people of all ages with intellectual disabilities, mental illness, and substance use disorders. Read More.
Lucy Wilmer is a mental health advocate, and freelance communications consultant, living in Washington, North Carolina. She is the Chair of the NAMI North Carolina Consumer Council, and she serves on the executive committee of the state Board of Directors. Lucy has a master’s degree in English… Read More.
Debra Kindervatter, originally from Elizabeth, New Jersey now lives in Wilmington, North Carolina where she serves as president of the Wilmington chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Debra’s advocacy work centers on consumer education and self-directed recovery. She founded Wilmington’s NAMI Connection support group in 2005 and was certified as a peer support specialist in 2007. Debra is a passionate instructor, teaching NAMI Peer-to-Peer, NAMI Connection training, peer support specialist training and Wellness Recovery Action Plan. Read More.
Barbara “B ”Akins, RN, BSN, BC-PMHN, FCN has been employed for four years at the Behavioral Health Hospital as a Nursing Professional Development Specialist/Quality Accreditation Patient Safety Coordinator for JCAHO. She currently teaches MHFA (Mental Health First Aide) to the leaders at Cone Health. “B” has completed training as a “Break Through Master” High-Performance Leaders program at Cone Hospital System and Certified Management coach. Read more.
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Dixie Branch has been a member of NAMI Guilford since 2010 when she and her husband both took the NAMI Basics class. In 2011 she became a NAMI Basics teacher and has been serving NAMI as a leader and teacher ever since, co-teaching one class per year with Alamance County. In 2013, she and her husband participated in the NAMI Family-to-Family class and she became a teacher for Family-to-Family in 2014. Read more.
Fonda Bryant is a Gastonia, NC Native. She is the very proud mom of a former Wake Forest University football player. She is a big sports fan and especially loves pro and college football. Fonda has been a mental health advocate for 21 years and has served NAMI Charlotte for over 2 years, she joined in March of 2014. Since joining NAMI Charlotte, she has been implementing projects that have brought attention to mental health such as “Scoring for Mental Health” with former NFL and Super Bowl Champion Keith O’Neill, Get to Know NAMI Charlotte with Alpha Kappa Alpha, and the Green Ribbon Ride. Read more.
Tracy D. Drinker moved to North Carolina from New York where he served as an officer on the New York City Police Department. He served in the United States Air Force before beginning his time with the NYPD. After moving to NC, Tracy served as a police officer with the Durham Police Department from 1999 to May of 2016. During his time with the department, he was a supervisor for the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) and was involved directly in triage and follow up of consumers. Tracy became involved with NAMI NC and NAMI Durham through the CIT program. Read more.
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Audrey is a graduate of the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, where she received her Bachelor of Science in Social Work. She currently works as Employment Services Coordinator at RHA Health Services. She also worked in Employment services and case management for refugees in the Triad for 3 years. Audrey has experience in the political field both in campaigns as well as with the Democratic Party. She was nominated and received the University of North Carolina-Greensboro Pacesetter Award for the Health and Human Services Department in 2015. Read more.
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Judy Jenkins has been an Associate of State Advocacy and Government Affairs with Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc., for the past four years. In her current role she is responsible for mental health advocacy and state government affairs responsibility in the Mid-Atlantic region NJ to NC. Prior to Otsuka Judy worked for Bristol-Myers Squibb in varying roles over almost 15 years, to include mental health and HIV advocacy, Neuroscience and Cardiovascular District Sales Manager, and Cardiovascular Territory Business Manager. Read more.
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Dr. Gerald Plovsky M.D. is a psychiatrist whose subspecialty is geriatric psychiatry. He obtained his medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia and completed residency training in Cincinnati in both psychiatry and internal medicine. He is board certified in psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry and internal medicine. He is in private practice in a multidisciplinary practice in Greensboro, works in the outpatient psychiatric clinic at the Moses Cone behavioral Health Center and is a geriatric psychiatry consultant at a number of nursing homes and assisted living centers. Read more.
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Billy West is graduate of East Carolina University School of Social Work and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of North Carolina. Billy is the CEO and President of Daymark Recovery Services, Inc. Prior to founding Daymark Recovery Services he has held positions related to behavioral health and substance abuse in both public and private sector markets. Aside from working in large not for profit hospital environments, most of his experience has been in public sector mental health where he has held positions as a child therapist, crisis therapist, case manager, program administrator, clinical director and chief executive officer. Read more.