Barbara-Ann Bybel, DHA, MSN, BSN, NEA-BC, PMHNP-BC, is a resident of Pittsboro (Chatham County) and a member of NAMI Orange and NAMI Wake. She has been a NAMI member for 10 years and is currently Director of Psychiatric Services at UNC-Chapel Hill and WakeBrook. A psychiatric nurse for over 18 years, she has been an active member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association and was president of the New York Chapter before moving to NC. She is also active with the NC Healthcare Association, advocating for mental health parity and reform and for improving mental health care in Emergency Departments. She has family members with serious mental illnesses.