Peg Morrison, Andrea Chase & Karen Gross

NAMI Program Updates: What’s Changing and How to Keep Up

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Peg Morrison, Program Director, NAMI North Carolina

Peg is the director of programs for NAMI North Carolina, where she manages trainings for program leaders and oversees grants and contracts. She has 20 years of experience in advocacy, communications, and development. She is certified in NAMI Connection, Family-to-Family, Peer-to-Peer, Homefront, and In Our Own Voice. Peg lives in Raleigh with Roxie, her “therapy Beagle.”

Andrea Chase, President, NAMI Wake County

Andrea Chase has served as President of NAMI Wake County since 2016. She is a trained NAMI Family-to-Family Volunteer Teacher and a Family-to-Family state trainer. She is also a trained NAMI Smarts for Advocacy Facilitator. NAMI Wake County has been recruiting NAMI Ending the Silence Volunteers since March 2018.

Karen Gross, State Trainer for NAMI programs, NAMI High Country

Karen is motivated to make a transformative difference in the lives of people who are differently abled, working with others to help shape a more compassionate, empathic, and multi-diverse culture.  She is currently undertaking a year long program with the State of NC called, The Leadership Fellows Academy.  In 2001, Karen joined her family in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina from her tour of service overseas working in Community Economic Development for Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic. She is a RPCV/ Retired Peace Corps Volunteer.  Currently she chairs the Human Rights Committee for LME/MCO Vaya Health.  She also chairs CFAC Northern Region/ Community and Family Advisory Committee for Vaya Health. She is a Peer Support Specialist, Certified NAMI NC State Trainer, and Caregiver of a family member with a severe brain disorder.   Also, she manages a few Facebook community pages, and has a blog She resides in Ashe County where lives with two cats on a Christmas Tree Farm.


Hannah Carroll, NAMI Cumberland, Lee, Harnett

Hannah Carroll graduated from Fayetteville State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration/Concentration in Accounting.  She is a North Carolina Certified Peer Support Specialist and a Mental Health First Aid Facilitator.  Since becoming a member of NAMI CHL in 1999 she has held several positions, secretary, membership coordinator, Affiliate Delegate to the National Convention 8 times, Mental Illness Week Awareness Coordinator, Walk Team Captain, Minority Mental Health Month Coordinator, Outreach Coordinator, and now serves as the affiliate president.  Under her leadership the Cumberland Chapter has received “Most Improved Affiliate” in 2011 and “Best Affiliate” in the State in 2012.  Also under her leadership the affiliate has developed several community partners at the local level, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Jack and Jill Foundation, NC HOSA and is part of CIT Partnerships in four counties.  Mrs. Carroll is also a member of the NAMI North Carolina Peer Leadership Council and NAMI North Carolina’s Affiliate President Council.


Since 1980, NAMI programs have been making a difference in the lives of folks with mental health challenges and their loved ones. How? By combining the best information on mental illness with the authentic perspective of those with lived experience.  Join us to learn from accomplished program leaders and to share your own stories of success. Plus, see what is coming down the pike from NAMI.

Learning Objectives:

  • Attendees will describe how NAMI programs have changed with the times by combining online and face-to-face training sessions.
  • Attendees will discuss how have affiliates kept up with the changing mental health climate.
  • Attendees will describe what NAMI programs will look like five years from now.