NAMI Solano County is a grassroots organization, incorporated in 1985, as a support group helping families and individuals affected by mental illness.
Our mission encompasses:
Our education programs provide the tools, awareness and coping skills needed to overcome the challenges faced by people and families affected by mental illness.
We offer support groups facilitated by trained family members and individuals who have firsthand experience coping with mental illness.
We strive to end discrimination and stigma for all those persons affected by mental illness through broader education and collaboration with the whole community.
We advocate for the rights of those living with mental illness and their families on the local, state and national levels, striving to raise awareness of mental health issues and improve access to quality care.
Myra Binstock, Executive Director
Member of NAMI Solano County since 2010. Currently Executive Director. Treasurer from 2012-2019. Family to Family teacher. Mental Health 101 presenter.
Sunny Bradford, Volunteer Coordinator
Served as Volunteer Coordinator for the Napa Valley Museum and the Center for Grieving Children. Over 20 years of experience in Human Resources, specializing in Training and Organization Development.
Hazel Bright, President
Began attending NAMI member meetings in 2016 and took the Family to Family class. Joined the Board in 2018 as Vice President.
Dr. Anita Catlin, Vice President
Manager of Research at Kaiser Vallejo. She is an author, editor and researcher in nursing and health care. She serves on the board as a family member and professional.
707 486 7998 cell
707 483 9534 KP phone
Patty Phillips, Secretary, Education and Support Chair
Took the Family to Family class in 2010. Joined the Board as Secretary in 2016. Trained as Family to Family teacher, Ending the Silence presenter, MH101 presenter. Retired public school music teacher.
Sharon Duncan, Treasurer
California Licensed Professional Fiduciary, National Certified Guardian, and business owner working primarily on special needs trusts and conservatorships. Prior to obtaining license, accumulated nearly 30 years executive management experience with for-profit corporations. Holds MBA and is member of Professional Fiduciary Association of California, the National Guardianship Association, and NAMI.
Amanda Pagel, President Elect
Amanda has a BS in Computer Science and an MBA. She has worked for PG&E for 5 years in various capacities and is currently an Electric Quality Manager. She truly believes in the mission of NAMI Solano County and wants to make decisions today to ensure NAMI is here for generations to come. She is planning to attend the Peer to Peer training in May and June and is interested in attending the Mental Health 101 class when it’s available.
JD Hatchett, Outreach Director
Native of Vallejo & Fairfield , CA Mental Health Advisory Board member/ NAMI Board member. Licensed Chef, Certified Peer Support Recovery Specialist #1. & #2. Mental Health 101, ASIST suicide training, NAMI Peer to Peer- facilitator, house manager for room & board transitional housing. Working in the mental health field now for 12 plus years.
Retired Solano County Public Defender. Worked in indigent defense for 38 years; specialized in mental health cases. Board member: 2020
Has worked in the field of mental health/dual diagnosis for 25 years as a group home manager, substance abuse counselor, and peer counselor in Solano County. Joined NAMI in 2020 to grow and learn more about how to serve the community.
LCSW is Manager of Social Services, and Chaplaincy Services for NorthBay Healthcare. Attended the Family to Family class in 2020. Fervent desire in the compassionate delivery of mental health services.
Shazia Wilson is the Supervising Librarian at Fairfield Cordelia Library for Solano County Library. She has 16 years of public and academic library experience. She has a BSC in Accounting and a Masters in Library and Information Science. She and her husband have 4 cats. Shazia is passionate about promoting NAMI to the younger generation thus ensuring that NAMI is available to our future generations.