Executive Board

Bill Perun
Bill PerunPresident

A long-time volunteer with NAMI-Rochester, I previously served as Board Secretary, Second VP and VP. I now serve as Board President. Both an individual with a mental illness and a family member, I know the struggles and opportunities facing each group. In addition to Board duties, I volunteer by giving In Our Own Voice presentations, facilitating a Connections support group, teaching Home Front, and as a State Trainer for In Our Own Voice. I also currently sit on NAMI NY’s Board of Directors. Before coming to NAMI-Rochester, I practiced law in Virginia and New York. I thank NAMI-Rochester for giving me the opportunity to use my skills and perspective to educate, support, and advocate, and am committed to its mission.

Kimberly VanCamp
Kimberly VanCamp1st Vice President

Kim VanCamp is the Coordinator of the Monroe County Mental Health Court and the Judicial Diversion Program (Felony Drug Court). Prior to her work with the court system she served as a Monroe County Probation Officer, responsible for an intensive probation supervision program for adult offenders diagnosed with severe and persistent mental illness and co-occurring substance abuse disorders. Ms. VanCamp serves on the Monroe County Mental Health Criminal Justice Committee. She is the proud recipient of the 2012 NAMI Rochester Community Service Award. Ms. VanCamp is a proponent of the importance of support, education, advocacy for individuals and families living with mental illness.

Laura Amick
Laura AmickBoard Secretary

I have an MBA, work in Human Resource management, and work for a company that believes in making a difference in our community. I am a member of the United Way Women’s Leadership Council. I have many years of experience with non-profit organizations serving the mentally ill in the Rochester area. NAMI programs and services are critically important to the mentally ill and their family members. NAMI provides hope to people with nowhere to turn, and connects people to appropriate resources. I wholeheartedly support NAMI’s mission of support, education and advocacy.

Nancy J. Snyder, CPA
Nancy J. Snyder, CPATreasurer

I am a partner in The Bonadio Group’s Healthcare/Tax-exempt division and team leader for the Rochester Healthcare/Tax-Exempt team. My concentration are on audits and consulting for tax-exempt organizations.

I received my B.S. degree from State University of New York at Geneseo in 1985. Before joining Bonadio, 22 years ago, I spent seven years working in the audit department of regional firms both in New York and Wisconsin after spending a short time as a bank internal auditor.
My experience has included providing professional services to a variety of tax-exempt clients. I have extensive experience both in financial and compliance auditing and significant experience in consulting and advising tax-exempt entities on a variety of issues.

I am a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants. I am a past recipient of the Rochester Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 award and a member of the United Way Women’s Leadership. I live with my husband, Dean, in Hilton and have two girls, 22 and 20. Outside of work I enjoy spending time at our family property outside of Olean, NY and traveling with family.

Board Members

Odysseus Adamides, M.D.
Odysseus Adamides, M.D.Board Member

I was trained by Dr. George Engel and John Romano at the University of Rochester and lived and breathed his Biopsychosocial model of “whole person medicine” early in my career. This means that a human being should always be viewed as a complex, ever-evolving organism within the context of that person’s environment and culture. My goal is to provide treatment and leadership into finding ways to decrease stigma and suffering on an individual plane and on a broader community (local and national) plane. I believe in the “healing connection” of the doctor/patient relationship, as well as in the relevant, biologic tools of contemporary psychiatry.

Meghan Fox, PsyD, LMHC
Meghan Fox, PsyD, LMHCBoard Member

I am currently a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Rochester Medical Center’s Department of Psychiatry focusing on suicide prevention research with the deaf and hard-of-hearing (D/HH) population. I also provide consultation on forensic psychological cases focused on D/HH issues. I am a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC) and LMHC supervisor. I have provided clinical services and developed clinical and community programs with D/HH individuals and their families for more than 11 years.

 The inspiration that led me to NAMI Rochester and has continued to expand and deepen my involvement comes from my professional and personal experiences. I was first connected to NAMI Rochester in 2015 through my doctoral internship with URMC including conducting a survey project and serving on the Strategic Planning Committee. When I decided to settle in Rochester, staying involved with NAMI Rochester in some way was very important to me. I continue to draw my motivation from my closeness with patients and their families as well as my own family members and close friends. As a family member of a sibling with mental illness, I am honored to serve on NAMI Rochester’s Board of Directors and committees. I especially look forward to expanding NAMI Rochester’s amazing services and resources to the D/HH community.

Tara LoCastro
Tara LoCastroBoard Member

Accomplished and versatile leader with progressively responsible cross-functional experience in healthcare services leadership, human resources, medical imaging and consumer product sectors. Leadership roles in community home healthcare, business operations, senior program/project management, customer service, strategic sourcing, and environmental health and safety regulatory compliance.

A systems thinker with strong execution skills recognized for providing direction with results on key initiatives that advance strategic organizational priorities and raising performance.

Successful track record with program and project management, leading diverse cross-functional teams, organizational process improvement, implementing structure, developing strong client/partner relationships and delivering customer satisfaction. Leadership roles emphasized driving operational efficiency and implementing organizational performance improvements.

Described by others as strategic, analytical and results driven. Ability to see the big picture and translate needs into relevant goals with action plans aligned to business priorities.

My goal is to apply professional capabilities with healthcare delivery system optimization via community collaboration for performance improvement. I have a passion for healthcare person-centered initiatives and service delivery.

Luis Martinez
Luis MartinezBoard Member

By way of introduction, in recent years I have been self employed as a business advisor and executive coach. I have a management consulting practice, Human Capital Strategy Partners, through which I provide management consulting and executive coaching services to enterprises and business professionals. In 2008 I retired from Xerox where I had directed the global human resources function for Worldwide Manufacturing. Prior to Xerox, I had served as Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Pennsylvania and Vice President & General Manager of Exide Batteries in Puerto Rico. Born and raised in Cuba, I have a B.A. in Psychology and M.Ed. in Counseling from the University of Delaware. I have authored two career development books; Getting There and Getting There Volume 2 and I have written over 100 business columns for the Democrat & Chronicle. From 2008 to 2014, I served three terms on the YMCA Pittsford Board of Management where I was a leader in fundraising. I have also served on the Board of the United Way in Pennsylvania, and in two churches as an Elder and Deacon. My interest in NAMI arises internally from my interest in human behavior, which is why I majored in psychology and for some years interned and worked in family counseling. It also arises from the fact that mental illness is highly stigmatized, even in our society in the 21st century, and I want to work towards improvement of the public’s and government’s perception of mental illness.

Sandra Mitzner, MD
Sandra Mitzner, MDBoard Member

Sandra Mitzner is an Adult and Child Psychiatrist with over 30 years of experience providing psychiatric care in the private and public sectors. She is past president of the Western New York Council of Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists and is currently employed as the Director of Psychiatric and Psychological Services for the Villa of Hope. Dr. Mitzner’s personal and professional experience has underscored how critically important respectful collaboration with mental health providers as well as family and community support are in the lives of individuals and families living with mental illness.

Anne Smith
Anne SmithBoard Member

Anne Smith is the Executive Director for The Family Institute for Education, Practice & Research located at the University of Rochester. Her skills include directing, coordinating, educating, supporting and administrating a statewide program that is funded by The New York State Office of Mental Health. Anne is a strong advocate for making the mental health system a family-friendly environment that values and appreciates the role of the family in people’s treatment and recovery. Anne has her masters in social work from the University at Buffalo. Her concentration was in mental health, substance abuse and family work. She has over 35 years’ experience serving children and adults with limited capacities and/or mental illnesses as well as assisting their families. Anne has a family member that is dual diagnosed with drug addiction and mental illness. Anne lives in the Rochester area with her husband Kevin.

James Mossgraber
James MossgraberBoard Member

James Mossgraber joined the NAMI Rochester Board of Directors in May 2016. He is a certified NAMI Family to Family instructor and will serve as Chair of the Development Committee for the 2016-2017 term.

Mr. Mossgraber’ s has extensive experience in non-profit management having served as Chief Operating Officer and Senior Director of Development at Genesee Country Village & Museum for over ten years. In this position, he was responsible for all aspects of the organization’s fundraising efforts; membership, special events, corporate sponsorships, annual appeal and grants administration. Prior to his tenure at the Museum, he was employed by General Signal Corporation LIGHTNIN Division as Corporate Director of Procurement and Supply Chain Management. He has been trained in strategic planning and business development as well as quality management and performance metrics.

Mr. Mossgraber has volunteered his time and expertise in support of several local non-profit organizations and have maintained many of his professional relationships in the fundraising community. He has volunteered with Junior Achievement, United Way of Greater Rochester and currently serves on the Hospice Advisory Board of Lifetime Care / Excellus and chairs the Historic Grants Committee of WCADA. Previously he helped facilitate several collaborations between non-profit organizations and the Greater Rochester Visitors Association particularly in the areas of marketing and promotion. In addition, he has coordinated a number of legislative advocacy efforts to secure New York State budgetary support for tourism promotion and advertising.

He currently serves as Vice President and General Manager of T&T Materials, Inc. a metals brokerage and supply chain management firm.

Mr. Mossgraber is married to Camilla, a Parent / Community Liaison Officer for the Rochester City School District and they have three daughters.

Mary Jo Muscolino
Mary Jo MuscolinoBoard Member

Biography not yet available.

Sally Weiss
Sally WeissBoard Member

I am a marketing professional with over 20 years of experience in a wide-range of positions, including market research, market analysis, public relations and advertising. Much of that time was spent in market research for General Motors. The experience provided through a variety of positions at GM has given me the ability to work out complex issues, resulting in clear, concise recommendations. Since 2005, I’ve been self-employed, providing market research services to clients in a wide-variety of industries. My goal is to deliver actionable information that helps my clients better understand their customers in order to make well-informed decisions. I’ve had the good fortune to have lived in Bangladesh, Germany, and China, giving me the ability to understand many different points of view.

While living in Shanghai, I volunteered as the local leader for the Josephine Charles Foundation, an educational organization that builds schools in rural China and provides financial and emotional support for underprivileged girls. Several years ago our daughter suffered a serious concussion playing soccer as a freshman in in high school. This began a long string of events that resulted in depression and anxiety. My struggle to find the right mental health care for her has motivated me to become involved with NAMI – to help others in similar situations know they are not alone and that there is hope. By leading NAMI’s marketing team, I hope to bring NAMI’s message of hope to more of the community.

Sue Gagne
Sue GagneBoard Member

I have a degree in business administration and over 25 years experience in the non-profit field. I was the past Executive Director of the Mental Health Association of Genesee and Orleans Counties and I am currently employed as the Dual Recovery Coordinator of the GLOW (Genesee, Livingston, Orleans and Wyoming) Region. Through this role, I have the opportunity to work with several different boards and coalitions in the region that address concerns involving suicide prevention/ postvention responses, mental health and substance abuse issues, and rural area specific concerns.

I have been a member of my loved ones’ recovery team for over 20 years. Through this journey I have gained experience navigating a variety of systems including law enforcement/criminal justice, mental health inpatient psychiatric hospitalization, outpatient mental health and substance abuse services, Medicaid, Social Security, housing, etc. I was introduced to NAMI in 2004 during a crisis in which my family member was admitted to Strong Memorial Hospital Psychiatric Unit. The signature programs of NAMI were instrumental in helping my family overcome the feelings of devastation that accompany mental illness and provided the hope necessary to be able to rebuild their lives. I have learned first-hand the importance of engaging the individual, the family/loved ones, and the provider to form recovery teams utilizing person centered planning techniques, open communication, and shared goal setting.

Ralph  Reed
Ralph ReedBoard Member

I have my B.A. in History and Education from Hartwick College. After college I realized I wanted to become a New York State Trooper.  When I graduated from college I was offered a job as a Delaware County Corrections Officer, which I accepted.  I attended a Corrections Academy, and after a lengthy instructor course, was chosen to become a teacher at the academy.  Following my tenure in the jail, I became a Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputy working as a patrolman.  I successfully completed this Academy and received the Defensive Tactics Award.  My dream finally came true when I was accepted into the New York State Police Academy where I finished at the top quarter of my class.

 While working as a New York State Trooper, I suffered two head injuries in a year that lead to me suffering from a mental illness and consequently, losing the job I fought so hard for.  Prior to my accident I was a very active individual. I have struggled to become the active person I once was and believe I am making  positive gains.  My goal now is to try and help others that struggle with mental illness and to end the stigma that unfortunately comes along with it. I consider myself to be a driven person and was lucky to have the support of a loving wife who I am very fortunate to raise my three girls with. In my 14 plus years of law enforcement, I have been involved with many encounters where mental illness was a key factor in why police intervention was necessary and dictated how the situation turned out. I would hope to offer a unique prospective on how law enforcement might better handle situations dealing with people with mental illness.

Gerald Bamberger
Gerald BambergerBoard Member

My name is Gerald Bamberger; everyone has always called me “Gerry.” I was raised on Long Island and lived in New York City and Long Beach, California before moving to Rochester in 1989 with my wife Leah and our two young sons (our daughter was born in Rochester). In New York City, I held software development and arbitrage trading positions with Morgan Stanley & Co. prior to launching a successful hedge fund. In Rochester, I attended the University at Buffalo Law School, earning my J.D. (summa cum laude) in 1999. While still a student at UB Law, I was invited to teach courses in Investment Management and Derivatives in the School of Management, where I fell in love with teaching. I taught in UB’s Law School, School of Management, and College of Arts and Sciences until 2009.
In 2014, I suffered a major depressive episode bringing me and my loved ones in contact with the mental health community in general, and NAMI in particular. Both Leah and I completed the Family-to-Family peer education program. In addition, I completed “In Our Own Voice” training and now speak regularly to local groups about my experiences and the role NAMI has played in my recovery and my family’s patience with and support for me through difficult times. NAMI has had a profound positive effect on my family. But for me, the most important role NAMI plays is in its ongoing battle against stigma. Many well-meaning advocates have taken positions which may have the unintended consequence of driving those suffering from mental illness away from treatment. I admire in particular NAMI’s willingness to stake out courageous positions that would protect the ability of persons to seek help and recovery without having that tethered to their being branded as unstable and dangerous. I look forward to helping move NAMI’s work forward.

Board Advisors

Idalia Santiago
Idalia SantiagoBoard Advisor

Biography not yet available.

Judy Watt
Judy WattBoard Advisor

Judith has been a member of NAMI Rochester since 1982 serving as a past President of Board of Directors and continues to serve as an advisor to the board focusing on rural outreach and development of NAMI programs in Wayne and Ontario Counties.