Patricia Sine
Patricia SineExecutive Director

I have been a member of NAMI since 1990 when I came to my first meeting shortly after my 18 year old high school senior was hospitalized with mental illness. At that time, I was just a wife and mother of two grown daughters and I worked in an insurance company. I knew immediately that this was where I would find the support and information about mental illness and the service delivery system that I needed. I became more involved over the next several years and in the early 1990’s served on the board of directors, first as secretary and then as co-president. I was hired by the Board of Directors in 1997 after we received funding from the MCOMH. I have witnessed the tremendous growth in programs, services, membership and budget over the past 20 years. I am honored and humbled to work for this dynamic education and advocacy national movement that is dedicated to educating the public about mental illness, offering resources to those in need and insisting that mental illness become a high national priority. I also serve on the Monroe County Office of Mental Health Community Services Board and as chair of the Mental Health Subcommittee. I am fortunate to work with a team of talented and enthusiastic staff, Board of Directors and over sixty volunteers who devote many hours to providing our programs in Monroe and surrounding counties. Without them, we would not be able to achieve our mission of providing support, education and advocacy to individuals and families affected by mental illness.

Donna Leigh-Estes
Donna Leigh-EstesDirector, Community Edu, Outreach and Training

Life is a marathon, not a sprint, and what a marathon it’s been thus far! Donna tends to be a rather spirited individual, so sometimes sprinting seems more appropriate. Family, friends, travel, the arts, NAMI Rochester and the community are all important components of her life.

Donna’s top priority at NAMI Rochester is to offer as many NAMI Education Programs, Support Groups, and services as possible. Individuals and families affected by mental illness face a number of challenging situations. Her goal is to help find solutions to meet the needs of the people whose lives we touch. Having been affected by major depression and anxiety for a number of years, Donna understands mental illness from a personal standpoint, and doesn’t hesitate to share her experience with others.

Donna is a past Board Member for the Cobblestone Arts Center in Ontario County and Gilda’s Club of Rochester. She was a graduate of the Leadership Rochester Class of 2005. In addition, she was a mentor to students at School without Walls for several years.

Since travel is one of her passions, her marathon has taken her over mountains and around volcanoes throughout the world, including Italy (many cities), Sicily, Paris London, Taipei, Tokyo, Beijing, Seoul, Hong Kong, Bermuda, Barbados, and Maui. She has also traveled to many cities in Canada and the United States. A little closer to home, Donna can be found entertaining family and friends in her backyard during the summer months (indoors during the winter ), finding projects to work on around the house, working with her dog, Mia, on becoming a comfort pet, and trying new restaurants.

Beth Winslow-D'Amico
Beth Winslow-D'AmicoProgram Coordinator

Beth began working as the Program Coordinator for NAMI Rochester in July of 2015, but was no stranger to the organization. She spoke at the NAMI Rochester Quarterly Meeting in August of 2010, where she shared her experience of living with mental illness and her journey to recovery. She has previously volunteered in other health and wellness organizations, including the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, where she was awarded the 2010 Volunteer of the Year for AFSP’s Western NY Chapter.

Beth returned to Rochester in 2013, after living in Chicago and performing for the renowned comedy theatre, The Second City. She is very active in the Rochester Arts community, where she is a founding member of the sketch and improv comedy groups, Thank You Kiss and The ManShee Chronicles. She is the co-artistic director of Lady Parts Theatre Company, which focuses on issues that adversely affect women and girls through the lens of theatre. She is also a freelance writer, with articles published in Rochester Magazine, Rochester Woman Magazine, and the Democrat & Chronicle.

Beth lives in Penfield with her husband and comedy partner, Marc D’Amico.

Judy Messenger
Judy MessengerAdministrative Assistant

Judy Messenger is a retired administrator and is pleased to be able to give back to NAMI. Like many volunteers here, she hopes that her assistance will allow the wonderful, capable staff more freedom to be available for those who need them.

Kristina Mossgraber
Kristina MossgraberWalk Manager

Often dubbed a “Jill of all trades”, Kristina spends little time idle! Whether it’s working on an event for NAMI Rochester, volunteering, cooking, entertaining, sailing, traveling or playing kickball (to name a few!), she enjoys staying busy by helping others and having fun.

Kristina has always had a love and passion for event management and organization – as far back as middle school, organizing events at school and for her friends, which carried on through high school and turned in to a career and lifestyle. Her past professional ventures were at the University of Rochester Medical Center as an Education Program Coordinator and Lifetime Care Hospice, where she was the Fund Development Supervisor.

As a peer and person living with a mental illness (bipolar disorder), Kristina is honored to be a presenter and instructor for two NAMI signature programs – In Our Own Voice, and Ending the Silence, in addition to being a graduate of the Peer to Peer class. These programs are integral to raising awareness of mental illness, educating students and the public about resources, and decreasing the stigma associated with mental illness. Kristina’s true passion is working with the students in the middle and high schools to start the conversation as soon as possible to reduce the rates of suicide, and help youngsters get the support they need. In addition to these programs, Kristina is on the Department of Psychiatry Advisory Council of Consumers at the University of Rochester Medical Center, a group committed to improving the experience for patients and their families seeking treatment and support at URMC Psychiatry.

Margaret Mead has been quoted as saying “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has”. Kristina firmly believes that is what NAMI Rochester offers to the community, and encourages you to get involved!

Jodie Terhune
Jodie TerhuneBookkeeper / Trainer

Chris Monachino
Chris MonachinoConsultant

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