Joanne Abbott, ASN
Joanne develops and implements curriculum that teaches professionals and the public about the signs and symptoms of mental illnesses and where to get services. Joanne has worked with NAMI Indiana since 2006 and was an active volunteer before joining the staff full-time. Joanne's work with NAMI started in the 90's when she worked for the NAMI Arizona state affiliate for many years. As a former registered nurse, Joanne understands mental illnesses biologically and practically.
Richard joined NAMI Indiana in May of 2015 as an events intern. Richard organizes special events, such as our Strike out Stigma Bowl-A-Thon, and coordinates Youth Mental Health First Aid trainings. Richard earned his B.A. from Indiana University in Criminal Justice and Sociology.
Marianne Halbert, JD
Criminal Justice Director
Marianne earned a J.D. from the Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis in 1994. From 1996 to 2010, she was the mental health coordinator for the Marion County Public Defender Agency. In that capacity, she helped develop the nationally recognized, award-winning PAIR Mental Health Diversion, the first pre-trial mental health diversion program in the United States. During her years as a public defender, she represented clients at involuntary civil commitment proceedings and assisted other attorneys within the agency regarding cases involving competence to stand trial and the insanity defense. As the criminal justice director at NAMI Indiana, Marianne coordinates mental health & criminal justice trainings, assists communities across the state in developing Crisis Intervention Teams, and works to influence public policy at a legislative level regarding issues impacting individuals with mental illness who encounter the criminal justice system. Marianne speaks regularly to college and graduate level students and others regarding mental health law, in an effort to educate and promote community support for the de-criminalization of mental illnesses.
Paul began as a volunteer with NAMI Indiana before joining as a staff member in 2013. Through grant writing, Paul helps to secure funding for NAMI Indiana's educational programs, keeping many of NAMI's programs and trainings free of charge. Paul also works with affiliates to identify and obtain grants for their local communities. Before working for NAMI Indiana, Paul worked as a grant writer for a Noblesville, IN non-profit and earned his B.A. in Psychology from the University of Missouri, as well as his J.D. and M.P.A. from Indiana University.
Director of Policy and Outreach
Barbara joined NAMI Indiana in January 2014 to coordinate the expansion of CIT for Youth around Indiana. In this role, Barbara assists Indiana communities in developing local CIT for Youth coalitions and trainings. Prior to her time at NAMI, Barbara worked as a legislative assistant to Louisiana Congressman Bill Cassidy, specializing in mental health and education policy. Barbara received her B.A. in Sociology from Tulane University in New Orleans and spent time as a high school math teacher before moving to Washington D.C. She is now the director of policy and outreach at NAMI Indiana.
Operations and Finance Coordinator
Kimberly recently joined NAMI Indiana after many years working as a bookkeeper in the construction trade. Kimberly joined NAMI Indiana's office team in 2015 and leads the operations and finances of the office. Kim also uses her personal experiences and her background in psychology to assist with NAMI Indiana's helpline.
Joshua G. Sprunger, MA
Joshua was appointed executive director at NAMI Indiana in 2013. He previously served as the organization’s development director and interim executive director. Josh has helped a variety of nonprofits to develop and execute strategy regarding philanthropy, marketing, planning, and formal organizational partnerships. He brings valuable personal and professional experiences to the mental health field, including work in human services, higher education, and international development. Josh’s career includes time with Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement Program, the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, the U.S. Friends of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, and TechPoint Foundation for Youth. He earned degrees in Anthropology (BA ’99) and Philanthropic Studies (MA ’07) from Indiana University.
Communications and Events Manager
Barbara became involved with NAMI Indiana after taking one of NAMI's signature programs, Family-to-Family. Because of the impact of this class, Barbara began volunteering with NAMI Indiana in 2013. In 2015 Barbara became a staff member providing outreach to legislators, media and NAMI members. Before her work with NAMI Indiana, Barbara worked as a general assignment reporter in Ohio and West Virginia covering all types of stories from politics to crime. Barbara Earned her B.A. in Telecommunications from Ball State University.
Manager for Advocacy and Inclusion
Erin joined NAMI Indiana in September of 2014 as a service member of AmeriCorps' Immigrant and Refugee Service Corps. Erin provides cross-cultural outreach to improve mental health access for under-served minority groups and works closely with Indiana's Systems of Care. Before her time with NAMI, Erin volunteered at the Red Cross Children's Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa for a year. Erin has also worked for the City of Toronto as a neighborhood liaison, where she worked with community members and non-profits to decrease crime and increase food security. Erin earned her B.A. from Michigan State University in Comparative Cultures and Politics.
After taking part in one of NAMI's key programs, Linda decided to volunteer as a facilitator for Family-to-Family classes. The importance of that class guided Linda into an entirely new career. Since joining the NAMI Indiana staff in 2010, Linda works closely with volunteer leaders around the state. Linda recruits, trains and motivates members to become active volunteers, leaders and advocates. Along with her years of service as a staff member, Linda also facilitates several NAMI programs, such as Family-to-Family, and is an In Our Own Voice presenter. Linda graduated from Professional Careers Institute in 1987.
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