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Joanne Abbott, ASN
Director of Education and Affiliate Support

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. 

Keta Cross
Helpline Coordinator

Richard Dixon
Outreach and Events Manager

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.

Joana Goff
Ending the Silence Coordinator

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.

Barbara Moser
Director of Finance and Operations

Barbara joined NAMI Indiana in January 2014 and stepped into the role of executive director in July 2017. Prior to serving as executive director, Barbara led NAMI Indiana's policy and outreach team and staffed the organization’s public policy committee. Barbara’s policy work focuses on psychiatric crisis and recovery services and supports, inpatient and residential psychiatric care bed tracking, first episode psychosis intervention programs, services for individuals with both intellectual disability and mental illness, and how models of funding determine accessibility and quality of care. Prior to her time at NAMI, Barbara worked as a legislative assistant to Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy, focusing on 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.  

Barbara Thompson
Executive Director

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.

Linda Williams
Programs Director

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.