NAMI Greater Longview
Welcome to NAMI Greater Longview! We’d love to hear from you and get you involved! Please volunteer in a leadership capacity, get trained to facilitate one of our upcoming programs, or help us spread the word in our community! Our Connection support group will be resuming this fall!
NAMI Greater Longview is dedicated to improving the lives of all those living with a mental health condition and the lives of those who love them. We aim to ensure acceptance of and treatment for all those with a mental health condition and advocate for more person-centered supports for mental well-being and recovery.
E-mail us at: NAMIGreaterLongview@gmail.com
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Address: Post Office Box 6021, Longview, Texas 75608
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LEAD A CLASS. CHANGE A LIFE!
Across our area, trained NAMI volunteers are needed to bring peer-led programs to a wide variety of community settings, from churches to schools to businesses. With the unique understanding of people with lived experience, these programs and support groups provide outstanding free education, skills training and support. We are looking forward to resuming and adding more support groups, classes and presentations in the fall. In order to accomplish this, we need you to train with us! Trainings are easy and can be done outside of work hours. Please contact us to learn more information about leading one of the programs that are greatly needed in our area!
SUPPORT US BY BECOMING A NAMI MEMBER!
Become a NAMI Greater Longview member today: https://www.nami.org/Get-Involved/Join
Membership Rates: $60 per year for a Household Membership that includes all members of a household living at the same address. $40 per year for a Regular Membership which is an individual membership for one person. $5 per year for an Open-Door membership for an individual member with limited financial resources.
When you become a member of NAMI Greater Longview you automatically become a member of NAMI Texas as well as NAMI!
2019 ADVISORY COUNCIL | NAMI GREATER LONGVIEW
Affiliate Leader | Dr. Tracy Hicks DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC, CARN-AP
Dr. Tracy Hicks is a dual certified APRN in Family Practice and Psychiatric Mental Health. She received her BSN from the University of Texas at Tyler in 2010, Master’s and Post Master’s degrees from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2013 and 2015, and Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Frontier Nursing University in 2017. She holds a certification in addictions through the International Nursing Society on Addictions. Her goal is to improve care in disparate populations. Dr. Hicks is a member of Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society as well as local, state, and national NP organizations. She serves on committees for the American Academy of HIV Medicine and the International Nursing Society on Addictions. She was also appointed Co-Chair of the Texas Steering Committee and Board of Directors for the American Academy of HIV Medicine. She has served as a content expert for Barkley Associates and on a review panel for the Center for Disease Control (CDC) mental health division for HIV/AIDS. She is affiliated with an FQHC/ Ryan White funded clinic in East Texas and is the owner of C-Trilogy Comprehensive Clinical Care serving mental health, addiction, and primary care needs.
She provides MAT services to county jail system and underserved populations. Dr. Hicks also serves as Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner faculty where she promotes education on addiction and care of those living with HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C.
In her spare time, she loves to travel and listen to music. She is an avid Michael Jackson fan. Her alternative career would be a professional dancer and choreographer!
Vice- Chair | LaShondra Brown, MS, LMSW, CDP
LaShondra Brown currently works as an Outpatient Therapist. While employed at Magnolia Behavioral Hospital she developed and launched their Outpatient Therapy Program. She holds a B.A. in Criminal Justice, a M.A. in Business and Organizational
Security Management, and a Master’s with honors in Social Work. She is credentialed as a Licensed Master Social Worker and a Certified Dementia Practitioner. She is currently working towards a degree in Funeral Service Education and is provisionally licensed as a funeral director and embalmer in the state of Texas. Her past positions include Probation/Parole Agent, Adjunct Instructor in Criminal Justice, Geriatric Psychiatric Therapist, Recovery Manager, Geropsychiatry Outpatient Therapist, and Substance Abuse Therapist. LaShondra is thrilled to serve on the NAMI Advisory Council because she will be able to continue her passion of helping others and her vision of seeing individuals with a mental health condition lead a happy and successful life.
Secretary and Treasurer | Allen McReynolds, MBA
Allen McReynolds is a retired real estate developer. A seventh generation native of Longview, he attended Pine Tree schools, holds a B.B.A. in International Business from the University of Texas at Austin and a dual M.B.A. in Strategic Market Planning and Commercial Development. He is active in numerous local charitable groups including:
Longview Museum of Fine Arts, Board of Directors – Secretary Chair, Development Committee Member, Exhibits Committee Trinity Episcopal Church, Member Tenor, Chancel Choir Gregg County Democratic Executive Committee Chair, Precinct 2 Gregg County Genealogy Society, Vice President – Program Chair Northeast Texas Native Plant Society, Vice President – Program Chair Habitat for Humanity Volunteer (with a hammer) Table Captain – Annual Fundraiser “Raisin’ the Roof” NAMI Greater Longview Group – Secretary
In addition, his two hobbies are raising vegetables for the Longview Community Ministries’ Food Pantry and historic preservation (former Commissioner, 5 terms, Gregg County Historical Commission and former Board member Preservation Dallas). He is completing a coffee table book “Antebellum Texas” which describes the early settlement of Texas through photographs of significant buildings and homes constructed prior to the Civil War which are still standing (31 counties surveyed).
Advisor and Founding Affiliate Leader | Askala Harris
As the Founding Affiliate Leader of NAMI Greater Longview, Askala has been able to her fulfill her passion to end the stigma associated with mental health conditions and to educate communities on mental wellness. Askala is the founder of the Augustus Harris Nonprofit Consulting Group and has held executive leadership positions in the nonprofit and higher education sectors for over a decade in Austin, New Orleans and New York City. She is proud to have worked with Kilgore College and the East Texas Alzheimer’s Alliance in East Texas. Askala is passionate about education and earned a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Houston and is working on her Master’s of Social Work through Tulane University. In addition to NAMI Greater Longview, Askala also serves on the Board of Directors for Camp Gilmont Presbyterian Assembly, the Longview Museum of Fine Arts, the Presbyterian Women’s Regional Board of Directors and the Presbyterian Church USA’s Mental Health Initiative. Askala is a member of First Presbyterian Church of Longview and in her spare time enjoys volunteering with several local organizations, spending time with her rescue dog, visiting state parks, and having coffee with friends.
Advisor and NAMI Tyler Executive Director | Mildred Witte
Bio coming soon.
Community Organizing and Special Events | Justin Lockhart
Justin is a Longview native and a recent graduate of Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas, where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with honors. He is currently a student in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master’s Degree program at the University of Texas at Tyler. While at Hendrix College, Justin helped found a student organization focused on improving campus-wide wellbeing and mental health. He also served as the president of Active Minds at Hendrix. Justin is committed to advocacy for those who suffer from mental illnesses, and he hopes to one day open a therapy practice in East Texas focused on serving traditionally underserved populations, particularly the LGBTQ+ community in East Texas.
In his spare time, Justin enjoys reading books and journal articles, spending time with his cat and dog, enjoying a good cup of coffee, and listening to music.
Justin joined the NAMI Advisory Council because he believes in the power of grassroots movements’ ability to make a difference, particularly in regard to mental healthcare and public policy.
Community Organizing and Special Events | Tyler Pike
Tyler has a degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Oklahoma and is employed as a Manufacturing Project Engineer. Since 2011, his focus has been directed toward projects resulting in advanced automation, increased production efficiencies, and improved product quality in both existing manufacturing facilities as well as the design and implementation of new production capabilities. Tyler is politically active, currently serving as a lead facilitator/organizer for Represent Us, the largest anti-corruption grassroots movement in the country. He has a black lab that he enjoys taking to the dog park and going for walks. Tyler joined the NAMI Greater Longview Advisory Council because he believes in the mission and has a strong desire to help those who struggle with the many effects of mental illness: including getting a proper diagnosis, coping with a diagnosis, access to affordable medication, and identification of actions that can be taken to improve daily life. Tyler is excited to be a new transplant to the Longview community.
Community Organizing and Special Events | Jennifer Salaises, LMSW
Bio coming soon.
Faith Based Community Liaison | Donna Dutcher
Bio coming soon.
Faith Based Community Liaison | Dr. Kathy Tate, Ed.D.
Dr. Kathleen Tate is a registered nurse and educator who has been practicing nursing for more than 30 years. Kathleen has a master’s degree in nursing, a master’s degree in business, and a doctoral degree in education. Kathleen is the coordinator of traditional Baccalaureate nursing studies at Northwestern State University at the Universities Shreveport Louisiana campus. In addition to her duties as coordinator, she teaches a variety of undergraduate courses including community and public health nursing, and psychiatric mental health nursing. Her passions include helping her students understand the challenges faced by persons experiencing mental illness and substance use disorders and those experiencing homelessness. Outside her professional duties, she enjoys traveling nearly anywhere, spending time with her family and friends, and baking with her only granddaughter Emily. In addition to serving on the NAMI Greater Longview Advisory Council, Kathleen has served on the Board of Directors for Sigma Theta Tau International, the Shreveport District Nurses Association, and Trinity Episcopal Church Outreach Ministries.
Fundraising and Communications | Katie Smith
Katie has her undergraduate degree from University of Texas in Chemistry which she applied in both qualitative laboratory work and as a high school teacher. She is currently working on her Master’s in Counseling at LeTourneau University which she plans to use to serve her community members here in Longview when she graduates in 2020! Katie works at Grace Crossing United Methodist Church as the Director of Family Ministries where her focus is mainly on newborn through twelfth grade students and their families. Katie’s sincerest passion lies within the act of community building, and she looks forward to working within the community of the Greater Longview Area to ensure everyone has a place of belonging and healing no matter their circumstance, background, or faith. Outside of work and study, Katie enjoys cooking, baking, painting, reading, and playing with her small dog, Bambi.
Fundraising and Communications | Nikki Gayle Smith
Nikki is a Longview native who graduated from Longview High School. She attended Kilgore College before transferring to the University of Texas at Arlington where she received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance. She is an accomplished professional with over 20 years of experience in sales and customer service in the private and public sectors. Her diverse financial services background includes investments/cash management, business and personal banking, commercial real estate, equipment leasing, credit analysis and special assets/collections. Nikki is a member of the Longview Museum of Fine Arts and is a member of the Native Plant Society of Texas. She also enjoys gardening. Nikki recently joined the Summers Real Estate Group as a sales associate.
Mental and Behavioral Health Liaison | Linda Bailey
Throughout her thirty-year career, Linda has served in several different capacities in Texas and in Arkansas and is currently the Texas State Executive Director for Evergreen Life Services. She was appointed by the Commissioner of the Texas Department of Human Services to a four-year term on the Aged and Disabled Advisory Committee. Linda is an alumni of both the Arkansas Aging and Disabilities Leadership Academy and Leadership Texarkana. She co-authored Support Planning Success Stories which was published in the AAIDD Journal Inclusion. Along with two colleagues, Linda wrote and implemented the Person-Centered Thinking manual for Evergreen. Linda served two terms as a DD Cooperative of Arkansas Board Member. Work affiliations include being a Board Member for the Private Providers Association of Texas, the Chamber of
Commerce, a member of the Blue Ridge Institute and a volunteer for the Department of Aging and Disabilities Surrogate Decision-Making Committee. Linda serves on the NAMI Greater Longview Advisory Council because she wants to ensure resources and supports are available for all people so that everyone can live their best life.
Mental and Behavioral Health Liaison | Cindy L. Harrison, BA, C-TAGME
Cindy Harrison is a native East Texan, growing up in Longview and attending Hallsville ISD – Class of 1992. After receiving her bachelor of arts in communication and a minor in English from the University of Texas at Arlington, she moved back to Longview and began working in healthcare marketing and public relations at Good Shepherd Medical Center (GSMC). In 2011, GSMC became the clinical site for an Internal Medicine residency program sponsored by the University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler (UTHSCT), and Cindy, along with a group of physicians and hospital administration, turned Longview into a satellite community for medical education. She now serves as Program and Education Manager for UTHSCT’s Psychiatry Residency, another recent addition to graduate medical education. The program was created to expand the mental health workforce in Northeast Texas, a severely underserved area of the state with little access to mental health providers and alarmingly high numbers of suicides, substance abuse and untreated mental illness.
“I never knew this job existed, being a part of the education and training of up-and-coming physicians that could and would eventually stay in East Texas and provide excellent care to patients. The work we do in the residency programs at UTHSCT is pretty amazing, notwithstanding the lifelong relationships made. Now that I am a part of psychiatry and behavioral medicine education, I know this is what I’m supposed to be doing.”
Additionally, Cindy advocates for mental health for very personal reasons. Having a history of anxiety, depression and OCD since the age of 12, she has looked forward to the opportunity to share her story to educate, spread awareness and heal in the form of helping others know that they are not alone. Cindy and her husband, Scott, live in Longview, with their four dogs. She and Scott enjoy traveling, antiquing, and wine and cheese on weekends.
Mental and Behavioral Health Liaison | Amber Shepperd, MA
For the past 20 years, Amber has dedicated her life to serving and advocating for individuals with mental health and substance abuse issues, when she first attended Stephen F. Austin State University in 1999. In 2003, Amber received a Bachelor’s degree
in Psychology, with a minor in Criminal Justice, and in 2010, she received her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology. Amber was born in Austin but has lived in Longview most of her life and is committed to serving the community of East Texas. Amber currently works as the Director of StepOne Service (detox service) for Evergreen Healthcare Partners, with UT Henderson as her host hospital. Her former positions include Director of Risk & Quality at a behavioral health hospital, Regional Evaluator, Director of Geriatric Intensive Outpatient Program, Substance Abuse Counselor at a prison, and Qualified Mental Health Professional for the local MHMR. In addition to the NAMI Greater Longview Advisory Council, Amber also serves on the Board of Directors for All Good Dogs (AGD), serves as the President of the Coalition for Drug Free Youth (CDFY) through Partners in Prevention, and serves as a committee member for the annual Asbury House fundraiser. Amber spends much of her time volunteering with the Junior League of Longview, currently serving as the Chair of Skills for Success for Adults. Amber attends Pathway Church and in her spare time enjoys volunteering with several local organizations, spending time with her husband of five years, her three beautiful stepdaughters, her three rescue dogs (plus fosters), and her two cats. Needless to say, she has a full house and a full heart!
Program and Education Liaison | Sonya Baker, MSW, MS
Sonya Baker has over twenty- five years of experience in the mental health sector. She holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Stephen F. Austin State University and a Master’s of Science in Leadership from Grand Canyon University. She is also a certified Dementia Practitioner and for the last twelve years she has worked with the geriatric population. In addition to patient care, she is also well-versed in the business and billing aspects of managed long-term care. In addition to the NAMI Greater Longview Advisory Council, Sonya is very active in her community through several charitable organizations.