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Our Staff


We’re the people who make certain that NAMI Texas is the best NAMI State Organization it can be. We strive daily in our mission to come closer to making our vision a reality. Our office is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. We’re closed on most federal holidays. For general inquiries, please contact us at officemanager@namitexas.org or (512) 693-2000 with any questions.

Greg Hansch, LMSW, Executive Director
executive.director@namitexas.org, (512) 693-2000, ext. 1

Greg Hansch serves as the Executive Director of NAMI Texas. He joined NAMI Texas in 2012 and he has served in the roles of Public Policy Director and Policy Coordinator. In his current role, he is responsible for providing direction and leadership toward the achievement of NAMI Texas’ mission. He is a Licensed Masters-Level Social Worker and a family member of a person with serious mental illness. He received a Master’s degree in Social Work with a concentration in Nonprofit and Public Management from Rutgers University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland. Greg is a NAMI SMARTS for Advocacy State Trainer. He is an alumni of the Policy Academy of the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health at UT Austin. In his spare time, he enjoys helping people register to vote, being active outdoors, watching the Dallas Cowboys, and listening to podcasts.


Patti Haynes, Program Director
education.director@namitexas.org, (512) 693-2000, ext. 4

Patti Haynes has been involved with NAMI since 1999 when she began seeking help for her son when he was an adolescent.  She has served on the NAMI Texas Board of Directors and the NAMI Dallas Board of Directors (now NAMI North Texas) along with several committees that support children and adolescents experiencing mental health challenges.  Patti is a NAMI Basics Teacher, NAMI Basics State trainer and a NAMI Basics National Trainer. Patti has a passion for supporting NAMI Affiliates, not only when it comes to education, but also keeping them alive and strong.


Alissa Sughrue, MSSW, Public Policy Coordinator
policy.fellow@namitexas.org, (512) 693-2000, ext. 3

Alissa Sughrue joined the NAMI Texas team in 2018.  She holds a Master of Science in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin with an Administration and Policy Practice concentration and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Anthropology from Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Melissa Holden, Office Manager
officemanager@namitexas.org, (512) 693-2000, ext. 0

Melissa Holden became part of the NAMI Texas team in early 2020. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in the arts and humanities from New York University. Melissa’s responsibilities include website management, providing affiliate support, and managing the NAMI Texas donor database, as well as providing mental health and community resources to individuals, families and professionals throughout Texas. Outside of the office, Melissa enjoys community art events, classic soul music, and her elderly Chihuahua.


Grace Mansfield, Community and Affiliate Outreach Coordinator                                          outreach.coordinator@namitexas.org, (512) 693-2000, ext. 2

Grace Mansfield serves as the Community and Affiliate Outreach Coordinator for NAMI Texas. Grace joined the NAMI Texas team in October of 2019. She holds a Masters degree in Professional Counseling from Texas State University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from St. Edwards University in Austin, Texas. Grace has a passion for advocating for mental health issues and supporting those who are affected by mental illness. Grace loves serving on the NAMI Texas staff, and supporting local NAMI Texas Affiliates. In her spare time, Grace loves listening to live music, spending time outside, and traveling to new places.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Matthew Lovitt, Peer Policy Fellow
peerpolicy.fellow@namitexas.org, (512) 693-2000, ext. 3

Matthew Lovitt is a person in long term recovery from mental health and substance use disorders. He holds certification as a Recovery Support Peer Specialist and is pursuing a Master of Social Work from the University of Houston with a specialization in Political Social Work. He has supported individuals in recovery in inpatient, outpatient, and community settings. In his free time, Matthew enjoys reading fiction, running marathons, and watching horror movies with his wife and three Vizsla pups.


 

 

 

 

 

Rola Elkhatib, Communications Consultant
communications@namitexas.org

Rola Elkhatib serves as the Communications Consultant for NAMI Texas. She previously was the Communications Intern when joining the team in June 2020. She is a recent graduate from the University of Texas at Austin, with a major in Public Relations and minor in Business Administration. Rola is passionate about breaking the stigma of seeking therapy specifically in minority households. In her free time, she will be found either at a local coffee shop, or watching all sorts of film, television, and digital series.


 

 

 

 

 

 

Chele Diamond, Public Policy Intern
intern@namitexas.org

Chele Diamond is a graduate social work student at Texas State University and a current public policy intern with NAMI Texas. After seven years in direct social work practice, she returned to school to promote social justice, influence public policy, and advocate for changes to better serve our communities. In her free time, Chele enjoys playing with her two rabbits that roam freely around the house. She is also loves eating, cooking, and experimenting with new recipes. Late night adventures include exploring Excel with budgeting, financial planning, and creating charts or graphs.

 

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