Meet Our Board
Jeffrey Sargent OTD-S is a current Occupational Therapy Doctorate Student at Gannon University and plans to specialize in behavioral health. Before this, he served in the Army Infantry for 13 years, with 2 combat tours in Iraq. In 2016 he was named a Pat Tillman Scholar for excellence in academia and for his work in the community. Jeffrey is a consumer of mental health services and is very passionate about bringing awareness and support for community mental health-based services. Based on his experiences in navigating the mental health system, as well as witnessing family members, friends, and others attempt the same—it is his mission and priority to ease this transition for people experiencing mental health hardship in their lives.
Natasha Kurji is a doctoral student pursuing her PhD at the University of South Florida’s College of Public Health. Natasha has her Bachelors degree in neuroscience and behavioral biology from Emory University and her Masters in Public Health from University of South Florida. Her research interests center around access and quality of mental health care. Natasha’s passion and desire to promote mental health stem from her own personal struggles and her experience as a caregiver for her aunt who struggles with major depression. Natasha also serves as the project coordinator for Depression Army, an international campaign aiming to address the stigma surrounding mental illness and promote a safe haven for those silently suffering. She currently works as a Graduate Research Assistant and Teaching Assistant at USF.
Doris Ospina started with NAMI Hillsborough in December 2017 as the bookkeeper and has continued in this role. She has worked with developing the finance committee, and also started a grant writing group which right now has 6 members. The grant writing group found huge success in winning the DeBartolo Spirit of Humanity Award which rewarded $25,000 to NAMI Hillsborough. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and is a Registered Nurse with over 7 years experience. She also has a Bachelor of Science in Finance and worked in accounting in different industries for 5 years. Working with NAMI Hillsborough has been very rewarding for her, as it has helped her feel as though she am helping others and also herself throughout that process. She lost 2 siblings to mental illness and it has been extremely difficult for her dealing with that loss. NAMI Hillsborough has helped her come to terms with the loss she has had and has given her a purpose.
Daniel R. McNeill served four years in the Air Force Security Forces and completed two combat tours of duty overseas in Iraq. He holds two Bachelor of Arts degrees; Political Science and Philosophy with a minor in Economics. He is a service driven professional and a dedicated husband and father. Mr. McNeill was employed in the Office of Veteran Success (OVS) at the University of South Florida (USF) providing services to student veterans and their dependents. At USF Dan helped the USF veteran population transition from military service, through academic life, and into meaningful post-military careers. Having experienced this struggle first hand, he is becoming involved with NAMI in order to utilize his experience to ensure that no others feel as lost and alone as so many with experiencing hardship do.
Alisha Ozmeral, a Tampa native, joined NAMI Hillsborough in 2017 as its Treasurer. Her expertise is in healthcare finance and she is the CFO of USF Health Care. Alisha started her career in a regional accounting firm in Massachusetts and has worked for several healthcare systems including Brigham and Women’s Hospital, UNC Physicians Network, and BayCare Medical Group. She has served on the board of several nonprofits including the Art Connection, Boston Amnesty Firefly Project, and the Orange County Rape Crisis Center. Alisha graduated from Boston University with a Bachelors in Business Administration and earned her Masters in Health Policy and Management from UNC Chapel Hill.
Sergio Santiago is currently a data administrator for Hillsborough County’s Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) and is interested in how the experiences of homelessness and mental illness intersect. As housing manager for Project Return, Inc., Sergio has seen this intersection up close and is passionate about working to make things better for those experiencing mental illness. Sergio intends to spend his time on NAMI Hillsborough’s Board by focusing on putting the systems in place to make NAMI Hillsborough County a thriving and long-lasting organization.
Immediate Past President
Ashley Wynn Is family member and friend of several loved ones who experience mental illness. Ashley has always been passionate about improving the quality and variety of resources available for anyone who desires assistance for their mental health. This passion led her to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and to join the NAMI Hillsborough Board of Directors. Ashley joined NAMI in October 2015 while a Program Manager for Project Return’s Supportive Housing Program. Ashley served as President for NAMI Hillsborough’s Board of Directors for 2017-2018.
Director of Outreach
Ken Nahrwold served more than 21 years in the United States Air Force and retired as a Master Sergeant in 2010. While on active duty, Ken served in combat communications with a variety of both Joint and Air Force command assignments. Ken deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Fervent Archer, and Operation Southern Watch. Ken is responsible for the administration of the mentoring and career readiness programs, matching USF student veterans with local community mentors and helping veterans with their career readiness.
Director of Marketing
Sabina Raymond Sabina holds a bachelor’s Degree in Communications/Marketing from the University of West Florida. She is a visionary marketing leader who began her career with a semester in the White House and over ten years in the technology industry before diving into mental health and elder healthcare. In 2008 Sabina assisted her husband Shane Raymond LCSW, in starting a behavioral health practice, Brandon Mental Health. Now a thriving practice, Sabina is responsible for marketing the business and also worked as an assisted living assistant administrator and community relations director for several years. Sabina is Core licensed by the State of Florida (Assisted Living) and serves on several committees for mental health, senior advocacy and memory care. Utilizing her over 10 years of geriatric healthcare expertise, Sabina leads the older adult mental health division, BMH Therapy, which provides mental health psychotherapy in senior and assisted living communities around the Tampa Bay area. Sabina’s passion for senior healthcare has a personal connection from being a caregiver for her 92-year-old father for the past 17 years. As Director of Provider Relations, Sabina actively recruits members of the BMH team, LCSW therapists with exceptional counseling expertise and passion for older adults. She manages the relationships with area senior living facilities and educates them on senior transition trauma and mental health and longevity.
Director of Volunteer Management
Aimee Carpenter is an Air Force veteran and has served overseas. Mental illness has directly affected her life and she is very excited for an opportunity to be in a position to help spread awareness and promote services within the Hillsborough community. She is currently attending USF to receive a Master’s in Public Administration and is interested in gaining experience in the field of nonprofit management as well.
Dr. Marketa Wills is a board-certified psychiatrist with a masters degree in business administration from the Wharton School of Business. Dr. Wills has cared for severely mentally ill patients in inpatient, outpatient and emergency room clinical settings. As treatment team leader and medical director, she effectively collaborated with other mental health professionals to ensure that patients with a variety of ailments – ranging from schizophrenia to post-partum depression to substance abuse – were able to live as productively as possible. Dr. Wills currently serves as Senior Corporate Medical Director at WellCare Health Plans, Inc. She has received numerous accolades and awards highlighting her clinical and community achievements.
George Thomas is a former president, George has been with NAMI Hillsborough since its beginning as Tampa Bay Alliance for the Mentally Ill.