Meet Our Board
Doris Ospina started at NAMI Hillsborough as a bookkeeper, where she started a grant-writing team that she continues to oversee. She continues to develop best practices with the finance committee and hopes to develop relationships with other agencies that support the mission of NAMI Hillsborough of supporting, advocating for, and educating the public, those living with mental illness, and their families and loved ones. Goals for the upcoming year include focusing on expanding education programs and to play a more active role in local advocacy. Doris has lost two siblings to mental illness and NAMI Hillsborough has provided her with a way to heal and learn more about support. As a consumer of mental health services, she hopes that other consumers will reach out for the help or support they need. Doris is a BSN registered nurse with over 7 years experience and BS in finance with over 5 years experience.
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.
Natasha Kurji MPH 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
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.
Director of Marketing/Outreach
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
Amy Trussell LCSW Is a LCSW licensed in FL and GA. She received her bachelors at Illinois State University in English and her Masters at the University of Texas in Austin in Social Work. She worked as a clinician with Texas Mentor with therapeutic foster kids from 1999-2003. Her family then moved to Illinois (she had two young kids and wanted to be by family). She then worked as a Clinician at Lutheran Services with children and families in foster care and adoption from 2004-2005. She also worked at Southern Illinois University as a Clinical Screener from 2005-2013 when her family moved to FL. She also worked at our local community mental health center from 2007-2012 and at a rural clinic doing mental health treatment from 2011-2013. She has worked for the past five years at Wellcare as a Care Manager, Supervisor and Manager. She very involved in my kids school and also volunteered for various groups in the community including the NAMI walks the past two years, Autism Speaks and Metropolitan Ministries.
Director of Programs
Jill Rice M.Ed is NAMI Hillsborough’s current Lead Grant Writer on their newly formed Grant Writing Team. She helped secure the Spirit of Humanity Award of $25,000 in 2018 and continues as an editor and manager of the grant writing team. She is an adoptee from Colombia who grew up all over the United States as a navy brat and has dealt with mental illness in her family. Both her background and her personal experiences with mental illness motivated her to earn her Bachelor’s in Psychology at the University of South Florida. She also has a Masters in Education in Educational Program Evaluation and Measurement from the University of South Florida and looks forward to showing the impact of NAMI’s efforts regarding NAMI’s research backed signature education and peer group programs.
Director of Media Relations
Sue Ram OTD-S is a current Occupational Therapy Student in her final year of studies at Gannon University. With her educational background, leadership experiences, and passion for the field, she plans on opening her own behavioral health clinic. Before her current educational endeavors in occupational therapy, she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Health Communication, with minors in Behavioral Healthcare and Criminology. In 2015, Sue was named the Volunteer Standout of the Year at the University of South Florida, for her extensive volunteer work in the health community around the Tampa Bay area. She continues to give back to her community by volunteering for many non-profit organizations such as NAMI-Hillsborough, The Arthritis Foundation, The Tyler Robinson Foundation, and Faces of Courage. Due to her passion for helping others in need, her goal is to continue to advocate for fair, affordable, and accessible resources and services for those in need of mental health services in Hillsborough County.
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.