About NAMI Seattle

NAMI Seattle is the only organization in the Seattle area working specifically to fill the gaps in our local mental health system through education, referrals, and support.

We offer classes and support groups at no cost to those who need them, connecting people with shared experiences and providing guidance on how to navigate an increasingly insufficient and complex mental health system. We are who people call when a mental health issue has left them feeling totally alone, when one more "Press 5" phone tree might just make them give up and lose hope.

Our Mission

To address the unmet mental health needs within our community through support, referral, education, and outreach.

Our Vision

A world where all those impacted by mental illness know they are not alone, and are empowered to live a fulfilling life.

Our story

NAMI Seattle has been part of the Seattle community since 1978. Originally established as "Washington Advocates for the Mentally Ill," we worked with other concerned groups across the country to found a national advocacy and support organization, the National Alliance on Mental Illness. NAMI Seattle is proud to act as Seattle's voice on mental illness.

Annual Meeting

Are you a NAMI Seattle member? We have an annual meeting every fall, usually in November, where members vote in our candidates to join the Board of Directors.

Amended Bylaws

Our amended bylaws are ready for public comment from our members. The changes to our bylaws reflect changes to Washington State law for nonprofits, and new requirements from the national organization to maintain our affiliate status. Please email your comments to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by August 18th at 5pm.

2016 Amended Bylaws 

Ashley Fontaine

Ashley Fontaine, MSW

Executive Director

Ashley assumed the role of Executive Director in 2014. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Gonzaga University, and a Master’s in Social Work from University of Illinois at Chicago Jane Addams College of Social Work. Ashley is an AmeriCorps*VISTA alum, and through two years of national service developed her commitment to economic and social justice issues. Prior to becoming the Executive Director at NAMI Seattle, she was the Education Programs Manager at NAMI Chicago and a CIT (Crisis Intervention Team) instructor for the Chicago Police Department. Ashley is excited to be back home in the Pacific Northwest, and enjoys photography and hiking, especially in the Olympics.

Marisa Way Rogainis

Katie Mahoney, MSSW

Program Coordinator

Katie started as NAMI Seattle’s Program Coordinator in November 2015. She holds her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin and, after ten years in Texas, is excited to be back in a part of the country where she gets to wear a jacket more than twice a year. Katie’s previous nonprofit work includes program management, outreach, and direct client services in such areas as women’s health, HIV, and community martial arts and self-defense. Working with volunteers and developing community-based programs has always been Katie’s favorite part of her job, and she feels extremely lucky to have the opportunity to continue doing so at NAMI.

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Erica Helsel

Development & Operations Manager

Erica comes to NAMI with over 18 years of non-profit experience ranging from youth, senior citizens, community and health backgrounds that began after her military service in the United States Marine Corps. She holds a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Campbell University, a master's degree in Management and Leadership from Western Governor’s University and is finishing her second master's degree in Business Administration. Erica is excited about raising mental health awareness and bringing NAMI Seattle to the next level of growth and exposure. She enjoys the spending time with her family, cooking, being outdoors and living life. Erica and her husband, Matthew, have four children and two grandchildren.


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Annual Reports

2012 NAMI Seattle Annual Report.pdf

2013 NAMI Seattle Annual Report.pdf

2014 NAMI Seattle Annual Report.pdf

Financial Information

2014 NAMI Seattle 990 Tax Return.pdf

2014 NAMI Seattle Financial Statements.pdf


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