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All Hands In

Our Team

Everyone who is a part of the NAMI of Erie County team is striving towards the same goal of helping families and individuals impacted by a mental illness build better lives. Through our passion for the mission, we come together to ensure the Erie community is receiving the best possible education and support for mental health challenges.

Our Staff

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Wendy Jacobs 
Executive Director

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Claire Lichtenwalter, LSW
Program Manager

Heather Newton
Community Outreach and
Grants Coordinator

Stephanie Capilongo
Marketing and Program


Abby Shick
Program Specialist

Sharon Wyskiel
Program Specialist

Board of Directors

  • Robert Zaruta, Knox Law Firm, President

  • Nathan D. Ross, Northwest Savings Bank, Vice President

  • Andrew Dylewski, PNC Bank, Treasurer

  • Molly Reichard, Northwest Industrial Resource Center, Secretary

  • Matthew W. Lasher, Knox Law Firm, Board Member

  • Tiffany Gonzalez, Erie Insurance, Board Member

  • Guy Sheldon, McCarl’s Services Inc., Board Member

  • Mathew Sipple, DO, Board Member

  • Cynthia Viveralli, Retired MH/ID

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