Our Wonderful Board
NAMI SC Board President
Jim Hayes is a retired Pediatric Hematologist-Oncologist, but still works as the Medical Director for Research Compliance for Greenville Hospital System and Medical Director for Taylors Free Medical Clinic. He and Glenda his wife have been active in NAMI since 2005 and are Family-to-Family teachers. Glenda is a Provider Education teacher. Jim has been a board member of NAMI Greenville since 2007. Their activities involve church work at Taylors First Baptist Church, where they teach Sunday School and do educational classes about mental illness for the church. They are actively involved in medical missions in Fortaleza Brazil. Being grand parents to 5 active grand children is their favorite activity. Jim’s goal for NAMI is to greatly increase research efforts to understand the cause of mental illness and increase NAMI’s outreach.
NAMI SC Treasurer
Jack graduated from USC with a BS in Business Management in 1970. In 2003 he retired from the S.C. Dept. of Mental Health as a budget and policy analyst after 33 years of service.
He joined the NAMI SC Board in 2003 and has served as treasurer and twice as president. Jack also volunteers with the SC Junior Golf Foundation and is a Board member of Work In Progress , a supported employment non-profit in Columbia, and Rice Estate, an assisted living facility.
Jack is married to Nela "Stormy" Folger Balling, a Spartanburg native, and has two grown daughters and a grandson. His hobbies are golf, walking, and yard work.
NAMI SC Board Secretary
A native of Greenville, Fletcher graduated from UNC Chapel Hill in 1975 and USC School of Law in 1979. He was in a private law practice, Clerk of Court for Greenville County, a business law instructor, and an executive director of a non-profit.
In 2007 Fletcher began attending a NAMI Connection Support Group. He became a Connection facilitator in 2008, took the Peer-to-Peer Education Course, served on the NAMI Greenville Board of Directors, and was hired as its Program Director. Fletcher was the recipient or co- recipient of two NAMI National Connection Awards in 2009: Program Expansion and Outreach and Data Reporting. He enjoys walking, backpacking, gardening, and, sometimes, golf.
Larry graduated from Camden High School and North Carolina State University with a degree in Engineering. He is self-employed at a family owned independent tire store and describes himself as a grease monkey, brake mechanic, and tire changer.
Larry’s involvement with NAMI Kershaw began when a family member was diagnosed with a mental illness. He is the current Chair of Mental Health America of Kershaw County and is on the Santee Wateree Mental Health Center Board. Larry and Linda, his wife of thirty-two years, have three children, Joe, Becky, and, Dan and one grandchild, Gretchen. He is also involved in the Baptist Church, the Kiwanis Club, the Bicycle Club, and the Bee Keeping Club.
NAMI Mid Carolina
Sr. Professional Relations Representative/Marketing for Three Rivers Behavioral Health.
Erika became involved with NAMI in 2008 through her position at Three Rivers. She served three terms as board secretary for NAMI Mid Carolina beginning in 2009. She was reelected to the board in 2016, serving on the fundraising committee and gavernance committee. Assisted with NAMI Mid Carolina NAMI Walks, Minds on Main, board meetings and other consumer events.
Dick graduated from Rutgers with a BSEE and a commission from the USAF. After graduation, Dick, his spouse Carolyn and son Richard moved to Maryland courtesy of the government. After serving four years at the National Security Agency and getting an MSEE from the University of Maryland, Dick and the family remained in Maryland. He took a job at Booz, Allen & Hamilton, Inc. where he worked in what we’d now call “information technology”. Dick retired as a senior vice president in 1996. Carolyn and Dick built their current house in Hilton Head and moved from Maryland in 2006.
Dick has been active in NAMI for over 10 years. He was secretary of the Howard county Maryland affiliate. He was also a member of the Howard County Commission on Disability Issues. This group was chartered by the county executive to advise him and the county council on issues relating to people with disabilities. After moving to Hilton Head, he became active with the Beaufort County affiliate. He has been on the board for most of that time and served as vice president and president. He is currently the treasurer. Dick is a “Family-to-Family” Education Program instructor.
Dick is an avid golfer and is a member of Bear Creek, where he is vice president of the board. He and Carolyn enjoy traveling. He remains involved with information technology and enjoys introducing it into organizations he is involved with.
I got involved in the mental health arena in 2002 when a family member was admitted to the psychiatric unit at a hospital. Soon after, we were introduced to school based mental health services thru Beckman Mental Health Center. The program was such a Godsend to our family. I was asked to speak at conferences in Washington, DC, Columbia, Wyoming and San Francisco about the need for School Based Mental Health services in all schools locally and nationally. I am a Board Member for Beckman Mental Health.
I have a husband, three adult children, 6 grandchildren and many furry children. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, camping, hiking, and photography.
Michelle graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina’s School of Nursing. In 2002 she took the Family-to-Family course when a family member was diagnosed with a mental illness. The knowledge she gained from the course, as well as the support she received from others in the organization, inspired her to become a volunteer with NAMI. She became a Family-to-Family teacher, state, and national trainer, a Family Support Group facilitator, a Provider Education teacher and state trainer, a Parents and Teachers as Allies presenter and state trainer, a NAMI Homefront teacher, the NAMI AOP resource person, and the NAMIWalks co-chair for NAMI AOP for three years as well as the Web Coordinator for the NAMI AOP and NAMI SC websites. In 2004 she received NAMI SC’s Volunteer of the Year Award. In 2008 she received NAMI SC’s Solid Gold Member Award and was inducted into NAMI National’s Hall of Fame for Family-to-Family. In 2011 she was inducted into NAMI National’s Hall of Fame for Provider Education and Family Support Group Facilitator. In 2013 she was inducted into NAMI National’s Hall of Fame for a second time for Family-to-Family for teaching 20+ courses. Michelle, also, assists with Crisis Intervention Training in her local area and speaks to various civic groups about NAMI.
In addition to her work with NAMI, Michelle is Secretary of the Anderson-Oconee-Pickens Mental Health Center Board. She has served on the Citizen’s Advisory Board at Patrick B. Harris Psychiatric Hospital. Michelle has a husband, a daughter, a son, and a daughter-in-law. Her hobbies include cake decorating, scrapbooking, card making, and organizing the homes of friends.
Tray Stone was born and raised in Columbia, SC. He graduated from Chapin High School and received his B.A. in Journalism from the University of South Carolina in 1985. Tray took courses at The Writer’s Workshop at the University of Iowa and at L.S.U. while working on an M.F.A. degree in creative writing and a Ph.D. In English Literature.
During this time Tray experienced depressive and manic symptoms of schizoaffective disorder and returned home to SC. He attended a NAMI Connections support group at the Mid-Carolina affiliate. Even though, few people were in attendance, he felt he was no longer alone. It was a revelation and realization that there were others like him who needed support. Tray became a Connections support group facilitator and facilitated a group for five years. Since 2012 he’s been on the NAMI Mid-Carolina Board and has been trained to teach Peer-to-Peer and present NAMI’s In Our Own Voice. He volunteers at the Richland County Library.
A native of Chesterfield County SC, Sarah came to Spartanburg in 1982 to attend Spartanburg Methodist College. After graduating with an A.A. in Liberal Arts, she went on to attend Spartanburg Technical College and received a Licensed Practical Nursing degree and Surgical Technology degree. In 2000 she enrolled in Converse College where she received a BA in Political Science and a Paralegal Certificate.
Sarah found NAMI after having two brothers diagnosed with schizophrenia. NAMI Spartanburg helped her find the tools needed to deal with the devastation caused by mental illness. She is committed to making the journey easier for anyone who needs help dealing with mental illness.
Sarah currently serves on the NAMI Spartanburg Board as the Events Coordinator and is very active in the Spartanburg community with public service activities. She has served as past President of Spartanburg County Legal Staff Professionals, SC Legal Staff Professionals, American Red Cross Disaster Team, Relay for Life, Cancer Survivor’s Day, and is a member of First Temple Baptist Church.