Board Leadership

NAMI Virginia Board Members are dedicated people committed to support, education, and advocacy to our local, state, and national community.

NEW!  2018 Board Elections

March 1, 2018:  NAMI Virginia’s Board of Directors is now accepting nominations to fill three vacancies.  New Directors will be elected and announced at our Annual Meeting in Richmond on Saturday, June 2, 2018; more information on the annual meeting will be posted soon.  The length of term for a member of the Board is three years and begins upon election at the Annual Meeting. Self-nominations are acceptable. Nominations received will be reviewed by the Nominating Committee, and candidates will be contacted by Nominating Committee members as part of the vetting process. To be considered by the Nominating Committee, please submit a Nomination Form AND a brief resume by 5:00 pm on Friday, April 5, 2018.  Send these documents to with “Board Nomination” in the subject line. If you do not have access to email, fax your completed form and resume to (804) 285-8464.  For more information about the duties and responsibilities of a NAMI Virginia Board member, please read our 2018 Board Recruitment Open Letter.


2017-2018 Board of Directors

Executive Committee

President: Peter Nicewicz, J.D.
Program Analyst, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

1st Vice President: Sandy Mottesheard
Retired and Community Volunteer

2nd Vice President: Rob Reed, Esq.
Attorney, Allen & Allen

Secretary: Lynda J. Hyatt, PhD
Executive and Clinical Director, Gateway Homes

Treasurer: Rich Shelton
West Point
Good Neighbor Community Services

At-Large Member: Becky Graser
Coordinator, Peer Recovery Centers

At-Large Member: William (Bill) Phipps, LCSW
Chief Operating Officer, Magellan Complete Care of Virginia


Leondra Burchall
Senior Program Officer, National Endowment for the Humanities

Damien Cabezas
Chief Executive Officer, Horizon Behavioral Health

Varun Choudhary, M.D.
Glen Allen
Medical Director, Magellan of Virginia

Cristy Corbin
Family Support Partner, United Methodist Family Services

Steven Dixon, PhD
Vice President for Behavioral Health for Virginia, Optum

Jennifer Giles
Veteran, U.S. NAVY and Community Volunteer

Rob Krupicka
Small business owner, entrepreneur, & public affairs professional

Board Committees

Administrative: Peter Nicewicz (Chair), Sandy Mottesheard, Rob Reed

Consumer Affairs:  Jenn Giles (Chair), Becky Graser

Education and Programs: Jenn Giles (Chair), Rich Shelton, Cristy Corbin, Steven Dixon

Finance: Rich Shelton (Chair), Becky Graser, Bill Phipps, Damien Cabezas, Peter Nicewicz

Fundraising: Rich Shelton (Chair), Becky Graser, Steve Dixon

Membership and Affiliate Relations: Rob Reed (Chair), Sandy Mottesheard, Bill Phipps

Nominating: Sandy Mottesheard (Chair), Becky Graser, Jenn Giles, Leondra Burchall

Public Affairs: Lynda Hyatt (Chair), Peter Nicewicz, Varun Choudhary, Rob Krupicka, Leondra Burchall