Meet Our Team
Debbie L Proulx, Executive Director
Debbie came to NAMI Pasco this summer. She said that she is passionate about NAMI Pasco because she sees the good they can do for the community. She is especially passionate about helping to end the stigma associated with law enforcement officers and mental health conditions. She wants to help make sure that anyone who needs support can get it regardless of their profession.
An interesting fact about Debbie is that she is the biological mother of 5 and the bonus mother to many who have lived within her house. She stated, “everything that I do, I do with being a role model
to them in mind”.
Her favorite color is navy, but she says orange has a special place in her heart because she has a son obsessed with it.
Stephanie has been with NAMI Pasco for a short time now. She is passionate about NAMI Pasco because she has family and clients with mental health issues that she feels NAMI Pasco is a wonderful resource for.
An interesting fact about Stephanie is that she is a mother of 4 and has 7 grandchildren. She loves helping families stay healthy.
Her favorite color is turquoise.
Loni has been with NAMI Pasco for about a year. Here’s what she had to say about her passion for NAMI Pasco, “I am passionate about NAMI because I work with the homeless population (at Metropolitan Ministries) and feel there are not enough resources to assist with mental health needs. I also have personal reasons for wanting to bring mental health awareness. My college roommate diedby suicide when we were 21 years of age. I wish mental health was more at the forefront at that time, she wouldn’t have had to suffer in silence.”
A fun fact about Loni is that she graduated high school in Italy. Her father was in the air force which allowed her to travel to many exciting places, including Guam.
Her favorite color is green.
Carolann is a brand new NAMI Pasco member. She is passionate about NAMI because she has lived, family, and work experience with mental health issues. She states her passion simply as “I love people with mental illnesses”.
A fun fact about Carolann is that she is learning to fly a Cessna!
Her favorite color is sunshine orange.
Meghan Shattuck, Secretary
Meghan has been with NAMI Pasco since February of 2016. When asked about her passion for NAMI Pasco she had this to say, “I have been a mental health advocate for the last 18 years and continue to strive to eliminate stigma. My family has been touched by mental illness and I have a passion to educate not just them but others on the effects of mental illness and debunk stereotypes or myths related to those who experience mental illness. I also work closely with Pasco Sheriff to assist with the Crisis Intervention Team trainings in an effort to improve the relationship between law enforcement and those affected by mental illness.”
A fun fact about Meghan is she’s from New Jersey; loves the beach, Van Goh, Bruce Springsteen, and Dr. Who.
Her favorite color is blue.
Dave Braken, Director
Dave joined NAMI Pasco in 2018 after his son was Baker Acted. Dave has this to say about his passion for NAMI Pasco “ As we watched the ambulance pull away my wife and I looked at each other and had no idea what to do next. Who to turn to for help, how to find solutions, how to help him and to get help for our family. My NAMI board focus is to do what I can to make sure another family does not have that helpless feeling or to make it easier to find answers to that call for help.”
A fun fact about Dave is that he does Ironman Triathlons.
His favorite color is red.
Christine is a new NAMI Pasco member who brings lots of passion to our board. When asked why she is passionate about NAMI Pasco this is what she had to say, “I am passionate about NAMI for so many different reasons but some of the areas I would like to highlight are the community partnerships NAMI builds, the empowering and strengths-based approach to service provision, the continuum of services to all community members, the foundation and continued growth based on community need and an overall mantra that “everyone has the potential for greatness.” NAMI allows to fill gaps in much needed services within the community through a humanistic approach of volunteerism, peer specialists and empathy to destigmatize and educate on mental health. NAMI not only changes lives but gives individuals the ability to change their own lives and the lives of those around them.”
A fun fact about Christine is that she loves to refurbish furniture and power wash.
Her favorite color is gray.
Dr. Emery Ailes, III, Director
Dr. Ailes is a new NAMI Pasco member, but not new to helping us educate the community on mental health issues. He is passionate about NAMI Pasco because he feels that Mental Health and Hygiene are critical to an individual’s spiritual growth and development; of love and a sound mind.
A fun fact about Dr. Ailes is that he is a kidney recipient of a living donor.
His favorite colors are purple and gold.
Lucy is a brand new NAMI Pasco member. Here’s what she had to say about her passion for NAMI Pasco, “Addiction deeply impacts the physical and mental health of countless individuals, robbing them of the potential for a happy, purposeful life. Understanding that mental illness fuels addiction, I want to support solutions that inspire help and hope — especially PHSC students struggling with addiction issues.”
A fun fact about Lucy is that she is an amateur photographer.
Ken has been with NAMI Pasco for seven years now. When asked why he was passionate about NAMI Pasco he said because he himself is a consumer along with several family members. He said he loves that NAMI Pasco says it’s alright to have a brain illness. He said we are his place to go to know he is not alone. To him, he says NAMI Pasco is part of his medicine. He said the thing he loves the most about NAMI Pasco is that it is helping to wipe out the stigma associated with mental illness.
A fun fact about Ken is that he used to play semipro baseball with the Levitown Giants and he plays the drums.
His favorite color is purple.
Sue Wegener, BSN, RN-BC, Director
Sue has been with NAMI Pasco for a little over a year. Sue is a mental health provider who is passionate about NAMI Pasco because we meet the needs of the consumers and families that she works with.
A fun fact about Sue is that she loves to cook. She stated, “Cooking is my LOVE Language; my mom taught me to cook with love, it’s the secret ingredient and it feeds the soul!”
Her favorite color is purple.
Elaine is brand new to NAMI Pasco. She has a loved one with mental health conditions. She says that she is passionate about NAMI Pasco because she believes society needs to be educated on mental health conditions in order to reduce the stigma associated with them.
A fun fact about Elaine is that she used to be a children’s magician.
Her favorite color is hot pink.
Sylvia Escala-DeRosa, Director
Sylvia is a brand new board member for NAMI Pasco, She passionate about NAMI Pasco because “They EDUCATE, and are the VOICE, of those who are suffering with a mental health disability but most of all they bring HOPE to ALL.”
A fun fact about Sylvia is that she answered the call for military service at 38.
Her favorite color is white.
Staff and Volunteers to be added shortly.