NAMI Washington County Staff
Dave Mowry found NAMI in 2006 during his dark days and what he refers to as his lost years. NAMI changed Dave's life.
Dave has lived with bipolar disorder and severe anxiety all his adult life. He has experienced homelessness, felt extremely alone in his mental illness, and faced the stigma associated with bipolar disorder.
Dave's recovery started with NAMI and he is now healthy and able to give back as the executive director for NAMI of Washington County.
Dave is a best-selling author of his book, OMG That's Me! Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Anxiety, Panic Attacks, and more... which was recently number 1 on Amazon in the bipolar category.
Dave is also a certified peer support specialist.
Dave lives in Happy Valley with his wife Heather.
My name is Shelley Turner. I would like to give to you a brief path if you will, into how I started my journey of mental illness. I am originally from Apache Junction, Arizona. I lived there until I was 12. Due to unforeseen circumstances, my father moved our family to Alaska in 1981. My mental illness was in full swing when I turned 15 yrs. although not identified as Bipolar, PTSD, Severe Anxiety, and Severe Depression at that time. Looking back after dealing with mental illness now 37 or so years later; I know this was the onset of when my very own mental health concerns began. Without going through every detail, I can tell you it was a roller coaster ride I did not want to be on. My behavior changed. I became a character of the symptoms associated with this illness. I felt like I was not in control of my own mind and body. Substances did not put me in this state of uncertainty and fear. It is an illness just like diabetes it is out of my control. However, I have skills and tools I have learned along the way to manage my illness.
I have persevered and accomplished with having the mental health knowledge and tools I need to keep myself safe. I have a support network. A psychiatrist, therapist, medication management, friends, and family. I have discovered that the roller coaster I have been on has led to a successful change in my life.
I now work for NAMI Washington County as the Operations Manager. I have been working with NAMI for the last 8 years, I previously worked for NAMI Anchorage in Alaska I have been with NAMI Washington County for 4 1/2 years. I contribute my success to NAMI and take pride in our mission. Our mission is to improve the lives of those affected by mental illness through support, education, and advocacy. I can honestly say, “I love my job.”
Julia K. Johnson
Peer Support Specialist
"Offering connection free of judgment is the focus of everything I do, personally and professionally. Given my own background of mental illness, grief, trauma, substance abuse, and chronic illness I now walk beside others on their path to wellness. We are the experts on our own lived experience and each holds value regardless of where in our journey we are. In the pandemic, I am here to listen, share my experience via calls, support groups, Zoom calls, emails, or even via text. Outside of NAMI I have a 9-year-old, raising me, who is my rainbow baby born after infant loss. I am a true seeker of adventure experiences. As I travel and jump on a plane (or out of one, one day) it reminds me that I am more than a diagnosis, my darkest days and biggest mistakes. Today I am fueled by way too much coffee (I'm told), sloth videos, theater, dog kisses (yes I want to see a picture of your dog), interesting conversations, mental health education, Motherhood, jokes, and doing this."
Community Outreach Coordinator
Nicole recently joined NAMI Washington County with the hopes of better connecting, by building necessary bridges, from our community's mental health support services to those who desperately need them in order to be well, enough. As someone with a serious mental health condition that can, at times, feel unbearable and leave her feeling far too disordered to function, mental health support services have been a critical lifeline for Nicole, and for so many others in our communities as well.
As the new COC for NAMI Washington County, Nicole is hard at work making those connections and ensuring that the serious and important needs of those affected by mental illness are being acknowledged, understood, and served adequately by NAMI Washington County and other community mental health support service organizations.
Feel free to reach out to Nicole to find out more, to join her in her mission by building a bridge between your mental health support service organizations and ours, a mutual wellness network as Nicole calls it, and/or to book a NAMI educational presentation as well.