NAMI Main Line PA, an affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is a grassroots organization offering information and support to people with mental illness, their families and friends. Our events, education programs, and support are available free-of-charge to people in the Philadelphia area. For additional information see What We Offer and FAQ.

Members of the Board

Ingrid Waldron, Ph.D., President
Ingrid Waldron has been volunteering for NAMI Main Line PA for over twenty years. She serves as President and as chair of two board committees. She frequently contributes to our education and outreach activities. She has experience with serious mental illness in her family.

Judith (Judy) Green, MSS, Vice President
Judy Green has been facilitating Family-to-Family classes since 2003, about the same amount of time she has been fund-raising and volunteering on various affiliate committees.  In addition to being a nationally certified trainer for the Family-to-Family program, she has facilitated the Visions for Tomorrow and Basics programs for families having young children with mental illness, as well as run support groups.  Although a Licensed Social Worker, it is the serious mental illness in her family that has given her the understanding, commitment and passion so necessary to do this work.

Ivana Anderson, M.S., Secretary
Ivana Anderson has an MS in Organization Leadership (MSOL) from Cabrini University and works full-time as a proposal manager for a global corporation. She joined NAMI Main Line PA in 2007 as a volunteer and has devoted a large part of her life trying to understand mental health issues in her family as well as helping herself and others. Ivana previously co-chaired the University Outreach Committee for many years, and currently serves on the Community Outreach Committee and helps with Zoom facilitation for online affiliate forums.

Amanda Falivene-Rocco, M.A.,LPC, CPRP Treasurer
Amanda Falivene-Rocco serves as the Treasurer on the board, as well as a Family-to-Family facilitator. She began volunteering with NAMI after utilizing their resources to help several family members with chronic mental illness and to gain support for her own anxiety and depression. Amanda is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner. She was the director of a day program in Philadelphia for individuals with chronic mental illness and intellectual disabilities for 7 years and now works in private practice and provides clinical supervision to individuals seeking licensure.  

J. Matthew Baker
Matthew Baker (BS, Business Administration in Marketing) is the Founding and Managing Partner of JNA Consultants, LLC.  His firm helps clients in the following industries: Utility scale community solar renewable energy, life sciences and digital media advertising for a weekly publication on Philadelphia’s Main Line area. Prior to starting his own consulting firm, Matthew held leadership positions in telecommunications at RCN and in print and online media advertising at The Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News, Philly.com, Philadelphia Weekly, Metro and M3 USA (former SONY Group Company).  Outside of work, Matthew volunteers for NAMI Main Line of PA and also sits on the Board of T/E Conestoga Football Association and is a active member of the Holy Name Society at Saint Monica’s Parish in Berwyn.   Matthew is a person in mental health recovery (stable since 2018) and has had personal experiences utilizing crisis services.

Nancy Dever
Nancy Dever began volunteering with NAMI Main Line PA after completing the Family-to-Family course in 2017. She felt drawn to NAMI’s mission because of her family’s experience with mental illness. She joins NAMI with 3 years of fundraising experience working with a local non-profit serving families, and many years of volunteer experience with local non-profits. Her passion is mental illness in the adolescent and young adult community. Nancy is currently volunteering within her church to begin more community outreach and support to those that are suffering from mental illness, and those who support them. She co-facilitates a weekly parent peer support group at Wayne Presbyterian Church.

Scott Johnston, M.Ed. 
Scott Johnston’s connection with NAMI is rooted both as a family member (Family-to-Family graduate) and as a mental health professional.  Currently a therapist at an outpatient clinic, Scott’s clinical background has responded to challenges spanning persistent mental illness, developmental disabilities, sexual violence, and co-occurring disorders.  Trained in dialectical behavior therapy and prolonged exposure therapy, Scott’s roles as a clinician, program developer, and teacher/trainer reflect various levels of care: outpatient, inpatient, group homes, therapeutic communities, residential treatment, as well as family-focused education.  Scott has taught college psychology courses and co-directed a critically acclaimed documentary film about mental health recovery. 

Richard F. Kosich, M.Sc.
Rich is the recently appointed chair of our advocacy committee.  He has a Master of Science degree from the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia (now St. Joe’s), where he did his capstone paper on modernizing Pennsylvania’s ‘Mental Health Procedures Act Of 1976’.  Rich has been involved with NAMI Main Line since taking the Family-to-Family support group back in the Fall of 2019, and has been hooked ever since.  In addition to the advocacy committee, he has a strong interest in the interplay between faith and mental illness, and is actively exploring formulating a new faith- based support group for people with lived mental health challenges and spiritual concerns.  He’s also volunteered for the Community Outreach Committee, and accompanied Lisa Parker on several occasions to help represent NAMI Main Line at colleges and universities where he’s spoken about his sibling’s severe anosognosia, and the role guardianships can play in helping family members to stay actively involved in their loved one’s care.

Loran Kundra, M.S.S.
Loran Kundra has been a member of the NAMI Main Line PA Chapter for over 15 years. She currently co-leads the Community Outreach subcommittee for NAMI Main Line PA and in doing so, is responsible for arranging people with mental health issues and family members to present at colleges and universities, faith- based organizations, corporations, mental health agencies and other organizations in the community. Loran currently works as a behavioral health consultant for Community Behavioral Health and for the Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion for Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities and has been involved in forensic mental health projects in Philadelphia and Chester County. She is trained in In Our Own Voice and is a person with lived experience with a mental illness.

Edie Mannion, LMFT
Edie Mannion is a licensed marriage and family therapist whose work is inspired by her lived family experience with mental health and substance use disorders. In her private practice she offers individual, couples and family therapy for mental health, substance use and trauma related challenges and personality disorders, with certification in schema therapy, intensive training in dialectical behavior therapy, LEAP, and a deep respect for the recovery and trauma-informed models. She was the co-founder and director of the Training and Education Center at the Mental Health Association of Southeastern PA (now Mental Health Partnerships) from 1985-2021, where she developed services including family consultation, educational family support groups, family education courses, training for service providers and systems improvement advocacy.  She has authored/co-authored journal articles and book chapters related to this work.  She has been a long-time member and frequent workshop/webinar presenter for NAMI Main Line, and joined the board in November 2021.  She is the co-chair of our advocacy committee.

Lisa D. Parker, MSS
Lisa joined the board in 2022, and is currently Co-Chair of the Outreach Committee. She represents NAMI Main Line at colleges and universities where she speaks about her lived experience. She is a social worker by training who has worked in various social services, anti-bullying, educational, cross-cultural, mental health and public health programs in a number of Philly neighborhoods. She has experience in program development, implementation and evaluation as well as non profit development. She has also worked on a project for several years related to the arts and disabilities.  In 2011, Lisa founded Peace Day Philly, a non-profit organization that promotes and collaborates on programming related to personal, local and/or global peace on and around the UN International Day of Peace, September 21. Lisa represents Peace Day Philly at the United Nations. She is also a board member for the UN Association of Greater Philadelphia.  

Kristine Songster, M.Ed., ex officio
Kristine Songster has been doing administrative work for NAMI Main Line PA for more than 10 years.  She supports the board of directors and committees in their work and serves as co-chair for our annual awareness and fundraising walk.  She has a family member with serious mental illness.

Danielle Sulpizio
Danielle Sulpizio has been a member of NAMI Main Line PA for the past three years, and participates on the Education Support and Outreach team. She shares her story during speaking engagements as part of the In Our Own Voice program, and facilitates a Connections Support Group that meets 2 times per week. She is committed to bringing mental health issues into the light, and imparts a message of hope and possibility to students at various universities. She began volunteering for NAMI after benefitting from their support for her own depression and other mental health issues. She is pursuing a degree in psychology to continue down a path of service and education. 

Volunteers

With the help of our volunteer Board members and our many additional volunteers, all of our services are offered free of charge. Our accomplishments for the past year are summarized here.  To learn more about some of our long-term volunteers, please visit our Distinguished Service page. If you would like to join our dedicated and congenial group of volunteers, please go to our Volunteer with Us page.

Page last updated in January 2024.