NAMI Pierce County Board of Directors
We are a working board of volunteers who are committed to NAMI’s mission in Pierce County. We are an affiliate of NAMI Washington.
The board currently meets once a month. Please feel free to email us at email@example.com if there are any issues you would like the board to address.
President – Lovey Offerle
Lovey was born and raised in Hawaii and lived in Minneapolis, Washington, DC, and Chicago before putting down roots in the Pacific Northwest in 1983. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and has been working for the same major airline for 51 years. Her job has given her the opportunity to see the world, and these days she usually spends a couple nights in Asia every week. (If it’s Tuesday, it’s China!)
She has extensive experience as a contract negotiator, project instructor, and facilitator, subject matter expert for the National Mediation Board. She has served on the Board of Directors for various organizations through the years but joined Nami Pierce County hoping to make a difference in the lives of those touched by mental illness.
“The journey through mental illness is very often a lonely and difficult one, but I hope that those affected by mental illness will find a home and support here at NAMI Pierce County. No one needs to make the journey alone. As President, I am committed to the support, education, advocacy, and public awareness that we try to provide so that those who are affected by mental illness can build better lives.”
Vice President – Daniel Sheehan
Daniel has been living in Washington since he was 8 years old. He enjoys traveling, hiking/camping, and spending time with his dogs and loved ones. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, a master’s degree in Forensic Psychology and has seven years of experience working within Probation & Parole. His experience includes working with many different backgrounds and finding his passion lies in helping those afflicted by mental illnesses and in working with families to ensure the overall success of his clientele.
NAMI is important to Daniel as he continues his never-ending journey to seek to understand helping himself, and others as well. He is choosing to serve as Vice President to enrich and fortify people’s self-knowledge that they can overcome difficulty. They have the potential for personal greatness within them, and he wants to help them rally their resources to create the lives they desire.
Second Vice President – Angela Walker
Fundraising and Corporate Marketing & Outreach
Prior to retiring and moving to the Great North West, Angela was President and CEO of Melador Technologies Inc., a high tech solution provider that supports various government and corporate clients throughout the United States. Under Mrs. Walker’s brilliant stewardship, Melador Technologies was renowned for Information Technology (IT) consulting and engineering support for a wide range of companies that perform critical services in the federal, state and local government sectors.
Some of Mrs. Walker’s notable achievements and awards include The Entrepreneur Spirit Award, CBCC Small Business of the Year Award, LA/MBOC Minority Technology Company of The Year Award, National Assoc. of Women Business Owners Hall of Fame Award. She has been featured on “Making It: Minority Success Stories, Front Page of the LA Times Newspaper Business section and KNBC TV Morning Show.
Mrs. Walker was also Founder and CEO of the Melador Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing information technologies to inner-city youth. The foundation provided annual scholarships to young people from the inner cities that demonstrated an interest in pursuing educational opportunities in the field of computer technology.
Mrs. Walker passion/desire to make a difference in the lives of people affected with mental illness and help stop the stigma associated with people living mental illness brought her to NAMI Pierce County.
Treasurer – Ed Tuck III
Ed and his wife Cynthia have lived in Washington for over 20 years. They have 4 adult children, 8 grandkids and 2 dogs, and he is a third generation business owner of T & T Tire Factory in Tacoma, WA. Ed purchased the 64-year-old family business from his father in 2004 but has been working there since he was just 12 years old.
Ed and his wife love to hike, snow ski, water ski, and travel. Their favorite destination so far has been to Costa Rica. Together, they went through the NAMI Family-to-Family Program a few years ago to help their child who suffers from a mental illness. From there, Ed has volunteered with NAMI for 3 years, with 2 of those years serving as the Treasurer on the Board of Directors.
Secretary – Andrea Sulusi
Andrea was born in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania. She has lived in Tacoma, Washington for 15 years. She is the owner and operator of Elements Of Sunshine Massage and Wellness Spa. There she is a Licensed Massage Therapist, Reiki Practitioner/Teacher, and Qi Gong Instructor. Her passion for learning natural ways to heal like meditation, art, and exercise developed when she was diagnosed with stage 4 thyroid. She is now 12 years clean.
Member at Large –Tara Rodriguez
Director, Community Outreach/Public Awareness
Tara was born in Auburn, raised in Kent, and has been a Tacoma resident since 1994. Her parents are from the small town of Gullane in Scotland, making her older sister and Tara first generation Americans. After receiving her Associate of Arts Degree from Highline Community College, she later graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology.
When Tara walked into the Juvenile Court 24 years ago, it was love at first sight. She now works at the Pierce County Juvenile Court and oversee the Truancy, At Risk Youth programs and Adoptions, but also has experience working in varying departments within the Court. She believes in providing early intervention services and alternatives to youth and families who have found themselves in crisis and doing whatever we can for them without entrenching them further into the system.
Tara joined the NAMI Board hoping to make a difference in the community. She takes her position very seriously with great passion and energy and is committed to doing her part to reduce the stigma around mental illness and provide awareness to the programs and support that NAMI has to offer. Mental illness has impacted her own family and she feels it’s important to mention that anyone who is struggling with mental illness, or has a loved one or friend who is, has a home within the NAMI family and are welcomed with open arms and support.
Member at Large – Kendall Simmonds
Kendall has lived in the Puget Sound region her entire life and has found her home in the city of Tacoma. She enjoys nature walks and meditating in the forest, lifting weights, and investigating true crime mysteries. She is passionate about activism and advocacy, and hopes to make a positive impact in as many ways as possible in her lifetime.
Kendall is currently finishing her Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Sociology and will be continuing her education to earn a Masters of Social Work. She recognizes how many lives mental illness touches and is familiar with the struggles it can bring. Her desire to make a difference has drawn her to NAMI in an effort to provide support for those affected by mental illness in one way or another.
Member at Large – Ru-Han Yeh
Director, Mental/ Mental Health
Ru-Han received her Master’s Degree in Counseling from the University of North Texas and worked as a social worker at Baylor Medical Center in Texas and at Valley Cities in the Puget sound area. She is currently a Community Corrections Officer for the Pierce County Department of Corrections. Ru-Han has spent the last 14 years implementing and collaborating with providers on new techniques and approaches in dealing with mental health. She believes that a combined approach with the focus on wellness can be most effective in the long term.
Member at Large – Michelle Fargher
Michelle was raised in Auburn, Washington and lived in New York, Colorado and Oregon before returning to her home state in 2017. She holds a B.A. in Business Administration (Marketing/Music) and a Certificate in Public Health Sciences. Michelle has amassed 15 years of experience at several universities in the areas of marketing, development, community engagement, program management and event planning. She enjoys exploring local restaurants and breweries, running trails, Olympic-style weightlifting and attending arts and sports events.
Michelle joined NAMI to help provide families and people directly facing mental illness with the education and connections needed to achieve their full potential in life. She lived with a loved one impacted by mental illness and wants to support those in a similar position in her community.