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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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 and has been living in Tacoma, Washington for 15 years. She is a local, small business owner and operator, Licensed Massage Therapist, Reiki Practitioner/Teacher, and Qi Gong Instructor with a passion for learning natural ways to heal and cope with illness, through diet, meditation, art, and exercise, she is 12 years clean from stage 4 thyroid cancer.
Member at Large – Brian Prester
Brian Prester is an associate clinical social worker and psychotherapist. He currently works in a community mental health program serving individuals with severe mental illness. Many of the individuals he serves are misunderstood and lack the resources to be successful in today’s socioeconomic climate, which is what brought him to NAMI Pierce County. That is, Brian wants to be in a position that gives him an opportunity to advocate for those affected by the grips of mental illness at the community level. He has been living in the Tacoma area off and on for some 20 years, and in his time outside of work, he enjoys spending time with loved ones and his three four-legged children.
Member at Large – Robin McCarthy
Robin has lived in Washington for over 20 years. She has two adult children, shares her home with her four dogs, and is an avid Seattle Sounders FC fan.
Robin has an extensive background in mental health, with a Masters in Clinical Psychology. She firmly believes in the need to reduce the stigma of mental health challenges and that one of the best ways to do this is through community involvement and driving membership in organizations such as NAMI.
Member at Large – Cierra Gloeckner
Public Awareness, Community Outreach, and Advocacy
Cierra is a proud United States Army Veteran and currently works as a medical biller while she attends college full-time. Like many of us, she is no stranger to mental health illnesses, having spent 4 years as a Patient Administration Specialist in the United States Army, where she helped take care of seriously ill soldiers on a deployment in 2015.
Cierra’s varied background in the medical field and the United States Army provided the perfect foundation for advocating for those with mental illness, reaching out to the community and bringing awareness to current mental health disparities. As a board director for NAMI Pierce County, she is responsible for all aspects of Public Awareness, Community Outreach, and Advocacy.
Ex-officio Member – Julie Costello
Julie grew up in Southern California and then lived in Sarasota Florida for 13 years. She moved to the PNW in 2015 with her husband and daughter. She worked in telecommunications for 15 years, specifically in call centers, doing business process consulting helping businesses all across the country develop best-in-class customer care and service organizations. She and her husband also owned and operated a structural steel construction company and an organic produce company. Julie is now the Director of Sales and Marketing for 253 Lifestyle Magazine a premier publication dedicated to positively impacting our community.
Julie’s mother was bipolar and died from complications of her illness. Julie joined NAMI as a Board member in 2015 and has served as the Secretary and also the Vice President of the Board for NAMI Pierce County. Julie will remain as an advisor to the board through 2019 as our ex-officio board member.