our team


Executive Director

James is the Executive Director for NAMI Oklahoma. 


James comes to NAMI with a background in business and higher education. He has a passion for connecting with people according to their own interests and passions. James knows mental health affects people from every walk of life, and he hopes to use his experiences and talents for bringing people together to grow NAMI's presence in Oklahoma.  


James is a graduate of Oklahoma State University. He lives in Oklahoma City 


Click here to learn more about James and his reason for serving.

paula stafford

Director of Affiliate Relations

At NAMI Oklahoma, Paula is responsible for supporting, strengthening, and developing all existing affiliates, while also being the affiliates’ primary point of contact. 


Paula received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education at Southwestern Oklahoma State University, her Master’s Degree in Guidance and Counseling, and her Master’s Degree in Administration at the University of Central Oklahoma.


Born and raised, Paula is a loyal and true Oklahoman, currently residing in central Oklahoma with her husband, Jim, and their two children.


She is able to tie both her passion and educational experience, along with her personal experiences, together to help support other families by letting them know that they are not alone in their journeys of mental health. 

Kellie Warmath

Director of Community Engagement 

Kellie is the Director of Community Engagement. 


At NAMI Oklahoma, Kellie is involved with our mission in a number of different facets: community outreach, affiliate relations, marketing and communications, and event management.


Kellie was born and raised in Texas and attended Texas A&M University for her undergraduate degree. Kellie and her husband, Jacob, relocated to Oklahoma in 2014 while Jacob attended the OU College of Medicine. Once they settled into their new state, Kellie went back to school at Oklahoma City University where she earned her MBA and MA in Nonprofit Leadership. 


Kellie has experience with other nonprofits, but the mission with NAMI is personal for her. She is honored to be in this role to better the lives of those affected by mental illness.

andrea michaels

Chief Operations Officer

Andrea is the Chief Operations Officer for NAMI Oklahoma. 


She has been with NAMI Oklahoma since October 1997.  She manages operations, finances, human resource functions and more. Andrea has a Bachelor’s Degree with Honors in Business Management and a Paralegal Degree.  She has also had specialized training in Nonprofit Standards of Excellence and Nonprofit Leadership and Finance.


Andrea has worked in the non-profit community for 25 years. She finds that the most rewarding part of her work is being able to provide hope and to tell people, "You are not alone" when someone in need of help approaches NAMI.

angela parsons

Director of Programs

Angela works alongside NAMI Oklahoma affiliates, NAMI Oklahoma members, and volunteers to implement NAMI Signature Programs through training and technical support. 


Angela received both her Bachelor of Family Studies and Gerontology and Masters of Business Administration from Southern Nazarene University.


Angela loves that through NAMI, individuals and families are able to have supportive environments created for them, which are able to assure that no one is alone. She desires for the stigma of mental health to be broken and the reality of mental health recovery to be better conveyed.


With her husband, Jim, to whom she has been married for 37 years, Angela has four daughters and two sons. 


Have questions? Contact us.

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Oklahoma City, OK 73118


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