NAMI SC Board of Directors
James Hayes, MD, ‘Jim’
NAMI SC Board President - NAMI Greenville
Jim Hayes is a retired Pediatric Hematologist-Oncologist, but still works as the Medical Director for Research Compliance for Greenville Hospital System and Medical Director for Taylors Free Medical Clinic. He and Glenda his wife have been active in NAMI since 2005 and are Family-to-Family teachers. Glenda is a Provider Education teacher. Jim has been a board member of NAMI Greenville since 2007. Their activities involve church work at Taylors First Baptist Church, where they teach Sunday School and do educational classes about mental illness for the church. They are actively involved in medical missions in Fortaleza Brazil. Being grand parents to 5 active grand children is their favorite activity. Jim's goal for NAMI is to greatly increase research efforts to understand the cause of mental illness and increase NAMI's outreach.
NAMI SC Board Vice President - NAMI Spartanburg
A native of Chesterfield County SC, Sarah came to Spartanburg in 1982 to attend Spartanburg Methodist College. After graduating with an A.A. in Liberal Arts, she went on to attend Spartanburg Technical College and received a Licensed Practical Nursing degree and Surgical Technology degree. In 2000 she enrolled in Converse College where she received a BA in Political Science and a Paralegal Certificate.
Sarah found NAMI after having two brothers diagnosed with schizophrenia. NAMI Spartanburg helped her find the tools needed to deal with the devastation caused by mental illness. She is committed to making the journey easier for anyone who needs help dealing with mental illness.
Sarah currently serves on the NAMI Spartanburg Board as the Events Coordinator and is very active in the Spartanburg community with public service activities. She has served as past President of Spartanburg County Legal Staff Professionals, SC Legal Staff Professionals, American Red Cross Disaster Team, Relay for Life, Cancer Survivor's Day, and is a member of First Temple Baptist Church.
Joan Herbert, MS
NAMI SC Secretary - NAMI Charleston Area
A native South Carolinian, Joan received a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the Medical University of South Carolina in 1975. After two years of bedside practice in psychiatric facilities in Atlanta, Georgia, she obtained a Master of Science degree with a major in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing in 1979 from the University of Maryland in Baltimore. For two years post-graduate school she served as an instructor in the MUSC College of Nursing and provided family therapy in part-time private practice. From 1982 until 1991 Joan held various progressive management positions in the private psychiatric hospital sector. Positions included Program Manager, Director of Nursing and Clinical Services, and Assistant Administrator in facilities in South Carolina, Texas and Florida. She re-joined the MUSC staff in 1991 and served as Administrator of the Institute of Psychiatry from January 1997 to April 2009. Joan’s current title is Director and Coach of Organization Performance at MUSC as part of the MUSC Excellence Initiative, with particular focus on performance improvement across the Medical Center.
NAMI SC Board Treasurer - NAMI Kershaw
Larry graduated from Camden High School and North Carolina State University with a degree in Engineering. He is self-employed at a family owned independent tire store and describes himself as a grease monkey, brake mechanic, and tire changer.
Larry’s involvement with NAMI Kershaw began when a family member was diagnosed with a mental illness. He is the current Chair of Mental Health America of Kershaw County and is on the Santee Wateree Mental Health Center Board. Larry and Linda, his wife of thirty-two years, have three children, Joe, Becky, and, Dan and one grandchild, Gretchen. He is also involved in the Baptist Church, the Kiwanis Club, the Bicycle Club, and the Bee Keeping Club.
John E. Balling, 'Jack'
Jack graduated from USC with a BS in Business Management in 1970. In 2003 he retired from the S.C. Dept. of Mental Health as a budget and policy analyst after 33 years of service.
He joined the NAMI SC Board in 2003 and has served as treasurer and twice as president. He currently serves as a “hands on” president of NAMI Mid-Carolina. Jack, also, volunteers with the SC Junior Golf Foundation and is a Board member of Work In Progress , a supported employment non-profit in Columbia, and Rice Estate, an assisted living facility.
Jack is married to Nela 'Stormy' Folger Balling, a Spartanburg native, and has two grown daughters and a grandson. His hobbies are golf, walking, and yard work.
NAMI Piedmont Tri-County
Beverly and her husband spent twenty-one years as a management team in a multi-national corporation. After numerous moves throughout the country, they settled in Rock Hill, SC. They became involved in NAMI in 1995 when a family member was diagnosed with a mental illness.
Over the years, she has served NAMI Piedmont Tri-County as president, board member, and “help line” responder. Membership in other boards includes the NAMI SC State and Executive Boards, the Catawba Community Mental Health Center Board, and the Catawba Foundation Board. In addition, she is a national speaker, providing hope and education in the area of mental illness, and is a Trustee for her church. Her hobbies include traveling, cooking, home decorating, and wedding planning.
William R. Hamilton, ‘Bill’
Bill was born and raised in San Mateo, California. Following graduation from the University of California at Berkeley, he enlisted in the California Air National Guard. After returning from active duty, he began his teaching career as a public school music teacher. During this time he began graduate studies at California State University, San Francisco, and his musical interests shifted to theory and composition. He moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan where he completed his doctorate at the University of Michigan, and began his career as a college professor.
In 1979 he was hired by USC Coastal Carolina College. In addition to teaching, he developed an interest in jazz piano and wrote music for some theater productions. When USC-CCC became Coastal Carolina University, he wrote the music for Coastal’s alma mater. He retired from full time teaching at the end of the 2006- 2007 year, but has been able to do some part time teaching, and continue his performing activities. Bill joined NAMI in 1991 after a family member experienced symptoms of mental illness. Presently, he serves as president of NAMI Grand Strand.
Robert Wesley Hayes, Jr., ‘Wes’
NAMI Piedmont Tri-County
Wes graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1975. While at West Point, he was elected President of the Class of 1975 and served as a Battalion Commander. His military service includes service as a member of the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg from 1976-1980, and service as a member of the South Carolina Army National Guard from 1980-2005 where he held the rank of Colonel. He is a master parachutist, a ranger, and recipient of the Legion of Merit Award. In 1983, Wes graduated from the University of South Carolina’s School of Law. While in law school, he was elected President of the Student Bar Association, served on the South Carolina Law Review, and was a member of the Order of the Coif. He is a partner in the law firm of Harrelson, Hayes and Guyton. Wes served in the South Carolina House of Representatives from 1985-1991. He has served as a member of the South Carolina Senate since 1991 and is a member of the Republican Party.
Wes currently serves on the Boards of the South Carolina Bank and Trust of the Piedmont, Guardian Fidelity Mortgage Corporation, Westminster Towers, and the York County Chapter of the American Red Cross. He is an active member of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Rock Hill. He was Chairman of the York District Boy Scouts of America from 1985-1991, and Chairman of the Rock Hill United Way Campaign in 1992. Wes is a member of the American Legion, Kiwanis, Elks, Gideons, Christian Legal Society, National Lawyers Association, and State and County Bar Associations. Wes and his wife Sally have three children.
I am a wife of a Veteran and mother of four awesome children. I turned to NAMI in 2000, when my son was told he had a mental illness. Through all the very difficult times, one saving grace for our family was NAMI. NAMI support and education changed our lives. It was then that I realized I wanted to be a part of this organization that is the front runner of Mental Health. The NAMI training helped me so much when my husband was told he had PTSD.
I am a Family-to-Family teacher, NAMI SC Board Member, advocate, and a speaker. I have had a number of other trainings that help me in my quest to help others. I feel that this is a calling from God and want to use all I have learned to educate, support and bring peace to other families of Sumter and surrounding counties and the state of South Carolina.
Dayton R. Males, 'Dick'
NAMI Beaufort County
Dick graduated from Rutgers with a BSEE and a commission from the USAF. After graduation, Dick, his spouse Carolyn and son Richard moved to Maryland courtesy of the government. After serving four years at the National Security Agency and getting an MSEE from the University of Maryland, Dick and the family remained in Maryland. He took a job at Booz, Allen & Hamilton, Inc. where he worked in what we’d now call “information technology”. Dick retired as a senior vice president in 1996. Carolyn and Dick built their current house in Hilton Head and moved from Maryland in 2006.
Dick has been active in NAMI for over 10 years. He was secretary of the Howard county Maryland affiliate. He was also a member of the Howard County Commission on Disability Issues. This group was chartered by the county executive to advise him and the county council on issues relating to people with disabilities. After moving to Hilton Head, he became active with the Beaufort County affiliate. He has been on the board for most of that time and served as vice president and president. He is currently the treasurer. Dick is a “Family-to-Family” Education Program instructor.
Dick is an avid golfer and is a member of Bear Creek, where he is vice president of the board. He and Carolyn enjoy traveling. He remains involved with information technology and enjoys introducing it into organizations he is involved with.
Fletcher C. Mann, Jr.
A native of Greenville, Fletcher graduated from UNC Chapel Hill in 1975 and USC School of Law in 1979. He was in a private law practice, Clerk of Court for Greenville County, a business law instructor, and an executive director of a non-profit.
In 2007 Fletcher began attending a NAMI Connection Support Group. He became a Connection facilitator in 2008, took the Peer-to-Peer Education Course, served on the NAMI Greenville Board of Directors, and was hired as its Program Director. Fletcher was the recipient or co- recipient of two NAMI National Connection Awards in 2009: Program Expansion and Outreach and Data Reporting. He enjoys walking, backpacking, gardening, and, sometimes, golf.
I got involved in the mental health arena in 2002 when a family member was admitted to the psychiatric unit at a hospital. Soon after, we were introduced to school based mental health services thru Beckman Mental Health Center. The program was such a Godsend to our family. I was asked to speak at conferences in Washington, DC, Columbia, Wyoming and San Francisco about the need for School Based Mental Health services in all schools locally and nationally. I am a Board Member for Beckman Mental Health.
I have a husband, three adult children, 6 grandchildren and many furry children. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, camping, hiking, and photography.,
Michelle Ready, RN
Michelle graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina’s School of Nursing. In 2002 she took the Family-to-Family course when a family member was diagnosed with a mental illness. The knowledge she gained from the course, as well as the support she received from others in the organization, inspired her to become a volunteer with NAMI. She became a Family-to-Family teacher, state, and national trainer, a Family Support Group facilitator, a Provider Education teacher and state trainer, a Parents and Teachers as Allies presenter and state trainer, a NAMI Homefront teacher, the NAMI AOP resource person, and the NAMIWalks co-chair for NAMI AOP for three years as well as the Web Coordinator for the NAMI AOP and NAMI SC websites. In 2004 she received NAMI SC’s Volunteer of the Year Award. In 2008 she received NAMI SC’s Solid Gold Member Award and was inducted into NAMI National’s Hall of Fame for Family-to-Family. In 2011 she was inducted into NAMI National’s Hall of Fame for Provider Education and Family Support Group Facilitator. In 2013 she was inducted into NAMI National's Hall of Fame for a second time for Family-to-Family for teaching 20+ courses. Michelle, also, assists with Crisis Intervention Training in her local area and speaks to various civic groups about NAMI.
In addition to her work with NAMI, Michelle is Secretary of the Anderson-Oconee-Pickens Mental Health Center Board. She has served on the Citizen’s Advisory Board at Patrick B. Harris Psychiatric Hospital. Michelle has a husband, a daughter, a son, and a daughter-in-law. Her hobbies include cake decorating, scrapbooking, card making, and organizing the homes of friends.
Jane B. Simpson, 'Janie'
Janie Simpson has been involved with NAMI SC and NAMI Mid-Carolina for 10 years. She has volunteered with In Our Own Voice, Crisis Intervention Training, Family to Family, facilitation of support groups and Provider Education. Much of her career has been spent in the mental health field, some of which, has been training mentors to work with persons with mental health issues and certifying South Carolina Department of Mental Health “peer support specialists”. She has extensive experience writing recovery curriculum she has taught around the state of South Carolina and is a dedicated advocate for all those living with mental illness and their families.
James C. Williams, Jr., 'Jimmy'
Jimmy Williams is an attorney who served from 1998 until his retirement in 2010 as a Circuit Court Judge in South Carolina. He previously served as as Chief Deputy Solicitor for the First Judicial Circuit in Orangeburg and Calhoun counties. He presently is operating Carolina Mediation Service and his web site and complete bio can be viewed at CarolinaMediationService.com. Now living in Seneca, he is active in all matters Clemson. Jimmy completed the NAMI Family to Family course in early 2010 after undertaking to assist a young homeless orphan who suffers from bipolar disorder. He is especially interested in helping eliminate the stigma associated with mental illness and in working to educate the various components of the criminal justice system of the special needs of the mentally ill caught up in that system.