NAMI SC Board of Directors
James Hayes, MD, ‘Jim’
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.
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'
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.
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’
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’
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'
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.
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
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'
Tray Stone was born and raised in Columbia, SC. He graduated from Chapin High School and received his B.A. in Journalism from the University of South Carolina in 1985. Tray took courses at The Writer’s Workshop at the University of Iowa and at L.S.U. while working on an M.F.A. degree in creative writing and a Ph.D. In English Literature.
During this time Tray experienced depressive and manic symptoms of schizoaffective disorder and returned home to SC. He attended a NAMI Connections support group at the Mid-Carolina affiliate. Even though, few people were in attendance, he felt he was no longer alone. It was a revelation and realization that there were others like him who needed support. Tray became a Connections support group facilitator and facilitated a group for five years. Since 2012 he’s been on the NAMI Mid-Carolina Board and has been trained to teach Peer-to-Peer and present NAMI’s In Our Own Voice. He volunteers at the Richland County Library.
James C. Williams, Jr., 'Jimmy'