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Meet the 2021 Candidates

Dr. Stuart Buttlaire

Dr. Stuart Buttlaire has been with Kaiser Permanente for many years and serves as the Regional Director of Behavioral Health and Addiction Medicine, and a current Board Member with NAMI Alameda County South.

Before Kaiser, Stuart worked in the public Sector as a Program Manager over Acute Services, for Marin County Mental Health. With Kaiser he oversees a broad continuum of services that focus on acute illness and the more seriously mentally ill members. He is responsible for inpatient, ambulatory, and emergency services for mental health and addiction medicine. These programs treat adults, teens, and children with serious behavioral health conditions. Stuart is also the lead Mental Health Representative within Kaiser Permanente’s State Program Initiatives including Medicaid and Medicare. Stuart’s other portfolio at Kaiser is providing expertise and consultation on state and federal legislation and on their impact on behavioral health as well as serving and contributing to: the State of California’s Workforce Commission Subgroup on Behavioral Health; CalAIMs mental health workgroup; Manatt Consulting and Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Massachusetts on a Model Behavioral Health System to improve the State’s Behavioral Health Delivery System; the National Qualify Forum (NQF) for its workgroup on program design for the Seriously Mentally Ill; the California Mental Health Oversight Accountably Commissions advisory workgroup on early interventions in psychosis; and a workgroup sponsored by Mental Health America along with several Federal and State agencies to develop and find uses for Psychosis Screening Data Mapping Dashboard.

Lara Gregorio

With 20+ years in the behavioral health space, in settings ranging from inpatient to community mental health and private practice, Lara Gregorio has a commitment to empowering consumers, scaling compassion, and providing care when, how, and where it is needed. Innovating and designing programs in the digital mental health space since 2013, she has built telehealth programs and designed online therapy and mental health community platforms. Her NAMI California affiliate is NAMI Tri-Valley.

Dr. Robert McCarron

Although also an internal medicine / primary care doctor, Robert McCarron’s heart and professional passion lie in expanding and optimizing behavioral health care for those with mental illness.

Robert is a Professor/Vice Chair at UCI, Department of Psychiatry and past president of three organizations with the mission to improve care for those with mental illness. His NAMI California affiliate is NAMI Sacramento.

Christina Roup

Christina Roup is the Executive Director of NAMI Fresno and joined NAMI after leaving a 20+ career in the banking/finance industry. Chris received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from the University of South Carolina.

Chris has a passion for collaborating with community partners to support each other in efforts to improve the quality of life for members in the community who are affected by mental health challenges. She works closely with Crisis Intervention Training for law enforcement and first responders. This has created a true partnership with all those involved.

She is also a board member of CACITA, (California Crisis Intervention Training Association), and Central Valley Children’s Services Network. She is an active committee member of the local CIT steering committee, Fresno County Suicide Prevention Collaborative and recently joined the Maternal Wellness Coalition. Chris is a certified trainer in Mental Health First Aid and Youth Mental Health First Aid, a presenter for NAMI Ending the Silence and NAMI California Mental Health 101.

How To Vote

This year, four candidates will be elected to serve for a three year-term. Please be thoughtful about your decision, as each vote counts. We ask that you take the time to review each candidate’s information as you determine who you will vote for. Each active NAMI California member is allocated only one vote per membership number. You must enter your membership ID number to vote; you will find your membership number on the email sent to you or the address label on the official ballot that was mailed to you.

Voting Options

Vote by Mail-In Ballot: The address label on your ballot mailing is marked with your NAMI California Member ID Number. Mark and place only your ballot in the enclosed envelope. You may mail your ballot to the NAMI California office at 425 University Avenue Suite 222, Sacramento, CA 95825. To be valid, ballots must be received by 5 pm PT on June 24, 2021.

Vote Online: NAMI California members may vote online between May 26, 2021, and June 24, 2021, by 5 p m. You must enter your membership ID number to vote. Your NAMI California Member ID number is printed on the ballot that was sent.

Voting by Proxy: If you do not feel comfortable voting for the candidates, you may delegate your vote by Proxy to the NAMI California Board of Directors. You can do so by designating on your ballot or online the Proxy option.

Thank you for all you do, every day, and thank you for your vote. Your dedication to this organization means more to us than we could ever express.

Questions? If you have any questions about the election process, please contact Lena Williams at or 916-567-0163.

About Our Board of Directors

NAMI California’s Board of Directors is an all-inclusive board that seeks highly qualified California leaders to serve, embrace and enhance NAMI California’s mission and long-term strategic direction. Service on the NAMI California Board requires experience, knowledge, commitment and time to help all those families and individuals impacted by mental illness in our state.

NAMI California and our members are fortunate to have a wonderful Board full of state leaders on a variety of issues such as health care, law enforcement, affiliate leadership, education, diversity, and research, amongst many other valuable skills. They also share the personal perspective of having a family member or being an individual impacted by mental illness. This stable, thoughtful leadership gives us the critical knowledge, connections, and experience to move NAMI forward in California.

Beyond their wonderful passion for the NAMI California mission, Board members should have some high-level decision-making experience and knowledge in one or more of the following areas:

  • Statewide experience, Individuals who understand the way statewide mechanisms, legislation, and organizations work to help us make and enhance connections that move our mission forward
  • Public Policy and Grassroots Advocacy, to shape critical systems that affect those whose lives are affected by mental illness
  • Large Nonprofit and Change Management, to steward NAMI California in a rapidly changing environment
  • Fundraising and Donor Cultivation, to ensure NAMI California’s future and ongoing viability
  • New Media and Technologies, especially in service of education and peer support
  • Marketing, Outreach, and Communications, to grow the organization and increase visibility
  • Financial Management and Investments, to ensure sound fiscal health for a large organization such as ours
  • Membership Development and Volunteerism, to cultivate and honor the backbone of the NAMI California movement, as well as the skills necessary to be an effective Board member