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Meet the Candidates

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 and to consider our requirements of board members.

Cindy Beck

Health Careers Education Program Consultant, California Department of Education and NAMI Sacramento member; NAMI Sacramento

Cindy Beck is a Health Careers Education Consultant with the California Department of Education (CDE) working with K-12 schools providing leadership and program development support for health science education programs statewide. Cindy has worked with the CDE for the last 26 years on local, regional, state, and national projects. Prior to employment with the CDE, Cindy worked as a health science career technical education teacher for 15 years. Cindy serves as the State Advisor for the California HOSA: Future Health Professionals Health and serves on 18 healthcare-focused state and national level advisory groups and committees.

Statement for voting members:

I believe I can continue using my personal skills and abilities to assist NAMI California in becoming one of the most accomplished mental health organizations in the state. I can continue assisting NAMI CA to build and enrich the awareness programs that affect middle and high school students throughout California. We know that half of mental health conditions begin by age 14, and 75% of mental health conditions develop by age 24, and the programs such as Ending the Silence and NAMI on Campus are critical. However, there are other strategies that could be incorporated into schools that would raise awareness, provide strategies and tools for students to recognize and assist peers and family members. As an employee of the California Department of Education with responsibilities of oversight, professional development, curriculum development in Health Science and Health Careers Education programs, I have the opportunity to assist schools with the integration of information regarding the facts surrounding mental illness. Students, through a variety of courses, would have the opportunity to learn the symptoms and indicators of mental illness and the tools and resources about how to help themselves, friends and family. Additionally, as the State Advisor for HOSA: Future Health Professionals, a student leadership organization focused on healthcare, I have the ability to focus activities, workshops, and partnerships with NAMI CA; state and regional affiliates would increase the effectiveness of educational programs. Through these strategies based on my skills, abilities, and employment, I feel that NAMI CA could move toward becoming more effective and accomplished as a mental health organization in California.  

Paul Lu

Clinical Assistant Professor, Chapman University Argyros School of Business and Economics; NAMI Orange County

Paul Lu has worked in the aviation/aerospace industry for more than 40 years. Paul has held technical and management positions with several firms, including the Mobil Oil Company and Gulfstream Aerospace. He has worked in operations, programs, product support, and customer support. He recently retired from the aerospace industry and have ventured into his second career as a Clinical Assistant Professor at Chapman University Argyros School of Business and Economics. Paul also has extensive overseas experience, including a tour of duty in Kazakstan and Hong Kong, and as a board member for a joint venture in Beijing, China. He is also a member of the NAMI National FaithNet Advisory Group. Paul holds a Doctor of Business Administration degree, a Master of Aeronautical Science degree, and a Master of Theology degree. He recently received a Doctor of Ministry degree at Fuller Theological Seminary. His research focused on faith and mental illness. Paul is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).

Paul has a daughter who has had a few different mental health diagnoses; most recently, she was diagnosed with schizophrenia. As a parent, Paul understands the family dynamics and stress a family is under when a loved one has a mental illness. Paul currently volunteers for NAMI Orange County and his main focus has been as the volunteer coordinator for NAMI FaithNet. Paul believes faith can play a significant role towards the wellbeing of those who are mentally ill, their families, and friends.

Video statement for voting members:

Armando Sandoval

CIT Program Coordinator and Community Outreach Liaison, San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit Police Department; NAMI San Mateo

Armando Sandoval has been affiliated with NAMI for more than 30 years. He currently serves with the NAMI CA board of directors, CACITA board of directors and NAMI San Mateo board of directors. He currently works with the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit Police Department as the CIT Program Coordinator and Community Outreach Liaison. He has more than 30 years of experience working with law enforcement, forensic and behavioral health field and the community. He has 15 years of experience as CIT instructor. He has been with the BART Police for eight years and one of his tasks is to facilitate the Alameda County Multi-Disciplinary Forensic Team to assist individuals struggling with mental health who are coming in contact with the criminal justice system and connecting them to services and treatment while incarcerated and upon reengaging with the community. As the CIT program coordinator, his role is to provide direct support in the field and training to BART officers and to provide outreach and support resources to the populations that are in need of assistance. As a community outreach liaison, he is responsible for leading and coordinating the communications efforts between District personnel, customers and the community it supports while working in partnership with mental health stakeholders. He has a masters degree in clinical and forensic psychology from the University of Argosy San Francisco and a masters in humanities and leadership from New College of San Francisco. Armando cherishes his family, including his wife of 23 years, three sons, and a puppy. He enjoys gardening, meditating, exercising, reading, collecting old books/maps. 

Video statement for voting members:

Harold Turner

NAMI Urban Los Angeles

Harold is a retired information technology professional with more than 35 years experience working with Fortune 500 organizations. He has provided technical management and direction in support of major infrastructure projects in such diverse industries as financial services, information technologies, and health care. Harold has been a contributing member of the National Alliance on Mental Illness since 2007. He is now Executive Director of NAMI Urban Los Angeles. He also serves on the NAMI California Board of Directors. Additionally, he serves as a commissioner on the Los Angeles County Mental Health Commission.

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How To Vote

  • Each active NAMI California member is allocated only one vote per membership number.
  • Voting is open online between May 29 and June 25, 2020, by 5 pm.
  • You must enter your membership ID number to vote; you will find your membership number on the address label on the official ballot that was mailed to you.
  • 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 mail ballot or choose the Proxy option when voting online.


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