Meet the Team


Executive Team

Anne Fischer

Anne Fischer, Executive Director

Anne obtained her BA from Mills College and has extensive experience working with both families and consumers in a variety of mental health settings.  After many years involved in research, she transitioned to a more active role in community mental health.  Working as a Vocational Counselor at Buckelew Programs in the North Bay, Anne saw first-hand the transformative experience of a successful partnership for both the client his or her co-workers and employer. As a sibling of someone with mental illness, she is passionate about working with the broader public to help educate and eradicate the stigma of mental illness.

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Jessica Lobedan, Director of Community Relations

Jessica obtained her BA from UC Davis and her Masters in Public Policy from Mills College. Prior to her work with NAMI, Jessica worked in homeless services, both in direct and administrative roles. Jessica’s interest in working with mental health programs stems from her experience working with the homeless and from witnessing family members battle addiction dually with mental illness. Jessica is dedicated to reducing and eliminating the stigmatization of mental illness through public education, increased accessibility to culturally appropriate treatment, and systems reform.

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Laura Fischer, Program Coordinator

Laura is dedicated to serving individuals across community mental health settings. Prior to her work with NAMI, she obtained a Masters of Science in Psychology from Drexel University in Philadelphia and worked as a Clinical Research Coordinator in the Center for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Disorders at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Laura has experience working across multiple settings and a deep interest in health behavior change, treatment of depressive and anxiety disorders and the intersection of mental health and social justice work. She obtained her BA from the University of Rhode Island.


Board of Directors

Gifford Boyce-Smith, MD – Board President
Giff is a general internist with extensive experience as a health care executive. Recent assignments have included:

  • SVP Business Development for Aetna’s Accountable Care Solutions Unit based in Hartford.
  • Senior V.P./Chief Medical Officer, Medicity, Inc., largest health information exchange company in U.S.
  • Senior Medical Director for Quality Management, Blue Shield of California
  • V.P./General Manager for Northern California and Northwest, CIGNA Health Plans
  • Academic teaching and private practice of Internal Medicine, UCSF Medical Center, SF, CA.

Giff’s commitment to NAMI comes from having lost a son to bipolar illness and suicide. Giff has a strong belief in the power of the NAMI programs arising from his own experience attending the Family-to-Family education program.

Karen Gilbert, JD, MBA – Board Secretary
Karen is Managing Partner of a consulting firm that provides strategic development and organizational design assistance to nonprofit corporations. Additionally, she has extensive experience in program design and counseling for at risk youth. Recent engagements include:

  • Managing Partner, Entrepren, strategic management consulting
  • Executive Director, Visitacion Valley Community Development Corporation
  • Academic Coordinator,  Hannah Project Partnership for Academic Achievement
  • Graduate Counseling Intern, Seneca – San Francisco Connections, therapeutic behavioral services

As the daughter of a parent with mental illness, Karen is a strong advocate of expanded treatment and resources for youths and families living in underserved communities.

Tessa D’Arcangelew – Board Member
Tessa is an Organizer at the ACLU of Northern California where she focuses on policy advocacy for immigrants’ rights and specializes in new community engagement programs that build membership amongst young adults.  Through her many different roles at the ACLU, she has seen how mental health intersects with our criminal justice system, education equity in our schools, and many other issues at the forefront of social justice; and therefore believes support and advocacy for those with mental health issues is a root element of social justice and civil liberties. Tessa has an undergraduate degree in Diplomacy and World Affairs from Occidental College, Los Angeles and volunteers for a local needle exchange. You can follow her on Twitter @TesSassarara.

Frank Paré – Board Member
Frank Paré has worked in the financial services industry for over 20 years ago.  He obtained a Certificate in Financial Planning from University of California at Berkeley, where he is currently teaching a course on financial planning and taxes.  He is a board CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER(TM) professional with an M.B.A. in Management. Frank joined NAMI’s Board as a result of his deep passion towards helping to remove the stigma associated with mental illness.

David Elliott Lewis, Ph.D. – Board Member
David Elliott Lewis, Ph.D. was trained as an Industrial/Organizational Psychologist. Working as a consultant to large organizations, he created and fielded software to assist in executive performance assessment. For four years, he taught Masters level courses in the Human Resources and Organizational Development program at the University of San Francisco. From 1984 to 2000, he founded and ran a database software development, publishing and consulting company named Strategic Edge. Since 2007, he has been engaging in political writing, event photography, activism and volunteering to improve his community. Resulting from his own mental health struggles, David is focused on improving access to mental health services. He has been appointed to the Mental Health Board of the City and County of San Francisco. He also serves on the San Francisco Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Advisory Council and the SFPD Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) Oversight Group. Additionally, to help those who live in single room occupancy (SRO) hotels, he also volunteers with the Central City SRO Collaborative and the Community Housing Partnership.

Lori Campbell – Board Member

A resident of the Bay Area since 1970, Lori has over 35 years of nonprofit leadership experience. Lori provides expertise in strategic planning, budget and finance, fund development, board training and leadership coaching. Lori currently works as Management Consultant with the Northern California Community Loan Fund. She has served as Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer of several nonprofits including the San Mateo-Foster City Education Foundation, Brandeis Hillel Day School and Mother Jones Magazine. Lori has been a member of the Board of the San Francisco Women’s Alliance, the California Association of Nonprofits, the Foundation for National Progress, and the Bay Area Independent Schools Business Officers Association. She currently serves as Treasurer of the San Francisco Wholesale Produce Market. She is deeply committed to NAMI’s focus on education, advocacy and support for families and friends of loved ones living with mental illness. Lori teaches Family to Family and holds a monthly support group for family members. Married with three sons, Lori lives in Westwood Highlands, a sleepy hamlet in the southwest corner of San Francisco. She tries never to miss Opening Day, and prefers seats on the third base side.

Bradley Shervheim – Board Member

Bradley Enterprise Sales Engineer at New Relic, Inc., where he has worked since October 2015. Prior to his current position he was Senior Solutions Consultant with Sailthru. Brad graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a BSME in Mechanical Engineering. Brad has been a volunteer with NAMI’s Ending the Silence program since February 2014, where he has presented 24 presentations across 8 schools.

Vir Choksi – Board Member

Vir is a Product Marketing Manager at Health Fidelity, a technology-enabled company that helps healthcare organizations identify and manage risk. Previously, he was a management consultant to biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies at IMS Health, where his work spanned multiple business and therapy areas, including mental health. He joined NAMI’s board after losing classmates to suicides and recognizing the continued unmet needs in mental health through his work. Vir holds a bachelor’s degree in Bioengineering from Stanford University.

Stephen Collins – Board Member

Stephen is an Analyst at J.P. Morgan, where he has worked since graduating from Tufts University in 2013 with a BA in Political Science as a member of Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society. Stephen’s passion to serve on NAMI’s Board is due to his family’s experience with mental illness as well as his desire to foster a more open, constructive dialogue on the disease and its impact.

Nancy Liu, Ph.D. – Board Member

Nancy is an Assistant Clinical Professor at UC Berkeley Department of Psychology. Nancy is primarily interested in the implementation and dissemination of evidence-based mental health care to populations who need them most.