NAMI Maine’s Welcomes New Members to the Board of Directors
Five new community members join the governing board of the statewide mental health nonprofit
HALLOWELL, ME: NAMI Maine is thrilled to welcome Dr. Joe Fitzpatrick, Karen-Ann Hagar, Bobby Kysela, Colonel Michael Pooler (retired), Lisa Shaw, and Lt. Bryan Slaney to the Board of Directors.
“NAMI Maine continues to grow into a more dynamic and responsive entity. The addition of these five diverse and talented individuals, each of whom has great passion for mental health, will only catapult the entity further,” says NAMI Maine’s Chief Executive Officer, Jenna Mehnert, MSW, on the new board members. “These are exciting times of change for NAMI Maine.”
Dr. Joe Fitzpatrick is a clinical psychologist with thirty years of direct experience in the field. He trained at Boston Children's Hospital and Dana Farber Cancer Institute, where he later joined the clinical staff. Dr. Fitzpatrick moved to Maine in 1990 and spent twenty-five years working in the Maine Department of Corrections (MDOC) serving as the chief clinical resource for the department. During his last five years with the MDOC, Dr. Fitzpatrick served as the Commissioner and made significant progressive changes to expand and support mental health services within the department. He currently has a private practice focusing on school consultation and services, as well as support of medical populations. Dr. Fitzpatrick lives in Fayette with his wife Patti and they have four children, Shannon, Molly, Joseph, and Emma.
Karen-Ann Hagar was born in Damariscotta and is a graduate of Lincoln Academy. Hagar has been with the YMCA organization since 2000 and is the Director of After School Programming for school age children from four different school systems while also serving as the Community Outreach Program Coordinator. Hagar is a suicide loss survivor of four family suicides and is passionate about sharing her family’s story to educate and inform others about mental health and suicide prevention.
Bobby Kysela currently a practicing psychiatrist with Maine Medical Center and Maine Behavioral Health. Though Kysela is originally from Denver, Colorado, Maine has been his home over the last five years. Kysela is excited to be joining the NAMI Maine Board of Directors; community advocacy and outreach has been a passion of his since his teen years and has driven him to work for the I Have A Dream Foundation, AmeriCorps Public Health, and ultimately into the field of Psychiatry. When not working, Kysela and his family are probably at one of Maine’s many lakes or beaches training for the next swim race.
Colonel Michael Pooler (retired) grew up in Brewer and commissioned an Infantry 2nd Lieutenant from the University of Maine at Orono in 1986. He taught social studies at Houlton High School until 1992m then in 1993 began his full-time employment with the Maine Army National Guard. Pooler held various command and staff assignments at the Maine National Guard state headquarters and the 1st Battalion, 152nd Field Artillery, to include battalion commander. After command, Mike volunteered to deploy to Afghanistan, where he led a fifteen man team which trained an Afghan infantry battalion of 500 Soldiers during combat operations. He returned in December of 2008 to become the Maine Army National Guard’s Deputy Director of Personnel, then Director of Personnel, and retired as the Director of Human Resources of the Maine National Guard. He was also instrumental in integrating and expanding the Maine National Guard behavioral health program. Mike earned an MBA from Thomas College and a Master of Strategic Studies from the US Army War College. His awards include the Bronze Star and Combat Action Badge. Mike is married to Suzanne Pooler and resides in Oakland.
Lisa Shaw is the Rural & Small Libraries and Workforce Development Specialist with the Maine State Library. Lisa is also currently serving as Chair of the Board of Directors for the Bangor Area Homeless Shelter; serves with the City of Bangor Planning Board; and as Chair of the Advocacy Committee for the Association for Rural & Small Libraries. Lisa enjoys writing, painting, and proofreads impossible crime and locked room mysteries for Locked Room International. She lives in Bangor with her husband, daughter, and two cats, and has a son in Missouri.
Lt. Bryan Slaney is currently the Assistant Jail Administrator at the Kennebec County Correctional Facility. Slaney started his career in corrections at age nineteen as a Corrections Officer after co-captaining the Lawrence Bulldogs to a Class A Maine State Football Championship. Slaney has held many roles within the Correctional Facility including Corporal, Sergeant and Administrative Sergeant. He was awarded Corrections Officer of the Year in 2008, Supervisor of the Year in 2011, the Eagle Award in 2015, the CIT FBI LEEDA Trilogy award in 2018, and CIT Corrections Officer of the Year in 2019.
Through support, education, and advocacy NAMI Maine is dedicated to building better lives for the one in four Mainers who are affected by mental illness. To view the full list of NAMI Maine’s board of directors, please visit: www.namimaine.org/about