Board of Directors

Board of Directors/Executive Director

Jennifer Stamper, Chair
The Executive Director of Mental Health Association in Wilson County, Jennifer has long been an advocate for those with mental illness, developmental disabilities and addictions and has worked for system change both here and in Colorado. She is secretary of the Wilson County Substance Abuse Coalition, a member of the Beacon Center Community Collaborative and sits on numerous other boards dealing with human and societal needs

Lane Reid, Asheville, NC – Treasurer
Owner of Image 420 Screen printing, Lane was a mental health advocate for a provider agency in Massachusetts in the early 1980s, involved in the de-institutionalization process there, and has family members diagnosed with a mental illness. As founder of a successful small business, Lane brings a solid set of business skills to North Carolina Mental Hope.

Jeff McLoud, Kinston, NC – Secretary
With a degree in computer science and mathematics. Jeff first entered the state’s mental health system in 1985 with a diagnosis of bipolar disorder. Jeff is one of the state’s best known and respected consumer advocates and has served with many groups: the Lenoir County MH/DD/SA Board of Directors; the Governor’s Advocacy Council for Person’s with Disabilities; and, the NC Statewide Independent Living Council. He has chaired the NC Mental Health Planning Councii; is president of the NC Mental Health Consumer’s Organization Board; serves as secretary of Disability Rights North Carolina’s board and is vice-chair of it’s PAIMI Advisory Council. He has served on various committees of the NC Department of Health and Human Services and worked with the National Institute of Mental Health as a Public Grant Reviewer and with SAMHSA.

Nancy Carey, Burnsville, NC

Nancy Carey from Burnsville in Yancey County in far west North Carolina has been an active advocate for decades. She is a past PAIMI Chair, has served as an officer of the Mental Health Association in Yancey, as well as MHA-NC and NAMI Western Carolina. She has also served on the boards of Western Highlands Network LME and its predecessor, Blue Ridge Area Authority. Nancy also chaired Western’s Human Rights Committee, is current president of the Burnsville Lions Club, and has served in numerous other capacities for many other organizations, as well as facilitating Legislative and other forums on mental health issues. She is a recipient of the North Carolina Governor’s Volunteer Award.

Geoffrey Zeger, ACSW, LCSW

Geoff has firsthand experience with the consequences of continuing changes in the state’s mental health care system as he had provided therapy to children, adolescents, adults and couples, both in his private practice based in Durham and in his work with private agencies who contract with a Local Management Entity.  A graduate of the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, Geoff has had more than two decades of social work experience, including work with Willie M. Children, juvenile sex offenders, Crisis Intervention, a Disaster Mental Health Team at Ground Zero following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, pre-sentencing evaluations, and with the reintegration of soldiers returning from Iraq.

David Cornwell, Asheville, NC

David Cornwell founded North Carolina Mental Hope after a 7-year search for the correct diagnosis of bipolar disorder for a family member.  A commentary he subsequently published in the Asheville Citizen-Times made him realize the power words could have in advocacy efforts. With a background as a newspaper and magazine writer and editor, he saw not only the need for better communications between advocates, but better communications between advocates and legislators, policy-makers and the public. He is an advocate for pervasive inclusion of individuals with mental health diagnoses and family members at all levels of state policy and decision making and uses his background as a journalist to work for transparency and truth in government. He has sat on a number of state and local boards and committees involved with mental health issues. He currently serves as chair of Disability Rights North Carolina’s PAIMI (Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness) Advisory Committee and on the board of DRNC.