about NAMI KDK

In 1990, a small group of parents from Geneva and St. Charles came together looking for support and information after their children were diagnosed with a mental health condition.   This small group became the nucleus of NAMI KDK which incorporated as a not-for-profit organization in 1993.


NAMI KDK has grown to become a strong affiliate whose mission is to provide mental health education, support, and advocacy for individuals, family members, and communities in Kane-so, DeKalb, and Kendall counties. All programs are provided free to the public, and are facilitated by an individual living with a mental health condition,  their family members, or their significant others. 

BOARD OF Directors

Kate fish, LMFT, President 

Kate Fish joined the board in early 2019. She is a licensed marriage and family therapist and has years of experience utilizing evidence based therapy techniques with young children, families and individuals. She joined the board in hopes of bringing the prospective of a young adult, mental health provider, and a community member who desires to serve individuals with mental illness and their family members. She recently received a Maternal Mental Health Professional Certificate to help women, and mothers especially, who are faced with mental health conditions.

Kathryn Mazurek, PHD, MPH, Vice President

Kathryn Mazurek joined the Board of Directors in 2019.  She is an Assistant Professor of Health Sciences at Northern Illinois University in the College of Health and Human Sciences.  Professor Mazurek also serves as Director of the NIU Survey Research Lab and is involved in various funded research projects including those funded by the Illinois Department of Public Health, Centers for Disease Control, Agency for Health Care Research and Quality, and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.  Her research interests encompass areas of health services research and health economics, but the primary focus of her work is in evaluating outcomes and health care utilization for those with depressive disorders.

Lindsey Liddicoatt,lpc, cadc, treasurer

Alternative Court, Kane County’s mental health treatment court for the last 5 years. She has been employed with Kane County Court Services for almost 9 years. Lindsey earned a Master’s Degree in Forensic Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and currently holds two professional licenses. Besides working in the criminal justice field, Lindsey has professional experience on an inpatient substance abuse unit, in an outpatient mental health setting providing substance abuse counseling in both group and individual settings, and volunteer experience at a domestic violence shelter. Lindsey is committed to work towards ending the stigma surrounding mental illness, and to advocate for those individuals who cannot advocate for themselves.

kim buckheister, mph, msed, secretary

Kim Buckheister joined the board in May. She has worked in the mental health field for the past 15 years in a variety of areas including crisis assessments and community engagement. She earned her Masters in Public Health from Northern Illinois University and most recently her Masters of Science in Education (Msed) from Northern Illinois University. She recently passed the state exam to hold her professional license of LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor). ​Kim joined the NAMI KDK board to continue impacting other’s lives and bring awareness and assistance to individuals and the community.

regina harris, jd

Regina has been a practicing attorney since 1989. She commenced her career advocating for the indigent in the offices of the Public Defender in Kane and DeKalb counties, developing interest and expertise in defending the mentally ill. She is now engaged in private practice in Sycamore. Regina volunteers her time with several local organizations, significantly NAMI KDK, which she has served for over a decade. 

silvia cruz

Intake Specialist, Prarie State Legal Services 

alicia frantzen

Mid-Valley Special Education Cooperative 

OFC. Doug Rashkow

Doug has been with the Aurora Police Department for 23 years and has served in Patrol, Community Oriented Policing (12 years) and as a founding detective in the Domestic Violence Reduction Unit.  Doug brought the Crisis Intervention Team to Aurora PD in 2008 and serves as a CIT and CIT Liaison, and has been through the 40 hour CIT Basic,  both 40 hour Advanced CIT  for Youth and Adolescents and Veterans, the 40 hour FBI Basic Crisis Negotiations and PACT Intermediate Crisis Negotiations courses.  Doug is also assigned to the Special Response Team as a Crisis/Hostage Negotiator and serves on the Kane County Mental Health Coordinating Council, The DuPage County Criminal Mental Health Task Force, The Kane County Hoarding Task Force, the Illinois Crisis Negotiators Association Board, and is the president of the Southeast Kane County Triad and Kane County CIT Officer’s Association.

liz eakins

Liz has professionally addressed the needs of the disadvantaged of Kane County since 1995.  Her Human Services career began with Two Rivers Head Start Agency followed by The Tri City Corps of the Salvation Army.  Beginning in 2005 she has since served the homeless and those at-risk through her work at Lazarus House, having assumed her current position as Executive Director in January, 2011.​

Bea rodriguez-fransen

Program Manager of Innovation, Innovation Department

Joshua Cazar 

Parent Educator, YWCA

Buzz hays

First join NAMI in the 1980s while living in Lake County where she served as affiliate President.  In the early 1990's Buzz moved to Kane County and joined the NAMI KDK BOD as well as the NAMI IL BOD.  Buzz has been an outspoken advocate for mental health throughout her years with NAMI.

Future Board Meetings
Executive DIrector

Sara Gray

Executive Director

NAMI Kane-south, DeKalb, and Kendall Counties


Program Coordinator

Kimberly mebane

Program Coordinator, Veteran and BIPOC Outreach Coordinator, Legislative Liaison

NAMI Kane-south, DeKalb, and Kendall Counties


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Board meetings are open to the public. Please contact us if you wish to attend any one of our future meetings. 

Meetings begin at 6:00 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of the month in the
Conference Room located within the 
INC Board Office Building at
400 Mercy Lane, Aurora, IL 60506 

June 20, 2021

July, No Meeting 

No matter what climate the world is in, mental health and wellness is our priority, time and time again.
Antonita King, Outreach Liaison.