At the 2017 Annual Meeting on November 30, NAMI Austin will honor our 2017 Award recipients. These individuals are outstanding advocates for mental health and NAMI Austin’s mission. We are grateful to them for their dedication to changing the conversation around mental health in our community.

Wayne Sneed | John & Kitty Holman Award

Wayne has served as Chief of Internal Affairs Section for the Health and Human Services-Office of Inspector General. Wayne has served as Chief of Internal Affairs Section for the Health and Human Services-Office of Inspector General.

He began his law enforcement career as a police officer with the San Marcos Police Department in 1982.  During his service with San Marcos Police Department, he served, created and was promoted into many positions including a secondary level supervisor. He currently serves as a member of the Governor’s Juvenile Justice Advisory Board.

Wayne received his Bachelor of Criminal Justice and Business Management degrees from Texas State University. He is a Certified Inspector General with the National Association of Inspector Generals and has a Certified Public Manager designation from the William P. Hobby Center for Public Service at Texas State University.

He has over 35 years of service with both criminal justice and law enforcement agencies and was recently appointed as a Gubernatorial Board Member Appointee to the “Texas Juvenile Justice Advisory Board” by Governor Greg Abbott (2017).


Valerie Milburn | Harold Scogin Sunshine Award

Valerie Milburn is a person in long-term dual recovery, who devotes her time to reducing stigma associated with mental health disorders. She is involved with a number of non-profits in the recovery and mental health communities, with a focus on NAMI Austin and Communities for Recovery. For NAMI Austin, Valerie is a peer-to- peer mentor and a presenter for Ending the Silence and In Our Own Voice. She has also coordinated special events for NAMI Austin, and has been a NAMI Walk team captain. She is the Board Chair for Communities for Recovery, and is also an active volunteer and a peer recovery coach with Communities for Recovery. She has received the Presidential Service Award
four times for her volunteer commitments.

Valerie is a former educator and curriculum writer, and began her career in marketing and advertising after graduating from The University of Texas at Austin.



Dr. Mathis Kennington | Community Champion Award

Dr. Mathis Kennington is a licensed marriage and family therapist who specializes in couple and sex therapy. Mathis is a founding partner at The Practice ATX, a specialty-driven private practice that advocates for better conversations and training in mental health. He teaches in the Master of Arts in Counseling program at St. Edwards and is the incoming president of the Texas Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.



NAMI Austin Annual Meeting
featuring Anne Grady

A two-time TEDx speaker and longtime NAMI Austin supporter, Anne Grady, inspires and educates audiences worldwide, helping them understand how to cultivate their courage, build their resilience, and triumph over adversity, obstacles, and setbacks. Anne shares her own journey as a parent of a child living with serious mental illness. Learn more about Anne Grady and join us for a celebratory evening recognizing our new Board of Directors, top NAMIWalks fundraisers and NAMI Austin award winners.




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