Board of Directors
President, Cynthia Moorer – Family Member
Cynthia Moorer currently serves as President of The National Alliance of Mental Illness in DeKalb county. For the past 3 years, she has chaired the Annual Candlelight Vigil held in DeKalb Co, as well as other organized community events that raised awareness and advocacy for mental health. Cynthia currently teaches one of Nami’s Signature Programs Family to Family. Cynthia passion for Mental Health, Early intervention, Education and Advocacy stems from her young adult son currently living with a mental condition. She offers Vison, Leadership and forward thinking. She believes building Community based partnerships is key to effectively identifying, treatment and recovery and alternative solutions to the status quo. While learning and working with the community, her ultimate goal is to effect policy change. These policy changes will be guided by evidence based best practices that have proven to be successful. Cynthia has practiced as a Nurse for 30 years. She has a love for helping people especially those who are underserved. She will continue to be a leader in DeKalb county.
Vice President-Connections, Eric Roberts – Person with lived experience
I have lived in the Atlanta area since 1977. I graduated from Oglethorpe University in 1982 with a degree in social work. I became a certified peer specialist in 2008. I was diagnosed with mental illness in high school. I have worked as a CPS since 2009. I became a certified psychiatric rehabilitation practitioner in 2012. I took connection facilitator training in 2008 and have been leading the Shallowford connection group since then.I feel I can give a balance to the board with my lived experience.
Vice President, Dianne Hiltman – Family Member
Dianne Hiltman has lived in the Atlanta area for 40 years. She has been a nurse, nurse-midwife and nurse educator. During her children’s early years, she was an active volunteer at their school, in their family’s church and in the community. She taught drug and alcohol programming for a decade at the Lovett School in Atlanta and retired in 2014. Dianne became deeply interested in mental health issues when close family members were diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder. She is actively supportive of their recovery and is a facilitator for the NAMI Signature Program Family to Family, having felt immense hope after attending it with her husband, Paul. She is committed to extending the NAMI program offerings to family members and peers in DeKalb County so that persons living with Mental Illness may experience hope, support, and recovery. Currently she serves as Vice President for Families of NAMI DeKalb. For fun, she gardens and quilts.
Secretary, Renee Dryfoos – Advocate
Renee Dryfoos, LCSW, MBA – Interim Chief Clinical Officer, DeKalb Community Service Board
Renee Dryfoos joined the DeKalb CSB in 1999 and has served as Director of DeKalb Addiction Clinic, the Director of Winn Way Mental Health Clinic and the Director of QI/UM and Staff Development prior to her current position of Interim Chief Clinical Officer. Renee has a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Miami, a M.A. in Human Services from Nova Southeastern University, a M.S.W. from the University of Georgia, and an M.B.A. from Mercer University. Renee has over 25 years of experience with a continuum of care in behavioral health and substance abuse organizations including public and private hospitals, not-for-profit substance abuse residential and day programs and DeKalb Community Service Board services.
Finance Chair, Angela Waltower – Family Member
Angela Waltower has served as Finance Chair with NAMI DeKalb since 2015. She has over eight years of non-profit experience and is grateful for the opportunity to serve other families facing the challenges around mental health. Running and traveling are her passions.
Henry County, Jim Buerstatte – Family Member
Jim Buerstatte grew up in Walla Walla, WA and has lived all over the United States. He has a BA degree in Business Administration from Central Washington University. Jim. his wife Jacqui and his mother and father in law, moved to the Atlanta area in 2000. He worked in the Controller’s department at SunTrust Bank as an Accountant from 2000 until retirement in 2014. Jim and his family took the Family to Family class in 2007 in Henry County. In 2011, he became a Facilitator for a weekly Family support group in Henry County. This has been ongoing since then. The support groups in Henry County have moved under the NAMI DeKalb umbrella in 2017. At the time of the move Jim joined the NAMI DeKalb Board as the representative for the Henry County groups.