The Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI) Advisory Council works to protect the rights of children and adults with mental illness. The PAIMI Advisory Council helps the staff and Board of Directors of Disability Rights NC set priorities for our work that are in the best interests of people with mental illness.

Members of the PAIMI Advisory Council are people who have a mental illness, are receiving mental health services, or have a family member with mental illness. The Council must include at least one attorney, one mental health professional, and one knowledgeable member of the general public.

The PAIMI Advisory Council meets at least four times per year. Members also meet periodically to fulfill committee assignments. Council terms are for three years, and members may be re-appointed for a second term. The Council bylaws require us to recruit members from each region of the state.

To apply to serve on the PAIMI Advisory Council, download the application as a PDF or the application as a Word document. If you cannot download the application, call Enid Gonzalez at 877-235-4210 or email her at to request an application.

2018 PAIMI Advisory Council

  • Gaile Osborne of Swannanoa – Chair
  • Jeff McLoud of Kinston – Vice-Chair
  • Madeline Jaekle of Greensboro – Treasurer
  • Bethany Smith of Greenville – Secretary
  • Laura Beja of Durham
  • Sam Bowman Fuhrmann of Mt. Airy
  • Carol Cannon of Greenville
  • Cari Carson of Durham
  • Ashley Deminski of Washington
  • Davious Lee of Charlotte
  • Arely Lugo of Charlotte

Upcoming PAIMI Advisory Council Meeting

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If you share our commitment to the rights of people with mental illness, we want to hear from you. You do not have to be a member of the PAIMI Advisory Council to attend our meetings. We welcome the attendance of other people who are willing to share their views and experiences regarding the rights of people with mental illness.

If you plan to attend one of our quarterly meetings please call ahead or send us an email so we know you are coming. Our email address is Our phone number is 877-235-4210. We hope you will consider attending a meeting to find out more about PAIMI and what we are doing.

PAIMI is a federally-funded program and, therefore, we cannot reimburse individuals who are not Council members for transportation, meals, hotels, etc.

Thank you for your interest and we hope to see you at an upcoming meeting.


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