About Us


Leslie Carpenter

Leslie Carpenter is an advocate for improving the treatment of people with serious mental illnesses in Iowa and across the United States. She believes that treating those with serious mental illnesses in a comprehensive and thorough manner leads to improved outcomes for those individuals. To improve access to care for people with all levels and acuities of mental illnesses, a continuum of treatment levels and care facilities is needed for mentally ill patients in settings that are appropriate at a given point in time.

Leslie has practiced as a Physical Therapist since 1985 when she graduated with her BS in Physical Therapy. She also serves as an Adjunct Associate in the Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Science Graduate Programs at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine.

Leslie is the President of the NAMI Johnson County Board of Directors (2019) and a member of the Advocacy & Outreach Committee.  She also teaches two of NAMI’s signature programs, Family to Family and Provider Training. 

Scott Carpenter

Scott Carpenter advocates for improving the way our government treats its most vulnerable citizens.  Iowa's broken Mental Health Care system endangers the lives of people who, through no fault of their own, are ill.  Attitudinal and structural changes can and must be made to remedy these shortcomings.  The nationwide inequities between physical and mental health care are simply unacceptable and must be changed.    

Scott Carpenter received a B.S. in Geology from St. Lawrence University in 1985 and a Ph.D. in Geochemistry from the University of Michigan in 1991.  Carpenter was a college professor / research scientist at the University of Texas and the University of Iowa.  He has taught a variety of classes at the undergraduate and graduate levels, presented scientific findings at numerous national and international conferences, and has authored numerous scientific publications in peer reviewed journals. Carpenter currently works for Olympus America’s Scientific Solutions Group. 

Over the last 12 years, the Carpenters have had to navigate all aspects of Iowa’s Mental Health Care System while seeking appropriate care for their son.  These experiences made it clear that sitting idle was not an option.