Board of Directors

Advisory Board


Family Caregiver Advisory Panel

  • Rose Aguilar
  • Fonda Bryant
  • Ronnie Freeman
  • Karen Hannon
  • Allison Heyman
  • Helena Mirzoyan
  • Meghann Perry
  • Jorge Rivera
  • Nancy Sharby


  • Lynne Adams Boschee
  • Doug Banks
  • Lisa Berman
  • Alec Berman
  • Merril & Dalia Berman
  • Ellen Chulak
  • Kitty Dukakis
  • Michael Dukakis
  • Elizabeth Godrick
  • Ashley Judd
  • Aimee Kenyon
  • Bill Nicholson
  • June Peoples
  • Linda Gray Sexton

About the Directors and Advisory Board Members

Jason Andree, Pharm.D., is the Manager of Patient Safety, Accreditation, and Regulatory Compliance for Beth Israel Lahey Health – Beverly Hospital. He graduated from Northeastern University in 2009 with a Pharm.D. Following graduation, he completed a Medication Safety Fellowship. He has since held numerous titles including Associate Director of Risk Management and Regional Medication Safety Officer at hospital organizations in Illinois and Massachusetts. His passion is to ensure patients are treated safely and effectively, especially in regards to their mental health. He lives in Peabody, Massachusetts with his wife who is a nurse and his two daughters.

Ciro Castaldi is an Audit Supervisor at AAFCPAs. He works on audits and information tax returns for nonprofit organizations including membership organizations, community health centers and daycares. He completed a bachelor’s degree in accounting from UMass Boston and received an MBA from Nichols College. He is currently pursuing the CPA exam. Outside of his professional career, he enjoys running and camping. He lives in Abington with his fianceé and their two cats.

Gwen Gulick has spent more than 20 years in marketing communications and public relations, focused on leadership, corporate learning and technology. Through her firm Quickstep Communications, she consults with experts to help them translate their work into thought leadership – to stand out in their industries and better engage with their customers. She previously held positions at Harvard Business Publishing, Pegasystems, and Horn Group, a tech PR agency where she worked with public companies and start-ups. Gwen earned a B.A. in Marketing from Michigan State University. She lives with her husband and two kids in Acton, MA, and enjoys yoga, cooking, cycling and reading.

Paneed Jalili a Clinical Researcher in the Biomarker Laboratory at University of Florida’s Norman Fixel Institute for Neurological Diseases. She has previously worked as an Emergency Room Technician at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She also started her own business as a Certified Personal Trainer during the COVID-19 pandemic to help others maintain their mental and physical well-being. She completed a bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Neuroscience from Northeastern University. She enjoys staying active and spending time outdoors whenever possible.

Michael Kearns is a Leadership Instructor for the Air Force and instructs military affiliated personnel from the Coast Guard, Navy, and DoD civilian population. Prior to his current position, Michael served as a quality assurance inspector for aerospace maintenance operations supporting the Air Force Combat Rescue Mission. He completed his MBA from Central Michigan University and is currently working on his Project Management Professional (PMP) certification. He enjoys sports, running, hiking, and doing any other outdoor activities. Michael currently resides in Lexington with his wife and daughter.

Denise Lowey worked for Gillette/Procter & Gamble for almost 29 years before recently retiring. She completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Dickinson College, a Paralegal Certificate from Penn State University and an MBA from Simmons College Graduate School of Management. Over 30+ years, Denise has worked as a paralegal in large law firms and at Gillette. While at Gillette, Denise was one of the founding members of the Healthy Minds program which works to end the stigma of mental health. Denise is also very passionate about education and advocacy for individuals and their families. Denise is a licensed foster care parent and is active in fundraising for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Association.

Steve MacDonald is a licensed CPA (Massachusetts) with close to 20 years of corporate finance and accounting experience. Currently he is the corporate controller for Eloxx Pharmaceuticals, a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company headquartered in Waltham, Mass. Eloxx’s research focuses on treatment of rare diseases in patient subsets having certain genetic mutations, including cystic fibrosis and renal diseases. Steve is originally from Medfield, Mass., he holds degrees from Williams College (B.A.) and Suffolk University (M.B.A.), is unmarried and currently lives in Waltham. He enjoys running, yoga, reading, spending time with friends, dining out and listening to music.

Melissa Rivera has been working with nonprofits for 8 years, ranging from the Springfield Chamber of Commerce (Missouri), the Denver Dream Center, CareerWise Colorado, and Book Trust USA. She has a degree in Nonprofit Business and Social Enterprise from Evangel University and a Master of Legal Studies from Pepperdine University. Her passion is to make the world a better place by empowering people to notice the gaps in their communities and to take action. She is the CEO of a business called Pursuit of Purpose Nonprofit Consulting, which helps world-changers start, develop, build strategy and measure efficacy to establish a strong foundation for a successful, lasting nonprofit entity.

Katrina “Kiki” Spiezio is currently the Community Engagement Associate at Hack.Diversity and the Development Chair for the QuestBridge Alumni Boston Board. She graduated from Washington and Lee University with a B.S. in Business Administration, a B.A. in Politics, a Certificate in International Immersion, and minors in Studio Art and Poverty Studies. Her career has so far built on experiences in nonprofits, politics, and equity and inclusion, which led to her recent completion of the Institute for Nonprofit Practice’s Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership. Outside of work, Kiki enjoys fitness classes and volleyball, trying new restaurants, and traveling to see new places or old friends.

Jerome Tichner, Jr., Esq., is a Partner in the law firm of McDermott Will and Emery LLP, based in the firm’s Boston office. He is a member of the Health Industry Advisory Practice Group. Jerry focuses on the representation of hospitals, health systems, and other health care clients. He has significant experience advising clients with regard to HIPAA compliance, fraud and abuse, and licensing and other regulatory matters. Jerry was a member of the Health Law Task Force on HIPAA Preemption (with the Boston Bar Association); he continues his Boston Bar Association membership as well as membership in the American Health Lawyers Association. Jerry graduated from Rochester University and received his law degree from the Boston University School of Law.

Tyler Wiseman, JD, MBA is Corporate Counsel for Praxis Precision Medicines, Inc., based in Boston, Massachusetts. In his capacity as in-house Corporate Counsel, Tyler enjoys rolling up his sleeves every day, to work with Praxis with a tight-knit legal team, to serve an organization that has a goal of getting treatments to patients in need. Tyler focuses his work at Praxis on transactional, intellectual property and employment matters. Tyler is a member of the Worcester Bar Association. Tyler is a graduate of Northeastern University, Endicott College and Suffolk University Law School.

Gernette Wright is the Information Security Officer of the Village Bank in Newton, MA where he oversees the governance, design, implementation, & sustainment of the bank’s information & cybersecurity program. He is a seasoned senior leader with more than 25+ years of experience in all facets of technology with strong expertise in Information Technology and Cybersecurity. Prior to joining The Village Bank, Gernette served in various management & technical roles through his career. He holds advanced security certifications from ISC2, ISACA, & EC-Council, is a Computer Science graduate of Stockton University in NJ, holds a Graduate Certificate in Cybersecurity from the Van Loan School at Endicott College, and an Executive Certificate in Management & Leadership from MIT Sloan’s School of Management. He’s passionate about blending security with the needs of the organizations & users which he serves to empower business & protect everyday family life. In his spare time likes to spend time with the family near the water, listening to music, cooking, zip-lining, and traveling.

Advisory Board Clinicians

Scott Aaronson, MD. Dr. Aaronson is the director of clinical research programs at the Sheppard Pratt Health System. Dr. Aaronson has nearly twenty years of experience treating patients with affective disorders at the New England Psychiatric Group (a clinic he founded), McLean Hospital, Newton-Wellesley Hospital, and Saint Anne’s Hospital. He has also taught psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He specializes in treatment-resistant affective disorders. He conducts research to further the treatment of depression and has published many articles in psychiatric journals, including Biological Psychiatry and the Archives of General Psychiatry. He serves on the advisory panels and speaker’s panels of several pharmaceutical companies, including Eli Lilly, Pfizer, Bristol-Myers Squibb, SmithKline Beecham, Forest Laboratories, and Wyeth-Ayerst and Sepracor. He has also served as a psychopharmacology consultant for Medco Containment Services. In 1981, Dr. Aaronson was the recipient of the Sirgay Sanger Award for excellence in psychiatric research. Dr. Aaronson received his MD from Harvard Medical School and his B.A. from Columbia University.

William R. Beardslee, MD. Dr. Beardslee is Gardner Monks Professor of Child Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He received his BA from Haverford College and his MD from Case-Western Reserve University. He trained in general psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital and in child psychiatry and psychiatric research at Children’s Hospital in Boston. He has a longstanding research interest in the development of children at risk because of parental mental illness. He has been especially interested in the protective effects of self-understanding in enabling youngsters and adults to cope with adversity and has studied self-understanding in civil-rights workers, survivors of cancer, and children of parents with affective disorders. Dr. Beardslee has received the Blanche F. Ittleson award of the American Psychiatric Association for outstanding published research contributing to the mental health of children, has been a Faculty Scholar of the William T. Grant foundation, and in 1999, received the Irving Philips Award for Prevention and the Catcher in the Rye Award for Advocacy for Children from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Currently, he directs the Preventive Intervention Project, a NIMH-funded study to explore the effects of clinician-facilitated, family-based preventive intervention designed to enhance resiliency and family understanding for children of parents with affective disorder. He is married and has four children.

Nicole Christian-Brathwaite, MD is a nationally recognized Board-Certified Adult, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist. Dr. Christian-Brathwaite is the CEO and Founder of Well Minds Psychiatry and Consulting Company. Dr. Christian-Brathwaite has expertise in Perinatal and Post-Partum Mental Health, trauma informed care, telepsychiatry, mental health in communities of color, school psychiatry, implicit bias and racism in mental health. She has extensive clinical experience with adults, children, adolescents, transitional and college aged youth. After graduating from University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, she joined the Adult Psychiatry Residency Program and then completed fellowship in the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at Massachusetts General/Mclean Hospital. She is the former Medical Director at Riverside Community Care. Dr. Christian-Brathwaite is a wife and mother of two beautiful boys, Aden and Kyle. Dr. Christian-Brathwaite enjoys cycling, Marvel movies and reading science fiction novels.

Dr. David Fassler. Dr. Fassler is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. He is a Trustee of the American Psychiatric Association and a member of the Work Group on Consumer Issues of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He also serves on the Board of Mental Health America.

Mary Fristad, PhD. Dr. Fristad. In addition to being the co-author of Raising a Moody Child: How to Cope with Depression and Bipolar Disorder, she is also has a full-time staff position at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Jay Geyer. Jay is a clinical social worker with 30 years of experience working with children, adults and families in school and medical settings, as well as in private practice. He provides evaluation and psychotherapy services to children, adolescents and families at the Center for Children with Special Needs at Tufts- New England Medical Center. He also works at the Therapeutic Learning Center for Children providing consultation and therapy services to children and families. Prior to this, Jay was Coordinator of Sexual Abuse Services in Child Psychiatry at T-NEMC and developed a group treatment program for juvenile offenders. Jay received his BA degree from Gordon College, his M.Ed in counseling psychology from Northeastern University, and his MSW from the BU School of Social Work.

Khristine Heflin, MSW, LCSW-C, LCSW, LICSW. Khristine Heflin is a Child and Adolescent therapist at a community practice in Largo, MD.  Ms. Heflin is a licensed Clinical Social Worker and has been practicing since 2006. Her educational background includes a Master’s degree in Social Work with a clinical concentration in families and children from the University of Maryland, Baltimore.  Ms. Heflin also obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park.  She is tri-licensed as an Independent Clinical Social Worker in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, DC. Ms. Heflin’s theoretical frame work uses a holistic approach and integrates key components of cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, solution focused therapy, expressive arts, trauma informed care and mindfulness.  Specialty areas include crisis intervention, anxiety, depression, substance use and co-occurring substance abuse and mood disorders. Previous work experience includes serving as Clinical Manager for the Department of Behavioral Health Urgent Care clinic located at DC Superior Court.  She provided clinical oversight of co-occurring mental health and substance abuse treatment and weekly supervision for licensed graduate level social workers and certified addictions counselors.  Additional experience includes providing psychiatric consultation to the emergency department at Children’s National Medical Center as well as a Field Instructor at University of Maryland School of Social Work, Howard University School of Social Work and at Catholic University School of Social Service Field Education Departments.

Steven E. Hyman, MD. is Provost of Harvard University and Professor of Neurobiology at Harvard Medical School.

Howard King, MD. is a pediatrician at Newton-Wellesley Hospital and on the faculty of Harvard Medical School.

Nancy Ferguson-Noyes, PMH-NP, BC, PNP, BC. Nancy’s bio coming soon!

Laura Rosen, Ph.D. Dr. Rosen is the author of When Someone You Love is Depressed. She has her own private practice in psychiatry, in New Jersey.

Noreen A. Reilly-Harrington, Ph.D. is an instructor in psychology at Harvard Medical School and is on the staff of the Harvard Bipolar Research Program at Massachusetts General Hospital. She is a graduate of University of Pennsylvania and Temple University. Dr. Reilly-Harrington is a Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and has received research awards from the Society for Research in Psychopathology, the Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy, and Massachusetts General Hospital for her work examining the role of life stress and cognition on the course of bipolar mood disorders. She has lectured both nationally and internationally on the topic of cognitive therapy for bipolar disorder and is a Pathway Leader for the National Institute of Mental Health’s Systematic Treatment Enhancement Program for Bipolar Disorder, the largest study of bipolar disorder ever conducted. She is also a co-author of a recent book entitled Bipolar Disorder: A Cognitive Therapy Approach.

Alexis Henry, SC.D. Dr. Henry is the author of Parenting While You’re Depressed.

Edward Hallowell, MD. Dr. Hallowell is a child and adult psychiatrist and graduate of Harvard College and Tulane Medical School, is the director of The Hallowell Center in Sudbury, Massachusetts. He was a member of the Harvard Medical School faculty from 1983 until he retired from academics in 2003 to devote his full professional attention to his clinical practice, lectures, and the writing of books. He has authored fourteen books on various psychological topics, including attention deficit disorder, the power of the human connection, the childhood roots of happiness in life, methods of forgiving others, dealing with worry and managing excessive busyness.

Margaret Howard, Ph.D. Dr. Howard is the director of Postpartum Disorders at the Women and Infants Hospital of Rhode Island.

Anthony J. Rothschild, MD. Dr. Rothschild is the Irving S. and Betty Brudnick Professor and Director of Clinical Research, Department of Psychiatry, University of Massachusetts Medical Center, Worcester, Massachusetts. Dr. Rothschild has published his work in numerous scientific journals, including the American Journal of Psychiatry, Archives of General Psychiatry, Biological Psychiatry, Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology, and others. His latest book (for which he is co-editor with Lloyd Sederer, MD) is Acute Care Psychiatry: Diagnosis and Treatment. His clinical and research interests are in the areas of mood disorders and psychopharmacology and in particular, psychotic depression and sexual dysfunction side effects of anti-depressants. A fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and the American Psychopathological Association and a member of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, the American College of Psychiatrists, American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology, and the International Society of Psychoneuroendocrinology among other professional associations. Dr. Rothschild has received many research grants and has presented at numerous local, national, and international meetings. He is on the Editorial Board of Depression and Anxiety and serves as a journal referee for the American Journal of Psychiatry, Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology, the New England Journal of Medicine, the Harvard Review of Psychiatry, and others. Dr. Rothschild has been named the Best of Doctors of America (Northeast Region) and Boston Magazine, Best of Doctors of 1997. Dr. Rothschild received his bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

Matthew Ruble, MD. Dr. Ruble is Medical Director for Humana Behavioral Health. Prior to that he was Associate Director of Training (Division of Adult Psychiatry) at Cambridge Health Alliance, Harvard Medical School. Dr. Ruble received Harvard Medical School’s Academy award for medical education. He received his medical degree from the University of Iowa School of Medicine and completed his residency at Harvard’s Cambridge Hospital. He is the author of a chapter on Mental Health for the American College of Physicians’ book, Fenway Guide to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Health.

Linda Zamvil, MD. Dr. Zamvil is a child psychiatrist who treats two and three generations of families with mood disorders, other psychiatric conditions, and co-occuring substance abuse disorders.  She teaches child psychiatry to residents and fellows in Boston and practices at the Behavioral Health and Wellness Center of a federally qualified health center in Vermont.