Julie Totten, Founder. In 1990, Julie lost her brother, who was undiagnosed, to suicide. A year later, after learning about depression, she helped her father get diagnosed for this condition. Julie formed Families for Depression Awareness in 2001 to help others understand depression and reduce stigma associated with the condition.
Madeline Desell, Treasurer. Madeline is a Senior Analyst within Boston Private Bank & Trust Company’s commercial lending group. She has over 5 years of commercial banking experience for a client base that consists of commercial & industrial, commercial real estate, and private banking/professional service firms with financing needs up to $40 million. Currently, Madeline specializes in community reinvestment, low-income housing tax credit, and historic tax credit financing structures. Madeline earned her Masters in Business Administration from Providence College and Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Bryant University.
Kaitlin Folan. Kaitlin is a Senior Manager in the Assurance Practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Boston. She has worked in public accounting for over 8 years and specializes in the retail & consumer industry; serving multi-national, multi-billion dollar organizations. She is a graduate from Bentley University with an undergraduate degree in Corporate Finance and Accounting and a Masters in Business Administration. When Kaitlin is not crunching numbers she enjoys hiking, biking, traveling, and working in the yard with her boyfriend Michael.
Cathy Freedberg, Secretary. Cathy has a BS in Accounting from North Adams State College and is a seasoned professional with 20 years of nonprofit experience. She has worked and volunteered for organizations in a variety of administrative, fundraising, program, and board positions. Recent staff positions were with The Lionheart Foundation and the Jewish Community Centers of Greater Boston. Cathy also is involved in her community as a board member of Web of Benefit, a domestic violence organization, and the Needham Women’s Club. She also serves as a Needham Town Meeting member, a committee member for the Needham Coalition for Youth Substance Abuse Prevention, and works with several other local organizations. Cathy was raised in North Adams, Massachusetts and moved to Boston in 1977. She currently lives in Needham with her husband Richard. Their son, Andrew, attends the University of Denver.
A. J. Giacobbe. A. J. is a Risk Management Officer for the Commercial Banking unit of Boston Private Bank & Trust Company. His professional experience includes Risk Management, Compliance and Business Ethics roles supporting Government Relations, Investment Management and Commercial & Investment Banking business functions at firms including JPMorgan Chase and Fidelity Investments. A. J. earned his MBA from the D’Amore-McKim School of Business at Northeastern University, Master of Arts in Political Science from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey and Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Delaware.
Wally Higgins. Wally is a partner at the consulting group Shared Learning International. He has 30 years experience in organizational consulting, new business development, and new product delivery in both the U.S. and Latin America. At Polaroid for 23 years, Wally contributed to various new business development and technology start-up activities in the role of human resource and organizational professional. Wally completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Connecticut and received his MBA from Boston University.
Ken Kavanaugh. Ken is a senior corporate development executive skilled in all elements of strategic planning, product portfolio assessment including competitor & market analyses, product/brand management, acquisitions, joint ventures, partnerships and product launches. He successfully led top-line and bottom-line growth at Catalyst Health Solutions, Westinghouse, Del Monte and E*TRADE. Ken began his career as a consultant with Deloitte and earned his MBA from Duke University and Bachelor of Arts in Political Economy from Tulane University. He also serves as a parish council member at Saint Ignatius of Loyola and as a core member of a prison ministry team.
Lauren Laino. Lauren founded Amplified Event Strategy, a Boston based marketing and events consulting firm focused on the business of events, namely strategy and content, market research, event production, and business development, working with corporate and association clients globally. Previous to launching her own business, Lauren served as the Managing Director and Head of Events for SIFMA, a leading financial services trade association in New York City, where she led a $12M business unit for the association from 2007-2012. Lauren received a Juris Doctor from Rutgers School of Law in Camden, New Jersey, and a Bachelor of Arts in Politics from New York University.
Alan Pelz-Sharpe. Alan is an Research Director at global analyst firm 451 Research. He studies the emerging hi tech market and advises on investments and corporate strategy in the space. He is originally from the UK moving to the Boston area in 2001 and now a citizen of the US. He has long been involved in volunteering within the prison system and many moons ago trained though never practiced as an analytical psychotherapist. Outside of work Alan has a love of photography, has been married for 32 years and has two daughters and a newly adopted cat called Ollie.
Jay Schecter. Jay, his wife and four children (including his daughter-in-law), and now his granddaughter, live a life that celebrates community service and volunteerism. Professionally, Jay, an attorney by training and experienced executive, enjoys a career as a business and legal strategist. He served as CEO and General Counsel of a multimillion dollar corporation as it became a public reporting company, and currently mentors budding entrepreneurs and advises small companies and individuals on effective business, legal, and leadership strategies. Jay is an out of the box thinker and turnaround specialist with a proven record of success. On a personal level, Jay is deeply committed to the mission of Families For Depression Awareness, and he is passionate about causes that support the underserved and advocate for social justice.
David A. Schwartz. David is, first and foremost, a proud husband and the father of two adult children. He is a graduate of Noble & Greenough School, Boston University and Boston College Law School. David is the principal of the Law Office of David A. Schwartz in Newton where he specializes in mental health litigation involving elderly and incapacitated individuals. He also serves as guardian, conservator, trustee and personal representative and represents clients serving in those roles. He is a former Assistant Register of Probate, law clerk and staff attorney for the Massachusetts Probate and Family Court. He was previously an associate with the Boston law firm of Schmidt and Federico, PC and staff counsel for the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families. He is a current member of the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Family and Probate American Inn of Court and a former board member of the Massachusetts Guardianship Association.
Peggy Sexton. Peggy runs Changing Places, her own interior design consulting business, and teaches decorating at adult education programs. Prior to her design business, she spent many years managing the sales and operations of a real estate office. She is an active volunteer for Retired Senior Volunteer Programs, tutoring first graders in public school. She spent three years as a volunteer answering suicidal hotline calls at the Samaritans. Peggy lost her son (undiagnosed) to suicide.
Jerome Tichner. Jerome is a senior associate in the law firm of McDermott Will and Emery LLP, based in the firm's Boston office. He is a member of the Health Department. Jerry maintains a general health law practice, focusing on the representation of hospitals, health systems and other health care clients. Jerry has significant experience advising clients with regard to HIPAA compliance, fraud and abuse, 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.
Carol Thomas, Chair. Carol is currently a Human Resources Business Partner for Xerox Corporation. She has 26 years of management experience in administration, sales, service, and human resources. Her educational background includes an AB in Psychology from Smith College and an MBA from Simmons College. Carol is currently working on her Senior Professional in Human Resources certification. She is a certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt. Her volunteer work includes 25 years of committee work and serving on advisory/governing boards in several non-profit organizations.
Allyson Webster. Allyson is a Human Resources Executive for the Global Commercial Bank of Bank of America. She is responsible for leading Human Resources strategies and plans to achieve business objectives such as organizational optimization, change management, talent development, staffing, compensation, and associate relations. Allyson also served as a Human Resource Manager for PeopleSoft, Inc., where she was responsible for talent management and development for PeopleSoft Consulting. Previously, Webster spent several years at Aon Risk Services and held various positions within the flexible staffing industry. Allyson received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
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.
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 is a professor of psychiatry and psychology at Ohio State University. In addition to being the co-author of Raising a Moody Child: How to Cope with Depression and Bipolar Disorder, she is also the Director of Research and Psychological Services Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
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.
Carol A. Glod, Ph.D. Dr. Glod is the Dean of Salem State University's School of Graduate Studies and a Lecturer in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School/McLean Hospital. She has conducted many studies on depression and trauma in children and adolescents and sleep behavior disorders. She is currently principal investigator for the National Alliance on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD) study on the treatment of adolescent depression. Dr. Glod received her Ph.D. and M.S. from Boston College and her B.S.N. from the University of Rochester.
Dr. Glod is the author of Contemporary Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing: The Brain Behavior Connection. She has been published in numerous chapters of psychiatric books, and nearly 100 refereed articles, book reviews, and abstracts in journals such as the Journal of American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the American Journal of Psychiatry, the Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association. She is a frequent recipient of awards, including the NARSAD Independent Investigator Award, the N.E. American Psychiatric Nurses Association Grayce Sills Service Award, Northeastern University's Excellence in Teaching Award, and the NIH National Research Service Award. She is a member of various nursing and psychiatric associations and faculty committees. Dr. Glod is also a consultant for ABC News, the Big Sister Association of Boston, Bedford VA Hospital, and the Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership.
Beth Goldman, MD, MPH and FAPA. Dr. Goldman attended Harvard University for her undergraduate education and Yale University where she earned a Master's in Public Health in epidemiology and public health education. She entered the University of Michigan medical school in 1978, and after a one-year internal medicine internship at Mt. Zion Hospital in San Francisco, she shifted gears and completed a psychiatry residency at the Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute in San Francisco. In 1987 she became Chief of Inpatient Psychiatric Services at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. In 1991, she became Medical Director of the General Motors Account at Preferred Health Care. She has been at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan since 1994, as a medical consultant. She continues to see patients in her practice on a half-time basis. Dr. Goldman has published articles and book chapters on health service utilization, survey research, managed care, psychopharmacology, psychotherapy and emergency psychiatry.
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!
Beth Murphy, MD, Ph.D. Dr. Murphy is attending physician at McLean Hospital and on inpatient and clinical evaluation units. She is also an instructor at Harvard Medical School. She received her medical degree and a doctorate in pharmacology from Yale University in 1999. Dr. Murphy spent seven years conducting doctoral laboratory research at Yale University. Her research findings have been published in a number of publications, including the Journal of Neuroscience, Psychopharmacology, and Journal of Neurochemistry. She also has volunteered at the Columbus House Health Clinic, (a homeless shelter), and Fellowship House, (a community mental health rehabilitation center), both in New Haven, Connecticut. She is a member of the American Medical Association, American Psychiatric Association, and Massachusetts Psychiatric Society.
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 Associate Director of Training (Division of Adult Psychiatry) at Cambridge Health Alliance, Harvard Medical School. He also treats adults with mental illnesses at his practice on Cape Cod. 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 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.
Robert Antonioni. State Senator Robert A. Antonioni, a Democrat from Leominster, graduated in 1980 from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. In 1983, he graduated from the New England School of Law, with honors. He served in the House of Representatives from 1989 to March 1992, when he was elected to the State Senate for the Worcester and Middlesex district. Starting in 2007, he is now serving his eighth full term.
After his election to the Senate, Antonioni served as Senate Chairman of the Joint Committee on Criminal Justice until early 1997, when Senate President Birmingham appointed Antonioni Chairman of the Joint Committee on Education, Arts and Humanities. Under the recent committee restructuring from 2004, Senate President Travaglini appointed Senator Antonioni to chair the newly formed Joint Committee on Education. Antonioni is also Vice-Chairman of the Joint Committee on Mental Health and Substance Abuse, and a member of the Committees on Senate Ways and Means and Judiciary.
As Co-Chairman of the Education Committee with Rep. Patricia Haddad (D-Somerset), Antonioni is responsible for legislative oversight of public education policy in the Commonwealth. Under his leadership the funding of education reform has met the goal established by Education Reform by adding more than $7.3 billion state dollars to public education in the Commonwealth. Consistent funding of Chapter 70's basic aid to public education and several grant programs has addressed many of the education needs leading to successful student accountability. He supports school choice options, including both Commonwealth and Horace Mann charter schools, and has led comprehensive special education and bilingual education reform. This legislative session will continue the focus on student and adult accountability and MCAS. Sen. Antonioni is expecting renewed emphasis on the financing of public education necessary to improve student performance in the Commonwealth this session. Senator Antonioni is serving his fifth full term as Senate Chairman of the education Committee.
In addition to education he has championed a new line item in the budget since FY 01 for greater mental health funding, specifically for suicide prevention programs. In 2006, Antonioni was appointed to the Board of Director's of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, which works to reduce the number of needless deaths by suicide throughout the Commonwealth.
Also during his tenure in the Senate, Antonioni has sponsored major reform of the drunk driving laws, the implementation of a statewide sex-offender registry law, and a significant juvenile justice reform bill.
Antonioni makes his home in Leominster. He also has a law practice in Leominster with his father Attilio Antonioni.
Sean Teare. Sean is the President of InnovationRx. InnovationRx, the healthcare division of the Innovation Group, provides prescription adherence solutions in a research partnership with the Northeastern University School of Pharmacy. Prior to joining the Innovation Group, Sean spent 6 years working in the pharmaceutical industry and for a medical services startup in various sales and sales leadership roles. Sean received his undergraduate degree from Hobart College.
Gigi Kaeser, Photographer. Award winning photographer, Gigi Kaeser, is cofounder of Family Diversity Projects, started in 1996. Gigi has toured in four traveling photo-text exhibits around the country to great acclaim. Her work has been published in the books, Of Many Colors: Portraits of Multiracial Families and Love Makes a Family: Portraits of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Parents and their Families. Gigi is the photographer for the Families for Depression Awareness Family Profiles project.