Board of Directors

Advisory Board


Family Members

  • Kitty Dukakis, Co-chair
  • Peggy Vettese, Co-Chair
  • Lynne Adams Boschee
  • Halima Ali
  • Doug Banks
  • Bill Barke
  • Genet Bekele
  • Aimee Kenyon
  • Dr. Edward J. Benz
  • Lisa Berman
  • Alec Berman
  • Merril & Dalia Berman
  • Ellen Chulak
  • Frank Cullen
  • Michael Dukakis
  • Richard Gatto
  • Josie Greene, MA, LMHC
  • Elizabeth Godrick
  • Mary Haskell
  • Bill Lichtenstein
  • Diane Lieberman
  • Patricia Miller-Katz
  • Missy and Bill Nicholson
  • June Peoples
  • Honorable Maurice Richardson (Retired)
  • Gary Sawyer
  • Barbara Scolnick
  • Linda Gray Sexton
  • Nancy Sharby
  • Anne Sheffield
  • Rose Styron
  • Jane Wilson
  • Terry Wise
  • Robert Antonioni
  • Sean Teare


Julie Totten, President and 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 recently formed Families for Depression Awareness to help others understand depression and reduce stigma associated with the condition. Julie has built her career in marketing, developing strategic marketing plans and promotional campaigns for Internet companies, educational firms, and marketing organizations. Julie received her MBA from Babson College where she was a winner of the prestigious Douglass Business Plan competition. Julie received her bachelor of business degree from the University of Massachusetts in 1987.

Wally Higgins, Chair. 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.

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.

Lori Wassermann, Board Member. Lori currently is an administrator at Ingenix, a pharmaceutical company and division of United Health Care Services. Lori has extensive experience leading human resource organizations at a variety of companies, including: The Gillette Company, Analog Devices, BBN Software, Digital Equipment, MITRE, Prime Computer, The John Hancock, and Addison Wesley Publishing Company. She built HR functions, orchestrated and managed extensive organizational change, and counseled senior and other management. With a background in counseling, Lori has particular strength in human relations and communication. She managed career centers for Prime Computer/Computervision, Hewlett Packard, The John Hancock, and BBN. She is also a Big Sister (in 2001 named Big Sister of the Year in Greater Boston). Lori holds a BA in English from Bucknell University, and an M.Ed. and a C.A.S. in Counseling Psychology from Harvard University.

Allan R. Cohen. Allan is the Edward A. Madden Distinguished Professor of Global Leadership at Babson College, and Director of Corporate Entrepreneurship. He is the co-author of the best sellers, Managing for Excellence and Influence Without Authority.

Jen Cormier. Jen has dedicated her career to the nonprofit sector, striving to improve the quality of life for families and children. She is currently pursuing a Juris Doctorate at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C., with a special interest in public interest law. Prior to her legal studies, Jen served as Development and Communications Specialist at the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Massachusetts for five years. Her areas of expertise include publication development, grant writing, web site content management, and donor cultivation.

Jen graduated with honors from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, receiving a dual Bachelor of Science in Communication and Political Science. She recently spoke about her work with Families for Depression Awareness as the 2008 scholarship recipient keynote speaker at the Korean-American Scholarship Foundation's annual D.C.-area awards dinner.

Justin O'Brien. Justin is an attorney at Dwyer & Collora, LLP, in Boston, practicing in criminal defense, government investigations, and general commercial civil litigation. Before becoming an attorney, Justin worked as a public affairs consultant and as a political campaign organizer for candidates including U.S. Senators Edward Kennedy and John Kerry. He received his B.A. from Harvard University and his J.D. from Boston College Law School.

John Wilson. John is Financial Advisor Associate at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney. His 28 years of experience includes sales, sales management and trading. John graduated cum laude with a BA in History from St. Bonaventure University and earned his Master of Science in Systems Management from the University of Southern California

Barbara Boger. Barbara is the former Director of Programs at the Pforzheimer Learning and Teaching Center at Wellesley College. She currently consults for the center as Director of the Public Speaking Program. She is a member of the National Council of McLean Hospital. She has been on the board of trustees of the Carroll School in Lincoln, MA and Lawrence Academy in Groton, MA. Barbara graduated from Mount Holyoke College, received her MEd from Tufts University, and her EdD from Boston University.

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.

Glenn Johnson. Glenn Johnson is part of Wall Street. Glenn has worked in institutional investing for the past 11 years mostly in New York City. Other non-profits he has worked with are Big Sisters Big Brothers and the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Team. Glenn graduated from Amherst College with a BA in Law & Jurisprudence.

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 the Physician-in-Chief and Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at Children's Hospital, and 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.

Andrea Charbonneau, MD. is a primary care physician at the General and Geriatric Medicine division of University of Kansas Medical Center. Dr. Charbonneau is actively involved in suicide prevention, having lost her sister to suicide. Her research interests lie in the diagnosis and treatment of depressive disorders in primary care settings. She is the recipient of the 1997 James Hagadus Good Physician Award, New York Medical College. Dr. Charbonneau received her bachelor's degree from Columbia University, her medical degree from New York Medical College, and her master's of science in epidemiology at Boston University School of Public Health.

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.

Dr. Mary Fristad, PhD. Dr. Fristad is a professor of psychiatry and psychology at Ohio State University. As well as 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 Associate Professor of Nursing at Northeastern University Bouve College of Health Sciences, Director of Nursing Research at McLean Hospital, and Lecturer in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. 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.

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.

Richard Lerner, Ph.D. Richard Lerner is the Bergstrom Chair in Applied Developmental Science and the Director of the Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Development at Tufts University. A developmental psychologist, Lerner received a Ph.D. in 1971 from the City University of New York.

Nancy Ferguson-Noyes, PMH-NP, BC, PNP, BC. Nancy's Bio is 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 Training Directory of Psychiatry at Cambridge Health Alliance, Harvard Medical School. He also treats adults with mental illnesses at his practice on Cape Cod. Dr. Ruble recently received Harvard Medical School's Academy award for medical education. He received his medical degree from University of Iowa College of Medicine and completed his internship and residency at Harvard Medical School. 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 for Advocates Community Counseling Services.

Carleen Riselli. Carleen is a Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist at the Cambridge Health Alliance. She is a clinician on the Psychiatric Consultation-Liaison Service, as well as works with Department of Quality Improvement to improve the identification and management of depression in the primary care setting.

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.

Family Members

Diane Lieberman. Diane's background is in publishing, sales and marketing. She has family members with depression.

Terry Wise. A former trial attorney, strategic salesperson and investment banker, Wise has devoted herself to full-time writing and public speaking ( She is the author of the highly acclaimed book, Waking Up: Climbing Through the Darkness. Her book provides a roadmap for the restoration of emotional health.

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.


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