Board of Directors
- Candace Cheatham
- Nicole Christian-Brathwaite
- Gwen Gulick
- Lori Harris
- Jennifer Herz
- Janet Kuser Komarnicki, President
- Sandra Larkin
- Lucy Lin, Board Fellow
- Stephen MacDonald
- Constance Moore
- Carrie Nagle
- Jocelyn Scheirer
- Jerome Tichner
- Carol Thomas
- Scott T. Aaronson, MD, Sheppard Pratt Health System
- William R. Beardslee, MD, Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School
- David Fassler, MD, Otter Creek Associates and the University of Vermont
- Mary Fristad, PhD, Ohio State University
- Jay Geyer, M.Ed, MSW
- Carol A. Glod, Ph.D., McLean Hospital, Salem State University
- Beth Goldman, MD, MPH and FAPA
- Noreen A. Reilly-Harrington, Ph.D., Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School
- Alexis Henry, SC.D., Author
- Edward M. Hallowell, MD
- Margaret Howard, Ph.D., Women and Infants Hospital of Rhode Island
- Steven E. Hyman, MD, Harvard University
- Howard King, MD, Newton-Wellesley Hospital
- Nancy Ferguson-Noyes, PMH-NP, BC, PNP, BC
- Beth Murphy, MD, Ph.D.
- Nate Rickles
- Laura Rosen, Ph.D.
- Anthony J. Rothschild, MD, University of Massachusetts Medical School
- Matt Ruble, MD, Associate Training Director for Psychiatry, Cambridge Health Alliance, Harvard Medical School
- Linda Zamvil, MD, Assistant Clinical Professor, Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
- Eric Youngstrom, Ph.D., University of North Carolina
- Kitty Dukakis, Co-chair
- Peggy Vettese, Co-Chair
- Lynne Adams Boschee
- Robert Antonioni
- Doug Banks
- Bill Barke
- Dr. Edward J. Benz
- Lisa Berman
- Alec Berman
- Merril & Dalia Berman
- Ellen Chulak
- Michael Dukakis
- Elizabeth Godrick
- Josie Greene, MA, LMHC
- Aimee Kenyon
- Bill Lichtenstein
- Diane Lieberman
- Bill Nicholson
- June Peoples
- Linda Gray Sexton
- Nancy Sharby
- Anne Sheffield
- Rose Styron
- Jane Wilson
- Patricia Miller-Katz
- Ashley Judd
About the Directors and Advisory Board Members
Candace Cheatham is a mother, social activist, founder of Nightstand Reading Press Inc., and editor-in-chief at Kindle Nation Daily. Candace completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Massachusetts, Boston campus and received her M.A. from Simmons University. Candace lives in Winchester, MA with her teenage daughter and puppy-son.
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.
Lori Harris, Esq., is a corporate attorney who last practiced as in house counsel for The Boston Consulting Group. In 2013, Lori retired from the practice of law and has been heavily involved in volunteer work since. Lori received a BA from Brandeis University and her JD from Boston University. Lori has two grown children and two grown pets. In her spare time, Lori enjoys travel, photography, hiking, and writing. Lori is passionate about FFDA’s mission and loves her work on the board.
Jennifer R. Herz, A.M.S.P.A., Partner at Cognizant Insurance Consulting, is a strategy and operations transformation executive, primarily in the insurance sector. She has extensive strategic planning, business development, data strategy, operational efficiency, and innovation planning experience. Jennifer, who lives in Avon, CT, is a graduate of Tufts University and received her Masters in Public Accounting from the University of Hartford Barney School of Business.
Janet Kuser Komarnicki, M.B.A., Ed.D., is the Vice President for Academic Affairs at Fisher College. In this role, she is responsible for all academic programming, delivery, and oversight along with student support services. She is a strong advocate for student engagement and support through experiential learning and innovative teaching strategies. Her research has been focused on the integration and use of blended learning and how this teaching modality can benefit students. Prior to joining Fisher College, Janet spent more than 20 years in the corporate world, ultimately earning the position of Vice President, Customer Relationship Management at Starwood Hotels and Resorts. Janet holds an M.B.A. from Suffolk University and a Doctor of Education degree from Northeastern University.
Sandra Larkin is a fundraising consultant and prospect research expert with more than 20 years of nonprofit experience. Currently, she is the Assistant Director of Prospect Research for Stanford University Medicine, supporting Stanford Medical School and Stanford Hospital as a remote employee working from her office in Massachusetts. She previously operated Larkin Research Associates, which provided research services to nonprofit clients across the U.S. and in Europe. Sandra is a past director of the New England Development Research Association, and received that organization’s Ann Castle Award in 2005. A graduate of Emerson College, Sandra lives in Reading, MA, with her husband David. She is the mother of two grown children and enjoys poetry, cooking, and kayaking.
Lucy Lin is a product innovation engineer at Procter & Gamble, Gillette located in South Boston, MA. She has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from State University of New York, Binghamton and is originally from the NYC area. Lucy has been actively involved in the Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE) on both the collegiate and professional levels, serving as Regional Coordinator and Vice President of the Professional Chapter. During her free time, she enjoys running, sunrise hiking, learning new languages, and trying out new recipes.
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.
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.
Carol Thomas, M.B.A., is the HR Director for Microdesk, a cutting-edge technology consultancy located in Nashua, NH, with 13 offices worldwide. Prior to Microdesk, Carol worked for Xerox Corporation for 34 years. Carol had a cross-functional career at Xerox as a leader and executive in customer administration, sales, human resources, and service. Her last role at Xerox was as Human Resource Business Partner, supporting a global service organization of more than 6,000 employees and a $1.3B budget. She has more than 30 years of management experience and an in-depth knowledge of the New England marketplace. Carol earned her A.B. at Smith College and her M.B.A. at Simmons University.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. In 2008, he announced that he was not seeking reelection and retired from the legislature. In 2006, Antonioni was appointed to the Board of Directors of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, which works to reduce the number of needless deaths by suicide throughout the Commonwealth and the nation. Antonioni practices law and makes his home in Leominster.