National Advisory Board

CARE’s national advisory board consists of thoughtful leaders in the fields of business, secondary and higher education, law, medicine, non profit administration and religion. The following individuals are among its members:
Gail Alofsin

Director of Corporate Partnerships and Community Relations Newport Harbor Corporation, Newport, RI; Author and Speaker

Gail Lowney Alofsin is the Director of Corporate Partnerships and Community Relations for Newport Harbor Corporation, an award-winning hospitality and event company based in Newport, Rhode Island.

Gail has served as an adjunct professor at University of Rhode Island since 1999 and as an adjunct professor at Salve Regina University for the past two years. A professional speaker and seminar leader, Gail is also the author of Your Someday Is NOW – What are YOU Waiting For? launched in April 2014. Her book is focused on work/life integration in addition to building personal brand through leadership and positivity, and 100% of the sales have benefited local and international nonprofit organizations, raising more than $30,620 to date.
Gail is the host of “Leadership at ALL Levels,” a radio show produced by 3G Broadcasting and a columnist for ie magazine on the topic of leadership.

A graduate of Tufts University, Gail has served on the boards of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Center, Newport Public Library, Leukemia Society, St. Michael’s Country Day School, the Salve Regina University Advisory Board and the Sovereign Bank Community Advisory Board. For more than three decades she has been a volunteer for her family’s foundation, the Haitian Health Foundation, which provides health care to more than 200,000 Haitians per year in Jérémie, Haiti.

Gail resides in Newport with her pilot husband John and son Samuel, a left-handed pitcher!

MJ Austin, M.B.A.

Senior Director, Global Technology Operations, PayPal
San Jose, CA

Jesse Bajaj

Student, University of Miami
Miami, FL

Tim Barnes, M.Ph.

Venture Capitalist/Entrepreneur
Washington, DC

Carter Barnhart

Director, Referral Relations, Newport Academy
Co-Founder, Inspiration Foundation
New York, New York

Ms. Barnhart brings her own experience of personal recovery to all of her work. She has been employed at Newport Academy since before graduating from college and largely helped contribute to its growth over the last four years. She is passionate about creativity and innovation within the industry. She serves on several nonprofit boards and has an undergraduate degree in the Psychology of Success from New York University. She is also co-founder of the Inspiration Foundation, which provides education, inspiration, and opportunities for teens and families struggling with addiction and/or mental health challenges. Committed to increasing awareness and reducing stigma around these issues, she frequently speaks at schools, conferences, and hospitals. She is very involved in the young people’s recovery community and is an advocate for adolescents. She is Chair of the New York Provider Liaison Association and sits on the board of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals. 

Ovidio Bermudez, M.D.

Medical Director, Child and Adolescent Services
Chief Medical Officer, Eating Recovery Center
Denver, CO

Dr. Bermudez holds academic appointments as clinical professor of psychiatry and pediatrics at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and clinical professor of pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He is board-certified in pediatrics and adolescent medicine.

He is a fellow of the Academy for Eating Disorders, the Society for Adolescent Medicine and the American Academy of Pediatrics. He is past chair and current member of the Board of Directors of the National Eating Disorders Association, co-founder of the Eating Disorders Coalition of Tennessee (EDCT), co-founder of the Oklahoma Eating Disorders Association (OEDA) and a founding member of Houston Eating Disorders Specialists (HEDS). He is a member of the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals and a certified eating disorders specialist. Dr. Bermudez has lectured nationally and internationally on eating disorders, childhood obesity and other topics related to pediatric and adult healthcare, and he has been repeatedly recognized for his dedication and advocacy in the field of eating disorders.

Bill Bijesse, M.B.A.

Co-Founder, Beachhead Capital Management, LLC
Lexington, MA

Bill oversees the firm’s emerging hedge fund manager business and serves as PM of the Beachhead Emerging Managers LLC vehicle. Bill began advising families in 1994 when he joined Goldman Sachs. Bill served global family offices as an investment management consultant from 1999 to 2004, helping to build the Private Wealth Management practice of Cambridge Associates, one of the world’s largest investment consulting firms. Bill served as CIO of a multibillion-dollar hedge fund of funds, where he was instrumental in setting the top-down strategic allocation for the firm from 2004 to 2011. He was awarded best Multi-Strategy $250mm-$1B Fund of Hedge Funds for 2008 at the HFMWeek Awards. Bill received his Master in Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School and achieved the rank of Captain in his active duty military career after graduating from the United States Military Academy at West Point. Bill was awarded the Army Commendation Medal, Air Assault Badge, and Airborne Badge during his military service.

Graeme Blackman

Co-Founder and President, LUMOS
Cambridge, MA

Jason Brian

Chief Executive Officer, Redwood Recovery Solutions
West Palm Beach, FL

John F. Calicchio

Student, Kent School
Kent, CT

Jay Carthaus

Chief Financial Officer, IMPAX Corporation
Stamford, CT

Ronald A. Cohen

Vice President for University Relations, Susquehanna University
Selinsgrove, PA

Barry A. Garst, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Clemson University
Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management
Clemson, SC

Jeffery Hutchinson, M.D.

COL, US Army, Assoc. Dean of Clinical Affairs, Chief Diversity Officer
F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine, Uniformed Services University
Bethesda, MD

Elizabeth Kieff, M.D.

Psychiatrist
Chicago, IL

Melissa Klein

Parent
Los Angeles, CA

Michael Lesser, M.D.

Executive Director, Medical and Mental Health
RANE – Risk Assistance Network & Exchange
New York, NY

Dr. Lesser is a recognized leader in the public and hospital-based healthcare and crisis management space. He possesses wide-ranging experience as the director of major city-wide healthcare enterprises, hospitals and in the oversight of educational programs for medical professionals. In his recent positions as a Medical Director for New York City and State, he was instrumental in developing and implementing nationally recognized emergency and crisis response programs – including the training of law enforcement and first-responder agencies.

He has been at the forefront of public policy and educational efforts to effectively address mental health and substance abuse. Dr. Lesser has also been active in designing effective mental health responses in the wake of terrorism attacks. As a practitioner and thought leader, he has a highly established track record of professional collaboration and problem solving throughout the state, federal and private sectors.

Dr. Lesser received a B.S. from Brooklyn College and an M.D. from The Chicago Medical School. He did a residency in psychiatry at the Long Island Jewish – Hillside Medical Center and fellowship in psychopharmacology at the Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York. Among other positions, he served as Medical Director of the New York City Department of Mental Health Mental Retardation and Alcoholism Services as well as New York City Medical Director of the New York State Office of Mental Health.

Genevieve Liu

Student, University of Chicago Laboratory High School
Creator, SLAP’D – Surviving Life After a Parent Dies
Chicago, IL

In 2013, when Genevieve was only 13 years old, her father drowned saving two boys in Lake Michigan. Months later, her grief and her father’s inspiration catalyzed her creation of SLAP’D – Surviving Life After a Parent Dies, the first online social network for teens who have lost a parent. Since its inception approximately two years ago, SLAP’D has aided thousands of grieving teens and garnered a myriad of national media attention. In addition to running SLAP’D, Genevieve enjoys Model UN, painting, baking and being with friends. She feels very passionate about CARE’s mission and is honored to be a part of it.

Danna Mauch, Ph.D.

Nonprofit CEO
Boston, MA

Charlton McArdle

Student, Latin School of Chicago
Chicago, IL

Charlton was born in New Canaan, Connecticut, but has lived in Chicago for the last 10 years. He has one sister and one brother, who are both older and attend Dartmouth College. His sister, Madeleine, is also a member of the CNAB. Currently, Charlton is a junior at the Latin School of Chicago. He is an avid hockey player and was appointed captain of his school team for the past two seasons. Charlton’s other sports have included baseball and lacrosse. He was a part of the founding of the men’s fellowship club at his school, acting as an infinity group for males. Charlton’s interests include modern art, music, and fashion. He hopes to enter the fashion world professionally or to become an entertainment agent. Moreover, Charlton has a wide range of skills and ideas that he hopes will benefit CARE.

Madeleine McArdle

Student, Dartmouth College
Hanover, NH

Madeleine is in the Pre-Health Plan at Dartmouth College and will study in France during her spring term of 2016. She graduated from her high school as part of the Cum Laude Society, the Erasmus Society, and the National French Honors Society, and she is going to be published in an upcoming literary journal. Madeleine is a graduate of the Cape Cod Sea Camps Teen Leadership Program. She is a member of the Dartmouth Endurance Racing Team and is also a member of the CARE Student Advisory Council. Madeleine is planning a career in medicine.

Leann Mischel, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Management and Decision Sciences, Coastal Carolina University
Conway, SC

Charlie Nicholas

Student, Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences
Santa Monica, CA

Charlie is a student-athlete and a rising teen leader at the Cape Cod Sea Camps in Brewster, Massachusetts.

Leif Norenberg, M.D.

Pediatrician and Physician Owner, Briarpatch Pediatrics
Yarmouth Port, MA

Dr. Norenberg has been a general pediatrician in private practice on Cape Cod since 1994, currently as a physician owner at Briarpatch Pediatrics. He has developed an affinity for taking care of complicated patients with special needs and syndromes.

After graduating from Vanderbilt University, in Nashville, Tennessee, he spent a very interesting year as a research assistant, doing basic endocrine research, at the Worcester Foundation for Experimental Biology, in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts. He came to the realization that he preferred interacting with people more than with lab animals.

Dr. Norenberg matriculated at the University of South Florida-College of Medicine in Tampa, thinking he would likely go into pediatrics, but wanted to keep all of his options open. Working with incredibly talented pediatricians at All Children’s and Tampa General Hospitals, he knew that caring for babies, children and adolescents was what he should do.

In 2012, he joined the advisory board for CARE, hoping to make a difference in the lives of young adults nationwide by helping facilitate research, education and advocacy around teen issues.

McVal Osborne

Researcher, Writer, Strategic Consultant
London, United Kingdom

Mr. Osborne is the Head of Strategy for the market research firm ORC International. He is the author of:

Start Up your Life: Why we don’t know what we want, and how to set goals that really matter.

He writes about motivation, decision making, strategic thinking and how people set goals.

He graduated from UC Santa Barbara in 2011 with a degree in Spanish, and has since worked as a business consultant in Washington D.C., New York City and London.

Andrew Paull

Senior Regional Director, Manhattan Region of BBYO
New York, NY

Andrew serves as the Senior Regional Director for the Manhattan Region of BBYO, an international Jewish teen movement aspiring to involve more Jewish teens in more meaningful Jewish experiences. Through community service, leadership development, and social activities, BBYO provides more than 45,000 Jewish high school students with opportunities to create a community of peers and follow their passions.

He previously worked as the Program and Communications Associate at the Jewish Teen Funders Network and as the Youth Programs Coordinator at Larchmont Temple in Larchmont, New York. He spent many summers at camp as a camper, counselor, and senior staff member. He received a Bachelor of Arts in History from Chapman University and earned a Certificate in Jewish Education for Adolescents and Emerging Adults from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.

Scott Poland, Ed. D.

Professor, Center for Psychological Studies
Co-Director, Suicide and Violence Prevention Office
Nova Southeastern University
Fort Lauderdale, FL

Dr. Poland is a Professor at the Center for Psychological Studies (CPS) and the Co-Director of the Suicide and Violence Prevention Office at Nova Southeastern University.

He is a licensed psychologist and an internationally recognized expert on youth suicide, self-injury and school crisis. He is the author and co-author of five books on the subject, the most recent, Suicide in Schools, published in 2015 by Routledge. He is a past President of the National Association of School Psychologists and a past Prevention Division Director of American Association of Suicidology. Dr. Poland directed psychological services for a large Texas school system for 24 years, and he has been an expert witness in numerous legal cases in which schools were sued following a crisis. He is a founding member of the National Emergency Assistance Team and has personally assisted school communities after 15 school shootings, acts of terrorism, natural disasters and numerous suicide clusters. Dr. Poland has testified about the mental health needs of children before the U.S. Congress on four occasions and presented more than 1,000 workshops in all 50 states and numerous foreign countries.

Thomas Pranikoff, M.D., FACS

Pediatric Surgeon
Wake Forest Baptist Health
Winston-Salem, NC

Dr. Pranikoff is a Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics at Wake Forest Baptist Health. He is also the Surgeon-in-Chief at Brenner Children’s Hospital in the Department of Surgery in the Section of Pediatric Surgery. He practices in Winston-Salem, NC.

Bob Rice, C.F.P.

Financial Planner/Co-Creator, Harvest Wealth Management
Waltham, MA

Bob is an alumnus of Kingswood-Oxford School in West Hartford, Connecticut., as well as Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont. After graduating from Middlebury in 1997 with a B.A. in economics and mathematics, he started his career with American Express Financial Advisors, currently known as Ameriprise Financial. In January 2009, after 12 years with Ameriprise, he left to co-create Harvest Wealth Management.

He holds the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and AIF® (Accredited Investment Fiduciary®) certifications. He also holds FINRA Series 7 and 63 securities registrations as a registered representative and investment adviser representative of Commonwealth Financial Network®.
Bob specializes in working with pre-retirees and retirees to determine how their assets and income will support their needs in retirement.
He and his wife, Jess, live in Needham, with their sons, Colby and Michael, and daughter, Caley. When he is not chasing after his kids, his interests include all forms of athletics, travel and great food.

Emma Rich

Student, Gettysburg College
Gettysburg, PA

Adam Rosen

Student, Tufts University
Los Angeles, CA

Adam is studying international relations and political science. He grew up in Los Angeles and is a graduate of Harvard-Westlake School. Adam is also a graduate of the teen leadership program at Cape Cod Sea Camps and is now a member of its counseling and instructional staff. Adam completed an internship at Beach Point Capital Management in Santa Monica, CA. He served as president of the youth board at his temple, Kehillat Israel, and was involved in a teen philanthropy program. Adam also served on youth advisory board of Common Sense Media. He is excited to continue “bettering the world” through his service to CARE.

Linda Rosen, M.B.A.

Youth Programs Advocate
Los Angeles, CA

Linda holds a B.A. from Rutgers and an M.B.A. from Pepperdine. She has spent more than 25 years in consumer lending as a vice president with Chase Manhattan. She is a past president of the Parents Association of the Village School in Pacific Palisades and serves on the Kehillat Israel Congregation board of trustees, overseeing teen programming. She lives in Los Angeles with her two teenagers.

Tom Rosenberg

President and CEO, American Camp Association
Atlanta, GA

Mr. Rosenberg is a seasoned camp professional and a fierce advocate for positive youth development.

Elizabeth Samuels

Nonprofit Consultant
Chicago, IL

Elizabeth McCarthy Samuels has more than 25 years of experience in administration, program development, talent, and human resources. Professionally, Elizabeth has worked in the nonprofit, private, and higher education sectors. Her volunteer work includes serving as a Trustee of the Francis W. Parker School, a JK-12 independent school in Chicago, and volunteering with UNICEF as part of its Congressional Action Team and community engagement in Chicago.

With an undergraduate degree in history and a master’s degree in international affairs, Elizabeth started her career with the Massachusetts Office of International Trade and Investment, a state-funded nonprofit that promoted Massachusetts-based companies’ efforts to sell their products overseas. She organized numerous political and business trade missions to Latin American and Israel before she moved to operations as the Director of Administration. Elizabeth managed administration and operations for the Harvard University David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, a universitywide, multi-disciplinary research center focused on Latin America. She worked closely with the Harvard Development Office to close out a major fund-raising campaign and to manage ongoing donor stewardship. Elizabeth then served at Harvard College’s Alumni Association, promoting alumni engagement and support for Harvard College.

While at Families First Parenting Programs, she worked to strengthen the operations of this nonprofit focused on parenting education in the Greater Boston area. As the Director of Human Resources at the Pilot House Associates and the Barr Foundation, Elizabeth developed HR for the largest private foundation in New England. She also worked for a Chicago-based charitable trust, developing a plan to support philanthropic efforts in Africa. In addition, she directed the project development of The African Seed Company Toolbox, a business best-practices toolkit developed for seed companies working in sub-Saharan Africa and funded by the Gates Foundation. Elizabeth managed operations for ROI Ventures, a social purpose branding firm, and talent for Frequency540, a high-growth digital marketing firm. Currently Elizabeth is consulting with nonprofits and small companies in operations and human resources.

Jeffrey M. Schwartz, M.B.A.

Founder, Managing Partner, Cohasset Capital, LLC
Cohasset, MA

Jeffrey has been a managing director at Bain Capital since 2000 and is a founding partner of Bain Capital Ventures. At Bain Capital, he focuses on information-based companies and business services. Specific areas include compliance, risk relevant data and financial technology. Prior to Bain Capital Ventures, Jeff worked at Wellington Management Company, where he was a public equities portfolio manager. He also served in the Equity Capital Markets Group of Merrill Lynch in Boston and in the Real Estate Finance Group at LaSalle Partners in New York.

Jeff lives with his wife, Leigh, and four kids in Cohasset, Massachusetts., and when not in the office can be found coaching boys and girls lacrosse. Jeff received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.A. in economics from Dartmouth College.

Leigh Schwartz, M.S.W.

Clinical Social Worker
Cohasset, MA

Leigh is a graduate of the University of Virginia (B.A., communications) and holds her master’s in social work from Smith College. She has worked as a therapist and as a legislative affairs assistant with the U.S. Department of Labor. She held the position of managing editor with the Appalachian Mountain Club Magazine.

She is a member of Derby Academy’s Board of Trustees, a position she’s held for three years. She is a stay-at-home mother of four children, ages 8, 10, 13 and 15.

Marie Schwartz

CEO, Teen Life Media
Boston, MA

Jay Shackelford, D.O.

Physician
Orleans, MA

Douglas A. Spotts, M.D., F.A.A.F.P.

Family Physician/Chief Medical Information Officer
Evangelical Community Hospital
Lewisburg, PA

Dr. Spotts is a family physician in Lewisburg, PA, where he also serves as the chief medical information officer for Evangelical Community Hospital. He is a graduate of Juniata College and the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine and received the degree of fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians in 2004. He currently serves as alumni trustee of Juniata College, as vice president of the Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians, and as chapter trustee of the American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation. He is a member of several professional and civic organizations including, the American College of Health Care Executives, the American College of Physician Executives, Susquehanna Council, Boy Scouts of America and the Lewisburg Sunrise Rotary Club. He is passionate about preventive care and support of the adolescents in his practice and works with youth development outside of medicine in scouting and with the youth of his church. He is the proud parent, along with his wife and fellow CARE Board member Sue Ellen, of Ian and Hannah. He enjoys running, travel, music and any activity involving the outdoors.

Cheryl Stumpf, M.S.

PA Licensed Professional Counselor
Counselor and Outreach Coordinator, Susquehanna University
Selinsgrove, PA

Cheryl is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and is currently employed full time at Susquehanna University as a Counselor and Outreach Coordinator. Early on in her career in mental health, she had a passion for working with children and families, leading her to train at Temple University as a marriage and family therapist. Cheryl then recognized that, while intervention as a therapist can be very rewarding when there are positive outcomes, her expertise would be better utilized in outreach work. Prevention of risky behaviors, guiding individuals through making healthier choices and building upon individual and system strengths where everyone can flourish are now the focus of her efforts.

While serving students, staff and faculty at Susquehanna University as well as raising a family in Selinsgrove, Cheryl set out to establish a Girls on the Run council in the Greater Susquehanna Valley. After building the organization that she began in 2009, Cheryl realized her goal of working her way out of the position as Executive Director of Girls on the Run by bringing on board a new full-time director so that Cheryl can transition to Board of Director status. Not only has she been able to bring to the region a national, proven program that addresses issues that girls in third through eighth grade are faced with, but also she is proud of engaging more than 1,000 volunteers, including older youth and college students, who have been involved directly or indirectly with the program.

Garrett Walker

Former Chief Human Resources Officer, QuintilesIMS
Board Director, Adjunct Faculty Member, Consultant,
D’Amore-McKim School of Business at Northeastern University
Duke University Corporate Education
Raleigh-Durham, NC

Garrett is a highly accomplished and innovative executive leader in the technology and health care industries. He is a recognized expert in developing and executing human capital solutions to drive business value. A number of Harvard Business School case studies have been written on the programs he executed with Verizon and IBM. Prior to joining Quintiles, he spent 12 years with IBM in leadership positions in finance, operations and human resources in Asia, the U.S. and Europe.

Garrett also consults with private equity firms on projects to integrate human capital dimensions to investment decisions.

Kirk Warshaw

Senior Business Executive
Madison, NJ

Nicole Webster, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Researcher, Penn State University
University Park, PA

Thomas Wiener

Student, Phillips Andover Academy
Greenwich, CT

At Andover, Thomas plays soccer and tennis. A native of Greenwich, CT, Thomas is a member of the teen leadership program at Cape Cod Sea Camps and recently participated in an educational exchange program in France. He enjoys volunteering and working for tutoring and after-school programs for younger students in the Andover area.

Courtney Wright

Entrepreneur, President, Gemini Builds It
Winnetka, IL

Courtney connects the dots between strategy and success. She is a steadfast, strategic partner helping her clients achieve their professional and personal goals.

William Zempsky, M.D., MPH

Head, Division of Pain and Palliative Medicine
Connecticut Children’s Medical Center (CCMC)
Professor of Pediatrics and Nursing, University of Connecticut
Hartford, CT