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!

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

John F. Calicchio

Student, Babson College
Kent, CT

Rich Block

Presdient, JTT Consulting
Boston, MA

A consultant most recently for the Oppenheimer Funds, advising on capital markets solutions and risk management controls for a newly created investment strategy.

Previously Head of Trading at F-Squared Investments, an ETF Strategist Firm (Wellesley, Massachusetts), where he was a member of the Firm’s Management Committee as well as its Investment Committee. Rich built out the F-Squared Capital Trading Department from scratch to accommodate retail platform growth, rising to over $5 billion in less than two years.

Prior to that, Rich was Managing Director and Head of Trading at Putnam Investments, where he designed a state-of-the-art trading system and introduced derivatives and program trading strategies into the portfolios. Rich began his investment career at Morgan Stanley and worked on the N.Y. and London Trading Desks, where he was a market maker and specialized in options trading and index arbitrage strategies.

Rich has been a member of the NYSE Advisory Board, NASDAQ Quality of Markets Committee, National Organization of Investments Professionals, the Putnam Advisory Board, and he currently is on the Advisory Board of Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Needham, Massachusetts. Rich graduated from Albany State with a B.S. in Accounting and attended NYU business school. He has been FINRA licensed; series 7, 63 and 24, as well as CPA certified.