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JOHN MACPHEE
Executive Director/CEO
John MacPhee brings 20 years of leadership and management experience from the business and not-for-profit settings to The Jed Foundation. Prior to The Jed Foundation, he served as president of Strativa Pharmaceuticals, where he oversaw commercial operations, clinical development, medical affairs, alliance management and business development. Previously, he worked at Forest Laboratories, where he led the launches of treatments for depression, anxiety and Alzheimer's disease. Well versed in the challenges faced by college students, John serves as a board member for Bottom Line, a nonprofit organization that provides guidance counseling to disadvantaged urban youth to help them get into college and graduate. He earned a BA from Columbia College, an MBA from New York University and an MPH from Columbia University. 
 
DR. VICTOR SCHWARTZ
Medical Director
Dr. Schwartz joins The Jed Foundation as Medical Director, with 25 years of experience as a psychiatrist working in college mental health. He was medical director of NYU's Counseling Service, established a counseling center at Yeshiva University and was most recently University Dean of Students there. He was an original member of the American Psychiatric Association’s Presidential Task Force on College Mental Health, co-chair of the APA working group on legal issues in college mental health and is an APA Distinguished Life Fellow. Dr. Schwartz was a co-chair of the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry Committee on the College Student and has served as an advisor to Active Minds on Campus and Gun Free Kids. He is co-editor with Dr. Jerald Kay, of Mental Health Care in the College Community (Wiley, 2010). His work has focused on crisis management, legal issues and the community/public health model in college mental health.
 
DR. NANCE ROY
Clinical Director
Dr. Roy serves as the Clinical Director of The Jed Foundation and is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the Yale School of Medicine, Dept. of Psychiatry. She has over 20 years of experience as a psychologist working in college mental health. She was Director of the Health and Counseling Center at Sarah Lawrence College before becoming the Assistant Dean of Health and Wellness at Sarah Lawrence, and more recently was the Associate Dean of Health and Wellness at Rhode Island School of Design. She is a senior advisor for the National College Depression Partnership and publications have focused on effective strategies for treatment and management of at-risk students on college campuses. She has been actively involved in college strategic planning initiatives focusing on a holistic approach to education, crisis management and a public health model for delivery of care on college campuses. She earned a BS degree from the University of Rhode Island, an MS from the University of North Carolina and an Ed.D. from Harvard University.
 
JILLIAN NIESLEY
Program Director
Jillian Niesley’s background in cause marketing, communications and resource development in the non-profit sector spans nearly 10 years as she has worked to engage corporations and individuals alike in philanthropy. Most recently, she served as Director of Regional Marketing at United Way of New York City. In this role she oversaw several regional and national campaigns to raise awareness about social issues like poverty, hunger and literacy. Prior to United Way, Jillian worked at American Student Assistance, a Boston-based non-profit that supports college students as they manage their student loan debt. Jillian is a graduate of Emerson College where she studied Integrated Marketing Communications and Psychology and is excited to use her passion for cause marketing and industry expertise to support The Jed Foundation. 
 
RITA WEINBERGER
Director of Finance & Administration
Rita Weinberger has over thirty years experience as a finance executive. From July 2014 through April 2015, Ms. Weinberger served as VP – Finance, Commercial Brands at Actavis, plc (Actavis). In that role, she supported the Chief Commercial Officer in preparing budgets and forecasts, and reporting actual results against those plans.Prior to her tenure at Actavis, Ms. Weinberger held various roles of increasing responsibility at Forest Laboratories, Inc. (Forest). She commenced her career at Forest as a staff accountant and progressed through the organization as Director of Accounting, Director of Internal Audit, and Senior Director-Finance. Her most recent role at Forest from 2004 to 2014 was VP – Controller and Principal Accounting Officer. She led the company’s external SEC reporting, internal management reporting, budgeting and forecasting, and accounting policies and controls. She interacted with the Executive Management team and provided ongoing guidance and support for key initiatives and strategic decisions. In addition, she interacted closely with the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors and supported and gave guidance in support of transparent financial reporting and overall corporate governance of Forest. Ms. Weinberger supported Forest’s business development activities and was a key member of the Integration Management Office (IMO) at both Forest and Actavis to ensure a smooth integration and transition resulting from acquisitions. Ms. Weinberger has a BS in Accounting from Brooklyn College.
 
LYNN TOTH
Operations Manager
With a BFA in Art Education from Syracuse University and a MA in Art from NYU, Lynn Toth finds creative and practical solutions for keeping the running of the Foundation on track while focusing on future endeavors envisioned by all those involved in following its mission. Former Director of Ricco/Maresca Gallery, which specializes in representing Outsider artists, the majority of whom have suffered from mental illness without resources for functioning well in the world, Lynn developed a growing interest in psychology. She is particularly interested in helping to maintain the integrity of those afflicted and affected by mental illness and is glad to be a part of the Foundation's efforts to eradicate stigma through education.
 
ADEE SHEPEN
Chief Development Officer
Adee Shepen serves as the Chief Development Officer of the Jed Foundation. As a development professional, she brings more than 20 years of progressive management experience in development, community organization, programming and board development. Most recently, she served as the Northeast Director of Community Engagement for BBYO. Adee has also served as Director of Annual Giving at Yeshiva University, Director of Annual Giving and Alumni Relations at Weill Cornell Medical College and Chief Development Officer at the Jewish Community Center of MetroWest. She is proud to join the team and help raise the money needed to fund the important work of the Jed Foundation.
 
 
DR. JENNIFER MESSINA
Vice President of Programming
Dr. Jennifer A Messina serves as the Vice President of Programming for The Jed Foundation. With over 15 years of clinical and consulting experience, Dr. Messina brings a breadth of expertise in college mental health and prevention.  She was on faculty and also worked as a University Counselor at Washington & Lee University before stepping in as the Director of Training and Development for Green Dot, etc., a nonprofit dedicated to the dramatic reduction of power-based personal violence. With Green Dot, she worked on the national level on community mobilization and prevention collaborating with individuals, universities, military installations, corporations, and community-based organizations. A graduate of Dartmouth College (B.A., ’93) and the University of Virginia (M.Ed.,’94; Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology,’99), she completed an internship at Duke University Medical Center and a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Virginia. An avid lover of yoga and mother of 3, she is borderline obsessed with her exceedingly adorable dog, Pippa. In addition to her role with The Jed Foundation, Dr. Messina has a private psychotherapy practice in Manhattan (www.drjennifermessina.com) and is the author of Fig & Birch (www.figandbirch.com).
 
ALEXA WHITE
Senior Program Manager
Alexa White joins The Jed Foundation as a Program Manager, with over five years of experience in research and program development, implementation, and evaluation. Prior to joining The Jed Foundation, Alexa served as a Graduate Assistant for the Westchester County Project LAUNCH initiative, which is a federally funded grant aiming to foster school readiness and improved overall wellbeing in young children. Alexa received her Undergraduate Degree in Animal Behavior from Bucknell University and her Master’s Degree in Public Health with a concentration in behavioral sciences and health promotion from New York Medical College. Alexa is passionate about mental and emotional health and is committed to eradicating the stigma associated with mental illness. She is excited to use her passion and experience to support The Jed Foundation’s mission.

DR. JENNA SCOTT
Clinical Manager
Jenna Scott is a clinical psychologist who joins the Jed Foundation with a strong background in adolescent and young adult mental health issues. Jenna’s training in university counseling centers helped to cultivate her interest in programming and initiatives that promote emotional health on college and university campuses. She is excited to use her experiences in research and adolescent, young adult and family psychotherapy to support The Jed Foundation’s mission. Jenna also worked in the counseling centers at The New School and Yeshiva University providing psychotherapy to undergraduate and graduate students. Prior to joining The Jed Foundation, Jenna trained at the Human Relations Service (HRS) in Wellesley, MA providing outpatient psychotherapy to children, adolescents, adults, and families in addition to students at the nearby Babson College. Jenna earned her BA in Psychology from the University of Michigan and her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology.
 
ERICA RIBA
Campus Manager
Erica Riba is a clinical social worker who joins the Jed Foundation with a background in providing mental health counseling services to college and graduate students. Erica's interests include: management of depression, anxiety, stress, and trauma as well as helping students with self-esteem issues, life transitions, life skills and adjustment to college. Erica's training in social work and experience working in two college counseling centers has prepared her for her new role as campus manager which will allow her to connect with schools and enhance mental health programming and suicide prevention on campuses. Prior to joining the Jed Foundation, Erica earned her BA in Elementary Education from Michigan State University and received her master's in social work at The University of Michigan providing psychotherapy to children, adolescents, and families in the Department of Psychiatry. She also worked as a therapist at Eastern Michigan University and Wayne State University's Counseling & Psychological Services. She is excited to support the Jed Foundation's mission promoting awareness, understanding, and knowledge about mental health and reducing stigma.
 
ANNIE COFONE McLAUGHLIN
Engagement Manager, Grants and Development
Annie Cofone McLaughlin joins The Jed Foundation as Engagement Manager for Grants and Development after 14 years in student services in higher education and freelance writing. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Journalism at Indiana University and Master’s degree in Literature & Culture at Harvard University Extension where she published her thesis about artistic oppression in Eastern Europe. Annie’s experience writing and working with students at schools including Indiana University, Harvard Business School and New York University inspired her to play a more proactive role to address emotional wellness for college students today. She is honored to be a part of The Jed Foundation’s mission and advocacy to advance mental health initiatives for young adults.
 
AUGUSTA FOSHAY-ROTHFELD
Communications Manager

Augusta "Gussie" Foshay-Rothfeld is an avid supporter of promoting awareness and understanding of emotional health issues. She became dedicated to The Jed Foundation’s mission while working as a research and program intern in 2010, and joined the team full-time in 2011. Gussie graduated from Columbia College with a BA in Art History and History, where she served as the head of a literary society and on her class fundraising committee. Gussie also worked as an editing intern for the Encyclopedia of New York City, Second Edition. In addition to her work with The Jed Foundation, Gussie is a PSIA nationally certified ski instructor, working in Colorado since 2009, where she trained for and worked with young people with cognitive disabilities. She is looking forward to continuing her work in the public health field.  

ALLYSON CHUNG
Program Manager
Earning her BA in American Studies from Wesleyan University, with a concentration on media and popular culture, Allyson Chung has always aimed to creatively, and thoughtfully, think about the role that mass media plays in our daily lives, as well as on a global scale. Allyson spent three and a half years in the entertainment industry, most recently working in a talent research and marketing consultancy capacity on behalf of brands such as Procter & Gamble, Microsoft, and Citigroup. Through this work, she developed a more personal passion for leveraging the powers of both celebrity, and brand awareness to offer greater, more impactful platforms for philanthropic endeavors. Allyson joins the Jed Foundation with a desire to help change the narrative surrounding emotional health matters as they pertain to today’s adolescent and young adult populations. To that end, Allyson also serves on the steering committee of the Hope Reichbach Memorial Fund, an organization she helped found with friends, which provides scholarships for students who take internships in civic leadership and community organizing within the borough of Brooklyn. She is very excited to bring her entertainment and public relations expertise to The Jed Foundation and its incredibly powerful programs.
 
OMAR TUNGEKAR
Chief of Staff to the Executive Director/CEO
Omar Tungekar brings a diverse background to The JED Foundation with nearly a decade of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, international development and communications. Prior to joining JED as chief of staff, he spent eight years at Forest Laboratories in multiple functional areas, most recently in global business development and alliance management. A native Chicagoan and graduate of St. Ignatius College Prep, he developed an interest in working with at-risk communities as a teenager on service projects that exposed him to the great social disparities within his own city. Today, in addition to his work with JED, he serves as the Communications Director for The Children’s Project International, an NGO focused on international development issues that impact vulnerable youth worldwide. Omar is proud to support JED’s work in young adult mental and emotional health. He holds a BA in Psychology from New York University.
 
PHIL LIEBMAN
Administrative Coordinator
Phil Liebman joins The Jed Foundation as an Administrative Coordinator. Phil graduated from Yeshiva University in 2013 with a BA in Economics. With over three years of experience from summer internships and part time jobs, Phil has learned a great deal about managing databases and analyzing operating budgets. He hopes to use his background in business to help properly forecast The Jed Foundation’s annual budget, assist in entering the accounting data, and help sustain and improve the current database system. Phil is an avid movie and sports fan and on weekends he works at MLB.com to help ensure that the baseball games are accurately streaming on mobile devices.
 
COURTNEY KNOWLES
Director of Love is Louder
Courtney Knowles brings over a decade of experience managing both nonprofit organizations and national communication efforts to his work with The Jed Foundation. He has led awareness and social responsibility campaigns in corporate, nonprofit and agency environments for a diverse list of organizations including Outward Bound, General Electric, March of Dimes, Anheuser-Busch and The Equality in Marriage Institute. Knowles joined The Jed Foundation as Communications Director in late 2006 and managed a variety of programs for the organization including the Peabody Award-winning Half of Us campaign with mtvU. Knowles holds a BS in Communications from Florida State University.
 
DONNA SATOW
Co-Founder
Donna Satow and her family started The Jed Foundation in 2000 after the tragic loss of their youngest son, Jed, to suicide during his sophomore year of college. Donna serves as Treasurer and Secretary of The Jed Foundation and was the organization's first Executive Director. Donna is also a founding and active member of the National Council for Suicide Prevention. She and her husband, Phil, have been honored with the HOPE Award for Depression Advocacy from the Hope for Depression Research Foundation in 2012, and with the annual award of the Mental Health Association of Westchester. Prior to devoting herself full-time to The Jed Foundation, Donna was the publisher of the Columbia College alumni magazine, Columbia College Today. Donna was also a member of Community Board #8 in New York City and a member of the board of Family Dynamics. Donna received a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University and a Masters of Business from Boston University.
 
PHIL SATOW
Co-Founder and Board Chair
Phillip M. Satow and his family founded The Jed Foundation in 2000 after the loss of their son, Jed, to suicide. Phil serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of The Jed Foundation and is Co-Chair of the Research Task Force for Suicide Research Prioritization for the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention (NAASP), as well as a member of the board of directors for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Phil has also served as a member of the Executive Committee of the NAASP. Phil and his wife Donna were honored with the HOPE Award for Depression Advocacy from the Hope for Depression Research Foundation in 2012, and have received the annual award of the Mental Health Association of Westchester.
Phil is Chairman of the Board of Directors at Nutrition 21, a leader in the nutritional supplement industry, and has more than 30 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry. He was Co-founder, Chairman and CEO of JDS Pharmaceuticals, a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the psychiatry and women’s health markets. Prior to founding JDS, Phil served as Executive Vice President of Forest Laboratories, President of Forest Pharmaceuticals and as a member of the Forest Board of Directors. Before joining Forest, he served as Vice President and General Manager of the Wallace Laboratories Division of Carter–Wallace. In addition, he has held a variety of executive positions at Pfizer. Phil has also served on the public boards of directors of Crucell, Eyetech and Noven, as well as various others. Phil graduated from Columbia College and has an MA in Economics from Georgetown University.
 
Mark McLeod, Ph.D.
Senior Advisor, JED Campus Program
Dr. Mark McLeod obtained his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Emory University in 1982, at which time he was hired as the first staff member of Emory’s new Student Counseling Center. He recently retired from his position as Director of the Emory University Student Counseling Center after working there for over 30 years, serving as the Center’s Director for over 20 years. While at Emory, Dr. McLeod provided leadership in the implementation of Emory’s Mental Health Task Force which resulted in a community based effort to identify and treat faculty, staff and students who may be struggling with mental health problems. Through task force efforts, Emory became one of the first schools in the U.S. to implement a “Mental Health and Counseling Fee” for all registered students. Proceeds from the fee are used to provide first rate preventive and direct service mental health care for Emory students. Many of these fee based programs are aimed at reducing student suicides, one of Dr. McLeod’s passionate causes. Dr. McLeod was co-Director, along with Dr. Nadine Kaslow, of Emory’s Garrett Lee Smith SAMHSA suicide prevention grant. He also served as the faculty advisor for Emory’s Active Minds student group. Other professional interests include interpersonal therapy, consultation, and researching the impact of study abroad experiences on self-esteem and self-efficacy in college students.  
 
Louise Douce, Ph.D.
Senior Advisor, JED Campus Program
Louise retired in 2012 as Assistant Vice President of Student Life at The Ohio State University having supervised units dedicated to enhancing success of and removing barriers to student success. Dr. Douce is a specialist in college student mental health and has been active in college and university psychology and nationally active in the education and training issues for psychologists, social workers, psychiatrists and counselors. Dr. Douce is a pioneer in university threat assessment, chairing the OSU team for 25 years and providing crisis support for the campus.  She has published and presented in the areas of college student mental and behavioral health, career development for women, multicultural competency with a special focus on GLBT issues, supervision and training and women’s issues. Dr. Douce is active in the American psychological Association, APA, and served on the Board of Directors. 
 
Morton M. Silverman, M.D.
Senior Advisor, JED Campus Program
Morton M. Silverman, M.D., is the Senior Science Advisor to the U.S.A. Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC), and an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at The University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine. He was the Director of the Student Counseling and Resource Center at The University of Chicago from 1987-2002. From 1996-2009 he was the Editor-in-Chief of Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior. From 2002-2013 he was a member of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s (AFSP) Scientific Council. Dr. Silverman is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, and a member of the International Association for Suicide Research (IASR).  He currently is the Treasurer of the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP). He is the co-author or author of over 45 peer-reviewed publications and over 30 book chapters, and co-author of The Comprehensive Textbook of Suicidology (2000), and Adolescent Suicide: Assessment and Intervention (2006). 

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