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
Dr. Schwartz joins The Jed Foundation as Medical Director, with over 20 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 and co-chair of the APA working group on legal issues in college mental health. Dr. Schwartz is a member 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Jenna Scott is a clinical psychologist who joins the Jed Foundation with a strong background in adolescent and young adult mental health issues. 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’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 earned her BA in Psychology from the University of Michigan and her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology.
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 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.
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.