Board of Directors
Phillip M. Satow
Chair and Co-founder, The Jed Foundation
Phil Satow is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors of JDS Therapeutics, an innovative health care company in the nutritional supplement industry. He was co-founder, chairman and CEO of JDS Pharmaceuticals LLC, which developed and marketed branded pharmaceutical products before it was acquired in 2007. Phil is the former president of Forest Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and former executive vice president and member of the Board of Directors of Forest Laboratories, Inc., its parent company. In addition to the Forest Laboratories board he was formerly a member of the Board of Directors of three other publicly traded pharmaceutical companies. Phil is also a past president of the Columbia College Alumni Association, a recipient of Columbia’s John Jay Award for distinguished professional achievement and the Alexander Hamilton Award, the highest honor paid to a member of the Columbia College community.
He co-founded The Jed Foundation in 2000 (where he currently serves as Chairman of the Board) with his wife Donna after the loss of their son Jed. Phil has subsequently been an active member of the suicide prevention community serving as a Board Member of The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and as a former Co-chairman, with the Director of the National Institute of Mental Health, of a suicide task-force which created, A Prioritized Research Agenda for Suicide Prevention: An Action Plan to Save Lives.
Head of Cloud Retail Engineering and AI, and Director of Engineering, Cloud Artificial Intelligence at Google
Dr. Kamelia Aryafar is currently the Head of Cloud Retail Engineering and AI, and Director of Engineering, Cloud Artificial Intelligence at Google. Prior to Google, Dr. Aryafar was the Executive Vice President, Chief Algorithms and Analytics Officer, and board member for Overstock.com. Dr. Kamelia Aryafar led the company’s analytics, data platform, technology, machine learning, data science, data engineering, and algorithmic product functions across the organization. Dr. Aryafar joined Overstock.com, after several years at Etsy where she worked with different product teams across several platforms to integrate analytics, machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms throughout the organization. Dr. Aryafar has served on several boards including: Overstock.com, Initiative of Analytics and Data Science Standards (IADSS), Retail Management Institute at Santa Clara University, and Women of MENA in Tech.
Partner, Maple Row Partners
After a successful career on Wall Street, Eric Blattman founded Maple Row Partners a hedge fund investing in small growth companies. Today Eric is primarily an angel investor and advisor to several startups. Additionally he has served on various boards including the King School, Shakespeare on the Sound and Norwalk Youth Basketball. He currently serves on the Columbia Baseball Advisory board. He also enjoys coaching little league baseball and basketball. Mr. Blattman graduated from Columbia University where he played both football and baseball.
Partner/Managing Director, Goldman Sachs
Alex Chi is a partner in the investment banking division of Goldman Sachs. Alex joined Goldman Sachs in New York after graduating from MIT in 1994 and spent three years across the information technology, fixed income and investment banking divisions. In 1997, he relocated to Hong Kong to work on mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity financings, privatization and restructuring assignments for clients across Asia and was instrumental in developing Goldman Sachs’ investment banking franchise in South Korea. In 2000, Alex returned to New York to join the leveraged finance group, where he spent six years structuring and executing leveraged loan and high yield debt financings for corporate and private equity clients across all industries. In 2006, he assumed his current role in the financial sponsors group where he manages the firm’s relationships with a number of private equity and related portfolio company clients. Alex was named managing director in 2006 and partner in 2012. He leads Goldman Sachs’ firm-wide recruiting efforts at MIT and co-headed for six years the firm-wide Asian Professionals Network which focuses on the recruitment, development and promotion of Asian professionals at Goldman Sachs. Alex also serves on the board of directors of JED and Korean American Community Foundation.
Molly O’Neil Frank
Molly O’Neil Frank began her career at the Triangle Theatre Company, an off-off Broadway theatre she founded in New York City. Since then she has served as a trustee of several arts and educational institutions including Plays for Living, Diller-Quaile School of Music, the Allen-Stevenson School, Signature Theatre Company, Rider University/Westminster Choir College, the Keewaydin Foundation and The Lighthouse Works. After completing seminary in 2016, Molly became a certified hospice/hospital chaplain and currently works at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. She is in discernment for ordination to the Episcopal Church. Molly graduated with a B.A. in English from Wesleyan University in 1984 and received a Masters in Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in 2016.
Mary Beth Harvey
Co-founder and Chief Wellness Officer at Friended
Mary Beth Harvey is the Co-founder and Chief Wellness Officer at Friended, a social network whose mission is to encourage authentic social interaction and empathy in one to one conversation. During her 35 year professional, volunteer, and philanthropic career, she has advocated for the rights of women, parents, and children to receive education, mental health support, and an equitable work place.
Her passion for researching and designing policies that support parents and children led her to the Families and Work Institute, where, as a founding staff member, she worked on various national, state, and local child care and education reforms and initiatives and advised several Fortune 100 Companies. Her most recent work with FWI included Mind in the Making, a national initiative that brings the science of early learning to parents, educators, and the public.
Mary Beth has consulted for the National Center for Children in Poverty at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. She now serves on the International Advisory Board of Columbia’s Global Mental Health Program. She is Past President and remains an Advisor to NYC-Parents in Action. She also created and helped launch the Davidson College Impact Fellowship, to support the college’s graduating seniors who desire a career in nonprofits that seek to make a positive impact in the world. Mary Beth graduated cum laude from Wheaton College, and holds a Master of Science in Education from Bank Street College of Education.
Co-chair, The Jed Foundation Development Committee
Chief Operating Officer, Charity Navigator
Larry Lieberman is Chief Operating Officer of Charity Navigator, a large nonprofit that has set the standards for excellence and results reporting by charities in America. Larry has a formidable background in tech and social media including key roles as a co-founder and chief operating officer of a venture-backed software developer and chief marketing officer of digital advertising pioneer SocialVibe. He previously held senior marketing and strategy positions with Comedy Central, MTV, and Time Warner. Larry earned an MBA from the Leonard Stern School of Business at New York University and a BA in economics from Union College in Schenectady New York.
Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, AIG
Karen Ling has extensive global human resources experience in the insurance, pharmaceuticals and consumer health care industries. She is a business leader whose experience includes advising boards of directors on compensation and benefits related matters, mergers and integrations, and leading the human resources activities including talent management, leadership development, compensation & benefits, and staffing for large multinational organizations. Karen is the Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at AIG and has served in this role since July 2019.
Previously, Karen served as Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Office for Allergan. Prior to that, Karen held various roles of increasing responsibility at Forest Laboratories, Inc., Merck & Co., Schering-Plough Co., and Wyeth. Before joining Wyeth, Karen was an attorney at Goldstein and Manello, P.C. in Boston. Karen earned her J.D. from Boston University School of Law and a B.A. from Yale University. Karen also is on the board of ExpandED Schools.
Vice President, Life Sciences Practice Leader at HUB International Northeast
Matthew Lippman brings to JED many years of risk management experience in the Pharmaceutical arena. Currently he serves as the Life Sciences Practice Leader at The B&G Group, and on JED’s Finance committee. His experience in insuring manufacturers of antidepressants exposed him to the mental health challenges that our country is faced with and was compelled to get involved. Matthew joined JED’s board of directors in 2013, the same year he became a father. He is inspired by watching his son, Spencer, grow and conquer experiences that frighten him at first such as karate and swimming. He is a world traveler, avid yogi, and practices mindfulness.
CEO, Super Long Play Productions
Acting CEO, Style for Hire
Stacy London is one of America’s foremost style experts. She is best known as the co-host of TLC’s iconic show, “What Not to Wear” for 10 years, and following that success she hosted 3 seasons of “Love Lust or Run” which she also executive produced. She has been a style contributor for Access Hollywood, Access Hollywood Live! and Rachael Ray’s syndicated talk show creating many memorable segments. Prior to her career in television, she started work at VOGUE Magazine as a fashion assistant and later returned to Conde Nast as a fashion editor at MADEMOISELLE. Her first book, which concentrated on style by body type, entitled Dress Your Best, was published to stellar reviews. Her follow up second book, both a memoir and a style guide, The Truth About Style, was a New York Times bestseller.
Stacy also sits on the National Board of Directors for the non-profits Glam4Good and The Jed Foundation, and is on the Advisory board of The Li.st and of The Library, a human and environmental sustainability organization. She contributes time to charities including Step Up!, the American Cancer Society, The Center, and as many animal charities as possible. Stacy also funds the fashion program for teens at Pioneer Works. Born and raised in New York City, Stacy is currently at work on a new book about style and aging.
Chairman, Elsworthy Capital Management, Ltd.
Marc Mazur is a senior advisor with Brightwood Capital Partners, and has had executive roles with Goldman Sachs, Brevan Howard and WebMD. He serves and has served on numerous boards, both public and private in the healthcare and financial services fields. His non-profit focus has been with organizations in the mental health, inner city education and substance abuse and rehabilitation fields. Marc serves on the boards of The JED Foundation, College Track and NADAP. He has a BA from Columbia College and a JD from Villanova Law School.
Chief Commercial Officer, Allergan
Bill Meury is the Chief Commercial Officer at Allergan, plc and has served in this role since May 2016. Bill previously served as President, Branded Pharma from March 2015 to May 2016. He joined the Company in July 2014 as Executive Vice President, Commercial, North American Brands. He has significant experience in launching and commercializing healthcare products. Prior to joining Allergan, Bill served as Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing at Forest Laboratories, Inc. He joined Forest in 1993 and held multiple roles of increasing responsibility in Marketing, New Products, Business Development, and Sales.
Before joining Forest, he worked in public accounting for Reznick Fedder & Silverman and in financial reporting for MCI Communications. Bill is currently on the Board of Directors of several organizations, including The Jed Foundation, International Council of Ophthalmology Foundation, and The Allergan Foundation. Bill earned his bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Maryland.
Rhonda R. Mims
Executive Vice President and Chief Public Affairs Officer, WellCare Health Plans, Inc.
Rhonda Mims is a Senior Executive, Strategic Adviser, and Reputation Management expert recognized for creating environments where change is successful in M&A integration, philanthropy, and multicultural efforts. She has led executive, strategic, and cyber security communications, change management for high profile companies, and diffused issues posing significant reputational, client, and revenue risk. Ms. Mims global perspective, ability to anticipate and navigate critical inflection points, and expertise delivering complex messages to broad audiences are hallmarks of her career.
Previously, Ms. Mims she served as the Managing Director of Corporate Social Responsibility at Paul Hastings, LLP a global law firm and one of the largest in the U.S. serving a diverse client base including many top financial institutions and Fortune 500 companies. Additionally, she led the ING Foundation as president for over 10 years.
Global Head of Technology, Morgan Stanley
As Global Head of Technology at Morgan Stanley, Rooney oversees the firm’s strategic use of technology to augment the company’s services. Prior to his current role, Rooney was CEO of Morgan Stanley and International Head of EMEA. Between May 2013 and January 2016, Rooney served as the Firm’s Global Co-Head of Fixed Income Sales and Trading.
Rooney joined Morgan Stanley in 1990 and moved to London in 1993. He was elected Managing Director in 2001. He serves on Morgan Stanley’s Operating and Management Committees. In addition, Rooney is currently Chair of the US-UK Business Council and serves on the Board of Visitors for Columbia College. He received the John Jay Award in 2018, an honor given to distinguished Columbia College alumni. Rooney graduated from Columbia University in 1989 with a BA in Mathematics and History.
Chair, The Jed Foundation Nominating Committee
Partner, Apollo Global Management
Stuart Rothstein is a partner and the Chief Operating Officer of Apollo’s global real estate business. Stuart is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the group as well as strategic planning and new business development. He also is the CEO, President and a member of the Board of Directors of Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance, Inc. (NYSE:ARI), a publicly traded real estate investment trust managed by an affiliate of Apollo. Stuart graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a B.S. in Accounting and received an M.B.A. from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
Patricia R. Sacks
Co-chair, The Jed Foundation Development Committee
Patricia Sacks’ professional experience includes a background in both securities sales and marketing. She began as a sales professional at Merrill Lynch in Denver. After receiving an MBA from the Stern School of Business, she joined the corporate treasury department of IBM, soon moving to Wall Street to lead the marketing effort for a major investment bank. Patty left IBM in the mid-90s to raise a family. In 2013, she received an MSW from Columbia University. She joined the counseling office of the Storefront Academy School in East Harlem and has been there until end of the school year of 2018, when the school closed.
In the early 90s, she began work on non-profit boards. Patty led the board of the Diller-Quaile School of Music for 10 years, completing the largest capital campaign and building project in the school’s history. She became President of the board of the Mt. Sinai Adolescent Health Center in 2005. Currently, she chairs their development effort. Patty and her husband, Doug, have been active for 10 years in the President’s Leadership counsel of the Dartmouth College. Patty has been married to Doug Sacks for 31 years and they have three daughters. They live in Manhattan with their two dogs.
Senior Executive Vice President of Human Resources, AT&T Inc
Angela Santone oversees AT&T’s global human resources strategy, which supports employees across four business units around the world. She leads a team of HR experts who are rethinking talent development practices, total rewards and benefits programs, and culture initiatives to engage employees of an evolving modern media company.
Santone was appointed to this role after serving as Chief Administrative Officer for AT&T, where she managed initiatives tied to the Office of the Chairman and the Board of Directors. She was previously Executive Vice President and Global Chief Human Resources Officer for Turner, where she led a global HR strategy aligned to Turner’s portfolio of brands and businesses – and developed and engaged top talent around the world.
Julie Satow is an award-winning journalist and the author of the upcoming book, The Plaza: The Untold Story of America’s Most Legendary Hotel, to be published next year by Twelve, an imprint of Hachette. A regular contributor to the New York Times, her work has also appeared on National Public Radio, the Daily Beast, the Huffington Post, and elsewhere. Her essay, “Under the House” was published in the anthology Modern Loss: A Candid Conversation About Grief. A native New Yorker, she lives in the West Village with her husband and two children.
Michael S. Satow
President & CEO, JDS Therapeutics/Nutrition 21 LLC
Michael Satow is co-founder, President and CEO of JDS Therapeutics and Nutrition 21, which develop and market proprietary, natural compounds for use as ingredients in food and supplements and as drugs. Previously, he was co-founder, President and Chief Operating Officer of JDS Pharmaceutical, CEO of Mirror Worlds Technologies, founder and CEO of MarketXT, and practiced as a lawyer in both private practice and the federal government. Michael received a B.A. in political science from Columbia College in 1988 and a J.D. from Georgetown University in 1992.
Sarah Long Solomon
Sarah Long is a director and producer. Sarah received her B.A. from Yale College and her M.F.A. from Yale School of Drama. After a twenty-year career as an actress on television and the stage, she now focuses her efforts on the advancement of the arts and increased advocacy for mental health causes. In addition to her work with JED, Sarah raises funds for medical research fellowships in brain sciences at Columbia University, and is currently the Chairman of the Bedford Playhouse, and Vice Chair of the New 42nd Street, where she co-founded the New Vic Council.
Lynn O’Connor Vos
President and CEO, Muscular Dystrophy Association
Lynn Vos is the President and CEO of the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), dedicated to transforming the lives of people with neuromuscular disease through innovations in science and innovations in care. Lynn has a hands-on appreciation for patient care, and she has considerable executive experience and expertise in the fields of pharmacology, medical and clinical education, technology, and digital marketing. Prior to her arrival at MDA, Lynn was the CEO of ghg | greyhealth group for nearly 23 years and is credited with creating, building and acquiring companies — specifically, nine acquisitions — to grow ghg’s global footprint.
While at ghg, Vos led global expansion and diversification strategies and within two years grew the company from a small, domestic professional player into an award-winning global enterprise with fully integrated, multi-channel offerings. She is a recognized thought leader in the industry with published white papers and articles outlining new, successful approaches to health care technology and communication. Lynn is currently on the boards of The Jed Foundation and OptimizeRx (OTC: OPRX). She was a founding board member of both The Jed Foundation and the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF).
Richard Madris, Esq., Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP