ADVOCACY & PARTNERS
Board and Advisors
LEAD Pittsburgh: Board of Directors, 2015
Sheila Reicher Fine
Chair, Board of Directors LEAD Pittsburgh
Sheila Fine is the principal founder of LEAD Pittsburgh. Her interest in depression piqued after reading an article in the Wall Street Journal concerning the suicide of a successful, well-connected businessman. Sheila wanted answers as to why this tragedy could not be prevented and sought knowledge of the pervasiveness of depression — touching all individuals in all aspects of society. Thus, LEAD evolved as a response to Sheila's exploration of depression: prevention, causes, and treatments. Her search for answers and the work of the LEAD Pittsburgh team amply illustrates how progress toward the goal of eliminating the stigma attached to depression and removing barriers to improve access to quality treatment requires communitywide involvement and fundamental systemic changes.
Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Ms. Fine has been a volunteer and
activist since her teen years. Today, she remains an active participant
and member of numerous organizations, serving as a board member of LEAD
Pittsburgh; Associate Member of the Board of Directors of the Children's
Institute; the Jewish Women's Foundation; the University of Pittsburgh
Medical Center Behavior Health Board; Community Care Behavioral Health;
the Joint Patient Care Committee of UPMC/Shadyside Hospital; the Board
of Visitors, University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work; the
University of Pittsburgh Institute of Politics; and the United Way, Town
of Palm Beach, Florida.
W. Craig Esterly:
Phil Gulley, Ph.D.:
Joanie Kamin: Secretary
of the Board, LEAD Pittsburgh Board
Mark Laskow, Esq: Treasurer, LEAD Pittsburgh Board
Pam Levy: Assistant secretary of
Ann McGuinn: Vice Chair of the LEAD Pittsburgh Board
Nikki Nordenberg, PhD
Johanna O’Loughlin, Esq:
Joni S. Schwager, MSW, LSW:
Barbara Shapira, MSW & LCSW:
Cynthia D. Shapira:
kathleen Moss: Executive Director LEAD Pittsburgh
David J. Kupfer, M.D.
David J. Kupfer, M.D., Thomas Detre Professor of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, received his bachelor’s (magna cum laude) and M.D. degrees from Yale University. Following completion of an internship, Dr. Kupfer continued his postgraduate clinical and research training at the Yale New Haven Hospital and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). In 1970, he was appointed Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Kupfer joined the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh in 1973 as Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Director of Research and Research Training at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic. He was promoted to Professor of Psychiatry in 1975.
Between 1983 and 2009, Dr. Kupfer served as Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and Director of Research at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic. During that time, he facilitated the coordination and expansion of investigations among the department's 200 faculty. He promoted widespread collaborations between clinical investigators in psychiatry and those in the basic neurosciences. These studies are not limited to depression and other mood disorders, but encompass virtually every psychiatric disorder and every age group, from infants to the "oldest old." Under Dr. Kupfer's direction, WPIC has become one of the nation's preeminent university-based psychiatric research centers as evidenced by the quality and number of publications as well as the amount of peer-reviewed federal funding for mental health research. A prolific writer, Dr. Kupfer has authored or co-authored a combination of more than 973 articles, books, and book chapters. Dr. Kupfer's own research has focused primarily on long-term treatment strategies for recurrent mood disorders, the pathogenesis of depression, and the relationship between biomarkers and depression.
In recognition of his contributions to the field, Dr. Kupfer has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors including the A.E. Bennett Research Award in Clinical Science (1975), the Anna-Monika Foundation Prize (1977), the Daniel H. Efron Award (1979), the Twenty-Sixth Annual Award of the Institute of Pennsylvania Hospital in Memory of Edward A. Strecker,M.D. (1989), the William R. McAlpin, Jr, Research Achievement Award (1990), the 1993 American Psychiatric Association Award for Research in Psychiatry, the First Isaac Ray Decade of Excellence Award (1994), the Twelfth Annual Edward J. Sachar Award (1996), the 1996 Gerald L. Klerman Lifetime Research Award (jointly with Dr. Ellen Frank), the Institute of Medicine’s 1998 Rhoda and Bernard Sarnat International Prize in Mental Health, and the American Psychopathological Association’s 1999 Joseph Zubin Award (jointly with Dr. Ellen Frank), and the 2009 C. Charles Burlingame Award. Dr. Kupfer was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in 1990. He is the Founding President of the International Society of Bipolar Disorders. Dr. Kupfer chairs the American Psychiatric Association Task Force for DSM-5.
Claudia Roth, Ph.D.
Dr. Claudia Roth is President of Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic and Vice President of UPMC Behavioral Health. Her background is steeped in psychiatry and psychology studies. She has been involved with Services for Teens at Risk (STAR), child and adolescent psychiatry and has published many articles.
Dr. Roth serves as Director of the American Red Cross in Pittsburgh, the President of Mon Yough Community MH/MR Services and Director of the National Association for the Mentally Ill in Pittsburgh.
Ellen Frank, Ph.D.
Dr. Ellen Frank is Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Director of the Depression and Manic Depression Prevention Program at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic.
Under a MERIT Award grant from the National Institute of Mental Health, Dr. Frank found that Interpersonal and Social Rhythm Therapy, a psychotherapy she and her colleagues developed for the treatment of bipolar disorder, was efficacious in the prevention of manic and depressive recurrence. Currently, she is conducting a joint study with researchers at the University of Pisa, Italy, aimed at deriving algorithms that will enable clinicians to determine whether a given depressed patient should be treated with medication or psychotherapy.
An expert in mood disorders and their treatment, Dr. Frank was a member of the American Psychiatric Association Task Force on DSM-IV and was Chair of the Food and Drug Administration Psychopharmacologic Drugs Advisory Panel. Dr. Frank is also a former member of the National Advisory Mental Health Council and the National Institutes of Health Panel on Scientific Boundaries for Review. She is an Honorary Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. In 1999, Dr. Frank was elected to the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine.
Diane P. Holder
Diane P. Holder is the President of the UPMC Insurance Services Division and President of the UPMC Health Plan. The Insurance Services Division includes the UPMC Health Plan, UPMC Health Benefits, UMPC Health Network, UPMC for You and Community Care Behavioral Health Organization. These health benefits companies, located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, manage benefits for over 700,000 commercial, Medicaid, Medicare, Medicare +Choice and behavioral health programs.
Ms. Holder has held a number of leadership positions in the health care arena. Most recently, she served as President of UPMC Behavioral Health and Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, one of the largest and most distinguished psychiatric clinical and research centers in the nation. She was also the founding Chief Executive Officer and Chair of the Board of Community Care Behavioral Health, which is one of the largest academically affiliated, behavioral health managed care organizations in the country.
Ms. Holder is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and has participated in several federally funded grant initiatives. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and her master’s degree from Columbia University, with additional postgraduate training at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health.
Dotty Beckwith: In addition to LEAD, she is involved with The Beckwith Institute for Innovation in Patient Care, The Center for Integrated Medicine, and with environmental organizations.
Executive Director LEAD Pittsburgh
Antonia Macpherson was the Executive Director of LEAD Pittsburgh from
January of 2010- June, 2015. Toni is a licensed clinical psychologist in Pennsylvania, having completed her graduate training and received her Master’s degree at the University of Pittsburgh. She was a staff psychologist at Mercy Hospital for more than five years working as part of a medical team determining diagnosis and treatment plans.
In 1981 Toni co-founded a consulting firm, OPTIONS, Experts in Disability Management; the firm worked with employers and provided case management services for individuals who suffered catastrophic injuries. The firm grew to provide medical and vocational case management services and expert testimony in legal cases involving trauma and wage earning capacity across the eastern United States. In 1993 OPTIONS developed a proprietary software, RePrice™ to calculate the correct reimbursement for medical services provided under property and casualty and auto insurance coverage across all 50 states.
In 1998 OPTIONS, which had a staff of 250 operating out of nine regional offices, was acquired by National Healthcare Resources. NHR was subsequently acquired by Concentra and is still operating today.
Since the sale of OPTIONS, Toni has been involved in a variety of projects and serves on the boards of Coro Center for Civic Leadership, Gateway Rehabilitation Center, Community Organization on Organ Transplantation, and LEAD Pittsburgh.