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ADVOCACY & PARTNERS

Board and Advisors

LEAD Pittsburgh: Board of Directors, 2012

  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, and serves as a board member of LEAD Pittsburgh, the Children's Institute, the Jewish Women's Foundation, the Eye and Ear Foundation, the Pittsburgh Opera, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Behavior Health Board, Community Care Behavioral Health, the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, and the Joint Patient Care Committee of UPMC/Shadyside Hospital.

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.

Helene Conway-Long: Helene brings her extensive professional experience in strategic planning, fund raising, marketing and communications to her position as a member of the Board of LEAD Pittsburgh. She is currently the Vice President of Institutional Advancement for The Children's Institute of Pittsburgh.


W. Craig Esterly:   Craig  is the founder of SD Asset Group, LLC, a holding company for various design and engineering firms.   A professional engineer, Craig has  extensive experience in the world of business,  managing a start-up, or in a transitional management position with turn around.    He is also an active volunteer, and concerned about the needs of   those with behavioral health problems.

Arnie Gefsky, Esq. : Founding partner of Gefsky and Lehman, serves on the UPMC Board where he co-chairs the Patient Care Committee for Presbyterian and Shadyside Hospitals.

Phil Gulley, Ph.D.: Secretary, LEAD Pittsburgh Board:

Mr. Gulley serves as a member of the Board, Staunton Farm Foundation. Phil currently devotes considerable hours to teaching  at Therapeutic Parents’ and Children’s Center for severely abused pre-school aged kids and their families. He has served as the Dean of Students at St. Mary’s College of Maryland,  and as Director of Educational and Consulting  Services  The Center for Quality of Management in Cambridge, MA.

Cindy Ingram: Real estate broker and sales associate for Coldwell Banker for over 30 years. Cindy is active in the Pittsburgh community, and is committed to the cause of mental health wellness.

Joanie Kamin: Ass’t Secretary, LEAD Pittsburgh Board

Joanie is active on many community boards. She has served as the Chair of the Board for the Center of Excellence for Autism Research at the University of Pittsburgh, and has served on the Boards of Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Jewish Residential Services, University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Small Business Owners, is on the Advisory Board of Gilda’s Club, and was Vice President for the Women’s Committee of the Carnegie Museum of Art.  Joanie has also been an Instructor in Art at Point Park University.

Mark Laskow, Esq: Treasurer,  LEAD Pittsburgh Board

  An independent investment advisor to  families and institutions with Greycourt & Company, Inc.   Mark has served as  Vice President and a Director of The Hillman Company.  Mark is President of the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission, Chair of the Shadyside Hospital Foundation and a Vice Chair of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Chair of its Information Technology and Audit Committees. He is a graduate of The Hill School, the University of Pennsylvania and the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Law.

Pam Levy:  Pam is a graduate nurse with professional experience in obstetrics.  Currently an active community volunteer, Pam serves organizations such as Planned Parenthood, Children’s Hospital and is very active in the Crohns and Colitis Foundation.   She is concerned about the needs of individuals and families with behavioral health problems, and has recently joined the Board of LEAD Pittsburgh.

Sibby McCrady:    Sibby is a professional and a community volunteer.   She has extensive experience with non-profit organizations, fund raising and strategic planning.   As a professional, she served as Career Planning and Placement Officer for the Bradford School. She has served as Planned Giving Coordinator for the Western Pennsylvania Conversancy and Trustee Representative for the Shore Fund; she is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Frick Art and Historical Museum.   Sibby served as Chair of the Nominating Committee for Magee Women's Hospital and is currently Vice President of the Executive Committee for The Carnegie Hero Commission and an Advisory Member of the Women's Committee of Carnegie Museum of Art. She holds a Masters of Public Management from Carnegie Mellon University .

Ann McGuinn: Vice Chair of the LEAD Pittsburgh Board

Ann is an active community leader who shares her expertise in public relations, marketing and philanthropy with a number of Pittsburgh organizations. She served on the Boards of The Pittsburgh Symphony, was Chair of the Board of The Children’s Institute, is a Director on the Board of The Andy Warhol Museum.  With her husband, she co-founded The McGuinn Family Foundation.

Jacqui Morby:  Jacqui, a successful  venture investor,   served as a  Senior Director at TA Associates, focusing on software industry businesses. She has served as a member of the Board of Directors of several companies, including ANSYS, J&B Software, Boron LePore & Associates, Ecometry Corporation, HVL, Ontrack Data International, Sierra On-Line and System Software Associates. She is a graduate of Stanford University and Simmons Graduate School of Management.  She is a founding member of the Cure Alzheimers Fund.   She  has served on many boards, including,  Andy Warhol Museum,  Simmons College, is a  member of the Committee of 200 and the International Women’s Forum.

Nikki Nordenberg, PhD, Co-Chair, LEAD Pittsburgh Board:   Nikki, a psychologist,  has demonstrated a life time of concern for the needs of those with depression.   She is active in the Pittsburgh community, and   established the Career Services Center of the Allegheny County Bar Association.

Johanna O’Loughlin, Esq:  Johanna is an attorney with Reed Smith.  From 1996 through 2008 she served as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Equitable Resources, Inc. and  was responsible for all legal and regulatory affairs.   She is an active member of the Pittsburgh community.

Judy Roscow:    Retired fundraiser for United Jewish Federation, community volunteer serving as board member for Jewish Residential Services, City Theatre, Gilda’s Club. Co founder and former co-chair of the Jewish Women’s Foundation of Greater Pittsburgh, an independent foundation that provides women the opportunity to direct their personal philanthropy and enhances the lives of women and girls in the Jewish and general communities.

 Ruth Schachter:   Ruth is  a speech and language pathologist.  She has served in leadership roles in numerous organizations in Pittsburgh for the last 35 years. She was President of the Jewish Community Center from 1990 to 1993.

Joni S. Schwager, MSW, LSW:  Joni currently serves as the Executive Director of Staunton Farms Foundation, which promotes behavioral health for the citizens of southwestern Pennsylvania.  Joni is also an active community volunteer.

Barbara Shapira, MSW & LCSW: Barbara serves as a psychotherapist in private practice, and serves as the  President of the Board of the Jewish University Center.

Cynthia D. Shapira:  Cynthia is an active community volunteer and serves on the Boards of The Children’s Institute, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, United Way of Allegheny County, Jewish Federation of Pittsburgh, National Council of Jewish Women Pittsburgh Section, Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh, Jewish Residential Services and is the Co Chair of the Committee of 100 for the Pittsburgh Promise.

Walter Howard Smith, Jr., PhD.:  Walter has recently taken on the position as Manager, Integrated Programs, Department of Human Services, Allegheny County.  A  professional psychologist, Walter has  extensive experience in direct service positions as well a administrative positions.  He has served as the Executive Director of Family Resources, an organization dedicated to strengthening families and neighborhoods to prevent and treat child abuse.

STAFF:

Antonia Macpherson

Executive Director LEAD Pittsburgh

Antonia Macpherson became the Executive Director of LEAD Pittsburgh in January of 2010.  She brings over 35 years of professional experience as a psychologist and as an entrepreneur to the position.  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.  

 


ADVISORS

David Kupfer

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

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

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 Holder

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.


Lila Decker

Lila Decker

Lila Decker, Sr., Patient Services Coordinator, Office of the President, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, came to Pittsburgh in 1973 as an Administrative Assistant to Dr. Thomas Detre, Chairman of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh.  She has been involved extensively in the field of psychiatry for 20 years.  Her work, which involves personally ushering patients through the treatment process, gives her an intimate knowledge of the medical and social services systems, and allows her to coordinate and facilitate necessary medical services on a one-to-one basis for many UPMC patients. 

Ms. Decker received her RN at Methodist Kahler School of Nursing in Rochester, Minnesota, and worked on a variety of research projects at Yale University before coming to live and work in Pittsburgh.