LEAD Pittsburgh’s Leadership

Some of LEAD's Board

Board of Directors

Sheila Fine, Chair

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 have been 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.

Ann McGuinn, Vice Chair

Joanie Kamin, Secretary

Mark Laskow, Treasurer

Pam Levy, Assistant Secretary

Helene Conway-Long

Bill Garrison

Sara Kyles

Jacqui Morby

Kate Rush

Barbara Shapira

Susan Zelicoff

Margot Curran

Cynthia Ingram

Antonia Macpherson

Nikki Nordenberg

Judith Roscow

Cindy Shapira

Craig Esterly

Keith Kanel

LaVar McCline

Johanna O’Loughlin

Ruth Schachter

Joni Schwager

Advisory Committee

Dotty Beckwith

G. Nicholas Beckwith, III

Phil Gulley


LEAD Advisor Ellen Frank

Ellen Frank, PhD

Ellen Frank is Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and the former director of the Depression and Manic Depression Prevention program at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic.
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.
David Kupfer

David J. Kupfer, MD

David J. Kupfer, M.D., Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry emeritus 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.
David Lewis

David Lewis, MD

Dr. Lewis is the Thomas Detre Endowed Chair in Academic Psychiatry and Chairman, Department of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh; Director of the Translational Neuroscience Program; and Medical Director and Director of Research, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic. He also serves as Director of an NIMH Conte Center for Translational Mental Health Research, which is focused on understanding the mechanisms that link the pathology, pathophysiology, and clinical features of schizophrenia.
Claudia Roth

Claudia M. Roth, PhD

Dr. Claudia Roth was 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.


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Kathleen Moss, M.A., Executive Director

With seven years of experience in Higher Education as an undergraduate advisor, Kathleen brings counseling, programming, events, and assessment experience to her current role as Executive Director.

Kathleen is also proud to have served on the LEAD Pittsburgh Board prior to becoming Executive Director. Previous positions have included Summer Programs Administrator at Barnard College; Student Activities Advisor at Columbia University; and Academic Advisor at Duquesne University’s McAnulty College of Liberal Arts. Kathleen earned a Master of Arts in Student Personnel Administration from Columbia University, and a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education from The Pennsylvania State University.


Emma Thompson, Communications and Outreach Coordinator

Emma Thompson earned a Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies from Ohio University.  She discovered a passion for nonprofit work at a young age and is very excited to be a part of LEAD Pittsburgh.  She brings experience in event coordination, fundraising, and media to her role as Communications and Outreach Coordinator.