LEAD Pittsburgh Welcomes New Leaders

October  2015 (Pittsburgh, PA) LEAD Pittsburgh is pleased to welcome four new Directors to their Board, and one new Advisor–each bringing experience which will strengthen LEAD’s efforts in advocating for education and awareness of depression as a common, treatable medical condition. 

New Advisor, Dr. David Lewis, is the UPMC Endowed Professor in Translational Neuroscience 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 the Neuroscience of Mental Disorders, which is focused on understanding the role of prefrontal cortical dysfunction in the pathophysiology of schizophrenia. He received his medical degree from The Ohio State University, completed residencies in internal medicine and in psychiatry at the University of Iowa, and received his research training at the Research Institute of the Scripps Clinic. Dr. Lewis has published over 320 scientific articles. He has received NIMH Senior Scientist and MERIT Awards, a Distinguished Investigator Award from NARSAD and is a Fellow in both the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology and the American College of Psychiatrists. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and serves on the National Advisory Mental Health Council. He is also a Deputy Editor of The American Journal of Psychiatry and of Neurobiology of Disease. Recognition of Dr. Lewis’ research accomplishments has included the Lieber Prize for Schizophrenia Research from NARSAD, the William K. Warren Award from the International Congress of Schizophrenia Research, the Stanley Dean Research Award from the American College of Psychiatrists, and the APIRE/Kempf award for mentorship from the American Psychiatric Association.

LEAD’s new Directors include Margot Curran, Bill Garrison, Kate Rush and Susan Zelicoff.

Margot Curran is a very active volunteer in her community.  She is a member of the Women’s Committee of the Carnegie Museum of Art; the GCAC (Garden Club of Allegheny County); served on the Board of the SCGC (Sewickley Civic Garden Council) from 2011-2014; taught religious education at St. James from 2004-2014; volunteers at the Center for Hope and Meals on Wheels; has been captain of her paddle tennis team and is involved with Sewickley Academy, where her three children have attended.  Also, she is an independent clothing consultant for the Carlisle/Per Se Collections.  

Bill Garrison has been in the advertising industry for more than 25 years as a copywriter, Creative Director and now Partner of his own agency. His award-winning work for local, regional and national clients was recognized in 2006 when he was inducted into the Pittsburgh Advertising Federation’s Hall of Achievement. He has worked for both large and small agencies, including Ketchum Advertising/Pittsburgh, Blattner Brunner Advertising, and Werner Chepelsky & Partners/Mullen Advertising.

In 2003, he and David Hughes set out on their own and started Garrison Hughes Advertising. For the past 12 years, they’ve grown their 2-person shop into one of the city’s Top 10 agencies, with 50 employees, 2 offices and a roster of clients that includes The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh, Reed Smith, Calgon Carbon, UPMC, Heinz History Center, PPG, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Federated Investors, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, The Pittsburgh Foundation and more. Their work has been recognized in the Communication Arts Advertising Annual and The One Show Book. They were named Obie Award finalists for excellence in outdoor advertising, and were Kelly Award finalists for creating one of the 25 best magazine campaigns in the country for Zippo Lighters. Bill has also received more than 100 Pittsburgh Addy Awards, including three Best Of Show honors and numerous regional and national Addys. He was on the board of The Pittsburgh International Children’s Theater during its strategic transition to The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. Bill is also a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, Class of ’85.

Kate Rush currently works at PNC Bank in technology infrastructure in the Testing Center of Excellence where she improves PNC’s testing processes and standardizes best practices across the organization.  Kate has superior analytical, quantitative and organizational skills honed over years with Bank of America in Charlotte, NC where she was the Global Relationship Manager for Consumer Bank and End User Compute P/L Manager.  Kate earned certification in a Technology Development Program from the University of Virginia Darden School of Business, and graduated Cum Laude from Davidson College with a Bachelor of Arts in Art History.  Kate has been active in the Junior League of Pittsburgh and Charlotte; Bank of America Women in Technology & Operations; LEAD for Women; National Center for Women and Information Technology; Young Affiliates of the Mint Museum; and the Charlotte Arts and Science Council. 

Susan Zelicoff is the Director of External Relations for Carnegie Mellon University’s Entertainment Technology Center. Her business development efforts generate sponsors of real world challenges that interdisciplinary teams of masters degree students tackle in educational projects in order to develop skills applicable to a wide variety of entertainment and other industries.  Susan has over twenty years in marketing, business development, commercialization and strategic planning in technology arenas. Leveraging a B.S. degree in chemistry and an M.B.A. in marketing, she has launched new products, technologies, international territories and entire businesses during her employment at companies such as Air Products & Chemicals, Bayer Corporation, ElastomerSolutions.com and Etimine USA. She has also led or consulted to start-up entities frequently during her career.  Most recently, she was president and CEO of Milly Products LLC, a consumer medical device start-up company.  An active supporter since its inception, Susan serves on the Board of the Pittsburgh Glass Center, a comprehensive glass art studio dedicated to teaching, creating and promoting glass art.

LEAD Pittsburgh is proud to welcome all, and thanks them for their dedication to behavioral health in our community.