National Advisory Board
*Not all board members are present.
The National Advisory Board assists Depression Center leadership in achieving and monitoring its mission and goals. The Board consists of local, national, and internationally recognized leaders with demonstrated expertise in the areas of education, research, public policy, health care delivery, corporate partnering, and philanthropy.
|Daniel E. Atkins, Ph.D.
Kellogg Professor of Community Information
University of Michigan
Daniel E. Atkins is the Kellogg Professor of Community Information in the School of Information and is a professor in the Division of Computer Science and Engineering in the College of Engineering. He is also coordinator of the Community Informatics specialization within the SI Master of Science in Information program.
Dr. Atkins also serves part-time as U-M associate vice president for research, cyberinfrastructure, a position which reports to the Office of the Vice President for Research and the Office of the Provost.
From June 1, 2006 to June 30, 2008, he served as director of the Office of Cyberinfrastructure at the National Science Foundation in Washington, D.C., while on leave from the University of Michigan.
Dr. Atkins began his research career in the area of computer architecture and did pioneering work in parallel computer architecture and high-speed computer arithmetic that is widely used in modern processor chips. He also conducts research and teaching in the area of distributed knowledge communities and open learning resources. He has directed several large experimental digital library projects as well as projects to explore the socio-technical design and application of "collaboratories" for scientific research.
Dr. Atkins served as chair of the National Science Foundation Advisory Panel on Cyberinfrastructure. The panel issued a landmark report in February 2003 recommending a major Advanced Cyberinfrastructure Program intended to revolutionize science and engineering research and education. The report catalyzed new priorities and the new Office of Cyberinfrastructure at the NSF.
Among his many distinctions, Dr. Atkins was the 2008 winner of the Paul Evan Peters Award from the Coalition of Networked Information, Association of Research Libraries, and EDUCAUSE. The award recognizes notable, lasting achievements in the creation and innovative use of information resources and services that advance scholarship and intellectual productivity through communication networks.
|Joshua G. Berman, J.D.
Partner, Katten Muchin Rosenman, LLP
Joshua Berman is a partner at the national law firm of Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, where he specializes in health care law, government investigations, criminal defense, and complex litigation. He represents hospitals, health systems, nonprofit organizations, physician groups, insurance companies, device, and pharmaceutical companies, senior officers, directors and executives, and other corporate entities in a variety of matters nationwide. Mr. Berman is one of the national leaders of the firm’s White Collar and Government Investigations practice.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Berman spent seven years as a federal prosecutor in New York City and Washington, D.C. In that capacity, Mr. Berman investigated, prosecuted, and tried cases relating to health care fraud, white collar crime, securities and bank fraud, public corruption, anti-piracy and copyright infringement, racketeering, cybercrime, espionage, counter-terrorism, and organized and violent crime. Mr. Berman was on an elite team of prosecutors that investigated and prosecuted al Qaeda members and their associates overseas and within the United States. In 2001, Mr. Berman served as Associate Investigative Counsel on the Webster Commission, leading one of the teams that reviewed the FBI’s national security and counterintelligence programs in the wake of FBI Special Agent Robert Hanssen’s espionage.
Mr. Berman is a frequent speaker and author. He has served as an adjunct professor of law at Columbia Law School, Georgetown University, American University, The George Washington University, The Catholic University of America, and Cardozo Law School, where he taught courses on white collar crime, federal prosecutions and cybercrime. Mr. Berman regularly provides legal insight to the media on numerous topics, including sensitive health care and government investigation matters. Some of his recent media appearances include The New York Times, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, CNN, Good Morning America, Nightline, CNBC , TIME and USA Today.
Mr. Berman has been actively involved in advocacy and efforts on behalf of health organizations, including the Children's Brain Tumor Foundation (New York) and Cure Autism Now (Washington, D.C.).
Mr. Berman received his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School, magna cum laude, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif, and an editor on the Michigan Law Review. He received his B.A. from Cornell University, where he graduated magna cum laude.
Author and Mental Health Advocate
Kathy Cronkite is a popular writer, journalist, and public speaker. As one of the millions who suffer from clinical depression, she has become a tireless champion for mental health. As an advocate, Ms. Cronkite delivers a clear message: Depression must be accepted as a treatable medical condition in order to combat the stigma surrounding it.
Her book On the Edge of Darkness: Conversations About Conquering Depression (Doubleday, 1994) has received wide acclaim for its informative and eloquent treatment of mental illness. In writing the book, Ms. Cronkite interviewed celebrities who suffered from depression, including Mike Wallace, Joan Rivers, Dick Clark, Kitty Dukakis, Rod Steiger, Rona Barrett, Jules Feiffer, John Kenneth Galbraith, and William Styron. Combined with interviews with well-known researchers of mental illness, these celebrity conversations cast a penetrating light on the myths and stigma that surround mental illness.
Her knowledge and work are well respected by mental health professionals. Honored by the Texas Psychological Association for outstanding public contribution to psychology in 1999, Ms. Cronkite has spoken around the country and has appeared many times on television and radio. Her appearance on the TODAY show prompted over 12,000 calls in three hours to the 800 number of the National Institute of Mental Health, on whose advisory board she served. Ms. Cronkite also worked on the Communications Workgroup and the Bridging Science and Services Workgroup. Ms. Cronkite was presented with the William Styron Award by the National Mental Health Association. This award is presented to a prominent American who has managed a mental illness and helped others through their openness and outspoken advocacy. She was also the recipient of the Media Award from the Mental Health Association of Austin in 1987 and 1996.
President, D2 Strategies
Debbie Dingell is the President of D2 Strategies as well as Chair of the Manufacturing Initiative of the American Automotive Policy Council. She is an active civic and community leader in both Michigan and Washington, D.C., and a recognized national advocate for women and children. SIn her 30-plus-year career at General Motors, she served as a senior executive and headed the GM Foundation and public affairs. Mrs. Dingell has both a B.S.F.S. in Foreign Service and an M.S. in Liberal Studies from Georgetown University.
Mrs. Dingell is also a national Democratic strategist, a member of the Democratic National Committee, and has chaired numerous political campaigns. She chairs several boards, initiatives and committees and sits on numerous cultural, health, social services and civic boards in both Michigan and Washington, D.C. Much of her work focuses on ethical issues and social responsibility as it relates to government and business.
As a respected bipartisan voice, she is a regular contributor to the Fox News Channel and MSNBC, co-hosts AM I Right on the Detroit Public Television station, and is a regular roundtable Panel participant on Detroit’s WDIV’s Flashpoint as well as several other media programs in Michigan and Washington, D.C. She is included in Washingtonian’s 2009 100 most influential women in Washington, D.C. and Detroit Crain’s listing of the 100 most influential women in Michigan.
Mrs. Dingell is married to Congressman John D. Dingell of Michigan.
|Kenneth Duckworth, M.D.
Medical Director, National Alliance on Mental Illness
Ken Duckworth, M.D. is the Medical Director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness as well as Medical Director of Vinfen Corporation, a non-profit human services organization headquartered in Cambridge, MA. He is triple board certified in adult, child and adolescent, and forensic psychiatry, and is an assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Duckworth has held many positions in clinical and leadership roles, including serving as the Medical Director and then Acting Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health and, before that, as Medical Director of Massachusetts Mental Health Center for five years. While State Medical Director, Dr. Duckworth worked to reduce restraint and seclusion in Massachusetts hospitals, implemented a clinical approach to the medication cost challenge at Mass Health, and also supervised the first study on early mortality of public mental health clients. This last endeavor led him to develop the nationally acclaimed NAMI educational program, Hearts and Minds, promoting lifestyle changes to help reduce risks of type II diabetes, heart disease and related conditions. He recently co-authored NAMI’s 2006 state-by-state mental health system analysis, Grading the States.
Dr. Duckworth is a member of the National Coordinating Council, Standards for Bipolar Excellence (STABLE) Project; Steering Committee, NIMH Bipolar Disorder Trials Network; and the national board of the American Association of Community Psychiatrists. A Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, Dr. Duckworth teaches at Harvard Medical School and Boston University School of Public Health. He has received numerous awards and honors for clinical excellence and has written papers on a variety of psychiatric issues.
President, Kenwal Steel
Stephen Eisenberg is the president of his family’s company, Kenwal Steel, headquartered in Dearborn, Michigan. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and New York University, earning a degree in liberal arts and an MBA in finance. Mr. Eisenberg is highly respected as a philanthropic leader in the Detroit community and the surrounding suburbs. He has championed many causes in the arts, education, health care and community outreach programs. He has deep ties to the U-M and loyally supports the U-M Health System. He serves on the U-M Mott & Von Voigtlander National Campaign Leadership Council as well as the Greater Detroit Campaign Leadership Council. Stephen is a board member at the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit, and a member of the Blue and Gold Club at Detroit Country Day School.
|Sue Ellen Eisenberg
Principal of Sue Ellen Eisenberg & Associates, P.C.
Sue Ellen Eisenberg, Principal of Sue Ellen Eisenberg & Associates, P.C., has devoted her legal career to implementing proactive, progressive, and preemptive solutions to challenging employment issues. She is dedicated to preventing and remediating discrimination, harassment, and retaliation in the workplace; ensuring lawful hiring, disciplinary, investigatory, and termination practices; and ensuring a workplace where everyone is treated with respect and dignity.
Knowledgeable in all aspects of employment law, Ms. Eisenberg seeks early case resolution through negotiation and creative problem solving. Ms. Eisenberg assisted in drafting the Federal Guidelines on Sexual Harassment as a Special Assistant to the General Counsel at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Washington, D.C.
She received the Champion of Justice Award from the State Bar of Michigan and Congressional Recognition from U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow for “significant contributions toward improving the well-being of women in the workplace and the community.” In 2015, Ms. Eisenberg presented at the Sixth Circuit Judicial Conference about cutting-edge ADA issues regarding telecommuting as a reasonable accommodation after EEOC v. Ford.
A Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and recipient of a myriad of honors for her extraordinary contributions to the field of labor and employment law, she has consistently been included in the list of “Best Lawyers in America” and “Super Lawyers” in the state of Michigan.
Robert Fairchild is a senior executive with extensive experience as a general manager and business developer in the automotive industry. He is currently part of the top executive team at Benteler Automotive Corporation and has served as an executive in various capacities with Shiloh Industries, Komatsu America Industries, and Fuji Dietec Corporation.
In 2002 he founded his own firm, Fairchild & Associates, Inc., to support two major projects involving the formation of a consortium of Japanese manufacturers of engineered products and the transfer of their knowledge and experience to major auto makers. With the successful conclusion of the projects, he ended the business in 2007 and joined Komatsu America Industries as Corporate Vice President.
Mr. Fairchild earned a Bachelor of Science degree (cum laude) in Industrial Administration from Central Michigan University. He is a graduate of the Advanced Executive Program at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and a candidate for an Executive Leadership Coaching Certificate from the highly regarded Hudson Institute of Santa Barbara.
As a Board Member for the Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation, Mr. Fairchild has worked on numerous inner-city youth development projects. He has also been very active In the American Diabetes Association. His passion for the Depression Center's work comes from his involvement with close personal friends who are struggling with the disease or have lost their battle with it.
Michael J. Flood
Michael J. Flood is Founder of Good Deed Investments, a private commercial mortgage bank that provides short-term debt and equity financing for all types of commercial real estate. Following a successful career with IBM Corp., Michael was President of Coleman College, a private non-profit college in San Diego, CA offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in Information Technology and related disciplines. Subsequently, he formed Corporate Board Services where he provided advisory services on corporate organization and governance. He has also served as interim CEO in a wide variety of companies in consumer services, manufacturing, finance, software distribution information technology and other industries. He has served on numerous corporate and non-profit boards and is a nationally recognized expert on family-owned company succession and corporate governance. He received his BBA (’66) and MBA (’67) from the UM Ross School of Business. Michael’s special interests with respect to mood disorders are in promoting leading-edge research on mood disorders (especially with respect to genetics) and accelerating the translation of research results into clinical application. He and his wife, Phyllis, have seven children and twelve grandchildren and live in La Jolla, CA.
|Lisa V. Ford
Community Advocate and Volunteer
As a lifelong resident of Michigan, Lisa V. Ford has devoted her time to many social causes centered on children, education, and the environment. She received a B.A. in Economics from Princeton University and has been married to Bill Ford for 28 years.
Through her board work at The Children’s Center, located in Detroit, she has co-chaired the annual events Auto Glow and Detroit Uncorked for 10 years. Most notably, Mrs. Ford co-chaired the “Touch the Heart of a Child” Capital Campaign, which raised $10.2 million and helped create the Paul D. Marsh Programs Building, which allowed the agency to expand its work of healing the hearts and minds of thousands of children annually. As part of the campaign, she organized the first public event at the new Ford Field stadium, called “Impact at Ford Field.” This event won the acclaim of the single largest fundraising event for one charity in Michigan history, raising in excess of $4.2 million dollars in 2002.
To build off the campaign’s success, Mrs. Ford helped to launch an aggressive individual donor growth and expansion plan with the “Power of Possibilities Breakfast.” This annual mission-based fundraiser was designed to attract new donors and deepen connections to existing donors. Mrs. Ford, along with her husband, provided an annual challenge grant for the first two years, helping secure $1.25 million in multiple year gifts.
In 2008, while on the Board of Greenhills School in Ann Arbor, Mrs. Ford launched and chaired the $6.5 million PromiseRenewalOpportunity (PRO) Campaign. Greenhills School is a student-centered community that helps young people realize their full intellectual, ethical, artistic and athletic potential in preparation for college - and beyond - as curious, creative, and responsible citizens who respect all individuals and their differences, and whose meaningful and balanced lives will better the world. To date, the PRO Campaign has raised $4 million for science facility renovations and expansion.
Mrs. Ford has served on the Boards of the Detroit Zoological Society, the Telluride Academy, the Children’s Hospital of Michigan, University Liggett School, and Greenhills School, and she is also a member of the Board of the United Way of Southeastern Michigan.
|William K. Hall
General Partner, Procyon Advisors, LLP
William K. (Bill) Hall is a Chicago-based venture capitalist investing in healthcare and industrial companies. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the Center for Entrepreneurship at U-M.
Mr. Hall serves on the Board of Directors of the following organizations:
- Stericycle (SRCL: NASDAQ) - Healthcare Services
- Grainger (GWW: NYSE) – Industrial Distribution
- Actuant (ATU: NYSE) – Diversified Manufacturing
- Rush University Medical Center – Academic Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois
- Northwestern University Settlement Association – Inner City Social Services in Chicago, Illinois
From 1980 – 2009, Mr. Hall was a senior corporate executive in five companies:
- Procyon Technologies, Inc.—Actuation and electrical devices for aerospace/defense ($95M)
- Co-founder, Chairman and CEO (2000-2009)
- Falcon Building Products, Inc. (FBP: NYSE)—Products for residential, commercial and home improvement markets ($1.2B)
- Founder, President & CEO (1994-1997)
- Chairman, President and CEO (1997-2000)
- Eagle Industries, Inc. (Privately owned by Mr. Sam Zell)— Diversified industrial products ($2.4B)
- President & CEO (1988-1997)
- Farley/Northwest Industries/Fruit of he Loom (FOL: NYSE)—consumer products ($1.1B)
- President & COO (1984-1988)
- Cummins (CMI: NYSE)—Diesel engines & power systems
- Executive Vice President-Marketing and Components Group (1980-1984)
From 1970-1980, Mr. Hall was a Professor of Business Administration at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, the Harvard Business School, and the European Institute of Business Administration (INSEAD). He has degrees in engineering, mathematics, and business administration from U-M.
Redfield Jamison, Ph.D.
Author and Professor of Psychiatry
Johns Hopkins University
Kay Redfield Jamison is a professor of psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and honorary professor of English at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. She is the co-author of the standard medical text on bipolar illness, which was chosen in 1990 as the "Most Outstanding Book in Biomedical Sciences" by the American Association of Publishers. She is the author or co-author of five books, including Touched with Fire, An Unquiet Mind, and Night Falls Fast:Understanding Suicide, and more than 100 scientific articles about mood disorders, suicide, psychotherapy, and lithium. An Unquiet Mind, her memoir about her own experiences with bipolar illness, was selected by The Boston Globe, Entertainment Weekly, and the Seattle Post Intelligencer as one of the best books of 1995. An Unquiet Mind was on The New York Times Bestseller List for more than five months and was translated into 15 languages. Night Falls Fast was a national bestseller, translated into 12 languages and selected by The New York Times as a "Notable Book of 1999." Her most recent book, Exuberance, was published in 2004.
Dr. Jamison completed her undergraduate and doctoral studies at the University of California, Los Angeles where she was a National Science Foundation Research Fellow, University of California Cook Scholar, John F. Kennedy Scholar, United States Public Health Service Pre-doctoral Research Fellow, and UCLA Graduate Woman of the Year. She also studied zoology and neurophysiology at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.
Dr. Jamison, formerly the director of the UCLA Affective Disorders Clinic, was selected as UCLA Woman of Science and has been cited as one of the "Best Doctors in the United States." She is the recipient of a MacArthur Award, the American Suicide Foundation Research Award, the UCLA Distinguished Alumnus Award, the UCLA Award for Creative Excellence, the Siena Medal, the Endowment Award from the Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School, the Fawcett Humanitarian Award from the National Depressive and Manic-Depressive Association, the Steven V. Logan Award for Research into Brain Disorders from the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, the William Styron Award from the National Mental Health Association, the Falcome Prime for research in affective illness from the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression, and the Yale University McGovern Award for excellence in medical communication. Dr. Jamison was a member of the first National Advisory Council for Human Genome Research.
|Patrick J. Kennedy
Former Congressman, Rhode Island
Co-Founder, One Mind for Research
Former Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy served eight terms in Congress as the representative from the First District of Rhode Island, retiring from Congress at the end of the 111th session in 2010. He is co-founder of One Mind for Research, a national coalition formed in 2011 to seek new treatments and cures for neurologic and psychiatric brain diseases such as depression, bipolar illness, schizophrenia, traumatic brain injury, PTSD, Alzheimer's and autism.
A graduate of Phillips Academy in Andover, MA, Mr. Kennedy came to Rhode Island to attend Providence College where he received his degree in Social Science in 1991. While at Providence College, Mr. Kennedy became politically active, first helping to revive the college's Young Democrats' organization, and then, in March 1988, winning election as a Democratic National Convention delegate committed to Presidential candidate Michael Dukakis.
In the Democratic primary in September 1988, at the age of 21, he unseated a five-term incumbent in the Rhode Island House of Representatives, becoming the youngest Kennedy family member ever to win office. Representing District 9, comprised of the Mount Pleasant and Elmhurst neighborhoods of Providence, Mr. Kennedy was re-elected in 1990 and 1992. As a member of the Rhode Island House, he served on both the Health, Education and Welfare and Special Legislative Committees. In 1992, he was named Chairman of the House Rules Committee and championed reform and open government in the General Assembly. He was a leader on gun control issues, sponsoring the state's seven-day waiting period for gun purchases. In November 1994, he defeated Republican Kevin Vigilante to win an open seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. At the age of 27, he was the youngest member elected to Congress that year.
Mr. Kennedy served three terms on both the House Armed Services Committee and the Resources Committee. In December 1998, he was appointed to the House Appropriations Committee, but requested a leave of absence to fulfill a two-year term as the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. He remained a member of the Armed Services and Resources Committee while overseeing the operations of the DCCC, the Democrats' campaign and political arm. In January 2001, Mr. Kennedy assumed a seat on the Appropriations Committee, which has the authority over all of the federal government's discretionary spending. Mr. Kennedy completed his eighth term of office at the completion of the 111th United States Congress.
President, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Earl Lewis, a well-regarded social historian, is a native of Tidewater Virginia; he earned an undergraduate degree from Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota, in history and psychology, and a Ph.D. in history from the University of Minnesota.
Mr. Lewis held faculty appointments at the University of California at Berkeley (1984-89), the University of Michigan (1989-2004), and Emory University (2004-2012). Before coming to Mellon he served as Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and the Asa Griggs Candler Professor of History and African American Studies at Emory.
In recent years Mr. Lewis has championed the importance of diversifying the academy, enhancing graduate education, re-visioning the liberal arts, exploring the role of digital tools for learning, and connecting universities to their communities.
The author and co-editor of seven books as well as the eleven-volume The Young Oxford History of African Americans, he has written numerous essays, articles, and reviews on different aspects of American and African American history. Among his books are the critically recognized, In Their Own Interests: Race, Class and Power in 20th Century Norfolk (University of California Press, 1991); the award-winning To Make Our World Anew: A History of African Americans (Oxford University Press, 2000); and the widely acclaimed Love on Trial: An American Scandal in Black and White (WW Norton, 2001). His most recent books are The African American Urban Experience: Perspectives from the Colonial Period to the Present, (2004), and Defending Diversity: Affirmative Action at the University of Michigan (2004).
Mr. Lewis has been a member of several academic and community boards, founding co-editor of the award-winning book series American Crossroads (University of California Press) and, since 2008, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Chief Investment Officer, Kingdon Capital Management
Michael J. Mackey is a Principal and Chief Investment Officer of Kingdon Capital Management (“Kingdon”). Kingdon is a New York-based investment management firm that invests globally in fundamental, equity oriented and credit focused opportunities. Founded in 1983, the firm currently manages over $2.5 billion in assets for its principals and investors, including endowments, foundations, institutions, high net worth individuals and family offices. Mr. Mackey received his BBA degree in Finance and Accounting in 1993 from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business. Mr. Mackey lives in Armonk, New York, with his wife Betsy and children Amanda and Jackson.
Advocate, Advisor and Trainer in Suicide Awareness, Prevention and Bereavement services
Dedicated to reducing the number of suicide deaths and attempts in her community, state and nation, Karen M. Marshall has spent 25 years working in suicide awareness, prevention, intervention, and post-vention (support for people bereaved by suicide). She is a former print and broadcast journalist who utilizes her communications background to make the hopeful message of saving lives from suicide available to all who will listen.
Currently, she is the Outreach and Training Coordinator for the SAMHSA GLS-funded Sacred Bundle Youth Suicide Prevention project housed at American Indian Health and Family Services in Detroit. The organization concentrates on delivering the LivingWorks suite of awareness, prevention, and intervention trainings to the 12 federally-recognized Tribes in Michigan and to service providers for the 48,000 urban Native Americans/Alaska Natives in the Detroit metropolitan area. She is a suicideTALK, and safeTALK trainer and ASIST Master Trainer.
Karen’s involvement in the field also includes advisory work to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255) as a member and former co-chair of the Consumer-Survivor subcommittee, and the University of Michigan’s Comprehensive Depression Center’s National Advisory board. She is a speaker and workshop presenter for local, state, national and international suicide prevention conferences; and assisted with establishment of state suicide prevention groups in Michigan, Virginia, Illinois, and California.
Co-Founder, Todd Ouida Children's Foundation
Herbert Ouida is a consultant and an adjunct professor at Farleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Ouida devoted 26 years to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in a variety of positions, ranging from attorney handling litigation and employee personnel matters to international business development management positions. During his tenure at the Port Authority, he accepted a one-year leave of absence at the request of the Mayor of the City of New York to manage a city agency responsible for ground transportation regulation.
In 1995, Mr. Ouida began eight years of service as the Executive Vice President of the World Trade Centers Association. He left the WTCA in 2003 to create a foundation in memory of his son Todd, who lost his life in the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Mr. Ouida, his wife Andrea, and their family funded an endowment at the Depression Center that supports an annual clinical scholar award and distinguished guest lecturer in the field of childhood anxiety and depression.
E. Prechter, B.A., Ed. (Wally)
President, World Heritage Foundation
Waltraud Prechter is founder of the Heinz C. Prechter Bipolar Research Fund. For a quarter century, she served as the closest business advisor and confidant to her late husband, entrepreneurial visionary Heinz C. Prechter, quietly building the business empire that was Prechter Holdings.
Driven by the spirit of giving back to the community, the Prechter family established the World Heritage Foundation, a philanthropic entity dedicated to helping make a difference in the areas of health, education, welfare, arts and culture, and the community. In addition, the foundation fosters innovative public and private sector partnerships, entrepreneurial development, and German American relations. Mrs. Prechter has served as President of the World Heritage Foundation since its inception in 1985.
A long-time advocate of health education, she established the Prechter Fund in memory of her late husband to help develop a cure for bipolar disorder. Mr. Prechter suffered from intermittent bouts of manic depression for most of his adult life and fell victim to suicide on July 6, 2001. Mrs. Prechter was also instrumental in establishing the Depression Center at U-M, where the Prechter Fund is now located.
Mrs. Prechter has been a positive force in her community, state, and country. She serves in leadership positions in numerous civic and charitable organizations, including the U-M President’s Advisory Group; the U-M School of Education Dean’s Advisory Council; the Taubman Medical Research Institute Advisory Board; the Henry Ford Health System Foundation Board; the Henry Ford Health System Behavioral Health Services Board; the College for Creative Studies; the Kresge Eye Institute; the Robert and Gerry Ligon Research Center of Vision; the Downriver Council for the Arts; the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Board; and the United German-American Committee of the USA Advisory Board.
Born in Germany, Mrs. Prechter attended the University of Erlangen. She came to the United States in 1977 and completed her education at U-M, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education with honors. She lives in Grosse Ile, MI.
Jeanne Robertson has been active for many years in the fields of education, healthcare, and particularly as an advocate for psychiatric research.
She is a Director of the University of California, San Francisco Foundation (UCSF), serving as its chairman from 1997 – 2000. Psychiatric involvement includes the UCSF Department of Psychiatry, McLean Hospital, the International Mental Health Research Organization (IMHRO), and Director Emeritus of NARSAD, now known as the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation.
Ms. Robertson and her husband Sandy live in San Francisco.
| John J.H. Schwarz, M.D.
Surgeon and Former U.S. Congressman
Dr. Joe Schwarz practices medicine and surgery in Battle Creek and is on the active staff of the Battle Creek Health System. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
Dr. Schwarz represented Michigan's Seventh Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives from 2004 to 2007. Previous to his term in the House, Dr. Schwarz served as the Michigan Senate's President Pro Tempore and was also a member of the Appropriations Committee, where he chaired the Subcommittee on Higher Education and the Subcommittee on General Government. In addition, he was a member of Subcommittees on Capital Outlay and Health Policy.
Prior to serving in the Michigan Senate, he was Mayor of Battle Creek from 1985-1987 and a Battle Creek City Commissioner from 1979-1987.
The former Congressman was appointed by Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm to serve on the Emergency Financial Advisory Panel, led by former Michigan governors Milliken (R) and Blanchard (D). On the national level, Dr. Schwarz was appointed by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates to serve on the independent panel to investigate the conditions at Walter Reed Army Hospital in suburban Washington, DC.
Dr. Schwarz has many professional affiliations. He is past president of the Calhoun County Medical Society, and a past trustee of Leila Post Montgomery Hospital in Battle Creek. He serves on the Alumni Visiting Committee for the College of Literature, Science and the Arts at the University of Michigan and on the visiting Alumni Committee for the Wayne State University School of Medicine. He is a trustee of Olivet College. Senator Schwarz received an A.B. in history from the University of Michigan and his M.D. from Wayne State University. He completed his residency training in otolaryngology at Harvard. Senator Schwarz also served in the United States Navy in Vietnam and Indonesia.
Harris R. Schwartzberg
Harris Schwartzberg is co-founder of The Schwartzberg Companies (“TSC”). TSC is a private investment firm with a focus on healthcare operating companies and real estate. Under the guidance of Mr. Schwartzberg the company and its subsidiary investments has grown to over $800,000,000 in annual revenues with 15,000 employees. Mr. Schwartzberg is a graduate of the University of Michigan (’89) and Fordham University School of Law (’92).
Author and Mental Health Advocate
Author Andrew Solomon studied at Yale University, where he graduated magna cum laude in 1985, and then at Jesus College Cambridge, where he received the top first-class degree in English in his year, the only foreign student ever to be so-honored, as well as the University writing prize. He earned his PhD at Cambridge in the Faculty of Politics, Psychology, Sociology and International Studies (psychology), working on the relation between biological and psychosocial models of early attachment between mothers and infants. He is also a Lecturer in Psychiatry at Weill-Cornell Medical College.
Mr. Solomon’s first novel, A Stone Boat (Faber, 1994), which tells the story of a man’s shifting identity as he watches his mother battle cancer, was a runner up for the LA Times First Fiction prize and was a national bestseller; it has been published in 5 languages.
His subsequent book, The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression, won him 14 national awards, including the 2001 National Book Award. It was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and was included in The Times of London‘s list of one hundred best books of the decade. A New York Times bestseller in both hardcover and paperback editions, The Noonday Demon has also been a bestseller in seven foreign countries, and has been published in twenty-four languages.
His 2012 work, Far from the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity, won the National Book Critics Circle Award for General Nonfiction. The New York Times Book Review selected it as one of its “10 Best Books of 2012,” and the book also made the lists of Best Nonfiction Books of 2012 from Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, The Economist, and others.
Mr. Solomon is an activist and philanthropist in LGBT rights, mental health, education and the arts. Mr. Solomon has lectured on depression around the world, including at Princeton, Yale, Stanford, Harvard, MIT, Cambridge, and the Library of Congress. He has lectured widely on a range of topics. He is a director of Columbia Psychiatry; a member of the Board of Visitors of Columbia Medical School, and the Advisory Boards of the Mental Health Policy Forum at Columbia Mailman School of Public Health and the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance.
In 2008, Mr. Solomon received the Society of Biological Psychiatry’s Humanitarian Award for his contributions to the field of mental health, and in 2010, the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation’s Productive Lives Award. In 2011, he was appointed Special Advisor on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Mental Health at the Yale School of Psychiatry. In 2013, he received the Depression Center’s Mike Wallace Award, which recognizes an outstanding individual who has personally and publicly demonstrated exceptional commitment, courage, support, and leadership in a manner that is consistent with the Depression Center’s mission to conquer depression, bipolar illness and related illnesses.
Carl Stern joined the National Advisory Board in 2013. He is particularly inspired to further the Depression Center’s work in promoting public education and outreach about depression and related illnesses, a passion that has grown in large part following the death of his youngest son, Joshua Judson Stern.
Carl founded Imeriti Financial Network in 1979. IFN is the leading annuity and life insurance wholesaler for financial institutions, broker dealers, independent representatives, property and casualty agents and independent marketing organizations. Carl graduated from the University of Michigan in 1956 with a B.A. in Economics and entered the insurance industry in 1959, starting his own agency. Carl obtained his Series 7 securities license in 1964 and by 1965 was the leading producer for a Variable Annuity Life Insurance Company. In 1967, he started wholesaling variable annuity products and was instrumental in the success of marketing variable annuities for California Western Insurance Company and Harford Variable Life Insurance Company.
In 1973, Mr. Stern became Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of a leading tax shelter annuity sales group. He was designated a Certified Financial Planner in 1986 and a Registered Investment Advisor in 1989. In 1989, Mr. Stern also became a stockholder in a national firm which designed, developed and took to the marketplace the first Equity Index Annuity.
Dapo Tomori, MD, MBA
Dapo Tomori leads the Neuroscience Therapeutic Area strategy in the US Medical Affairs Division at Takeda Pharmaceuticals. His career integrates broad experiences across Clinical Medicine, Health Policy and the Business Sector.
Prior to joining Takeda in 2013, he led the Clinical Innovation Group at Medco Health Solutions, where he was engaged in developing patient-centric solutions and population health interventions, along with clinical decision support tools for providers. Previously, he worked on clinical and product strategy in the Neuroscience Division at Eli Lilly & Company.
From 2003 to 2005, he was awarded a National Health Service International Fellowship in the United Kingdom, where he worked as a Consultant Psychiatrist with the Hertfordshire Partnership NHS Trust.
Previously, Dapo was on the medical school faculty and clinical staff at the University of Michigan and the University of New Mexico. At the University of Michigan, he was the co-director of the Community Psychiatry Program and served as Medical Director of Lenawee County Community Mental Health Center. In New Mexico, he was responsible for developing strategic Public-Academic partnerships and worked closely with the State Department of Health on access to care initiatives, including a state-wide Telehealth Network and Native American outreach programs.
He has an MBA degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan School of Management. He also studied International Health Policy at The London School of Economics. He trained in Adult Psychiatry at the University of Michigan and obtained his M.D. degree from the University of Ibadan, in Nigeria.
Executive Director, University of Michigan Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation
Marianne Udow-Phillips is the Executive Director of the Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation (CHRT) at the University of Michigan. CHRT is an independent 501(c)(3) impact organization with a mission to advance evidence-based care delivery, improve population health, and expand access to care. From 2004 through 2007, Marianne was director of the Michigan Department of Human Services, appointed by Governor Jennifer M. Granholm. Marianne came to state service from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, where she served in a number of leadership roles for over 20 years, most recently as senior vice president of Health Care Products and Provider Services.
Marianne holds a master's degree in Health Services Administration from the U-M School of Public Health; she is a lecturer at the U-M School of Public Health. She has served on numerous boards and commissions and currently serves on the non-profit boards of the HighScope Educational Research Foundation , the Early Childhood Investment Corporation, Freedom from Hunger, Arbor Research, the U-M School of Public Health Dean's Advisory Committee, the U-M Depression Center's National Advisory Board, Arboretum Ventures Advisory Board, and the National Committee for Quality Assurance Pain Management Expert Panel. In addition, she is a member of the Dialog Direct board of directors and the External Advisory Group for the VHA Center for Applied Healthcare Studies. Her numerous awards and recognitions include the Anti-Defamation League's "Women of Achievement Award"; Crain's Detroit Business top 100 "Most Influential Women" in 2002 , 2007, and 2016; the Michigan Women's Foundation's "2007 Women of Achievement and Courage Award"; and Michigan's Children's 2008 "Heroes" award. Ambassador Magazine named her as one of its 2011 "Ambassadors of the Year," and Crain's Detroit Business named her a Woman in Business "Game-Changer" in 2012.
Assistant Professor Emeritus, Indiana University School of Medicine
Margaret R. Watanabe, M.D., Ph.D., is Assistant Professor Emeritus of the Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM). She received her M.S. and Ph.D. in Microbiology-Immunology followed by a postdoctoral fellowship in the Division of Rheumatology, all at the IUSM. She then received her M.D. and completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology. Following her residency, she joined the faculty of IUSM. Since the suicide of her husband, August M. Watanabe, M.D.,and the death of her daughter, Nan R. Lewis, J.D., both in 2009, she has become an advocate for mental health issues. She helped to establish a fund administered by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to support research seeking better ways to help the survivors of a loved one's suicide. Currently Dr. Watanabe is working with a group of interested individuals striving to establish a depression center in Indianapolis. She is especially interested in working with medical students, residents and physicians.
View Photo from 2003 Inaugural Meeting