Susan Berger 3 years Chairman, 8 years board
Chairman of Board - Retired Accountant
Lisa Weinreb 3 years President, 12 years board
President - Deputy District Attorney, San Diego DA Office
Lisa Weinreb is a Deputy District Attorney in San Diego County. She has been a prosecutor for 20 years working in the area of child abuse, domestic violence, gang prosecution, identity theft andinsurance fraud andJuvenile Justice. She is currently the Assistant Chief of the Juvenile Branch of the San Diego District Attorney’s Office.
For the past 16 years, Lisa Weinreb has been an adjunct Professor at California Western School of Law in San Diego where she teaches Trial Practice, Advanced Criminal Prosecution, Culture and the Criminal Justice System and White Collar Crime. Ms. Weinreb has instructed for the California District Attorneys Association, the National Institute for Trial Advocacy and the National District Attorneys Association. Ms. Weinreb received her Bachelors degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1989 and her Juris Doctor from California Western School of Law in 1992.
Weinreb is a co-founder of the International Bipolar Foundation and has two children: Brandon, 17 and Lauren, 15.
Liza Long 1 year Secretary, 4 years board
Secretary - Writer/Educator
Liza is a writer, an educator, an erstwhile classicist, and a mother of four children. She earned her M.A. in Classics from the University of California, Los Angeles and is currently an Ed.D. candidate in Organizational Leadership. She works as a Student Success Center Manager at a health sciences career college.
Liza started writing for her formerly anonymous blog, The Anarchist Soccer Mom, in 2007. Her work has appeared in Huffington Post, Psychology Today, Time.com, USA Today, The Blue Review, Eagle Magazine, and Greenbelt Magazine. Books include 2012 Ippy Bronze medal winner Little White Dress from Mill Park Publishing, Business Professionalism, co-authored with Dr. Bruce Strom, and 2014 The Price of Silence: A Mom’s Perspective on Mental Illness from Hudson Street Press (Penguin).
Media appearances include PBS’s NOVA, The Today Show, Good Morning, America, Anderson Cooper 360, Erin Burnett OutFront, and Idaho Public Television’s Dialogue with Marcia Franklin. She has spoken to numerous organizations and gave a presentation at TEDx San Antonio in October 2013.
Parenting a child with mental illness has taught me patience, perseverance, and profound gratitude for the present tense. We have our struggles–what family doesn’t? But those challenges have forged strong bonds of love. I believe the most powerful way to fight the stigma of mental illness is to get to know and appreciate people who have it. They/we are parents, siblings, sons and daughters, colleagues, friends.
Dr. Mike Griffiths 2 years Treasurer, 3 years board
Treasurer - CEO, Advanced Oxygen Therapy & AOTI Inc.
Dr. Mike Griffiths is an accomplished entrepreneurial medical device executive with over 30 years’ experience earned within the global healthcare field. Mike possess a doctorate from Middlesex University in London as well as numerous other clinical, management and engineering credentials. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and a member of many medical and industry societies. Dr. Griffiths is currently the co-founder, Chief Executive Officer and President of Advanced Oxygen Therapy Inc., an international company focused on healing patients with chronic wounds caused by such endemic conditions as Diabetes and Peripheral Vascular Disease. Mike resides in Carlsbad, California with his wife and youngest daughter, who was diagnosed just two years ago with Bipolar Disorder at the age of 13. Since then, Mike and his entire family have become tireless advocates for improved Mental Health legislation and fighting the stigma that so many have to endure.
Jayson Blair 6 years board
Managing Partner, Goose Creek Counseling
Jayson Blair is a certified life coach and the managing partner of Goose Creek Consulting. Jayson is a nationally known mental health writer and consultant. He is the founder and the former executive director of the Depression Bipolar Support Alliance of Northern Virginia.
Jayson, who has bipolar disorder, wrote about his illness in a 2004 autobiography. He has years of experience working with individuals with mental illnesses, their loved ones, support groups and others in outpatient and inpatient care settings. He has also worked as a career coach, helping high school students, college students and adults formulate and achieve their career goals. His specialties include helping others with career problems, bipolar disorder, depression, schizoaffective disorder, attention deficit disorder, Asperger's syndrome, substance abuse problems and anxiety. He also has experience working with individuals with mental disabilities, eating disorders, sexual abuse, post traumatic stress disorder and other conditions. Some of his other interests include career testing and transition, executive functioning, management of triggers in mood disorders and substance abuse, psychopharmacology, crisis intervention and peer support.
Jayson also advocates for clients in school services eligibility meetings, in IEP meetings with disability services programs and other services. Jayson also has contracts with corporations to provide employee assistance services.
Prior to founding Goose Creek, Jayson was a certified life coach at Ashburn Psychological Services and the executive director of the Depression Bipolar Support Alliance of Northern Virginia, which grew into three regional groups for people with bipolar and depression, a group for teenagers and two groups for family members and friends. The organization was also responsible for outreach, community service and peer specialist training. Jayson has accepted a position as a member of the board of directors of the International Bipolar Foundation and will begin a two year term in September 2014. He was a member of the Regional Recovery Workgroup, a state government sponsored group focused on improving mental health services in Northern Virginia. He has helped facilitate support groups, helped create peer-to-peer outreach programs and helped sponsor mental health related educational programs. Jayson has spoken on mental health related issues at Washington & Lee University, Winston-Salem State University, Roosevelt University, Columbia College of Chicago and several other universities. Jayson is a founding fellow of the Institute of Coaching, a McLean Hospital-Harvard Medical School affiliate. He is the member of several coaching organizations and has attended executive education programs at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Jayson writes blog on mental health issues at blogspot.jaysonblair.com. His life story has been featured in bp magazine and on WebMDTV, among other places.
Jay de Groot 5 years
Partner, Morrison Forester LLP
Jay de Groot is a partner in Morrison & Foerster's Corporate Group with over 20 years of experience representing public and private companies, venture capital funds, and underwriters in corporate and securities matters.
Mr. de Groot has consummated more than $7 billion of merger and acquisition transactions across an array of industries and technologies. Jay has also helped raise over $2 billion in initial public offerings for Digirad, Nuvasive, Santarus, and Volcano Therapeutics and capital markets transactions for ALARIS Medical Systems, Cadence Pharmaceuticals, Ignyta, IVAC Medical Systems and other publicly traded issuers. In addition, Jay regularly advises public companies on mergers and acquisitions, reporting and compliance, and corporate governance, including Deere & Company, Halozyme Therapeutics, Kyocera, Nokia, and Orasure Technologies. Jay also counsels a number of venture-backed and private equity-backed companies, many in the life sciences and technology sectors, as well as the funds that finance them. In the last several years, he has closed more than 80 venture capital and private equity financings with over $1 billion of aggregate proceeds.
Beyond his legal experience, Jay has significant business experience having served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of two publicly-traded medical device and software companies, ALARIS Medical Systems and IVAC Medical Systems, where he was responsible for the corporate development, strategic planning, and legal functions. ALARIS was a $600 million publicly-traded company formed by the merger of IVAC Medical Systems and IMED with 2,500 employees doing business in 120 countries. Prior to law school, Jay was a Certified Public Accountant with KPMG.
Previously, Mr. de Groot served on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of CONNECT, the Board of Directors of the UCSD Moores Cancer Center, and the Board of Directors of Cleantech San Diego. Mr. de Groot has also held several leadership positions within Morrison & Foerster including his service on the Firm’s Board of Directors for several years.
Randi Silverman 4 years
CEO, Youth Mental Health Project
Over the past ten years, Randi Silverman has led community-based awareness campaigns and support groups on the issue of child and adolescent mental health. As the mother of a child with a mental health disorder, she has experienced first-hand what it is to raise a family of three children through this challenge.
Randi is a frequent speaker on child and adolescent mental health, and takes every opportunity to foster community conversations in an effort to fight the stigma that surrounds mental illness. In service of this mission, Randi is the Associate Producer of the award-winning short film ILLNESS and a Producer and Co-Screenwriter of the feature film NO LETTING GO. As a member of the creative team for both films, Randi drew from her direct experience and deep knowledge of child mental health disorders to develop realistic and powerful films.
Randi is the co-founder of the Westchester Parent-to-Parent Support Group, a support network for parents raising children with issues of anxiety, depression and/or mood disorder. Westchester Parent-to-Parent has served over 400 families in the New York Tri-State area since 2011. Earlier community work includes serving as Vice-Chair and Chair of Byram Hills C.H.I.L.D., a committee of the local Parent Teacher Association supporting families with children of various abilities, and serving on the Board of Directors for the Rosenthal JCC (Pleasantville, NY) as Chair of their Special Needs Department.
A former practicing attorney, Randi helps parents advocate for the educational needs of children of all abilities. She is available to guest speak and promote awareness on behalf of child and adolescent mental health disorders across the country.
Dr. Thomas Jensen 12 years
Medical Director of Board
Dr. Jensen is a psychiatrist in private practice in San Diego. He specializes in general and neuropsychiatry treating children, adolescents and adults, but is especially esteemed for his work with patients with bipolar disorder.
Tom Jensen graduated Summa Cum Laude from UCSD with a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry. After obtaining his degree in Medicine from UCLA, Jensen did his residency at UCSD followed by a Child Psychiatry fellowship at Stanford University. Throughout his career, Dr. Jensen has been a department chair, written several medical articles, been interviewed by news and radio, spoken to over 100 different organizations, been President of the San Diego Chapter of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, held positions as both assistant and associate professor and has received several awards including the American Psychiatric Association (APA) Distinguished Fellow and a Special Presidential Commendation from the APA.
Michael Heckman 2 years
Regulatory Specialist FINRA
Michael Heckman is a media, marketing, and eLearning professional with a passion for furthering the understanding and treatment of mental health disorders. His 20+ year career in media and training includes producing award-winning PSAs, network broadcast commercials, and multimedia campaigns for nonprofits and pharmaceutical companies. He currently is a lead regulatory training specialist for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), where he focuses on developing multimedia and distance learning for securities industry professionals.
Michael also served as Executive Director of Blue Harbor Foundation, a nonprofit charitable organization dedicated to funding promising clinical research with the potential to advance the diagnosis and treatment of mood disorders. After an initial career as an on-air television news reporter during the 1980s, he moved to Washington D.C. to work in the then-emerging field of eLearning and multimedia while earning his law degree at George Washington University. He has built a career specializing in using multimedia to educate professionals in the highly-regulated fields of healthcare and financial services.
Brooke Rowland 2 years
Brooke Rowland is a passionate advocate for individuals suffering from addiction and mental illness.
She holds a Masters Degree in Social Work from USC, a Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School, and a Bachelors of Arts from UC Berkeley in History. Brooke also spent an intensive year studying abroad at Magdalen College, Oxford University and is a member of the California Bar Association.
Brooke has experience as a therapist at a number of addiction treatment centers in Los Angeles as well as in the non-profit sector serving the chronically homeless population.
Brooke's focus on addiction and mental illness sharpened while she was a Deputy District Attorney for Los Angeles County. Her experiences in the court drove her to take classes in psychology at UCLA and volunteer as a Research Assistant for both the UCLA Addictions Lab and Youth Stress and Mood Program.
Prior to the DA's Office, Brooke was a litigation associate with the international law firm of Bingham McCutchen LLP.
When not working with clients, Brooke enjoys knitting, dancing, art, meditating, and playing with her Boston Terrier, Berkeley. She is also a dedicated supporter of the Los Angeles Library Foundation.