Muffy Walker was born and raised outside of Philadelphia, PA. She currently resides in Switzerland with her husband John C. Reed. In 1983, Walker graduated with a Master's of Science in Psychiatric Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania. She worked in the mental health field for over 18 years until she moved to California when she obtained her MBA with a focus in marketing from the University of California-Irvine.
Walker has owned several companies both for and not for profit and is the co-founder and President of International Bipolar Foundation (IBPF). After learning that her youngest son had Bipolar Disorder, Walker joined other mental health boards and ultimately started IBPF. She currently serves on the Board for the American Brain Coalition, Advisory Council for Children's Mental Health Network, Editorial Board for bp Magazine, and the Community Engagement Task Force for International Society for Bipolar Disorders.
Walker has dedicated the past 16 years of her life championing the education of the public about mental illness and has won numerous awards for her advocacy work including Salvation Army Woman of Dedication, YWCA Visionary Award, YWCA Tribute to Women and Industry (TWIN Award), Leonard Simpson Women Who Give Back Award, Mogens Schou Award for Public Service and the Emily Bagnall Philanthropy Award
She has three sons and three dogs. Her interests include travel, tap dancing, community theatre, and Thai cooking.
Peter Mossy is an owner of the Mossy Automotive Group in San Diego, CA. The group includes Toyota, Ford and 7 Nissan dealerships.
Peter graduated from the University of Texas at Austin before joining the family business in Houston, Texas. Peter is active in the San Diego community as a member of Nativity Catholic Church, The Lincoln Club, Rancheros, Rancho Riding Club, and the Young Presidents' Organization (WPO).
Peter and his wife Sandy have 4 children: Travis, 26, John (died at 22), Blake, 19 and Charlie, 11. John's bi-polar disorder thrust Peter into the world of mental health and subsequently his desire to help other families who struggle.
Lynn Hart Muto graduated cum laude from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA in 1976. She attended Harvard Law School and Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley, graduating from Boalt Hall with a JD degree in 1979. Ms. Muto was apartner at Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Robertson & Falk in San Francisco and served Of Counsel at Cowley & Chidester in Rancho Santa Fe. She was a member of the American College of Trusts and Estates Council, and has been listed in numerous “Best Lawyers” publications. Ms. Muto was a lecturer at Stanford Law School in 1989 and 1991, teaching Estate Tax and Planning, and has been a frequent speaker and writer on estate planning topics. She is retired from the practice of law and devotes her time to her family and to children’s mental health and educational issues. She resides with her husband and children in Rancho Santa Fe, CA.
Susan Berger has over twenty-five years of business expertise. She received her undergraduate degree in Finance from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and her graduate degree in Accounting from Bentley College. As a CPA with Ernst & Young for over twelve years, her practice focused on the health care and financial services sectors. She then owned and managed a real estate firm specializing in residential rehabs and management.
Susan was the co-founder and President 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. Susan has been active as a board member of several not-for-profit organizations, including the Mental Health America in Marion County, Lupus Foundation of Houston (where she was co-founder and president of the board). At the Kentucky Day School she was a Board Member and member of the finance committee that was responsible for a highly successful ten million dollar capital campaign. At St. Richard's Episcopal school she served on the Development and Finance Committee. She also served on the Board of Midwest Academy in Indianapolis.
Currently, Susan resides in Dallas with her husband Walter. They have two sons, one of whom has bipolar disorder. Their son was diagnosed thirteen years ago at the age of twelve. Since that time, Susan has been dedicated to eliminating the stigma of mental illness and the advancement of diagnosis and treatment of mood disorders.
Jay de Groot
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.
Tiffany Hunter is the founder of Tiffany Hunter Home and Garden, a vintage and antique furniture store located in Newport Beach, California. After more than 10 years as a financial advisor, she decided to combine her business skills with her creative passion and open her own furniture and design business.
Tiffany became interested in bipolar disorder and other mental illnesses after she lost her 18-year-old stepson, a creative genius, to suicide. She is particularly interested in the link between bipolar disorder and substance abuse. Over the years, Tiffany has served on a wide-range of non-profit board, including the San Diego Alzheimer’s Association, the Rancho Santa Fe Auxiliary of Children’s Hospital and Agano with Kenya. In addition to IBPF, she is currently active in the Circles Council of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Orange County. A long-time San Diego resident, Tiffany currently resides in Newport Beach with her 6-year-old daughter, Lucy.
Dr. Thomas Jensen
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.
Jesse Morgan received his BBA degree from Southern Methodist University and his MBA from Tulane University. He has recently retired after 40 years as a real estate consultant and developer. His business experiences enhance IBPF's ability to become a major worldwide impetus and resource for helping everyone affected by Bipolar Disorder.
Jesse was drawn to IBPF's mission of helping to reduce stigma through education and the extreme stress and feelings of helplessness that family members often experience when dealing with a loved one with Bipolar Disorder. He understands that for every one person with Bipolar Disorder, there are often as many as six family members whose lives are directly impacted.
After more than 20 years practicing law, Robin retired and turned her attention to the needs of others. She has been involved as a volunteer, committee member, board member or chair of special events for a number of Civic and Charitable Organizations. These include the Preuss School, Old Globe Theater, Holiday Bowl, Voices for Children, Bannister House, Del Mar Planning Commission and the Del Mar Village Association.
In addition, Robin has been honored for her commitment to the community by the San Diego County Girl Scouts “Cool Woman” award, The Copley YMCA and the American Heart Association “Go For Red” .
Her interest in the International Bipolar Foundation is due to the ever increasing number of people, both young and old, who have the courage to discuss their mental health issues openly. After seeing first hand how open discussion benefits more than just the individual, she is committed to increasing the awareness and education so that the stigma attached to Bipolar Disorder is ultimately eliminated in our society.
Keith O’Neil is a former NFL football player. Keith played for the Dallas Cowboys, Indianapolis Colts and New York Giants. During his professional career he served as team captain and was a member of the Colts Super Bowl XLI Championship team. Keith played in the NFL with an undiagnosed mental illness, bipolar disorder, and is extremely passionate about helping others who suffer with mental health issues. He is devoted to erasing the stigma of mental illness in our society through his own personal experience. He is utilizing his book along with motivational speaking engagements to create awareness of mental illness. Keith currently lives in Arizona with his wife Jill and son Connor.
Karen McClurg Sheffres was born in Michigan and spent her childhood in Colorado where she developed a love for skiing, biking, hiking, and camping. She attended Colorado State University where she obtained her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree and enjoys working as a small animal veterinarian.
Currently, Karen lives in Poway with her husband, Bob, and three sons. Their oldest son was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at the age of seven. Karen has spent the last 13 years helping him learn to live with his illness. This experience has made her determined to do her part in improving the lives of those who suffer from bipolar disorder and other mental illnesses. Karen is passionate about reducing the stigma associated with mental illness through public education. She served on an advisory board for Special Education where she developed a parent education program and advocated for students with mental illnesses. Karen is one of the founding members of the International Bipolar Foundation, continues to serve on the board, and runs a support group in Poway, CA.
Maggie Watkins is the Chief Business Development & Marketing Officer at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, a regional law firm with 450 attorneys located in 7 offices in the Southeast. She is responsible for all of the firm’s business development, marketing and communications initiatives. Prior to joining Bradley Arant, she was the Chief Marketing and Business Development Officer for Best Best & Krieger; the Director of Marketing and Communications at LECG, an international publicly traded expert services and consulting firm; and President of Meritas, a network of independent full service business law firms, in 60 countries, encompassing 5,000+ lawyers.
Ms. Watkins has more than 25 years of experience as a seasoned professional services executive with strategic planning, marketing, public relations, communications, community relations, sales and business development, and client relations expertise. She has tenure with a large regional law firm and several local and international accounting and insurance firms.
Ms. Watkins is a very active volunteer in professional and community organizations. On a national level, she was a past president of the Law Marketing Association (LMA) and the Association of Accounting Marketing (AAM). She has served as Chair on numerous boards such as the Alzheimer’s Association, San Diego Chapter, Peninsula YMCA, Women in Business – San Diego Chapter, Republican Businesswomen and The East County Performing Arts Center. She has served on the Boards of LEAD, San Diego Inc., Corporate Directors Forum, Girl Scouts, The American Heart Association, Project Concern International, and The Arthritis Foundation, to name a few. She is currently a board member of Leadership California, the ABA Practice Management’s Women Rainmakers, and the International Bipolar Foundation.
A frequent speaker, Ms. Watkins regularly addresses management, professional and non-profit groups on a variety of topics. She has received many honors including the San Diego Business Journal's “Women Who Mean Business”; San Diego’s 10 “Coolest Women” by Girl Scouts; San Diego Business Journal’s “Marketing Professional of the Year”; and was one of San Diego Magazine's "50 to Watch”.
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, insurance fraud and Juvenile 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.