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CorStone Team

At CorStone, we’ve built an experienced and global team committed to the potential within each of us to transcend poverty, conflict, and oppression.
By fostering resilience, we help youth in need around the world improve their capacity to 'bounce back' and thrive in the face of adversity.

Management | Staff

Steve Leventhal | CorStone

Steve Leventhal

Executive Director

As CorStone’s executive director, Steve Leventhal oversees all strategic planning, program development, external relations, and financial operations for the organization. Steve previously served as an executive and strategic consultant in the US, Asia and Africa with start-ups, Fortune 500 firms, and global nonprofit organizations. Prior to joining CorStone, Steve served as Director, External Relations at the San Francisco, CA-based Fritz Institute, where he oversaw strategic alliances, private-public partnerships, marketing and communications, and fundraising for the organization.

Previously, Steve was a consultant at Population Services International (PSI), where he brought together leading global private and public health partners to launch an innovative web-based medical training program for over 200 healthcare workers in Zimbabwe. Prior to that, Steve served as Director & General Manager of PlanetSearch Networks at Philips Electronics, and as founder and CEO of Point Asia, Inc.

Steve holds a BA in Psychology and Asian Studies from Washington University, St. Louis, MO, and a MPA with an emphasis in organizational psychology and conflict management from The Evans School of Public Affairs, University of Washington, Seattle, WA. Steve enjoys hiking with his wife, daughter and enthusiastic chocolate labrador, aikido (3rd degree black belt, instructor), music, soccer, gardening and meditation.
Gracy Andrew | CorStone

Gracy Andrew

Country Director | India

As CorStone's Country Manager in India, Gracy Andrew oversees local program implementation, quality control and certification, and impact assessments. Gracy is a clinical psychologist by profession. Most recently she served as Executive Director of Sangath Society, an NGO based in Goa that is a leader in the field of child, adolescent and family health in India.

Gracy has trained at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine in Sexual & Reproductive Health Research. At Sangath she established the organization's branch in the South of Goa and was involved in several studies related to adolescent health, including assessments in 2009-2011 of CorStone's programs in New Delhi and Surat.

An experienced qualitative researcher, she has also worked as a consultant to a number of organizations in the past. She is co-author to several publications such as the Adolescent Health Needs study, Teachers Toolkit, Barefoot Counseling Manual and other scientific papers. She has conducted various training programs in Goa and has been a trainer outside Goa including the Institute of Mental Health, Singapore.

Gracy is part of a national core group of resource people conducting trainings on ‘Ethics in Social Science Research’ across India and has represented India for an international consultative conference on evidence-based programs related to parenting adolescents that was organized by the WHO, Geneva.
Kate Sachs Leventhal | CorStone

Kate Sachs Leventhal

Chief Project Officer

Kate Sachs Leventhal serves as Research and Program Director for all CorStone programs.

Kate joined CorStone in 2011 after working with BasicNeeds UK in Kenya on some of the first community mental health programs in that country. Kate graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University with a BA in Social Anthropology and a focus on mental health and development. Her thesis, “Depression Took Over and Set Me for Life” focused on the experiences of African immigrants in the San Francisco Bay Area dealing with depression.
Hari Shanker | CorStone

Hari Shanker

Youth First | Lead

Hari Shanker serves as Youth First - Lead in Bihar. Hari has a Masters in Social Work and specialized in community health at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. He has more than 4 years of professional experience in development and management of monitoring and evaluation systems in the fields of Public Health, Disaster Risk Reduction and Humanitarian Assistance.

Hari began his career with DKT India, working within their Social Marketing and Social Franchising Program on family planning in Bihar, one of the most under-developed states in India. He also served with Project Concern International in Disaster Risk Reduction and Humanitarian Assistance programs in one of the worst flood affected areas of India. Most recently at Pragya he worked on maternal and child health issues in the Himalayan region to reduce infant and maternal mortality rates.
Lisa DeMaria | CorStone Research Director

Lisa DeMaria

Research Director

Lisa DeMaria has worked with CorStone since 2012 helping to develop strategies and protocols to assess and analyze the impact of CorStone’s Youth First and Girls First resilience programs. Over the course of her professional career, Lisa’s work has focused on studying and evaluating health systems and healthcare quality, primarily in low- and middle-income settings, with a particular focus on maternal and reproductive health, and HIV/AIDS.

She has served as Director of Programs at QURE Healthcare, where she designed and led quality measurement and feedback projects in US and international healthcare settings. Prior to that she was a researcher and associate professor at Mexico’s National Institute of Public Health focusing on quality of care for non-communicable diseases, maternal and infectious disease care. Other work experience includes working for USAID’s population and reproductive health program in Mexico and Morocco.

Her extensive international experience includes having lived and worked in countries throughout Latin America, North Africa, and Asia. She has a masters degree is in International Development from The American University and is currently pursuing her doctorate in public health from University of California, Berkeley.
Binod Kumar | CorStone State Program Manager, Bihar

Binod Kumar

State Program Manager | Bihar

As State Program Manager, Binod overseas all government relations, logistics and operations functions for CorStone’s projects and programs in Bihar. Prior to joining CorStone, Binod served as Deputy Project Coordinator, Nutrition Project for Doctors Without Borders, where he established and supervised the Malnutrition Intensive Care Unit at Darbhanga Medical College Hospital, Darbhanga.

Previously he served as Regional Programme Coordinator, Cross Border Anti Trafficking Network, for SEVA in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh. Prior to that he was a research fellow at Asian Development Research Institute in Patna, Bihar. Bihar holds a BA in History from University of Delhi, and completed his post graduate work in Public Administration at Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohatak, Haryana.
Madhulika Mani | CorStone Team Leader, Training

Madhulika Mani

Team Leader | Training

As head of training, Madhulika trains and monitors CorStone’s training staff to lead and implement the Youth First and Girls First resilience and adolescent health programs in Bihar.

Previously Madhulika served as a Master Trainer in CorStone’s 2013-14 Girls First randomized controlled trial in Bihar. Prior to joining CorStone Madhulika worked on numerous community projects in the areas of sustainable agriculture, safe water and sanitation. She holds a M.Sc. in Environmental Science from Magadh University, Bodhgaya, Bihar.
Virat Prince | CorStone Project Manager | SHG Resilience Project, Bihar

Virat Prince

Project Manager | SHG Resilience Project, Bihar

Virat has worked in the development sector for over 10 years, serving local and national government in India, as well as international agencies.

Most recently Virat worked with Integrated Development Foundation (IDF) in the area of Adolescent Reproductive Sexual Health (ARSH). He also served with IDF as a Project Manager to improve the livelihoods of self-help group (SHG) members in Muzaffarpur District (one of the most flood-affected areas in Bihar). Prior to IDF Virat served with CARE India, providing technical assistance to the departments of Health and Social Welfare and PHED at the district level to strengthen the programs of the Government of Bihar. Virat also served as District Programme Manager for the Bihar State AIDS Control Society. With experience both in program design and monitoring & evaluation, he has managed a diverse range of projects, in both urban and rural areas, involving livelihood, HIV/AIDS, adolescent health, maternal & child health, and DRR.

Virat holds a Masters in Social Work from Udaipur School of Social Work, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India.
Ananya Tiwara | CorStone Program Coordinator, India

Ananya Tiwari

Program Coordinator | India

As Program Coordinator, Ananya is primarily responsible for coordination of the Girls First Program in KGBV schools in Bihar. She also supports the SHG Resilience Project, as well as other resilience training projects with local partners such as Saphara Trust and Save the Children.

Ananya is a Young India Fellow (2015-2016), Ashoka University, where she pursued a postgraduate degree in Liberal Arts, as well as a Mother Teresa Fellow (2016 - 2018).

She is a Chemistry graduate from St. Stephen's College and studied and practiced Neuroscience in various parts of Europe before returning to India to teach in local schools catering to low income populations. She is also a co-founder of Samagra Vigyaan, which works to digitize science education for primary school goers in Hindi.
 
 
 

Scientific Advisory Board

Jane Gillham, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Swarthmore College; Co-Director | Penn Resiliency Program
Dr. Jane Gillham is a psychologist, researcher, and educator. She is an Associate Professor at Swarthmore College and a Research Associate at the University of Pennsylvania’s Positive Psychology Center. Dr. Gillham co-directs the Penn Resiliency Project and the Positive Psychology for Youth Project. Her work focuses on the ways in which schools and parents can promote well-being in children and adolescents.

Dr. Gillham completed her B.A. at Princeton University, her Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania, and her clinical internship at Yale Child Study Center. While at Yale, she also completed a fellowship at the Zigler Center for Child Development and Social Policy Research. In addition to working at Swarthmore and Penn, Dr. Gillham has worked as a teacher and clinical psychologist for children, adolescents, and adults with developmental disabilities.

For the past 20 years, Dr. Gillham's research has focused on developing and evaluating school-based interventions that promote resilience and well-being and prevent depression in young people. Dr. Gillham is an author of several interventions and curricula for youth and adults including the Penn Resiliency Program (PRP) for Children and Adolescents, the Penn Resiliency Program for Parents, and the High School Positive Psychology Program. She has been an investigator and project director for several evaluations of these interventions, including two large evaluations of PRP funded by the National Institute of Mental Health. She serves as Principal Investigator and Co-Director for a U.S. Department of Education-funded evaluation of the High School Positive Psychology Program.

Dr. Gillham’s research is published in numerous articles in academic journals including Journal of Early Adolescence, School Psychology Quarterly, Psychological Science, Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, and Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. Together with Drs. Seligman, Reivich and Jaycox, she is a co-author of The Optimistic Child.

Angela Diaz, M.D., MPH

Angela Diaz, MD, MPH is the Jean C. and James W. Crystal Professor in Adolescent Health and Professor of Pediatrics and Preventive Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine. After earning her medical degree at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, she completed her post-doctoral training at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and subsequently received a Master in Public Health from Harvard University.

Dr. Diaz is the Director of the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center, a unique program that provides high quality, comprehensive, integrated, interdisciplinary primary care, sexual and reproductive health, mental health, dental and health education services to teens-all for free to those without insurance. The Center has an emphasis on wellness and prevention. Under her leadership, the Center has become the largest adolescent specific health center in the U.S., serving each year more than 11,000 vulnerable and disadvantaged youth, including those who are uninsured and lack access to health services. This program addresses health disparity and aims for health equity.

Dr. Diaz has been a member of the Board of Directors of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and President and Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Children’s Aid Society of New York. She has been a White House Fellow, a member of the Food and Drug Administration Pediatric Advisory Committee, and a member of the National Institutes of Health State of the Science Conference on Preventing Violence and Related Health Risk Social Behaviors in Adolescents. She served on an advisory panel for the NIH Reproductive Sciences Branch. She reviews grants for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and for the NIH Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the NIH Partners in Research Program, the NIH Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, and the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The NIH has awarded several major grants to Dr. Diaz and her research team at the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center.

In 2003, Dr. Diaz chaired the National Advisory Committee on Children and Terrorism for the Department of Health and Human Services. She was elected in 2008 as a member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies (elected to the IOM Council in 2013 and appointed Chair of the Board on Children, Youth and Families in 2013). In 2009, Dr. Diaz was appointed by Mayor M. Bloomberg to the New York City Commission for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) Runaway and Homeless Youth Taskforce.

Dr. Diaz is active in public policy and advocacy in the U.S. and has conducted many international health projects in Asia, Central and South America, Europe and Africa. She is a frequent speaker at conferences throughout the country and around the world.
Board of Directors

Jeffrey S. Atkin

Treasurer
Jeffrey S. Atkin founded and developed Sustainable Forest Systems LP ("SFS") in 1991. He researched and created the fundamental macro-economic framework, biological and political screens, markets, capital formation, and management team to form one of the world's first integrated and sustainably managed tropical hardwood businesses in Paraguay, South America. The business became recognized as one of the few on-time/on-quality FSC certified tropical hardwood businesses to supply North American and Asian customers.

More recently, Jeffrey led a $40 million investment extending the business concept in Santa Cruz, Bolivia working extensively with community and indigenous groups to secure long-term timber leases and create an FSC certified timber resource of approximately 550,000 hectares. He was responsible for the financing, planning and implementation of a greenfield sawmill and veneer mill complex considered the most robust in S. America.

Recently, Sustainable Forest Systems was awarded recognition from Universities Superannuation Scheme and Hewitt Bacon & Woodrow in the global competition "Managing Pension Fund Assets As If The Long Term Really Did Matter." From a total of 88 entries, the judging panel comprising seven senior industry experts selected Sustainable Forest Systems' entry as the runner up of the corporate category.

Prior to starting SFS from 1981 to 1989 Mr. Atkin was Principal of Atkin Petroleum Group, one of the first and largest spread market makers for heating oil, gasoline, and crude oil. and subsequently Managing Partner, Astroline Pacific Corporation and Astroline Trading Corporation, two commercial petroleum trading companies specializing in hedge strategies for the petroleum markets. He was a member of the New York Mercantile Exchange from 1980 to 1996.

He graduated from Amherst College in 1979.

Elizabeth (Liz) Creel

Elizabeth (Liz) Creel is a senior technical advisor and project director at John Snow Inc. and John Snow Research & Training Institute, a global public health consulting firm and affiliated non-profit organization based in Boston, MA with offices in the U.S. and worldwide. Presently, she leads a $210 million USAID-funded global community health project that works in nearly 30 countries across 15 different technical sectors. She also serves on the board of the Global Health Council, the leading membership organization supporting and connecting advocates, implementers and stakeholders around global health priorities worldwide.

Previously, Liz led a multidisciplinary communications team in support of USAID’s Global Health Bureau and managed public policy, advocacy and communications efforts for several non-profit organizations. In addition, she worked as a senior technical officer for the Population Reference Bureau where she managed a team to communicate family planning, gender, and population, health and environment research findings and designed capacity building workshops in Africa, Latin America and the United States. Liz also served as a project manager for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on global efforts to restore the ozone layer and to mitigate climate change.

She earned a MPH (with a focus on international health promotion) from George Washington University, an MA in International Relations/Economics from Johns Hopkins University, and a BA from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY. In her spare time, Liz enjoys hiking, running and swimming, digital media and visual arts, reading and music, volunteering, spending time with her 14-year old dog, and traveling with her husband and grown children.

Shailja Dixit

Shailja is an accomplished healthcare executive and has 15+ years of industry experience. She has served in a variety of leadership roles and has a 360 degree understanding of healthcare. She has been instrumental in laying the foundation for new value models for assessing new products, has spearheaded many large-scale collaborative research initiatives that enable public and private partnerships, and has led successful global launches of new products. Shailja has also worked in the device industry (GE Healthcare) and was responsible for leading strategy for incubation projects at GE healthcare.

Shailja is a sought after thought-leader and presents at numerous conferences and roundtables. Shailja was recognized as a Top 50 Big Data leader influencing the pharmaceutical and payer industry. She was also featured in Pharmaceutical Executive Magazine’s cover page from volume to value. She was awarded GE’s Innovators Award in 2009 and has been awarded patents for her work by USPTO. She is also a guest lecturer at Columbia University Business School. She is also an active member and fellow of Health Innovation Technology Lab, NYC, and serves on the advisory board of Rutgers CX program.

Shailja is a trained physician. She completed her Master in Informatics from University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ and holds a Masters in Public Health/Health Management from Columbia University, NYC.

Shailja is passionate about girl child education and women in science. She sits on the board of nonprofit organizations supporting these causes and serves as a mentor to many under-privileged girls.

Shailja resides in Princeton area with her husband, son and a dog. She loves the outdoors and her favorite weekend activities are biking, hiking and reading.

Tom Green

Tom Green serves as President of the Board for CorStone. Tom previously held executive positions with Transamerica, General Mills and his own development company in Russia. He has been involved with CorStone for over 30 years in a variety of capacities. Tom holds a BS in computer engineering and an MBA, both from Stanford University.

Seema Kumar

Seema is Vice President of Innovation, Global Health and Science Policy Communication for Johnson & Johnson. In this role, she drives Johnson & Johnson's reputation as a pioneer and partner of choice in innovation, research and development (R&D), and public health. Her responsibilities include enterprise-wide communications regarding Johnson & Johnson innovation and R&D in pharmaceuticals, medical devices and consumer products, as well as medical safety and ethics, domestic and international policy affecting the sciences, and public health. She leads communication for the Office of the Chief Scientific Officer, including the Johnson & Johnson Innovation Centers and the Office of the Chief Medical Officer. As a champion of science and innovation, STEM, global health, and mentorship for women and minorities, she is a frequent guest speaker and lecturer at international forums.

Prior to joining the J&J Family of Companies in 2003, Seema was the Chief Communications Officer at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research /Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Center for Genome Research, the flagship center for the Human Genome Project. She played a leadership role in enhancing worldwide public awareness and understanding of Project, the effort to map and sequence the genetic blueprint for a human being. Previously, Seema held positions of increasing leadership at the National Institutes of Health and the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, where she launched and led a variety of initiatives to communicate and position the latest scientific advances and policy implications and STEM initiatives for high school students.

Seema is active in many professional affiliations, serves on several external advisory boards and is the author of more than 200 news and feature articles on science and medicine, for which she has won several awards. She holds a master of arts degree in science journalism from the University of Maryland, which included a fellowship at the National Cancer Institute, and a bachelor of science and communication from the University of Maryland, and a bachelor of science in physics from Stella Maris College, in Madras, India.

Growing up in India, Seema was taught from an early age by her father, a physicist and an engineer, the importance of a STEM education to advance societal innovation and to her own career development. Today, Seema lives in New Jersey with her husband and teenage son. In her free time, she enjoys healthy cooking, reading and spending time with friends and family.

Dan Lynch


Dan Lynch is a private investor. He is the founder of Interop, now a division of United Business Media. As a founding member of the Internet Society, Lynch is active in computer networking with a primary focus in promoting the spread of the Internet. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Santa Fe Institute, the Bionomics Institute and is an investor in a number of startup companies in the Internet arena. He was a founder of CyberCash, the technology behind PayPal.

Dan puts the bulk of his current energy into serving on the boards of mental and physical health agencies worldwide.

Joel Yanowitz

Secretary
Mr. Yanowitz is a co-founder and vice president of Innovation Associates. With over 30 years experience helping organizations address pressing business and organizational challenges, he is known for his ability to help leaders accelerate progress on important business results. Mr. Yanowitz is also an expert at facilitating executive team alignment. His clients have included Nissan, Clorox, EMC, Current TV, The Coca Cola Company, Travelocity.com, Daimler Chrysler, British Petroleum, Cendant, The United Methodist Church, as well as numerous small and mid-sized organizations.

In addition to his coaching and consulting expertise, he has held leadership roles in running companies, managing sales, and launching start-ups. From 1995-2000, Mr. Yanowitz was a Vice President of Arthur D. Little, a global management consulting and technology development company, where he led the Organization Practice and co-led the Strategy Practice in North America. He also serves on a number of corporate and non-profit boards.

He graduated from Columbia University's Advanced Program in Organizational Development and Human Resources Management, and lives in Mill Valley, California, where he enjoys tennis and mountain biking and holds a second-degree black belt in Aikido.
Founders

Jerry Jampolsky, M.D.

Founder | Consultant
Gerald G. Jampolsky, M.D. is a graduate of Stanford Medical School and a former faculty member of the University of California School of Medicine in San Francisco, where he has held fellowships in child psychiatry at Langley Porter Neuropsychiatric Institute. Dr. Jampolsky currently serves on the faculty of the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine—Department of Complimentary and Alternative Medicine.

Dr. Jampolsky has lectured in over 50 countries and is an internationally recognized authority in the fields of psychiatry, mental health, loss and grief, death and dying, and education. In 1975, he and some friends established the original Center for Attitudinal Healing in Tiburon, California, where children and adults with life threatening illness found peace of mind that was transforming for them and their families. Through his work at the Center, Dr. Jampolsky created the first Peer Support Group Model now used extensively worldwide. In 1987, he helped co-found with Dr. Cirincione the AIDS Hotline for Kids based at the Center.

There are now numerous Centers for Attitudinal Healing all serving their communities in 20+ countries. He also founded in 1981 the International Project, “Children As Teachers Of Peace” – bridging children around the world. Dr. Jampolsky is the recipient of numerous international awards including the Temple Award for Creative Altruism, the National Humanitarian Homecare Award, and the National Senate Diploma of Honor of Argentina. In 2005 in Washington, D.C. Dr Jampolsky was awarded the prestigious Excellence in Medicine – Pride in the Profession Award by the American Medical Association for his contribution of Attitudinal Healing to the field of global health as well as his lifetime work as a humanitarian and role model for other physicians.

Dr. Jampolsky is also a Founding General Partner and Co-producer with musician Carlos Santana of Architects of a New Dawn, a global company dedicated to transformative media. Dr. Jampolsky has published extensively with Dr. Cirincione and is also the author of Love is Letting Go Of Fear; Teach Only Love: The 12 Principles of Attitudinal Healing; Goodbye to Guilt; Out of Darkness Into the Light; One Person Can Make a Difference; Shortcuts to God; and Forgiveness, The Greatest Healer of All. www.JerryJampolsky.com

Diane V. Cirincione, Ph.D.

Senior Consultant
Diane V. Cirincione, Ph.D. joined Dr. Jampolsky and the original Center for Attitudinal Healing in 1981 where she continues to this day to do global outreach. She is a therapist and former postdoctoral clinical researcher at Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Cirincione currently serves on the faculty of the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine – Department of Complimentary and Alternative Medicine. In addition to her Masters Degree and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, she also has expertise and holds a B.S. Degree in Organizational Behavior and a specialization in Women’s Issues.

Dr. Cirincione is an internationally known lecturer and author as well as an entrepreneur with 35 years business experience in corporate as well as her own four companies. She is President of the Jampolsky Outreach Foundation, a non-profit foundation responding to worldwide requests to introduce and mentor culturally appropriate adaptations of Attitudinal Healing; integrating this innovative, time tested psycho-social-spiritual model into every aspect of daily life. She is a Founding General Partner and Co-producer with musician Carlos Santana of Architects of a New Dawn, a global company dedicated to transformative media. She serves on the Board of Directors of Mo-DV, a Silicon Valley technology company, as well as on numerous International Advisory Boards.

From 1982-1992, through the project, "Children As Teachers of Peace,” Dr. Cirincione inspired individuals to bridge youth from conflicting countries around the world including Russia, China, and Central America. She is the recipient of over a dozen international awards including the World Health Foundation Integrated Medicine Award, Ghandi-King Season for Non Violence Award, and the National Caring Institute Award. She has lectured in over 50 countries and throughout the United States on psychology, mental and physical health, the power of attitudes, choices, challenges, and change.

In addition to extensive work overseas, Dr. Cirincione is author of Sounds of the Morning Sun and The Identification of Relationships Between Women Witnessing Spousal Abuse in Childhood and Psychological Symptomatic Distress in Adulthood. She is co-author with Dr. Jampolsky of Love Is The Answer; Wake-Up Calls; Change Your Mind, Change Your Life; Simple Thoughts That Can Change Your Life; and for children, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes. Their newest books are A Mini Course for Life and Finding Our Way Home. www.DianeCirincione.com.

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