Development Starts Inside | CorStone

Leadership

CorStone Team

At CorStone, we’ve built an experienced, global team committed to the potential within each of us to transcend and transform poverty, conflict, and oppression.

By fostering the skills of inner well-being, we help youth and young women around the world to transform their life trajectories and flourish despite significant challenges.

Leadership

Steve Leventhal | CorStone

Steve Leventhal

Chief Executive Officer

Since joining CorStone as Chief Executive Officer in 2008, Steve Leventhal has focused on helping some of the world’s most marginalized and economically disadvantaged populations to find their personal strengths, advocate for their rights, and become agents of positive societal change. Under Steve’s leadership, CorStone’s evidence-based resilience programs have reached upwards of 100,000 youth and women living in poverty in India, Kenya, and the US. Steve oversees all strategic planning, program development, external relations, and operations for the organization. During Steve’s tenure, CorStone has pioneered the development, implementation, and scale-up of some of the first personal resilience and positive psychology programs delivered in low and middle-income countries.

Steve came to this work after a near-fatal car crash, in which, as his car tumbled down an embankment, he found a renewed purpose: to empower under-served adolescent youth, particularly girls and young women, to unleash their inner potential, transform their circumstances, and thrive in the face of pervasive adversity and conflict.

Steve Leventhal has 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. Previously, at Population Services International | PSI, he brought together leading global private and public health partners to launch an innovative web-based medical training program for 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 an MPA with an emphasis in organizational psychology and conflict management from The Evans School of Public Affairs, University of Washington, Seattle, WA. He holds a 4th-degree black belt in the martial art of Aikido.

In 2019, Steve received the Outstanding Practitioner Award at the 2019 World Congress of Positive Psychology, awarded bi-annually to a practitioner who has shown outstanding excellence and impact in advancing the practices of positive psychology in ethical and evidence-based ways.

Kate Sachs Leventhal | CorStone

Kate Sachs Leventhal

Chief Program Officer

Kate Sachs Leventhal serves as CorStone’s Chief Program Officer, where she oversees all projects, including research and implementation, for the organization.

Throughout her time at CorStone, Kate has led and collaborated on the design, adaptation, implementation, evaluation, and scale-up of multiple resilience-based curricula for youth, women and young parents, including Girls First, Youth First | India, Youth First | Kenya, the Self-Help Group Resilience Project, and the Marin City Parent Academy.

Kate has brought together diverse teams of experts in resilience, global health, and community development to create, test, and roll-out holistic curricula. She has additionally overseen the development and piloting of some of the first resilience-based measurement packages in use in any developing country setting during these projects. Kate has authored a number of peer-reviewed publications regarding these programs and related studies, published in journals such as Social Science and Medicine, Journal of Adolescence, and BMC Trials.

Kate joined CorStone in 2011 after working with BasicNeeds UK in Kenya and Caritas Nyeri, Kenya on some of the first community mental health programs in that country. Kate graduated from Harvard University with a BA in Social Anthropology where she focused on mental health and international development. She received a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Counseling and Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley.

Gracy Andrew | CorStone

Gracy Andrew

Special Advisor | India

Gracy Andrew serves as Special Advisor to CorStone, providing strategic and programmatic guidance to its US, India and global initiatives.

From 2012-2022 Gracy served as CorStone’s Vice President + Country Director in India, playing a key role in launching, expanding, and supervising CorStone’s programs and research efforts in India and establishing the organization’s local subsidiary, CorStone India Foundation, with offices in Delhi, Patna and Darbhanga. In 2013-14, Gracy spearheaded one of the largest effectiveness trials on a resilience program ever conducted in a low- and middle-income country. In addition to her advisory duties, Gracy continues to represent CorStone regularly at conferences and workshops focused on adolescent health, mental health, and education in India and globally.

Gracy is a clinical psychologist by profession. Before joining CorStone in 2012, Gracy was with Sangath Society, a renowned leader in the field of mental health since its inception in 1996. At Sangath she worked in various capacities including as program head of the adolescent program for several years and as Executive Director for two years.

An experienced qualitative researcher, Gracy has worked as a consultant to many organizations. She is co-author of several publications in India and globally, including the national report on the Adolescent Health Needs study, Teachers Toolkit, Barefoot Counseling Manual, and other scientific papers. She also has been involved in developing various interventions and training programs for youth in the areas of mental health and adolescent health.

Gracy has contributed to training resources at the national level in India including the RKSK, and more recently for the Ayushnan Bharath program. She was also recently appointed as a member of the World Health Organization’s guidance development group for promotional programs on global adolescent mental health.

Nandita Bhatla | CorStone

Nandita Bhatla

Country Director | India

As CorStone’s Country Director in India, Nandita Bhatla oversees all strategic planning, program implementation, training, assessment, operations and fund development in India.

Previously Nandita served as Program Director, overseeing all CorStone programs in India, including training, implementation and monitoring. She also served as a key member of CorStone’s scalability team, working to ensure strategic and sustainable approaches to scale-up of CorStone’ Youth First and Girls First | KGBV programs.

Prior to joining CorStone, Nandita served as Senior Technical Specialist and thematic lead for the portfolio on gender, gender-based violence and rights at the Asia Regional Office of the International Center for Research on Women | ICRW. She has nearly 20 years of experience in the field of gender and development, with particular expertise in gender mainstreaming and gender analysis, primary prevention of gender-based violence, and understanding the links between gender-based violence and other development issues such as education, women’s property rights, HIV/AIDS, and governance.

Prior to ICRW, Nandita worked extensively with community organizations in India, designing and implementing need-based and gender-integrated programs. She is an active contributor to strategic advocacy networks and groups on issues of gender mainstreaming, gender-based violence and land rights for women in India. She has developed educational curricula on adolescent reproductive health, education, and gender and edited news-feature magazines; as well as served as a resource for training on participatory material creation related to gender and health. Nandita also was part of pioneering efforts to set up residential schools for adolescent girls for continuing education in an Uttar Pradesh district. In the same district, she also trained a team of rural, neo-literate women in journalism, to produce an award-winning local newspaper.

Nandita has a master’s degree in science, with a specialization in child development from Lady Irwin College, Delhi University. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in social science from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.

Peter Cooper | CorStone

Peter Cooper

Sr. Monitoring, Evaluation + Learning Specialist

Peter Cooper serves as CorStone’s Senior Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Specialist. In this role, he supports and advises on CorStone’s monitoring, evaluation, and research activities and strategy. He also supports data cleaning, analysis, and results dissemination for CorStone’s evaluation and research studies.

Peter has nearly 25 years of experience in the education sector, including 18 years of experience doing program evaluation and research internationally and in the US. He has led impact evaluations in 18 countries across Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and North America. He has also led qualitative and quantitative research studies funded by  USAID, DFID, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Echidna Giving, the IKEA Foundation, and Pearson Education. Peter’s primary research interests include life skills and resilience programming for youth, early-grade literacy acquisition, teacher quality, family and community engagement, and behavior and habit change. Peter began his career as a Peace Corps volunteer in Cameroon and has six years of experience as a classroom teacher at both the primary and secondary levels.

Peter holds a master’s degree in international education policy from Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Bowdoin College. 

Rajiv Ranjan Prasad | CorStone

Rajiv Ranjan Prasad

Chief Advisor | Bihar

Rajiv Ranjan Prasad serves as Chief Advisor to CorStone in Bihar, helping to facilitate the scale-up of its Youth First and Girls First | KGBV programs through the Education Department of Bihar, India.

Rajiv ji is a retired Class—I Officer of Bihar Education Services who served in several capacities for 32 years with Department of Education in Bihar. He has vast experience in Administration, Planning, and Practicing and Implementation education policy. His tenure of service in the field of Education has been well-recognized by Government of Bihar.

Rajiv ji’s career has been distinguished by his ability to give birth to innovative ideas in the field of school education. He envisioned periodic assessments as an integral part of quality education and achieving learning outcomes in Bihar. During his tenure with the Bihar Education Project Council, he worked to develop a diagnostic tool called ‘Mulyankan Hastak’, recognized as a milestone in the field of education across the state of Bihar and was awarded the prestigious Skoch Gold Award for his efforts.

Prior to joining Bihar Education Service, Rajiv ji served as Judicial Magistrate in Bihar.

Rajiv ji holds a degree of Law from Patna University. He also has a Bachelor degree in Education.

During his service tenure, Rajiv ji received numerous trainings on leadership and management development from premier institutes of India such as Lal Bahadur Shastri National Administrative Academy Massoorie, Indian Institute Of Management, Lucknow, Chandragupta Institute of Management, Patna, National Institutes of Rural Development, Hyderabad, NCERT, and NEUPA.


Brigid Fister | CorStone

Brigid Fister

Program Associate

Brigid Fister graduated from the Harvard Graduate School of Education | HGSE in May 2022 with a Master’s Degree in Education Policy and Analysis and a concentration in Global, International, and Comparative Education. During her time at HGSE she was able to work on consulting projects focused on qualitative research and program design for domestic and international clients.

Brigid’s desire to work in education was solidified during her time as a Peace Corps Volunteer (PCV) in Dhading, Nepal, where Brigid worked as an English teacher. In addition to classroom teaching, Brigid created an after-school program in her village focused on art, conversational English, and discussions of mental health and societal inequities. She was also able to facilitate teacher trainings and professional development sessions for Nepali public school teachers through the Peace Corps Virtual Service Pilot Project.

Prior to her Peace Corps service, Brigid studied at Bard College where she graduated in 2018 with a degree in Writing. She spends her free time hiking with her dog, riding horses, painting, and writing.

Abigail Russo | CorStone

Abigail Russo

Instructional Design Manager

Abigail Russo serves as CorStone’s Instructional Design Manager. In this role, she oversees and manages all curricula and training materials for CorStone’s programs in India, Kenya, and Rwanda in collaboration with local directors and managers.

Abigail’s passion for supporting students and educators grew while working at Mumbai Mobile Creches, a non-profit organization in Mumbai, India that serves children of migrant workers. Since then, she has managed a diverse suite of global health and professional development projects alongside academic, non-profit, government, corporate, and grassroots leaders around the world. At Boston Children’s Hospital, she managed a maternal and newborn health research program in Ethiopia, studying the clinical and social factors that support newborn health.

She also developed an innovative online professional development curriculum at the Boston University School of Medicine to help junior researchers leverage their research to impact public health policy. Most recently, she worked as a learning consultant to propose and design innovative educational solutions to help clients train safe and competent employees.

Abigail has a master’s degree in International Education Policy from Harvard University and a B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis.


Program Staff | Field Operations

Madhulika Mani | CorStone

Madhulika Mani

Senior Training Officer

As a Senior Training Officer, Madhulika Mani trains and monitors CorStone’s training staff to lead and implement CorStone’s 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 an M.Sc. in Environmental Science from Magadh University, Bodhgaya, Bihar.

Binod Kumar | CorStone

Binod Kumar

Strategic Partnerships + Government Relations

As Strategic Partnerships + Government Relations manager, Binod Kumar oversees all government relations and advocacy for CorStone’s projects and programs in Bihar. His work experience spans 13 years in the field of Development/Social sector.

Prior to joining CorStone, Binod served as Deputy Field Coordinator, Nutrition Project for Medicine Sans Frontieres (MSF)/ Doctors Without Borders in Darbhanga district of Bihar. During his association with MSF, he worked closely on a variety of humanitarian issues. Prior to MSF, he worked as Research Fellow at Asian Development Research Institute | ADRI, Patna, Bihar.

Binod holds a BA Degree in History from Delhi University, Delhi, and he completed his MA in Public Administration from Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohatak, Haryana. He also holds a Post Graduate Diploma on Public Health Management from the Indian Institute of Public Health, Public Health Foundation of India, Delhi.

Sharanya Gautam | CorStone

Sharanya Gautam

Training Manager

As CorStone’s Training Manager, Sharanya Gautam oversees all technical training of CorStone training officers as well as program partners in India, including government and NGO officials, schoolteachers and community women. She is also a key member of CorStone’s scalability team, working to ensure strategic approaches to scale-up of CorStone’s Youth First and Girls First| KGBV programs in India.

Sharanya is a Chevening Scholar (2016 -17) and has post-graduate degrees in Social Policy and Planning (London School of Economics, 2017), and Media and Cultural Studies (Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, 2010). She has a bachelor’s degree in Statistics from Lady Sriram College for Women, Delhi (2008). Previously, she was Assistant Director at VOICE 4 Girls, where she led Program Development and Communications and assisted the executive director in scaling the program. In this role, Sharanya developed adolescent girl-focused curricula that have been implemented in over five Indian states and reached several thousand girls.

Sharanya also ran training for youth, resource persons and community mobilizers across geographies. In early 2018, Sharanya was chosen to be part of the first cohort to be trained by the Prevention Collaborative, an international collaborative of academics and practitioners working towards the prevention of gender-based violence.

Sharanya has a keen interest in issues related to gender, identity, education, and culture, and has worked on several projects with organizations such as BRAC in London, Srishti School of Design in Bangalore, Majlis in Mumbai, and Centre for Education and Documentation in Bangalore. She has also reported on these issues as a journalist with The Times of India in Chennai.

Hari Shanker | CorStone

Hari Shanker

State Program Manager | Bihar

Hari Shanker serves as State Program Manager | Bihar, supervising all aspects of the programs, including implementation, evaluation, and scale-up. He has more than 10 years of professional experience in development and management of programs and monitoring and evaluation 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. Prior to joining CorStone in 2013, Hari served at Pragya where he worked on maternal and child health issues in the Himalayan region to reduce infant and maternal mortality rates.

Vivek Sharma | CorStone

Vivek Sharma

HR Manager | India

As CorStone’s Human Resources Manager, Vivek brings over 20 years of diverse experience in strategic and leadership roles in Human Resources, Leadership Development and Organizational Effectiveness. He has been associated with multinational organizations like American Express, Vertex Data Science, Bank of America and InterContinental Hotels Group.

Vivek has a Post-Graduate Diploma in Human Resources Management from IMT Ghaziabad. He has completed an Executive Program in Human Resources Management from Indian Institute of Management | IIM Lucknow. Vivek holds a Bachelor’s in Science | B.Sc. majoring in Zoology from Pune University and a Master’s Degree in Tourism Administration from Devi Ahilya University, Indore.


Jackson Joseph | CorStone

Jackson Joseph

Finance + Administration

As CorStone’s Manager, Finance and Administration, Jackson Joseph oversees administrative, finance policies, procedures and procurement in CorStone’s state offices in India.

Prior to joining CorStone, Jackson served as Finance and Administration Manager at Partnering Hope into Action Foundation, a Delhi-based nonprofit organization. Previously, at Emmanuel Hospital Association, Jackson was engaged as a Finance Manager in the Global Fund Tuberculosis Project. Prior to that, he served as Finance Officer at World Vision India.

Jackson holds a BA in Mathematics from SGTB Khalsa College (Delhi University), Delhi, and an MBA in Finance from Delhi Institute of Advanced Studies, GGSIP University. He also holds a Bachelor of Law | LLB from CCS University, Uttar Pradesh, and received a Post Graduate Diploma in Public Accounting from Bharathiar University.


Scientific Advisory Board

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.

Chris Underhill

Chris Underhill MBE works as an organizational development consultant, is a social entrepreneur in the field of quality of life and health, and is a mentor and a thinker in the field of community and development.

He has developed a number of social enterprises, for example, Thrive, an organization working in gardening, disability, and community and ADD International, working in the developing world with disabled people creating systems of representation, advocacy, and policy creation. He has created several organizations in the field of global mental health, e.g. BasicNeeds which promotes the Model for Mental Health and Development created by Chris in 2000. He runs his own mentoring practice called Mentor Services and presents on health, quality of life, mental health, and resilience.

Chris is co-founder of a new organization benefitting social entrepreneurs: The Elders Council for Social Entrepreneurs. He is a Skoll Foundation awardee in Social Entrepreneurship, an awardee in Social Entrepreneurship of the Schwab Foundation, and a Senior Fellow of Ashoka and has been honored with an MBE by HRH the Queen for his work in disability.


Jane Gillham, Ph.D.

Jane Gillham is a clinical psychologist, researcher and educator. She is a professor and current chair of Psychology at Swarthmore College.

Jane’s scholarship and applied work focuses on resilience and well-being in young people. Much of this work aims to develop, evaluate, and disseminate school and community-based well-being programs. She is particularly interested in programs that aim to prevent depression and other common difficulties among children and adolescents, and programs that aim to promote resilience, character strengths, and other aspects of social and emotional well-being.

Jane regularly collaborates with schools and other organizations and with researchers at many other academic institutions throughout the world. Together with her collaborators, she has developed several well-being programs and curricula. Jane has led several large-scale evaluations of school and community well-being programs, including projects funded by the United States’ National Institute of Mental Health and the United States’ Department of Education. She is the author of numerous academic articles. She is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Positive Psychology, and has served on the editorial boards for Psychological Bulletin and the International Journal of Emotional Education. Together with Drs. Seligman, Reivich and Jaycox, she is a co-author of The Optimistic Child.

Jane completed her B.A. in Psychology at Princeton University, her Ph.D. in Psychology 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 teaching at Swarthmore for the past 20 years, Jane has also taught courses at the University of Pennsylvania’s Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program and worked as a Research Associate at the University of Pennsylvania’s Positive Psychology Center.

Elizabeth Garner, MD, MHP

Elizabeth Garner is a seasoned strategic- and business-minded pharmaceutical executive with a career-long focus on addressing unsolved issues and conditions that affect physical and mental health and quality of life. Born and raised in Nigeria, she brings a global worldview to her work in both the corporate and non-profit worlds. With fifteen years of experience in pharma, Dr. Garner has wide expertise in drug development, including clinical trial design and conduct, US and ex-US regulatory affairs and submissions, FDA Advisory Committee strategy and execution, commercial launch planning, medical affairs, and pharmacovigilance. She is highly skilled in the assessment of early- and late-stage therapeutic, device, and diagnostic product candidates and is frequently called upon to provide advice to emerging companies.

Elizabeth is Chief Scientific Officer of Ferring Pharmaceuticals US, a leading global pharmaceutical company focused on reproductive and maternal health, where she leads clinical development and operations, regulatory affairs, biometrics, medical affairs, and safety/pharmacovigilance. As an Executive Leadership Team member, she provides strategic leadership on the company’s overall development strategy. Previously she was Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of ObsEva, a Swiss-based company focused on addressing serious unmet needs in women’s health. From 2014 to 2019, Elizabeth was CMO of Agile Therapeutics, and led the Phase 3 clinical development of Twirla®, Agile’s novel contraceptive patch. She was the core presenter/moderator for the October 2019 BRUDAC FDA Advisory Committee (Ad Com) Meeting and achieved a 14:1 positive committee vote which resulted in FDA approval of Twirla in February 2020. She also led the medical aspects of Agile’s pre-launch activities. From 2012 to 2014, Dr. Garner was VP of Medical Affairs for Myriad Genetics’ Preventive Care Business Unit, and before that, she was Senior Director at Abbott Laboratories, where she oversaw all clinical aspects of the global Phase 3 endometriosis program for elagolix (Orilissa®).

From 2007 to 2011, Dr. Garner was Associate Director then Director of Clinical Research at Merck. As a leader on the HPV vaccine program, she was instrumental in achieving successful outcomes for important Gardasil® regulatory submissions. Dr. Garner also served as chair of the Gardasil®9 Product Development Team, leading scientific, regulatory, market access, and medical affairs strategies, and was the core presenter/moderator for the successful 2010 Gardasil® FDA VRBP Ad Com Meeting. During her time at Merck, she had substantial involvement in HPV vaccine commercialization strategy and participated in multiple due diligence projects, including the in-licensing of bezlotoxumab (ZinplavaTM).

Elizabeth commenced her corporate board work in 2019 and is a currently on the BOD of Kezar Life Sciences (KZR), a publicly traded company developing novel therapies for autoimmune diseases and cancer (Audit and Clinical Strategy/Execution Committees). She is also on the BOD of Sermonix Pharmaceuticals, focused on targeted therapies for breast cancer (Scientific Committee/Nominating and Governance Committee Chair). In February 2022, Garner joined the BOD of Medicines360, a non-profit organization with a mission to remove cost as a barrier to health by developing and providing affordable women’s health products. Elizabeth is also President-Elect of the American Medical Women’s Association, a professional organization whose mission is to advance women in medicine, advocate for equity, and ensure excellence in healthcare.

Dr. Garner received joint M.D. and M.P.H. degrees from Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health. She trained in obstetrics and gynecology at Brigham and Women’s (BWH)/Massachusetts General Hospitals and completed a fellowship in gynecologic oncology at BWH/Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Prior to transitioning into industry, she was Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School, where she focused on academic clinical practice, basic science ovarian cancer research, and teaching and mentorship of residency and fellowship trainees and medical students.
Elizabeth has extensive experience as a media spokesperson and is a frequent panelist and speaker on a range of topics including women’s health, women’s leadership, and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). She is an author of close to 40 peer-reviewed scientific papers, and recently published her first essay in Harvard Medicine Magazine, on the topic of stigma and myth in women’s health. Elizabeth was a 2019 awardee of the PharmaVoice 100 Most Inspiring Individuals in the life sciences industry and is the 2022 recipient of the Women in Science Award from the American Medical Women’s Association. In December 2021, she joined Chief, an organization specifically designed for senior women leaders to strengthen their leadership journeys, cross-pollinate ideas across industries, and effect change from the top down.

Board of Directors

Joel Yanowitz | Board Chair

Joel Yanowitz Joel Yanowitz is the founder and president of The Cascade Group. With over 30 years of 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.

Tracy Peterson | Treasurer

Tracy Peterson, Vice President of Global Learning for Hitachi Vantara, has 20+ years of experience in the training and development industry driving customer adoption and engagement.  She is a recognized expert in the business of learning and has led award-winning training programs for Hitachi, ADP, HP, and SAP Concur.

A champion for diversity, inclusion, and equity in the workplace, Tracy has served as a board member for the Hitachi Vantara Office of Diversity and Inclusion and as the executive sponsor for the Women of Hitachi employee resource group which helps women connect and succeed in the workplace.  She was recently named one of the top 50 Women of Impact for 2023 by the Women Impact Tech organization.

Tracy holds a Master’s Degree in Education and Human Development with an emphasis on Educational Technology Leadership from The George Washington University.

Samantha Ory

Samantha Ory is a founder and General Partner with Private Equity firm Ouroboros Group, which invests in Consumer, Healthcare and the Manufacturing and Distribution spaces. Ouroboros uses active deal sourcing via an algorithmic sourcing strategy that the team developed to identify quality and proprietary investments at inception. Prior to Ouroboros, Samantha was on the investment team at Generation Equity Capital and has been active in sourcing, evaluating, and executing on investment opportunities as well as developing investment theses across various sectors. Prior to joining Generation, Samantha was at Corporate Fuel Advisors where she advised clients on a variety of M&A and financing transactions.

Prior experience includes working at a start-up quant hedge fund as an algorithm/back tester and Capital Markets at Morgan Stanley with a focus on the consumer sector. Samantha received her BBA in Design & Management, Summa Cum Laude, from Parsons The New School For Design. Most recently, she received an MBA from Brandeis University where she graduated top 5% with a concentration in Finance & Economics and a minor in Social Policy. Samantha’s interests include Golf, Blackjack, Skiing, Electric Guitar, Competitive distance running, and Mixed Martial Arts.

Samantha is passionate about incorporating fitness-for-a-cause into her routine and is an active fundraiser for The Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Charity events include boxing for cancer research with Haymakers For Hope, running the 2018 Boston Marathon, and most recently running the B.A.A. Half Marathon with Team Dana Farber to raise awareness and funding. Her firm also sponsors and teaches rising division one athletes about money management as they go on to become draft picks for the NFL and NBA. Samantha is also passionate about Broadway, music and the arts and serves on multiple committees within these spaces including at The Met, Frick, and MOMA where she hopes to instill learning and interest within the next generation.


Shannon Lucas | Secretary

Shannon Lucas, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Catalyst Constellations, has over twenty years’ experience working with startups, launching her own ventures, and driving innovation into the world’s largest companies. Shannon is a best-selling author Move Fast, Break Shit, Burn Out; The Catalyst’s Guide to Working Well. She is a passionate thought leader about creating sustainable organizations in every sense of the word—for people, planet and profit.

In 2017, Shannon launched Catalyst Constellations, a change accelerator dedicated to helping organizations accelerate change by empowering their innate change makers—aka Catalysts. Catalyst Constellations creates the tools, resources, and research, along with physical and virtual spaces to connect, to support the global Catalyst community. Their mission to help Catalysts amplify and accelerate positive impact around the world.

In her previous roles, as EVP of Emerging Business at Ericsson, Senior Innovation Architect at Cisco’s Hyper-innovation Living Lab and Director of Innovation at Vodafone Global Enterprise, Shannon empowered Fortune 500 businesses to stay agile, competitive and sustainable through the adoption of new technologies and organizational structures.

Seema Kumar

Seema Kumar serves as Chief Executive Officer at Cure, an affiliate of Deerfield Management. Cure is a world-class laboratory, engineering, and business facility that brings together industry leaders and innovators across the private and public sectors to advance healthcare through the development of cutting-edge solutions across medical devices, digital technologies, healthcare services, and biotherapeutics.



Previously, Seema spent nearly 20 years in senior leadership positions, most recently serving as Global Head of the Office of Innovation, Global Health and Scientific Engagement. During her tenure, she led the launch of the company’s Innovation Centers, JLABS and Global Public Health initiatives, as well as the CoLaboratory at the World Economic Forum at Davos and the award-winning COVID-19 educational broadcast program, “The Road to a Vaccine.”



Previously, Seema drove Pharmaceutical R&D communication with the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson. She was the chief communications officer at the Whitehead Institute/Massachusetts Institute of Technology Center for Genome Research, where she played a key role in enhancing worldwide public awareness and understanding of the Human Genome Project. In addition, she worked with the U.S. National Institutes of Health, and at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions.



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. A passionate advocate for science and women’s empowerment, Seema has published hundreds of news and feature articles on these topics. She serves on several boards and advisory committees.

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.

Senior Consultants

Jerry Jampolsky, M.D.

Gerald G. Jampolsky, M.D. (dec.) a Child and Adult Psychiatrist, was the founder of the Center of Attitudinal Healing, the precursor organization to CorStone. Dr. Jampolsky died peacefully at his home on December 29, 2020 at the age of 95.

Dr. Jampolsky completed his pre-medical studies at the Stanford School of Medical Studies and a medical degree from Stanford University in 1950. He then interned at the U.S. Public Health Service Hospital in Boston and completed his residency at Langley Porter Neuropsychiatric Institute at UCSF.

During part of the Korean War he was the staff psychiatrist at Travis Air Force Base before working as a Child Psychiatrist fellow at Langley Porter and as an Assistant Clinical Professor at the USCF School of Medicine.

In 1975 Dr. Jampolsky founded the Center for Attitudinal Healing in Tiburon, CA with free services to help children facing life-threatening illnesses and death. It was the interactions inside a small waterfront building on Main St. in Tiburon that set him on a course to helping countless children and adults worldwide through the pioneering of Peer Support Groups and The Twelve Principles of Attitudinal Healing.

In 1981, he met his wife Diane Cirincione-Jampolsky, Ph.D. who worked side by side with him for 40 years and continues to this day as the Executive Director of Attitudinal Healing International, a network of independent Centers in 37 countries on six continents. The original Center moved to Sausalito in 1990 and in 2010, when the Sausalito School District needed to reclaim their space, the Center’s Groups moved into the Marin County community where they exist until this day. Over the years Attitudinal Healing has been adapted and innovated into the fields of mental and physical health, education, community, business, hospitals, prisons, and more.

Dr. Jampolsky received recognition when he was invited by Phil Donahue to appear on his talk show with children from the Center in 1979 which resulted in the Peabody Award for its’ groundbreaking subject matter. Soon after he appeared on 60 Minutes, Oprah, and with Cirincione, Good Morning America, The Today Show, CNN and hundreds of other national and international television and radio shows.

He went on to author and co-author with Cirincione 20 books in 32 languages, including many classics like “Love is Letting Go of Fear,” “Teach Only Love,” “Forgiveness, The Greatest Healer of All,” “Goodbye To Guilt,” and “Aging With Attitude.”

Apart from the ongoing work of mentoring the ever growing number of independent Centers, Drs. Jampolsky and Cirincione worked with the staff of San Francisco General Hospital on HIV/AIDS beginning in 1983 and culminating in a joint conference on “AIDS, Attitudinal Healing, and Burnout.”

They both spearheaded a campaign in 1986 to lessen the stigma of people with AIDS and over the next 10 years, travelled to 30 countries to educate and address the psycho-social aspects of the pandemic. He worked with his wife to inspire Jack Keeler, a cartoonist and graphic artist, to create a poster of a child with open arms that read “I Have AIDS, Please Hug Me, I Can’t Make You Sick.” This award winning image was first distributed by the World Health Organization to 142 countries in their AIDS Education Campaign in 1987 and later adopted as their most effective global symbol for AIDS in 2005.

Over the last four decades, Dr. Jampolsky received 20 international awards, most notably the American Medical Association’s “Excellence in Medicine_Pride of the Profession Award” as well as along with Cirincione, “The Ellis Island Medals of Honor.”

It is impossible to fully articulate how very beloved Jerry Jampolsky remains for positively impacting millions of people of all ages around the world during his long life.


Diane V. Cirincione, Ph.D.

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.


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