Leadership

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.

Leadership


Steve Leventhal | CorStone

Steve Leventhal

Executive Director

Since joining CorStone as executive director 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 50,000 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.



Lisa DeMaria | CorStone Research Director

Lisa DeMaria

Research Director

Lisa DeMaria MA DrPH, Research Director, has a master’s degree in International Development from The American University and a doctorate in public health from University of California, Berkeley. Lisa 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. Author of over 20 peer-reviewed journal articles, 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.



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.


Program Staff | Field Operations


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.



Binod Kumar | CorStone State Program Manager, Bihar

Binod Kumar

State Program Mgr | Bihar

As State Program Manager, Binod Kumar 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.



Nandita Bhatla | CorStone

Nandita Bhatla

Director | Training

Nandita Bhatla oversees all technical training of CorStone training officers as well as program partners 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.

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 trainings 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.



Hari Shanker | CorStone

Hari Shanker

Program Mgr | Youth First

Hari Shanker serves as Program Manager for the Youth First program in Bihar, India, supervising all aspects of the program. 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.


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.


Madhulika Mani | CorStone Team Leader, Training

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 a M.Sc. in Environmental Science from Magadh University, Bodhgaya, Bihar.

Archana | CorStone

Archana

Girls First Mgr | KGBV

Archana serves as Program Manager for the Girls First | KGBV program in Bihar, India, supervising all aspects of the program.

Archana holds a degree in History from Delhi University and a post-graduate Masters in Social Work from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. Prior to joining CorStone she worked with BalSakha, CRY- Child Rights and You | Delhi, UNICEF and various state government entities, on issues facing children, youth and women.

Subhalaxmi Sahoo | CorStone

Subhalaxmi Sahoo

Senior Training Officer

As a Senior Training Officer, Subhalaxmi Sahoo trains and monitors CorStone’s training staff to lead and implement CorStone’s resilience and adolescent health programs in Bihar.

Subhalaxmi has served as a Master trainer with CorStone since she joined the organization in 2013 for the launch of the first randomized controlled trial of the Girls First program.

Before joining CorStone, Subhalaxmi worked on several community awareness projects, including efforts to strengthen health systems and creating sustainable employment for youth and women in various districts of Odisha. She also worked as an Advocacy and Monitoring Officer with tribal communities in Odisha to implement and strengthen the Right To Education Act and Right To Information Act in local schools and communities.

Subhalaxmi holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology and a Masters in Social Work with specialization in Women and Child Welfare Development from Utkal University, Odisha.


Sharanya Gautam | CorStone

Sharanya Gautam

Program Coordinator

As Program Coordinator, Sharanya is responsible for coordinating qualitative research and documentation related to the Girls First and Youth First programmes at CorStone.

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 bachelors 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.

She 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 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.


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.


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.


Technical Advisory Board | Youth First

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.

Suneeta Krishnan, PhD

Suneeta Krishnan, PhD is a social epidemiologist with over 15 years of experience conducting research and engaging policymakers on the promotion of health and social equity, with a focus on India. Drawing on the theories and tools of social epidemiology, biostatistics and medical anthropology, she has studied the pathways through which poverty, gender and other social inequities lead to adverse health outcomes such as unintended pregnancies, HIV/AIDS, and noncommunicable diseases.

Using implementation science research frameworks and methods, she has developed and tested novel interventions to promote health and social equity. These projects have included interventions based in primary care settings and with networks of women’s self-help groups to challenge and respond to gender-based violence and its adverse impacts on women’s mental and physical health. She has also actively engaged with local, state and national governments and non-governmental actors on the translation of evidence into policies and programs. This has included work with local champions to draft and promote the adoption of a policy on health systems responses to violence against women by the municipality of Bengaluru.

At the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s India Country Office, she lead the measurement, learning and evaluation portfolio. Her team conducts research and evaluations on a wide range of issues, including adolescent sexual and reproductive health; quality of maternal, neonatal and child care and contraceptive services; information communication technology-supported interventions to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of health promotion efforts; social norms and behavior change; and complex health systems strengthening initiatives. Her team emphasizes and promotes the use of multidisciplinary approaches and methods, and aim to generate, synthesize, and disseminate insights on the effectiveness, uptake, scale-up and sustainability of health and development interventions.

Prior to joining the Gates Foundation, she served as country director of Research Triangle Institute (RTI) India. She has held faculty positions at the University of California, San Francisco and Berkeley, the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, St. John’s Research Institute, Bangalore, and the James P. Grant School of Public Health in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Since 2013, she has been a member of the Gender and Rights Advisory Panel of the Department of Reproductive Health and Research at the World Health Organization.

David Ross

David Ross is a Medical Officer working on adolescent health research and guidelines within the World Health Organization’s Maternal, Newborn, Child & Adolescent Health Department in Geneva. He joined WHO in 2015 after 32 years on the academic staff of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM).

Since joining WHO, he has led the preparation of the Global AA-HA! | Accelerated Action for the Health of Adolescents: Guidance to Support Country Implementation, which provides technical guidance to countries as they decide what to do in adolescent health and how to do it. He has also started work towards WHO guidelines on school health services and on preliminary studies towards multi-country trials of the effectiveness of routine adolescent health check-ups. With colleagues from the LSHTM, he coordinates the joint LSHTM-WHO short course on adolescent health in low and middle-income countries in London each June.

He works closely with colleagues in the WHO Department for Reproductive Health and Research on various projects, including implementation science on the RKSK national adolescent health program in India, and with colleagues in the Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders Department, including on the new Helping Adolescents Thrive (HAT) initiative.


Niranjan Saggurti

Dr. Niranjan Saggurti is Director of the Population Council’s office in India. In this capacity, he leads and provide technical and strategic oversight to the Council’s innovative research, evaluation, and monitoring efforts in the country.

Dr. Saggurti brings almost 20 years of experience in the program and policy-oriented research and evaluations–most of it spent in managing, directing and leading research in the areas of sexual and reproductive health in India.

Prior to joining the Council in 2016, Dr. Saggurti worked as Senior Program Officer with the Measurement, Learning and Evaluation team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in India for two years. With expertise in demography and statistics, he has conducted number of randomized controlled trials, impact evaluations, research for validation of health and development indicators, and implementation science research using quantitative and qualitative methodologies. He has also served as research advisor and currently on several core committees (e.g., India FP2020, Ending PMTCT, RMNCAH Coalition) of the Indian Government; and member of technical advisory groups for various research and program projects of NGOs based in New Delhi.

Kimberly Smith

Kimberly Smith has expertise in designing and implementing experimental and quasi-experimental evaluations, providing evaluation technical assistance, and developing and executing multi-method monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) plans for complex programs.

Her experience spans the United States, Africa, and Asia, and covers a range of health policy areas including health systems strengthening and financing; reproductive, maternal, and child health; and adolescent sexual and reproductive health. Smith currently directs a project for the David and Lucile Packard Foundation to develop, operationalize, and implement a multi-method MEL plan for the Foundation’s global Population and Reproductive Health Program 2014–2020 strategy. She is also directing the design of a MEL framework and implementation of a mixed-method evaluation of the Rockefeller Foundation’s Transforming Health Systems initiative. Smith serves as the deputy project director for the Evaluation of Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Approaches, a large, multisite random assignment evaluation of promising approaches to reduce adolescent sexual risk behaviors and pregnancy.

Previously, she played key roles on a number of domestic and international evaluation efforts, including, most recently, a 10-state evaluation of the Children’s Health Insurance Program and an evaluation of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Family Health Initiative in India.

Before joining Mathematica in 2009, Smith held positions at Abt Associates Inc. and the World Bank, among others. She has published in several peer-reviewed journals, including American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, Academic Pediatrics, Journal of Aging & Health, and Social Science & Medicine. Smith holds a Ph.D. in public policy and an M.P.A. from Princeton University.


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.

Tom Green | President

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 | Vice President

Seema Kumar 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

Joel Yanowitz Joel Yanowitz is the founder and president of The Cascade Group. 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.

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.


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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