The 2020 Mom leadership team includes our Board of Directors, contracted advisors and GoldCircle members. Board Members guide, advise and manage our organization’s operations, projects, and fundraising activities. Additional support for our work is contributed by contractors with expertise in specialty areas, such as accounting or website design, and by clinical providers with professional experience in maternal mental health.
GoldCircle Members have contributed to our mission through educational presentations at 2020 Mom events, including the Annual Emerging Considerations in Maternal Mental Health Forum. Click HERE to view all GoldCircle Members and their presentations featured at past 2020 Mom events.
Board of Directors
Joy Burkhard, MBA - Executive Director & Chair
Joy is the founder and director of 2020 Mom a non-profit addressing gaps in maternal mental health, and also works for the insurer Cigna where she has spent over 20 years. She is currently a regulatory affairs manager with responsibility for market conduct exams and facilitating Cigna's regulatory implementation meetings. Joy has served in several other departments at Cigna and has a passion for quality improvement and innovation.
Joy has been recognized for her leadership and vision with several awards, including receiving the "Emerging Leader" award in women's health from the federal Health and Human Services Agency, Office of Women's Health (2016), Cigna's Volunteer of the Year award (2016), and the Junior League of Los Angeles' Founders cup.
Kiley Hanish, OTD, OTR/L - Co-chair
Kiley Hanish is a doctor of occupational therapy and founder of the Return to Zero Center for Healing. Kiley and her husband Sean are creators of the Emmy-nominated film Return to Zero, which is based on their personal experience of their son Norbert, who was stillborn. Kiley is also on staff at the USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy.
Aviril Sepulveda, MS, OTR/LII, BCP, SWC, CLE - Secretary
Aviril, also known as Apple, is a board certified pediatric occupational therapist with over 15 years of experience in the field. She is an occupational therapist at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and currently doing her doctoral studies in occupational therapy from USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy. She is a Certified Lactation Educator and a Certified Infant Massage Instructor and recognizes the value of maternal mental health in fostering infant mental health and development.
Jim Davis - Treasurer
Jim is an experienced financial executive with broad experience in all aspects of financial management. He is currently the President of Offset Printing and previously was the CFO at Umeco Structural Materials. He is a highly effective team builder, motivator, and leader.
Ann-Marie Bjorkman - Member at Large
Ann-Marie and her husband, Mike, are invested with many charities, some of which are Mothers Fighting For Others, Henry Mayo Hospital, Boys and Girls club of Santa Clarita, Single Mothers Out Reach, Senior Center, Habitat for Humanity, Circle of Hope, and Hart High Quarterback Club. She believes in giving back to her community and is excited to join 2020 Mom. In addition, the Bjorkmans own three companies in the Santa Clarita Valley.
Kate DeStefano-Torres, MA, NCC, ACS, LPC - Member at Large
Kate is the Founder and Executive Director of The Artemis Center for Guidance, in Gloucester County, New Jersey. Her areas of expertise include maternal mental health, trauma and recovery, EMDR, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and issues related to law enforcement personnel and their families. In addition to her responsibilities at Artemis, Kate is an adjunct faculty member in the Psychology Department at Rowan University.
Vrinda Devani, MD - Member at Large Vrinda is a board-certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist who has studied alternative medicine, particularly Ayurveda, extensively. She is driven to support a holistic approach to health and well-being and has earned the reputation for being an expert in Ayurvedic women’s health. She also serves as the Director of Research at Banyan Botanicals, an Ayurvedic lifestyle company, and is on the board of the Council for Ayurveda Research. She is thrilled to join 2020 Mom to be an advocate for complete maternal health, which includes mental well-being.
Bridget Frese Hutchens, MSN, RN, CNM - Member at Large
Bridget a nurse, a midwife, and a PhD student at Yale School of Nursing with a focus on maternal mental health. With over twelve years of maternity nursing experience, Bridget has worked in hospitals, birth centers, and as a nurse home visitor supporting young first-time moms. Her current research focuses on women's hospital experiences for birth and postpartum depression.
Desirée L. Israel, LGSW - Member at Large
Desirée is a licensed social worker, perinatal psychotherapist, trained birth doula, Reiki practitioner, and owner of Postpartum Recovery helping women decipher the funk of motherhood through her practice in Baltimore, MD.Additionally, she serves as a diversity committee member for Postpartum Progress, a Maryland co-coordinator for Postpartum Support International and her practice is a Perinatal Safe Spot through the National Perinatal Task Force.
Kelly Nielson, MPH - Member at Large (non-voting)
In addition to her work with 2020 Mom, Kelly is also the Director of Education at Happiest Baby where she oversees a national education program aiming to strengthen families by teaching parents how to successfully meet the needs of infants. She has over 15 years of experience in the research, clinical, and nonprofit settings, and is passionate about improving quality of care and the patient experience.
Michelle Selko, MS, OTR/L - Member at Large
Michelle currently works as an occupational therapist at Huntington Hospital partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient psychiatric programs in Pasadena, CA and is the lead therapist at the Maternal Wellness Program at HH for mothers with maternal mental health disorders and their babies.
Elyse Springer, MA, MFT - Member at Large
Elyse is a licensed marriage and family therapist with offices in the Los Feliz/Silver Lake area of Los Angeles. In her private practice, Elyse works with HIV/AIDS, trauma, anxiety, creative blocks and perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. In addition to her current work in private practice, Elyse is a steering committee member of Los Angeles County’s Perinatal Mental Health Task Force and a past co-chair of the Los Angeles County HIV Mental Health Task Force.
Kim Walls, MS - Member at Large
Kim is a serial entrepreneur with over 20 years experience as a founder of socially conscious businesses that advocate for women, health, and the environment. She focuses on birth as a pathway to empower and educate families, and has served on several nonprofit boards. Currently, she is founder and chief collaborator of Best Ever Baby. Kim's work has been featured in publications including WWD, Real Simple, Fit Pregnancy, Huffington Post, and on-air by the CBS Early Show and Good Morning America.
Rupa Puri Zimmermann, Ph.D. - Member at Large
Dr. Zimmermann is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Northern California. She specializes in CBT, DBT, and family therapy, and has a special interest in supporting women and their families coping with perinatal and postpartum mood and anxiety disorders.
2020 Mom Contractors
Jamie Zahlaway Belsito
Jamie is a community advocate who has influenced policy change and maternal mental wellness legislation, both on a state and federal level. Jamie is currently the Advocacy Chair for the National Coalition for Maternal Mental Health, (NCMMH) a project of 2020 Mom, and has been working with members on Capitol Hill, as well as national policy institutions, to implement legislation to give HRSA grant funding to individual states to establish community support networks, and screening and treatment for PPD and its spectrum of symptoms. She is a member of the North Shore Postpartum Depression Taskforce, North of Boston, and works in tandem with her State Senator, Joan Lovely, the Senate Chair for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Special Commission on PPD.
September Hill is a nonprofit advocacy consultant and currently the Project Associate for 2020 Mom. In this role, she spends her time coordinating communications, logistics, and state-wide advocacy efforts for the California Task Force on the Status of Maternal Mental Health, as well as coordinating communications, development, programming, and advocacy efforts for 2020 Mom.
Kelly Nielson, MPH
In addition to her work as the Assistant Director with 2020 Mom, Kelly is also the Director of Education at Happiest Baby where she oversees a national education program aiming to strengthen families by teaching parents how to successfully meet the needs of infants. She has over 15 years of experience in the research, clinical, and nonprofit settings, and is passionate about improving quality of care and the patient experience.
Stacey manages the Ambassador Program for 2020 Mom and is a member of the National Coalition for Maternal Mental Health (NCMMH). She lives in the north suburbs of Chicago, Illinois, and spends her time running her own non-profit, the Tangerine Owl Project, aimed at providing peer support to families whose lives have been significantly impacted by infant loss and/or traumatic birth.
Diana is a graphic designer that has extensive experience in the advertising, publishing, and print industries. She has been producing graphics for 2020 Mom, the National Collation for Maternal Mental Health (NCMMH), and the California Maternal Mental Health Collaborative (CMMHC) since 2012. Her work can be seen on our posters, brochures, palm cards, and campaign materials, as well as our websites and email newsletters and many other related materials.