Board of Directors
Kiley Hanish, OTD, OTR/L - 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.
Bridget Frese Hutchens, MSN, RN, CNM - Vice Chair
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Joy Burkhard, MBA
Joy is the founder and executive director and has also worked for the insurer Cigna for 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 is a member of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology expert work group on Maternal Mental Health and the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative. She 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.
Maureen is a contractor for 2020 Mom. She has worked to establish and run the National Coalition for Maternal Mental Health's Maternal Mental Health Week for the past three years, which has reached over 10 million people since its inception. She is Is the writer, director, and producer of the documentary film, Dark Side of the Full Moon, an official selection in five film festivals and winner of an Audience Choice Award. Since the film's release, it has screened over 400 times in theaters and community venues across the U.S, Canada, Japan, Sweeden, and Australia. Maureen is a co-founder of Postpartum Support International Miami, an initiative of Postpartum Support International Florida Chapter and is on the steering committee of the Florida Maternal Mental Health Collaborative. Maureen holds a masters degree in Public Administration from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies. She is a survivor of a maternal mental health disorder that occurred during the pregnancy of her first son.
Cindy Herrick is a mom, teacher, musician, researcher, entrepreneur and maternal mental health advocate. She is a current 2020 Mom Ambassador and published her MMH experience in the book A Dark Secret. She is a member of the Maternal Mental Health Research Collaborative at UMASS Medical School where she is currently working on projects with the Patient-Centered Outcome Research Institute (PCORI) and Stanford Medicine X.
September is a nonprofit advocacy and grant writing consultant. With 2020 Mom she spends her time coordinating advocacy related communications, lobby day logistics, and oversees implementation of the California Task Force on the Status of Maternal Mental Health's recommendations. She also writes applications for 2020 Mom highlighting our work in sponsor requests, writing project grant proposals and conference abstract submissions. September has been with 2020 Mom since 2015.
Robin Hooper, LCSW
As a contractor for 2020 Mom, Robin works with hospitals and insurers working to adopt the Whole Mom standards. She received her Bachelor’s in Psychology in 2001 and Master’s in Social Work from the University in Michigan in 2004 and has provided therapeutic services to hundreds of women, children, and their families during her career. Robin has provided maternal mental health screening, assessment, counseling and peer support through a large suburban hospital in her home state of Illinois. She currently works as a case manager for pregnant members who have a mental health diagnosis at a large Managed Care Organization (MCO) for Medicaid recipients. Robin has been a contributing writer for Post-Partum Support International and Twiniversity. She is a survivor of perinatal OCD and psychosis.
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 MMH Certificate Training, Innovation Awards and Ambassador Programs for 2020 Mom as well as our social media. 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 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.
Michelle Selko, MS, OTR/L
Michelle is an occupational therapist and has assisted with projects ranging from The Innovation Awards to the Whole Mom Hospital endorsement project. She has a passion for maternal mental health and was the force behind development of the Huntington Hospital partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient psychiatric programs for expecting and new mothers in Pasadena, CA. There she served as the program's lead therapist.
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. As a 2020 Mom contractor, Jamie serves as the movement's lobbyist. In 2016 and 2017 she worked with members on Capitol Hill, as well as national policy institutions, to implement the Bringing Postpartum Depression out of the Shadows Act, legislation to provide grant funding to states addressing maternal mental health disorders. 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.