Staff & Board of Directors

TEAM

Katherine Stone, Founder & CEO Katherine Stone created PostpartumProgress.com, the world’s most widely read blog on perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, in 2004.  In 2011, she expanded on that work by founding the nonprofit Postpartum Progress Inc. In 2016 she won the Iris Award for Social Campaign of the Year, and in 2014 won the Iris Award for Industry Influence – Philanthropic Work, a category that included such illustrious fellow nominees as the UN Foundation and ONE. In 2012, Katherine was named one of the fiercest women in America as part of More magazine’s annual Fierce List. She has also been named a WebMD Health Hero for her PPD advocacy work, and won a 2011 Media Award from Mental Health America, given for outstanding coverage and portrayals of mental health issues during the previous year. Katherine has a BA in journalism from Michigan State University. Prior to founding Postpartum Progress she spent 7 years in corporate marketing at The Coca-Cola Company, and prior to that she worked in public relations for 8 years. She lives in Atlanta with her husband and two children. Katherine is a survivor of postpartum anxiety/OCD. Email her at katherine@postpartumprogress.org. 

Jasmine Banks, Program Manager, Climb Out of the Darkness Jasmine leads our annual event, Climb Out of the Darkness. She holds a B.S. in psychology and communications, as well as a master’s degree in Community Counseling. She is a survivor of postpartum psychosis, and lives in Kansas City with her two children. She also blogs at Just Jasmine, and you can follow her on Twitter at @djazzo. Email her at climbout@postpartumprogress.org or you can reach her at 1-877-470-4877, extension 2.

Shannon Hennig, Research Coordinator  Shannon coordinates research opportunities with health organizations, academics, funders, post-secondary institutions, governments and other non-profit organizations to advance the mission of Postpartum Progress and help bring the best information, tools and resources to our moms. She holds a Bachelor of Communication & Culture degree and a Master of Arts degree in Integrated Studies. Her research interests include the social and cultural causes of postpartum mood disorders and she has written and published on traumatic birth experiences and dignified health care and the developing of an integrated understanding of postpartum depression that includes biomedical science together with feminist and other critical theoretical perspectives. With over five years experience in health care operations she has a strong understanding of health systems, services and programs and evidence-based medicine. Shannon lives in Calgary, Canada with her husband and son and is a survivor of postpartum depression, anxiety, and post traumatic stress disorder. Follow her on Twitter at @shanie_jeanie. Email her at research@postpartumprogress.org or you can reach her at 1-877-470-4877, extension 700.

Heather King, Program Manager, Patient Support Heather manages our Postpartum Progress’ Private Forum on Smart Patients and responds to email inquiries for help. She has a BS in Psychology and over ten years of experience working professionally in the mental health field as a mental health case manager. Heather is also a freelance writer and blogger at The Extraordinary Ordinary where she has written about her own journey through postpartum depression and anxiety. Heather has three children and a deeply rooted passion for the way our stories help one another heal. Follow her on Twitter at @heatheroftheeo. Email Heather at help@postpartumprogress.org. 

Susan Petcher, Program Manager, Education & Training Susan manages our Warrior Mom Conference and other programs related to educating and training peer supporters. She has a B.S. in Education from Texas Christian University and has been both a teacher and a curriculum designer. She lives in Boston, MA, and is a survivor of postpartum depression and anxiety. Susan has her own blog at Learned Happiness. Follow her on Twitter at @learndhappiness. Email her at wmc@postpartumprogress.org or you can reach her at 1-877-470-4877, extension 3.

Miranda Wicker, Program Manager, Community Outreach & Initiatives Miranda Wicker works with our Warrior Mom Ambassadors by providing assistance and support as they go into their local communities to spread the mission of Postpartum Progress and raise awareness of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. She has a BSEd in English education from the University of Georgia and an MAT in Secondary Education from Piedmont College. She has been a teacher, coach, and speaker and is now a freelance writer and Listen To Your Mother: Atlanta co-producer. Miranda lives in the Atlanta area with her husband and their two children. She is a survivor of postpartum depression and anxiety. Follow her on Twitter at @caffeineandcab. Reach her at volunteers@postpartumprogress.org or 1-877-470-4877, extension 5.

VOLUNTEERS

Jennifer Silliman, Resource Management Jennifer has her BS in Speech Communications and more than 5 years experience in the maternal mental health field.  She co-produced the film Dark Side of the Full Moon sparking community conversations around the country and currently works for Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Palm Beach County as the Teen Mom Mentoring Program coordinator.  Jennifer has one child and continues to share her story to break the stigma surrounding maternal mental health. If you are looking to add your resources to our provider lists, support groups lists and the like, email her at resources@postpartumprogress.org.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Samantha Meltzer-Brody, MD, Associate Professor and Director of the Perinatal Psychiatry Program, UNC Center for Women’s Mood Disorders

Medical Chair

Dr. Samantha Meltzer-Brody, MD, MPH, is an Associate Professor and Director of the UNC Perinatal Psychiatry Program of the UNC Center for Women’s Mood Disorders. Her current clinical and research efforts are focused primarily on Perinatal Depression. She is the recipient of a five-year NIH Career Development Award, K23MH085165, to investigate psychophysiological and genetic models of postpartum depression (PPD) and has recently worked to establish an international postpartum depression genetics consortium (PACT). She is a coinvestigator on a newly awarded R01 investigating a biomarker signature of postpartum depression in African American women. In addition, her funded research has investigated the neuroendocrine (oxytocin, HPA stress axis), genetic and other biological markers of perinatal mood disorders in a cohort of women recruited during pregnancy and followed longitudinally in the postpartum period during lactation. She also studies maternal depression in high-risk groups including adolescent mothers, and mothers of children with neurodevelopment delays as well as investigating new treatment options for depression in perinatal women. Dr. Meltzer-Brody has participated in a previous AHRQ systematic evidence-based review of perinatal depression. She has published numerous manuscripts in the field of women’s mental health, currently participates in clinical trials research in women’s mood disorders, and serves as the mental health consultant for the North Carolina Women’s Health Report Card. The Triangle Medical Journal recently selected Dr. Meltzer-Brody as one of the “Top-10 Women in Medicine”.  She is also the founder of the Taking Care of Our Own Program, a resource for UNC Health Care employees.

Deborah Forhan Rimmler, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Nexant Inc.

Chairwoman & Secretary

Deborah Rimmler is Nexant‘s general counsel, responsible for the company’s contracts, legal, and corporate communications services. She began her tenure with Nexant as a consultant for World Bank and USAID-funded energy efficiency projects in Southeastern Europe before joining Nexant’s in-house legal team. She previously worked as a legal and management consultant to the France Growth Fund, a closed-end mutual fund listed on the New York Stock Exchange. She began her career as an attorney in the General Counsel’s office of the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) in Washington, D.C. While there, she became the director of business development for the Caspian Finance Center, a regional project office located in Ankara, Turkey combining the efforts of USTDA, the U.S. Export-Import Bank, and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation. Rimmler has an LL.M. in international and comparative law from Georgetown University, a J.D. from Southwestern University, and a B.A. in political science from Boston College.  She is a survivor of postpartum depression.

Katherine Stone, Warrior Mom-In-Chief, Postpartum Progress 

bio listed above

Lesley Neadel, Client Service Manager, CooperKatz

PR Chair

Lesley Neadel has worked for more than a dozen years at CooperKatz & Company, a NYC-based public relations firm. Throughout the course of her career, she has helped conceive and implement full-service PR campaigns for clients spanning a wide variety of sectors including education, technology, consumer and business-to-business, among others.  With a focus on strategic communications, copywriting and media relations, she has raised awareness for clients such as Zipcar, MSN.com, the ANA (Association of National Advertisers), EverydayHealth.com, VEET and the Carrier Corporation on international, national and hyper-local levels. Using her extensive knowledge of the media landscape, Lesley will work tirelessly to bring maternal mental health issues to light in print, broadcast, digital and social media.  Lesley lives in Hoboken, NJ, with her husband and two daughters, Rebecca and Lila. She holds a bachelor’s degree in public relations from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.

EXPERT ADVISORS

Marlene P. Freeman, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School

Dr. Freeman is the Director of Clinical Services in the Perinatal and Reproductive Psychiatry Clinical Research Program of Massachusetts General Hospital and an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Her clinical research is focused on mood disorders in women and integrative medicine, with particular emphasis on mood disorders during pregnancy and the postpartum.  The focus of her clinical work is consultation around the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders in women planning for pregnancy or for women who are pregnant or postpartum. She completed her undergraduate degree at University of Wisconsin and medical school at Northwestern University Medical School. She completed residency at the Harvard Longwood Psychiatry Residency Program and a research fellowship in the Biological Psychiatry Program at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, focused on bipolar disorder treatment research. Dr. Freeman established and directed the University of Arizona’s Women’s Mental Health Program from 2000-2007.  In 2007, she relocated to the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center to establish a new Women’s Mental Health Center.  She has been at Massachusetts General Hospital since 2008.  For the past ten years, she has chaired the annual Women’s Mental Health Symposium in Tucson, Arizona, which is a conference for multidisciplinary professionals and the public. She is also Vice Editor-in-Chief for The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry.  She chaired the American Psychiatric Association (APA) Task Force on Complementary and Alternative Medicine, subcommittee on Omega-3 Fatty Acids in Psychiatry, and is a member of the APA’s workgroup on Major Depressive Disorder treatment guidelines.  She is on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology (ASCP) and is an Associate Member of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP). Dr. Freeman served on Postpartum Progress’ board of directors from 2012-2014.