Aimee Danielson, PhD

Jamie Belsito / Founder and Honorary Board Chair

Jamie Zahlaway Belsito was elected to the Massachusetts Legislature in December 2021, representing the 4th Essex District.  A Boston native, Jamie is a former Commissioner on the (MA) Ellen Story Special Commission on Postpartum Depression; is a trustee at her alma mater, Salem State University; and is a Board member of the Massachusetts March of Dimes.  As the former Advocacy Chair for the National Coalition for Maternal Mental Health, Jamie led a grassroots movement engaging mothers and families across the United States to help pass the Bringing Postpartum Depression Out of the Shadows Act in 2016, the first-ever federal legislation addressing maternal mental health.  Jamie is a former candidate for United States Congress, where she used her platform to focus on the health and wellness of women, children and families.  She is committed to keeping maternal mental health a focal point in our nation’s policy, centering communities of need at the heart of access and funding.  Jamie and her family live in Topsfield MA.

Email Jamie at jbelsito@mmhla.org.

Aimee Danielson, PhD

Aimee Danielson, PhD / Vice Chair

Aimee is the founder and director of the Women’s Mental Health Program at Medstar Georgetown University Hospital where she is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in women’s perinatal mental health. Her clinical practice focuses on treating mood and anxiety disorders in pregnancy and postpartum, as well as supporting women through the transition to motherhood.  Aimee is also a founder of the DC Perinatal Mental Health Collaborative, focusing on professional development and networking for mental health providers who work in the field of maternal mental health.  Aimee earned her doctorate in Clinical Health Psychology from the University of Miami.

James Gelfand, JD

James Gelfand, JD

James is Senior Vice President, Health Policy at ERIC, The ERISA Industry Committee, where he develops and advances public policies to design and administer health plans, including legislative and regulatory advocacy at the federal, state, and local levels.  James was Director of Federal Affairs at the March of Dimes Foundation and also spent four years on Capitol Hill as counsel to Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME) on the Senate Small Business Committee and to Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) on the Senate Homeland Security Committee.  James graduated from George Washington University Law School and Northwestern University.

James Gelfand, JD

Ariel Gonzalez, Esq., MA

Ariel Gonzalez is a Principal at Chamber Hill Strategies and was formerly the Senior VP of Policy and Government Relations at the March of Dimes. Recognized as one of “The Hill’s Top Lobbyists”, Ariel is an accomplished government affairs and lobbying professional with past head of office experience. Ariel specializes in healthcare, government relations, political and public affairs, and has also run successful coalitions to accomplish major legislative wins for charitable organizations and membership associations. Ariel graduated from James Madison University, and he received his Master of Arts in Legislative Affairs from the George Washington University, as well as his law degree from The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law.

James Gelfand, JD

Lee Johnson III, PhD

Lee Johnson, III, Ph.D., is Vice President of Policy for the National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI). He leads NBCDI’s preeminent advocacy and thought leadership initiatives, distinguished research and publications, and equity-advancing public policy and legislative agenda. Previously, Dr. Johnson served as Senior Policy Analyst for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health (IECMH) at ZERO TO THREE. He has also held director appointments at the state of Alabama’s Department of Early Childhood Education – advising the Secretary and directing the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program, and various perinatal, IECMH-focused children’s policy efforts. He earned a B.S. in early childhood education, an M.A., and a Ph.D. in public health from The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, AL.

Meredith McCurry-Webb

Meredith McCurry-Webb / Treasurer

Meredith is the Director of Accounting for a non-profit group located in Northern Virginia.  Meredith first became an advocate for maternal mental health after one of her closest friends experienced postpartum psychosis and lost her life in 2015.  Since 2016, Meredith has helped to organize Shelane’s Run, which honors its namesake and raises awareness for postpartum depression, and has participated in several maternal mental health advocacy days at the United States Congress.

Meredith McCurry-Webb

Meghana Rao, MD

Meghana Rao, MD is a board-certified OB/GYN at Mary’s Center, a federally-qualified healthcare center in Washington DC serving primarily Latinx and African immigrants. She completed medical school and residency at Johns Hopkins University. She has been involved with health policy for over 10 years serving Doctors for America on the Board of Directors and as the Maryland State Director. Meghana lives in Maryland with her husband and two young children

Ellen Riddleberger

Ellen Riddleberger, MA

Ellen is a Vice President at McAllister & Quinn, managing nonprofit, higher education, and governmental organizations by providing strategic government affairs analysis, advocacy services, and assistance with fund development through federal grants and foundations.  Ellen worked for Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA) for over a decade, including as Chief of Staff; she worked on the Appropriations, Budget, and Financial Services Committees, handling health, labor, justice, education, and women’s and children’s issues. Ellen graduated from California Polytechnic State University and earned an M.A. in political science from Stanford University.

Katie Schubert

Katie Schubert, MPP / Board Chair

Katie is President and CEO at the Society for Women’s Health Research, the thought leader in promoting research on biological sex differences in disease and improving women’s health through science, policy, and education.  Previously, Katie was Chief Advocacy Officer at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine and has expertise in maternal and child health, advocacy, legislation, and coalition building. Katie is the immediate past president of Women in Government Relations, and she previously worked at a DC-based lobbying firm and as a Legislative Director at the U.S. House of Representatives. Katie has a Master’s in Public Policy from George Washington University.

Terri Wright, PhD, MPH

Terri Wright, PhD, MPH

Terri is an expert on advancing racial and social equity through policy, practice, and management in philanthropic, government, and nonprofit organizations.  Her career includes positions at the Meyer Foundation, The Steve Fund, the American Public Health Association, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.  Dr. Wright brings a wealth of experience in maternal-child health, including serving on the Board of Directors of the Association of Maternal-Child Healthcare Programs and as Director of Maternal and Child Health within the Michigan Department of Community Health.