Jamie Belsito / Founder
Jamie is a subject matter expert in maternal mental health policies at the state and federal level. A Boston native, Jamie is a Commissioner on the (MA) Ellen Story Special Commission on Postpartum Depression and 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 currently running for the United States Congress in Massachusetts’ 6th District.
Aimee Danielson, PhD
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 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.
Adrienne Griffen, MPP / Executive Director
Adrienne is an advocate and subject-matter expert in maternal mental health. She founded Postpartum Support Virginia and served as executive director for 10 years, establishing a statewide network of peer-led support groups, creating educational programs for mental health providers and maternal-child healthcare professionals, and helping pass legislation requiring information about postpartum depression and anxiety be provided to new mothers. Adrienne graduated from the United States Naval Academy and has a master’s in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
Pooja Lakshmin, MD
Pooja is a board-certified psychiatrist specializing in women’s mental health and perinatal psychiatry. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the George Washington University School of Medicine where she is also faculty supervisor at the Five Trimesters Perinatal Psychiatry Clinic. In her private practice, Dr. Lakshmin treats women experiencing depression and anxiety during pregnancy and postpartum, grief after miscarriage or infertility, and trauma due to childbirth. Dr. Lakshmin graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and Jefferson Medical College and completed psychiatry residency at Stanford University and George Washington University.
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.
Alyson Northrup, MS
Alyson is Associate Director for Government Affairs at the Association of Maternal-Child Healthcare Programs (AMCHP) where she executes AMCHP’s policy activities, including advocating for Title V Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant funding, promoting AMCHP’s federal policy agenda, and representing AMCHP in various policy coalitions. Alyson previously served as legislative assistant to U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), focusing on health care, child welfare, and education issues. She holds a Master of Science from the University at Albany, State University of New York and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Fordham University.
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, MPP / Board Chair
Katie is 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 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.