Board of Directors
Jennifer Barro, MD graduated from Harvard University in 1992 and received her medical degree from Stanford University in 1998. She completed Internal Medicine Residency at Harvard’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. In 2004, she completed her Gastroenterology and Hepatology Fellowship at Stanford University.
Dr Barro practiced medicine at the Center for Gastrointestinal Medicine and Greenwich Hospital from 2007 to 2018 and worked for St. Mark’s Hospital in London, England from 2004 to 2006. Early in her career, Dr. Barro was awarded the Allen Barbour Award for Excellence in Clinical Medicine from Stanford University for “meticulous care of patients and concern for the whole person.”
She currently lives in Greenwich, Connecticut with her husband and two children.
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Judith Scolnick is one of the top rated Employment & Labor attorneys in New York, representing Scott and Scott, and is admitted to practice in New York, New Jersey, and Massachusetts. Judy has extensive experience in the fields of shareholder derivative law, particularly in the pharmaceutical industry, employment law and employment class actions, and corporate governance.Judith Scolnick is one of the top rated Employment & Labor attorneys in New York, representing Scott and Scott, and is admitted to practice in New York, New Jersey, and Massachusetts. Judy has extensive experience in the fields of shareholder derivative law, particularly in the pharmaceutical industry, employment law and employment class actions, and corporate governance.
She served on the Boston College Industrial and Commercial Law Review and was a Law clerk to the late Honorable Anthony Julian of the United States District Court in Massachusetts. Judy served as a trial attorney in the Civil Division of the United States Department of Justice, where she was lead counsel in several high-profile employment discrimination lawsuits against various U.S. agencies around the country. She has been selected for the past five years in Thompson Reuter’s “New York Super Lawyers”. She serves on several charitable boards that are dedicated to medical research in the field of addiction causes and treatment
Boston College Law School (J.D., 1976)
Brandeis University (M.A. Political Science Theory, 1973)
New York University (B.A., cum laude, 1972)
**Other Members of the Board: John Walsh
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Leah Komar Harris
Leah Komar Harris is the Principal Owner at Komar Company, an industry leader in the design, marketing, sourcing and distribution of Sleepwear, Intimates, Kids, Layering and Lifestyle brands.
Leah has contributed to the company’s century-long success by providing unshakable investment in creativity, innovation, customer service and social responsibility. Leah has served as the Director of Development for Eagle Hill School, a unique school which helps children with learning disabilities to develop academic skills and self-confidence. Leah is the Co-Founder and founding Chair of the Global Foundation for Eating Disorders.
Diane Mickley, MD, FACP, FAED Founder and Director
Dr. Mickley is an internationally-recognized expert in treating people with eating disorders and weight control issues. She founded Wilkins Center in 1982, and has provided highly effective, highly personalized care to over 8,000 individuals – helping them overcome the devastating effects of eating disorders and lead healthier lives.
Over the years, Dr. Mickley has received a number of awards for her outstanding leadership and contributions to her profession and community. She is the recipient of the 2011 Distinguished Clinician of the Year award from the Academy for Eating Disorders. She received the "Woman of Inspiration Award" from the American Anorexia and Bulimia Association for advancing the treatment of eating disorders through clinical research, hands-on treatment, and organizational leadership. She was the recipient of the National Eating Disorders Association's Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Mickley was also honored with the Greenwich YWCA's BRAVA Award.
Awards: 2010-2011 Clinician of the Year, Academy for Eating Disorders; Listed among “America’s Top Physicians,” “Best Doctors in America,” and “Top Doctors for Women” every year since 2002 Past President: American Anorexia and Bulimia Association, National Eating Disorders Association Fellow: American College of Physicians Founding Fellow: Academy for Eating Disorders Assistant Clinical Professor: Yale University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry Collaborator: On research projects with Columbia, Yale, and Harvard Medical Schools Emeritus Physician: Greenwich Hospital Member: North American Association of Obesity, Society for Adolescent Medicine Editorial Board Member: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention of Eating Disorders MD: Tufts University School of Medicine
Scott Butera played football at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, where he graduated with a bachelor of arts degree and recently served as a member of the Board of Fellows, he currently serves on the Board of Trustees. He later earned his Masters of Business Administration degree at New York University's Leonard N. Stern School of Business. His financial background includes 20 years as an investment banker at UBS Investment Bank, Credit Suisse First Boston, Smith Barney and Bear Stearns & Co. where he concentrated his efforts on analysis and client service for companies in the real estate, lodging, gaming and leisure industries. His resume includes being former president, C.E.O. and executive vice president at Trump Entertainment Resorts, Cosmopolitan Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, C.E.O. at Tropicana Entertainment (2008–2011) and C.E.O. at Foxwoods Resort Casino (2011–2013). At Tropicana, he engineered the casino's emergence from chapter 11 bankruptcy. In September 2014, Butera was named the seventh commissioner of the Arena Football League.
Laurie A. Hawkes
With over 35 years of business experience, Ms. Hawkes has held leadership positions as an investment banker, private real estate equity investor and successful principal and entrepreneur. She has extensive expertise in raising capital in the public and private markets, executing real estate acquisition strategies to drive portfolio growth, developing strategic business plans and creating scalable operational platforms. Throughout her career, Ms. Hawkes has structured and negotiated more than $20 billion in corporate finance and real estate transactions. Ms. Hawkes began her career in 1979 as an investment banker at Salomon Brothers Inc, becoming a Director specializing in real estate acquisitions and mortgage finance. She was recruited as a Managing Director to join Real Estate Investment Banking at CS First Boston Corp in 1993. From 1995 to 2007, Ms. Hawkes worked at U.S. Realty Advisors, a $3 billion real estate private equity firm in New York, becoming a Partner in 1997 and President and Head of Acquisitions from 2003 to 2007. Ms. Hawkes has been a pioneer in bringing institutional capital to the single-family rental sector. In 2008, she co-founded American Residential Properties, LLC, ARP Phoenix Fund I, and American Residential Management, Inc., to acquire, operate and manage single-family rental housing. In 2012, Ms. Hawkes co-founded American Residential Properties, Inc., a REIT, and led the capital raising and operations from a start-up entity to a $2.4 billion enterprise. She co-led the company's IPO, which was listed on the NYSE under the ticker ARPI in May 2013. Ms. Hawkes served as President and Member of the Board of Directors of American Residential Properties, Inc. responsible for its financing, capital markets strategy and operational platform from the Company's formation in May 2012. Beginning in March 2013, she was formally named ARPI's President and Chief Operating Officer. In March 2016, ARPI merged with American Homes 4 Rent. The merger of these two publicly traded companies created an $8 billion enterprise with over 47,000 homes, which now trades under the ticker AMH on the NYSE. Ms. Hawkes has had public, private and nonprofit board experience, including American Residential Properties, Inc. (NYSE: ARPI), and the Board of Trustees for Bowdoin College where she served on the Governing Boards for 22 years. She presently serves on the boards of Broadstone Net Lease, Inc. and Broadtree Residential, Inc., both privately owned REITs. In addition, she has been active in leadership roles with Opportunity International, an international non-profit organization which focuses on micro-finance for women. Ms. Hawkes is a former principal of the NASD, former member of the Urban Land Institute, and was the recipient of Housingwire's Women of Influence for Top Women Business Leaders in 2014 and 2015 honoring her work in the housing sector. Ms. Hawkes is an accomplished and sought-after public speaker for real estate and housing-related conferences and think tank labs. She received a Bachelor of Arts from Bowdoin College and a Masters in Business Administration from Cornell University.
Stew Leonard Jr.
Stew Leonard Jr. is the current president and CEO of Stew Leonard's, a supermarket chain based in Connecticut and New York. Leonard took over as president and CEO of the company in 1991. Leonard attended Ithaca College, earning a Bachelor of Science in Accounting in 1977. He continued his education at UCLA's prestigious Anderson School of Management, where he earned a Master of Business Administration in 1982. Leonard attributes the success of his company to its emphasis on customer service and employee care. Under his leadership, the grocery store chain has also been recognized as one of the best places to work in the nation. 82% of all managers are promoted from within, and Stew Leonard's frequently applies positive reinforcement to boost employee morale Stew’s business success has gained him a significant degree of respect in the retail industry. Stew Leonard's Wines was recognized by Wine Enthusiast Magazine as the Retailer of the Year in 2011 and 2013. Leonard is a prominent public speaker and is featured as one of the top orators at the prestigious Washington Speakers Bureau. Leonard and his wife, Kim, founded the Stew Leonard III Children's Charities, which offers swimming lessons to thousands of underprivileged youths each year. They have also released a series of children's books about water safety that feature the character, Stewie the Duck. In 2012, they released an app version of the children's book with Stewie the Duck at the forefront. A program featuring the character has been used by firefighters in Rialto, California and employees at a children's hospital in Phoenix, Arizona to teach children about water safety.
Matt Sindell is a Senior Member of the Equity Derivatives Sales team at the Susquehanna International Group LLP, a leading participant in the global derivatives marketplace. In his 25 years in the Financial Services Industry, Matt has held senior roles on both the Buy Side and Sell Side, encompassing various positions in Sales, Trading and Research. Outside of work, he has a keen interest in sports, music and wine. Matt graduated from Skidmore College in 1993 with a Major in American Studies and a Minor in Business. Currently, he resides in Rye Brook, N.Y. with his wife Deborah and their 2 sons Sam and Charlie.
James S. Rowen serves as the Chief Operating Officer at Renaissance Technologies Corp. since January 2008 and, together with Mark Silber, is responsible for fund accounting and operations, corporate accounting and treasury, human resources, investor relations, and the legal department. Mr. Rowen holds a Bachelor’s degree from Fordham University and an MBA from Fordham Graduate School of Business. From May 1998 through April 2005, Mr. Rowen was the Global Head of the Equity Finance and Prime Brokerage businesses at Deutsche Bank Securities Inc., a CFTC-registered futures commission merchant, and was responsible for strategic resource management, client risk management, structured finance, securities lending, internal consulting, client reporting, and capital introduction activities. From April 2005 through January 2008, Mr. Rowen served as the Chief Financial Officer of SAC Capital Advisors LLC, an asset management firm in Stamford, Connecticut, where he performed strategic planning, budgeting, and treasury functions and oversaw the information technology, human resources, and accounting departments.
Ruby Cameron is a senior research analyst at a New York City based fixed income asset manager. She has over 7 years of experience in the leveraged finance market. When not working, Ruby's passion turns to her horses. An avid equestrian show jumper, she actively competes year-round in many riding events. Ruby graduated Summa Cum Laude from Emory University with a B.A. in Economics. Ruby is an anorexia nervosa survivor and enjoys learning about alternative treatments for the disease and advances in the eating-disorder field of medicine.
Tom Hildebrandt, PsyD, FAED, is the Chief of the Division of Eating & Weight Disorders (Center of Excellence) at Mount Sinai and an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He completed his graduate training at Rutgers University and his post-doctoral fellowship at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He is an active clinician and currently oversees the development and execution of both the clinical and research programs. Dr. Hildebrandt has a wide range of research interests and clinical expertise in specific populations including adolescents, men/boys with eating disorders, addictive disorders, and anabolic-androgenic steroid users. He and his colleagues have developed and tested a range of treatments for these populations including mirror exposure therapy, exposure-based family therapy (FBT-E), and CBT-based smartphone applications for binge eating. He has co-developed coursework for psychiatry residents in CBT and taught an annual course on CBT for eating disorders for the past 10 years. Dr. Hildebrandt has co-authored over 70 publications and 50 presentations on body image, eating disorders, obesity, family based treatments, and anabolic steroid use. He is an Associate Editor for Body Image: An International Journal of Research, serves on the editorial boards of several other peer-reviewed journals including Behaviour Research and Therapy and Lancet Psychiatry and was formerly the co-chair of the Male Special Interest Group and Special Interest Group Oversight Committee for the Academy for Eating Disorders. In 2013 was he elected to be a Fellow of the Academy of Eating Disorders. His specific research interests involve the development and evaluation of new treatments for eating disorders that utilizes emerging biological evidence about causes and maintaining factors associated with eating and addiction.
Matt is the founder of Object Systems International, a Utah-based software development company. He brings more than 2 decades of deep expertise in executive leadership, enterprise software architectures, Agile software development approaches, database architectures, and a variety of programming languages and frameworks. He provides input and technology to Mt. Sinai, UCSD, Stanford, Harvard, and Duke and continues to form new partnerships in the fight against eating disorders. In his effort to help families struggling with eating disorders, Matt has developed smartphone apps which make evidenced-based treatments more effective and accelerates the speed to get those treatments in the hands of those struggling with these brutal illnesses.
Barry Wolf is an Executive Partner and the Management Committee Chair for one of the most prestigious law firms in the world, Weil, Gotshal & Mange’s. Mr. Wolf regularly represents a number of private investment funds and their sponsors in their organization and operation. His clients include Lindsay Goldberg, Perella Weinberg Partners, American Securities, Genstar Capital, Tower III, Snow Phipps and The Gores Group. Mr. Wolf has extensive experience representing institutional investors in investing in private equity funds, providing both commercial advice as well as tax advice. He has been recognized as a leading private equity lawyer by Practical Law Company in Global Counsel and has consistently received Band 1 rankings from Chambers Global and Chambers USA. According to Chambers USA, “Barry Wolf is regarded as an ‘absolute star, with searing intelligence.’ A frequent adviser to private equity firms and their sponsors, he tends to get involved at the early stages of structuring and has the additional benefit of a background in tax law. He combines his management role with an active workload.” Mr. Wolf has been named a “Best Lawyer” for Private Funds in New York by Best Lawyers in America, a leading lawyer for Investment Fund Formation and Private Equity Funds by Legal 500 US, and a “highly regarded” lawyer for Investment Funds in the U.S. by IFLR1000. In 2013, Mr. Wolf was named to Private Equity Manager Magazine’s “Legal Power 30” list of the 30 most influential private equity lawyers in the industry today. Mr. Wolf was also named one of America’s “Top 25 Pre-Eminent Private Equity Lawyers” by The Best of the Best USA 2010. Mr. Wolf is very active in a range of philanthropic activities, including through board positions with: Weill Cornell Medical College, The Make-A-Wish Foundation, and The Global Foundation for Eating Disorders.