Board of Directors

Steven H. Erlbaum
Founder and President, MYM Board of Directors

Mr. Erlbaum is a Founder and Chair of Minding Your Mind’s Board. He is an entrepreneur who has a highly successful track record of starting and growing organizations. He was the founder of the nationwide chain David’s Bridal and Mr. Goodbuys, a regional chain of home improvement products. He is the Principal of the Regency Group, a venture capital and commercial real estate company headquartered in Ardmore, PA. Steven mentors young people entering the business world. Through his private foundation, Tzedakah Foundation, Steven supports a wide range of causes including programs for the homeless and research projects related to auto-immune diseases, cancer, diabetes and brain disorders.

Amy B. Erlbaum
Founder, MYM Board of Directors

Ms. Erlbaum is a Founder and President of Minding Your Mind. She has over 20 years of experience working in the banking industry, specializing in wealth management. She served as a director for the People’s Light and Theater Company, a 501c3 theater group, as well a volunteer at A Better Chance of Lower Merion, a nonprofit organization which refers academically talented students entering grades 6 through11 to independent and public schools. She also serves as a director to the Tzedakah Foundation. Amy graduated from The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

Roger M. Harrison, MBA
Founder, MYM Board of Directors

Mr. Harrison is a Founder of Minding Your Mind. After receiving an MBA from Syracuse University, he worked for General Mills in marketing. Roger also served on the 1972 campaign for Senator Joe Biden, and subsequently as Biden’s administrative aide, managing his Washington and Wilmington offices. Returning to the private sector, he served at ARAMARK’s Contract Management of Fleet Maintenance, and as assistant to the chairman of a regional home improvement chain. Additionally, Roger became a partner in a company serving 20,000 real estate appraisers throughout the country. He returned to public service and was elected mayor for two terms and Chief Executive Officer of Woodbridge, CT. Currently, Mr. Harrison is president of RH Associates, a small consulting organization that helps manage telecommunications and electric cost centers in local government.

Eric D. Pisauro, CPA, CFA
Secretary and Treasurer

Mr. Pisauro is the Secretary and Treasurer of Minding Your Mind. He is a Pennsylvania CPA with over 20 years of experience. Eric led operations and accounting groups at Bank of America Capital Management and PFPC Inc. Since 2006, Eric has served as the finance director for The Regency Group, a private investment company. Eric graduated with honors from The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

Members

Donna Brooks
Ms. Brooks worked on the trading floor of the Philadelphia Stock Exhange for eight years. Shortly after leaving she turned her interest towards health and fitness taking health classes at Temple University and becoming a certified personal trainer in 1991.

In 2003, after taking a break from training clients to raise her two children, Donna opened a personal training and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu facility in Bryn Mawr PA. She managed the business and worked as a trainer for six years. Donna is grateful to be a part of the Minding Your Mind organization.

Taliba M Foster, MD
Dr. Foster received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA and performed postgraduate work at Columbia University in New York City. After graduation, Dr. Foster worked in clinical research and oversaw the development and implementation of clinical protocols at Sloan-Kettering Hospital, The New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, and Rockefeller University Hospital in New York City. She was also very active in the private sector as a clinical consultant.

Dr. Foster attended the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in Piscataway, NJ and after graduation was accepted into a psychiatric residency program at St. Vincent’s Catholic Medical Center in New York City. Dr. Foster was the delegate for the Committee for Interns and Residents and was instrumental in unionizing house staff physicians. She also served on the Core Curriculum and Accreditation Council for the General Medical Education Committees and on The American Psychiatric Association’s New York Legislative Branch Committee on Women.

After studying Adult Psychiatry, Dr. Foster elected to complete a Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia where she served as Chief Fellow and was awarded the Elizabeth B. Weller, MD Award for Outstanding Clinical Fellow by the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania School Of Medicine. This award is given to the Fellow who has contributed most to the improvement of psychiatric care of children, adolescents, and their families through excellence in research and clinical care. Dr. Foster also served on the Patient Safety Committee, Quality Improvement Committee, and the Seclusion and Restraint Committee while at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She was awarded the Heal Thyself Award by the City of Philadelphia and received the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry’s Systems of Care Scholarship. She was also elected to the President’s Council on Future Leadership of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychiatry.

Dr. Foster has several major committee assignments, including the American Medical Association’s Minority Consortium and is an active member of the National Leadership Summit on Health Disparities, Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust.

Dr. Foster is presently the Medical Director at the Children’s Crisis Treatment Center and has private practices in Philadelphia, PA and Ardmore, PA.   In addition to her present clinical duties, Dr. Foster continues to lecture on Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Ethnicity, and Early Intervention.

Paul Lichtman
Paul Lichtman is President of Independent Insurance Advisors, a consulting firm established in 1989 which advises corporations objectively on their insurance programs. Educated at Temple University, Mr. Lichtman began his career as a registered securities broker with a New York Stock Exchange firm. With more than 40 years of business experience, Mr. Lichtman brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our board. In addition to his professional expertise, he has served on many boards in the Philadelphia community including The Federation of Jewish Agencies, The Locust Club, and Jewish Community Centers. Mr. Lichtman currently resides in Haverford with his wife.
Charles P. O'Brien, MD PhD
Charles P. O’Brien, a native of New Orleans, earned M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from Tulane University. His residency training was in internal medicine, neurology and psychiatry at Harvard, Tulane, University of London, and the University of Pennsylvania. He is board certified in neurology, psychiatry and addiction psychiatry.

During his tenure as Chief of Psychiatry at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center (9,000 patients), he also founded a clinical research program including both VA and University of Pennsylvania scientists. This research group has continued for 43 years and has been supported primarily by competitive NIH funding. The group’s findings have had a major impact on the treatment of addictive disorders. Their findings have resulted in numerous discoveries described in over 500 publications:

  • Discovered basic information on the biology of addiction
  • Showed that brain changes are created during addiction that persist and later can produce relapse to compulsive drug taking
  • Improved results of treatment for addictive disorders
  • Developed new medications for the prevention of relapse, such as naltrexone for alcoholism
  • Developed instruments for measuring the severity of addictive disorders
  • Conducted trials on preventing relapse by combining medication with behavioral treatments
  • Led the discovery that alcohol stimulates the endogenous opioid system, leading to a completely new treatment for alcoholism
  • Discovered a genetic mutation in some alcoholics that produces better results for naltrexone treatment of alcoholism

These discoveries are now utilized in common practice for the treatment of addictive disorders throughout the world.
Recognition and Awards:

  • Elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in 1991
  • Received numerous research and teaching awards:
    • Received the Nathan B. Eddy award for research on addiction from the College on Problems of Drug Dependence in 2003
    • American Psychiatric Association Research Award in 2000
    • 2010 Gold Medal for Research from the Society on Biological Psychiatry
    • Sarnat International Prize for Mental Health from the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Science
    • 2012 the Jellinek International Award for Alcoholism Research
    • 2012 Isaacson Award for Alcoholism Research
  • Was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Bordeaux France in 1994
  • Since the 1970s, he has been an adviser on drug policy to local and to the national governments of Germany, France, England and the World Health Organization and he has chaired or served as member of numerous U.S. Institute of Medicine committees dealing with science and drug abuse policy matters.
  • From 2007-13 he served as chairman of the Substance Use Disorders Committee for the American Psychiatric Association. This is the revised classification of mental illness, also known as DSM-5.
  • O’Brien is past president of the American College of Neuro-psychopharmacology and of the Association for Research in Nervous and Mental Disease.
  • In October 2013 the French government awarded him the medal of Knight Chevalier of the Legion of Honor of the Republic of France for his achievements in the science of addiction and for his contributions to French-American research collaborations. For video click here.
Regina O'Brien Thomas, JD
Ms. Thomas is a partner in the Business and Finance Department and a member of the Family Wealth Management Group at the Philadelphia law firm of Ballard Spahr. She has served as Chair of the Probate and Trust law Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association and is on the Pennsylvania Honor Roll of Women. In addition, Ms. Thomas is recognized by Bloomberg Personal Finance as among the top four trusts and estates lawyers in Philadelphia, and has been cited in The Best Lawyers in America from 1987-2010. Ms. Thomas graduated as a member of Phi Beta Kappa from Connecticut College and received her J.D. from Boston University School of Law.
Steven S. Piltch, EdD
Dr. Piltch has a Bachelors degree from Williams College. He majored in psychology and earned two Masters degrees in education; one in counseling and consulting psychology and the other in educational administration, in addition to a Doctorate in Education from Harvard University. Dr. Piltch has taught in public and independent schools and is currently an Adjunct Professor at the University of Pennsylvania. He has coached a number of sports, most notably, the Harvard squash teams, leading them to six national championships. Dr. Piltch has been the Head, The Shipley School since 1992. He has served on numerous boards including the Gladwyne Montessori School, Wyndcroft School, Starfinder Foundation, ADVIS, and PAIS. Currently he is on the boards of the Center for the Study of Boys’ and Girls’ Lives, Gesu School, Montgomery School, Girard College, among others. He is an avid sportsman and enjoys his time spent with his family.
Wendi Platt
Wendi Platt graduated magna cum laude from American University in Washington, DC with degrees in economics and finance. Ms. Platt worked as a CPA and foreign exchange trader before her current position as a marketing consultant to Virgo III. Ms. Platt has been involved with many non-profits in the Philadelphia area, including Project H.O.M.E., the Salvation Army, and the Support Center for Child Advocates. Most recently, she has joined advisory boards at the Agnes Irwin School and the Lower Merion Youth Coalition. An avid runner, Ms. Platt was responsible for establishing the first Run/Walk for Minding Your Mind last year. Ms. Platt lives in Wynnewood with her husband and three children.
Diane Sampson Roskamp
Diane Sampson Roskamp has been involved in the development of senior housing for over 30 years and was a cofounder and national Marketing Director of Freedom Group, Inc. Diane and her husband, Bob, are developers of continuing care retirement communities, assisted living centers and skilled nursing homes around the country. Through the Roskamp Foundation and Roskamp Institute, the Roskamps support research conducted by an outstanding team of international doctors focusing on Alzheimer’s disease and other brain disorders such as depression and bi- polar illness, cancer, isolating the Tourette’s gene, and the genetics of addiction. Diane also co-founded Designing Women Boutique, a not for profit consignment shop in Sarasota, Florida which gives all proceeds to the Sarasota community for arts and humanities. She has served on numerous boards including NARSAD, the Asolo Theater, the Sarasota Ballet, and the Animal Rescue Coalition.

Diane currently serves as a trustee on the Ringling College of Art and Design Board of Directors. She recently served as the chairwoman of their capital campaign and completed her duties when they reached their goal of $75 million. The Roskamps have been honored by the Salvation Army, the City of Sarasota and the University of South Florida for the dedication of the Roskamp chair for continuing studies in Alzheimer’s disease.

Benjamin R. Zuckerman
With over 40 years of experience in the packaging industry, Mr. Zuckerman is the President of Zuckerman Honickman, Inc., a leading packaging distribution company. He also oversees its wholly owned subsidiary, Delta Industries International, Inc., the largest supplier of reusable trigger spray bottles in the United States. He is a long standing member of the John D. Lankeau Society at Lankenau Hospital. In addition, Mr. Zuckerman, along with his wife Meryl, established the Zuckerman Family Autoimmune Disorder Research Fund to support the revolutionary efforts of the scientists at the Lankenau Institute for Medical Research and the clinicians of Lankenau Hospital. He supports a number of Philadelphia area institutions and actively fundraises for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and for the MS Society.