Board of Directors

Josh Anderson Foundation Board of Directors play a large role in the leadership and accountability of the organization; members come from a wide array of professional backgrounds but all have the common passion to stop teen suicide. The Board has an Executive Committee, Governance Committee, Finance Committee and Programming Committee. Other ad hoc committees are established on an as-needed basis.

Executive Director, Josh Anderson Foundation

Lauren Anderson is a graduate of Langley HS in 2005 and UVA in 2009, earning a Bachelors of Science degree in Commerce. She then went on to work as a financial analyst at Brookwood Associates, a middle-market investment banking form in Atlanta, GA. After two years, she returned home in July 2011 to put her energy into The Josh Anderson Foundation, evolving a Memorial Fund into an active Foundation that provides adolescents with the mental health education, resources and support so that they never turn to suicide. Lauren is also a certified yoga instructor and teaches all ages and levels of students – from pre-schoolers to teens and adults.

Vice President and Regional Director, Wells Fargo Institutional Retirement and Trust

Sue Anderson is a Regional Director for Wells Fargo Institutional Retirement and Trust, managing a team of relationship managers serving corporate and non-profit clients in the mid-Atlantic region in retirement plan administration. She graduated magna cum laude from Boston University with a BA degree in Biology and a minor in Psychology. She is a registered representative with the National Association of Securities Dealers (FINRA), holding her Series 7 & 63 licenses as well as Life and Health Licenses in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. In 2008, she earned her Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation.

Hobbies include working out (she is a group fitness instructor), reading, journaling, and following Boston sports teams. She feels especially blessed to have a strong, close family.

Marketing and Strategy Consultant, Praxis Advisors LLC

Todd Anderson, partner with the marketing and strategy consultancy Praxis Advisors, LLC, has over thirty years’ experience in marketing strategy, new product and new program development, and is an expert in strategy execution and project management. Prior to recently joining Praxis, Todd spent the past 10+ years as co-founder, president and CEO of BCP Worldwide, which focused primarily on the development and implementation of a U.S. Government program supporting small business growth in developing countries.

Prior to BCP Worldwide, Todd worked in senior strategy and new product development functions at John Hancock, where he guided teams driving new initiatives within the organization. Todd served Scudder before that in roles focused on new product and business development, where he led the market introduction of new mutual funds, software-based financial planning products and a personalized portfolio management business. At Merrill Lynch and Chase Manhattan Bank before that, Todd managed the strategic planning for Merrill’s brokerage business, and developed new products at Chase.

Presdient, SLB Consulting

Staci Brown, President of SLB Consulting, is a 18-year veteran of the Peer-to-Peer fundraising industry, with a concentrated specialty in the Run/Walk/Ride fundraising space. Staci has worked with nonprofits of all sizes from The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (Team In Training), American Cancer Society, ASPCA, Feed the Children, V Foundation to lesser known nonprofits such as the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (Team Challenge), Lazarex Cancer Foundation, American Association for Cancer of Research, John Volken Academy and many more. Staci is a regular presenter with webinars for the Peer-to-Peer Professional Forum sharing her knowledge and experience in order to help advance the industry. She is able to share rare insight into these programs as she has worked her way up from being a Team Manager, hitting the streets and generating leads, to being the Program Director of multi-million dollar programs and one of the most well known endurance fundraising experts in the industry.

Alex Gorman has been a school counselor in FCPS for the last ten years. For the past four years he’s been the Wellness coordinator at James Madison HS where he’s coordinated Wellness Week, Wellness Days and Mindfulness activities. Before coming to James Madison Alex was a school counselor at West Springfield HS and was a PE teacher at Sidwell Friends School in DC. In addition to his work as a counselor Alex is the head lacrosse coach at James Madison HS. He is 2005 graduate of Trinity University in DC and played lacrosse for the Danish National team in the 2006 World Championships and the 2008 European Championships. He currently lives in Burke, Va with his wife and two daughters.

Strategy and Operations Consultant

Aras Jizan’s passion for youth mental health began in 2011, when he lost a good friend to suicide. Since then he has volunteered with local organizations such as Big Brothers Big Sisters to provide at risk youth with mentorship and support, and he has been helping JAF with planning, organization, and analytics over the past six months. His professional background lies in the area of strategic and operational consulting and he hopes to continue leveraging those skills to benefit JAF as a member of its board this year.

Managing Director, Alex. Brown

Introducing Fortune 500 Companies and Ultra High Net Worth individual to Raymond James capabUltles across all spectrums from all forms of lending to Private Wealth Management. Originally from New York, Todd earned his BBAfrom George Washington University. He and his wife, Michelle, now split time between Great Falls and East Hampton. They have three children, Samantha, Rebecca and Jack.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Jen (or Dr. Leyton-Armakan) is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Falls Church, VA. She provides individual and family psychotherapy to children, adolescents, and adults, in both English and Spanish. She is also a part-time clinician at API Associates, a Washington D.C.-based mental health agency, servicing youth at risk for foster care placement or juvenile justice involvement. Jen believes strongly in mental health education and outreach, and has worked closely with community-based prevention initiatives; including programs focused on youth mentoring (Young Women Leaders Program) and cross-cultural dialogue (Sustained Dialogue Campus Network). She is a certified LifeForce Yoga Practitioner and pursues ongoing training in mind-body approaches. Jen also serves as the Mental Health Practitioner Liaison and a board member of the Safe Community Coalition in McLean, Virginia.

Jen is tied to the Josh Anderson Foundation, through personal connection and professional objectives. She grew up with the Anderson family: attended elementary and middle school with Tyler; worked closely with Gillian on a mentoring project for at-risk youth in Charlottesville, VA; and has been dear friends with Lauren since high school. Jen attended Northwestern University, majoring in Human Development & Psychological Services. She earned a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Virginia; where her clinical training and research focused on promoting mental health of adolescents and families. Josh’s life and the work of JAF have continued to influence Jen’s perspective as a psychologist.

Attorney, McGuireWoods

Lauren grew up in Great Falls, Virginia and has been actively involved with JAF since its inception. She is an attorney with the law firm McGuireWoods in Washington, D.C., and represents clients in a variety of regulatory, criminal and compliance matters, during government investigations as well as in commercial litigation in federal and state court. Prior to joining McGuireWoods, Lauren served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Claude M. Hilton, Senior United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia. Lauren attended the George Washington University Law School, the University of South Carolina and Langley High School.

Human Resources Management Advisor

Lila McCain brings 30 years of experience in human resources management advising businesses on topics such as organizational and leadership development, diversity, and compensation and benefits. Her first 20 years were spent at Verizon, with international assignments in Thailand and Costa Rica. In 2004, Lila left Verizon to work in the biopharma industry for two years before moving to the non-profit sector. Her latest assignments were with American Student Assistance as Director of HR and then with Jobs for the Future as Associate Vice President of Human Resources.

An avid rower, Lila is the board president of Community Rowing Inc. (CRI) in Boston. She plays an active role in the management of this $5M organization with 35 FT and 70 PT employees. Community Rowing is the largest rowing organization in the United States.

Lila grew up in Peru and earned her BA/BS in Psychology/Management from Boston College and an MBA from PACE University in NY.

She resides in Newton, MA with her husband Peter and daughter Sonya. Her daughter, Karen Douglas, died of suicide in October 2013 at the age of 18. Lila is interested in suicide prevention and efforts to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness. She would be honored to put her skill set and expertise to work for the Josh Anderson Foundation.

School Psychologist, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology

Greg Myers is a local—he grew up in Springfield, VA. He earned his BA in Psychology from UVA (2002) and his Master’s in School Psychology from GMU (2005). Greg is in his eighth year as a school psychologist for FCPS. He has worked in elementary, middle, high schools, in addition to Extended School Year (ESY) summer programs. He is currently assigned to Holmes Middle School and Thomas Jefferson HS for Science and Technology (also my alma mater, Class of 1998). Some of his interests include suicide prevention, crisis response, and mental health awareness among teens. He sponsors the Active Minds club at TJ who teamed up with JAF and school-based resources to put on 2 years of SLLM and, last year, started a Mental Wellness Week and depression screening at TJ. He is the leader of a crisis team in FCPS and has made several responses to schools in need after the tragic loss of a staff member or student.

Director, Intervention & Prevention Services of FCPS

Mother of three grown children, Mary Ann Panarelli began her professional career as the co-director, with her husband, of a group home for emotionally disturbed children aged 6-12. She then taught grades 5-8 in a private school, worked as a school psychologist in FCPS, and then as a special education administrator in FCPS. In her current position she oversees FCPS prevention efforts, psychology services, social work services and the Nontraditional school programs. On a personal level, she and her husband adopted their oldest son from the group home they ran, and have interacted with multiple private and public mental health services over the last 35 years.