Our Board

  


Board of Directors

Bruce Harlow,

is the Board Chair of the LEAP Foundation. He is a highly active NAMI advocate and leader, who works with legislators and the community to improve the quality of care provided to persons with mental illness, and who, like Dr. Amador, has lived experience as a caregiver of a loved-one with severe and persistent mental illness.

Gregory L. Adams,

is the Treasurer of LEAP Foundation. He is also the President of iLearn Systems, an internationally recognized, interactive learning company. He is working to bring the LEAP Program to the internet in a highly effective, experiential-learning format. He is also Vice President of PLAN of Southeast Michigan and assists NAMI, and other nonprofit mental health organizations. His passion for this work grew out of his personal experience as a caregiver for a loved-one with severe and persistent mental illness.

Maria Tatiana Amador,

Maria has lived experience with family members suffering from SMI and anosognosia. A young adult, she is studying to become a psychologist. She is the daughter of the Foundation's CEO, Dr. Xavier Amador. Her volunteer work spans issues and vulnerable populations both within the mental health community and beyond. As a family caregiver, she has a deep and life-long commitment to ensuring that the mission of the LEAP Foundation succeeds and endures.

Sharon Fiorella,

a highly successful business woman, wife and mother who has lived experience with a loved one suffering from SMI and anosognosia. Sharon has developed deep experience and a keen understanding of how many persons with SMI are inappropriately caught up in the criminal justice system. Her volunteer work and philanthropy has, in recent years, focused more and more on the problems created by anosognosia and the broken mental health care system that results in persons with serious mental illness being isolated and landing in jails and prisons rather than treatment. She is dedicated to providing science-based education and resources about anosognosia, mental health diversion and LEAP to professionals, families and criminal justice professionals.

Michael Fitzpatrick,

Executive Director of NAMI National for ten years, a seasoned public policy expert and previous elected state legislator who has shown an enduring commitment to improving the lives of persons with mental illness and their families.

Ken Freirich,

President of the Health Monitor Network, is an entrepreneur who started, built, operated and grew a variety of world-class organizations. His passion is improving the quality of healthcare. Ken is also a philanthropist who cares deeply about persons suffering from mental illness, their families and healthcare providers.

Ronald Honberg, J.D.,

served as the Senior Policy Advisor at the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) for more than 30 years, where he oversaw NAMI's federal advocacy agenda, and Law and Criminal Justice Action Center. Ron has drafted amicus curiae briefs in precedent-setting litigation affecting people with mental illnesses and has provided technical assistance to attorneys and NAMI affiliates on legal and public policy issues. He continues to be an advocate of justice for people affected by mental illness and their families. Ron has a J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law.

Barbara Warren Loli,

is a lawyer with over 25 years experience in the field of Immigration and Nationality Law. Ms. Loli is a past President of the South Florida Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers’ Association. She served for nine years as the Chairperson of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Committee “D” of the Florida Bar. She now serves as the Chairperson for the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Committee “Z” in the State of Florida. Ms. Loli is a NAMI Broward Florida member, and as family member of someone with serious mental illness, she is committed to empowering family members and professionals with the education to create stronger relationships.

Norm Ornstein,

is a political scientist and resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), a Washington D.C. think tank. He too has lived experience with a mentally ill son. Norm has written many books and is a frequent contributor to The Washington Post and many magazines, such as The Atlantic and the National Journal. He wrote a weekly column for Roll Call from 1993 until 2013, and is currently co-director of the AEI-Brookings Election Reform Project.

Andrew Sperling, Esq.,

is the Director of Federal Legislative Advocacy for NAMI where for more than two decades he has worked passionately on issues affecting the mental health community with a focus on improving the lives of people with severe mental illnesses. Since 1994, Mr. Sperling has also served as Co-Chair of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Housing Task Force. Mr. Sperling previously held the position of deputy director of government relations for the National Community Mental Healthcare Council and was a legislative assistant for U.S. Representative Dick Swett. Mr. Sperling earned a BA from Tulane University, a MA from George Washington University and a Law Degree from the Franklin Pierce Law Center.