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Suniya S. Luthar, Ph.D.

Founder, Board of Directors

Suniya S. Luthar is Founder AC Groups, Co-Founder Emerita of Authentic Connections Co., and Professor Emerita at Columbia University's Teachers College. She received her Ph.D. from Yale University and served on the faculty of the Yale Department of Psychiatry and the Child Study Center (1990 – 1998), Columbia University's Teachers College (1999- 2014), and Arizona State University as Foundation Professor (2014-2019). She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the American Association for Psychological Science (APS), and her awards include the Boyd McCandless Young Scientist Award from APA, a Research Scientist Development (K) Award from NIH, an American Mensa Foundation Award, an award for Integrity and Mentorship from the SRCD’s Asian Caucus, and SRA’s 2021 Hill Award for distinguished contributions to research on adolescents.

For more details, please see www.SuniyaLuthar.org.

In Memoriam: Suniya S. Luthar, Ph.D.

Founder, Executive Director Emeritus

Alex Koenig, Ph.D.

Executive Director, Group Facilitator

Kimber Bogard, Ph.D.

Chair, Board of Directors

Kimber Bogard, Ph.D., is the Deputy Executive Officer for Programs at the National Academy of Medicine. In this role, Dr. Bogard aligns programmatic priorities with strategic impact. She oversees several national and international programs with a mission to improve health for all by advancing science, accelerating health equity, and catalyzing innovation. Previously, Dr. Bogard was the Sr. Vice President for Programs and Strategy at the New York Academy of Medicine. She oversaw three centers that worked to achieve health equity through building integrative community partnerships and policy solutions, participatory evaluation and applied research, and centering older adults in program and policy development. Dr. Bogard is a developmental psychologist by training who brings a life course perspective and social and emotional lens to her work.

Kimber Bogard, Ph.D.

Chair, Board of Directors

Steve Lee, Ph.D.

Board of Directors and Chief Scientific Officer

Dr. Steve Lee is Professor and Director of Clinical Psychology Training at UCLA’s Department of Psychology. He is also Associate Editor of the journal Clinical Psychological Science, and Past-President, Society for Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (SCCAP). Dr. Lee obtained his BA from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from UC Berkeley, and his post-doctoral fellowship in Psychiatric Genetics was done at the University of Chicago. Dr. Lee's ares of expertise include attention deficit and behavioral problems in children, with special attention to how these develop in families, and implications for treatment. Among Dr. Lee's honors is the American Psychological Association's Division 7 2021 Mavis Hetherington Award for Excellence in Applied Developmental Science.

Steve Lee, Ph.D.

Board of Directors & Chief Scientific Officer

Anna B. Moore, Ph.D.

Board of Directors and Steering Committee

Anna Moore is Head of The Howard School in Atlanta, Georgia. Previously, she was Director of Student Support at The Westminster Schools in Atlanta, where she had also served as Director of Summer School, Grade Level Dean, Academic Lead of Concussion team, and Science teacher. Prior to her work in schools, Anna was on the faculty of the Emory University School of Medicine. Anna holds a BA in Psychology and Human Development from Duke University and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Neuropsychology from the University of California, San Diego. She is committed to a holistic approach to students and community well-being, guided by rigorous data and evidence-based practices.

Anna B. Moore, Ph.D.

Board of Directors & Steering Committee

Nik Kumar, MA

Board of Directors and Steering Committee

Nik Kumar is an investment analyst at Meritage Group where he focuses on public and private equity investments in business services and technology. Prior to Meritage, he worked in private equity investing at Advent International and as a consultant at Bain and Company, where his client work focused on employee engagement and organizational design. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with an MA in Math, an MS in Physics, and a BA in Philosophy, summa cum laude. A Founding Board Member of the nonprofit in 2015, Nik actively supports AC Groups financial and strategic planning. Nik is based in New York.

Nik Kumar, MA

Board of Directors & Steering Committee

Jennifer Reese, MD

Board of Directors and Steering Committee

Dr. Jennifer Reese is the Section Head of Pediatric Hospital Medicine, and Associate Vice Chair for Faculty Well-being, Department of Pediatrics, University of Colorado School of Medicine. In addition to her clinical work as a hospitalist, she is also the Medical Director for Provider Well-being, Children's Hospital Colorado, leading work promoting well-being for health care providers at Children's Hospital Colorado, and Department of Pediatrics. This work focuses on understanding and mitigating burnout and promoting resilience for health care providers, including research interests in quality improvement. She enjoys facilitating workshops and public speaking on these topics.

Jennifer Reese, MD

Board of Directors

Pam Roy

Board of Directors

Pam Roy is a philanthropist, investor, businesswoman, and community leader with a mission to provide transformational community-based mental health support for families and youth. She is co-founder of Straight Up Impact, a film company inspiring social change and B-Unbound, a community platform that connects 14-24-year-olds to supportive adults and peers around shared interests. Recognizing the key role meaning plays in mental health, she co-founded the Viktor Frankl Institute of America, providing resources related to the search for meaning. She is also an advisor to the CEO of Friendship Bench, Dr. Dixon Chibanda. Pam writes a blog, PamRoyBlog, that inspires parents to look at systemic issues affecting youth mental health and well-being.

Pam Roy

Board of Directors

Janae Peters

Steering Committee and Group Facilitator

Janae Peters completed her clinical social work training at the Smith College School for Social Work. She is an educator who actively integrates clinical social work into all aspects of the educational environment. She spends most of her time working with high school students at the Mastery School of Hawken, and with graduate students at Smith College School for Social Work. Additionally, she is actively engaged in the pilot stages of founding Prolific Shifts, a cohort space for Black educators and leaders to engage in personal and professional development. In every realm, she has engaged a relational and process oriented approach to learning with and supporting others, and has a highest goal of understanding how different social, political, historical, and environmental contexts influence our capacities for learning, growth, and transformation.

Janae Peters, LMSW

Group Facilitator