Beth Lambert, Executive Producer
Beth Lambert is the Founder and Executive Director of Epidemic Answers, a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public about the epidemic of chronic illness affecting our youth, and helping parents find healing solutions. Beth is also the author of A Compromised Generation: The Epidemic of Chronic Illness in America’s Children (Sentient, 2010). Beth is a former healthcare consultant and teacher. She attended Oxford University and graduated with honors from Williams College. She holds an M.A. in American Studies, with a concentration in American Healthcare, from Fairfield University.
Josie Nelson, Program Director
Josie Nelson is the founder of Integrative Health Strategies, a consulting firm dedicated to the prevention and reversal of chronic health conditions. She brings a combination of consulting, program management, coaching, and subject matter expertise to the Documenting Hope Project. An integrative health practitioner with a background in ethics and advocacy, Josie is a lifetime student of holistic and multi-disciplinary health practices. With degrees from both Georgetown University and the University of Chicago Divinity School, Josie planned a traditional academic career but a detour into management consulting changed everything. While her doctoral dissertation lay undone, Josie worked first with industrial engineering clients and later on business ethics initiatives. As a consultant for Fortune 500 firms, she learned many things about the health industry. Since 2002, she has dedicated herself to understanding the rise in childhood illness, especially autism and related disorders, from an historical, political, ethical, scientific and environmental health perspective. She has witnessed the profound impact of an approach to health that includes informed consent, access to real food, integrative medicine, and healing modalities not typically embraced by mainstream medicine. She once held elected office in the District of Columbia and lived to tell about it. She has been blessed with two beautiful children, a fine sense of humor, and generous teachers.
Martha Herbert, MD PhD, Scientific Director, Principal Investigator
Martha Herbert, PhD, MD, is a pediatric neurologist and neuroscientist at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. She is an affiliate of the Harvard-MIT-MGH Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging where she directs the TRANSCEND Research Program, which uses advanced brain imaging techniques and biomarkers to look at metabolic, perfusion, and brain function measures of brain change. Her academic research interests include how changes in whole-body physiology, structure and organization of movement may impact electrophysiology to alter brain function, development and structure; how environmental influences can act through our physiology to degrade molecular, tissue and neuroglial function – or create improvement and fulfill potential; and how emerging bioinformatics and small-scale measurement technologies can facilitate crowdsourcing of health and lifestyle data, which she is pursuing through her Higher Synthesis Foundation (www.highersynth.org). She is working on how to convey to the scientific, policy and public communities that there is a better, more inclusive and action-promoting way of looking at autism, brain health and chronic disease, which is the message of her book, The Autism Revolution: Whole Body Strategies for Making Life All It Can Be (Harvard Health Publications and Random House, 2012, www.AutismRevolution.org and www.autismWHYandHOW.org).
John Boyd, Executive Chair
John brings a robust business background to the Documenting Hope project. He has worked in communications, technology, energy, and business services. After 30 years at a Fortune 50 company, serving in a variety of leadership roles, he has led small and medium size businesses, and for the last 10 years, has served on boards and advised companies on growth strategies, marketing, and governance.
When not leading or guiding companies, John has also led business-focused, non-profits, including chairman of the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), president of the USTSA, and advisory board chairman of the Pace University Business School.
DOCUMENTING HOPE TEAM MEMBERS
Janet Taft, Director of Philanthropy
Janet Taft and her husband are parents to five boys in their 20’s, including two sets of twins, who have experienced various chronic conditions, such as ADHD, learning disabilities, severe allergies, and autoimmune disorders. With the help of clinical nutrition and supplementation by physicians addressing root causes, she was able to fully recover their 12 year old son from severe Central Auditory Processing Disorder, debilitating school anxiety and oppositional behavior. He later wrote his college essay about his recovery and is now a bright and thriving college student. Janet earned a BA at Smith College and a Masters at Yale in Nurse-Midwifery and has delivered over 230 babies in Connecticut hospitals. She returned to Yale to earn an MBA and then worked in public finance on Wall Street, raising capital in the bond market for hospitals, colleges and other nonprofits. Subsequently, while raising her family near Boston, she served many years as trustee for a hospital and for her childrens' special education school, chairing the development committee. Janet regularly attends conferences on functional medicine and continues to see benefits of functional medical care, and of food as medicine, accruing to her family’s health.
Madiha M. Saeed, MD, ABIHM, Director of Education
Dr. Saeed is a board-certified integrative holistic family physician practicing in Illinois. She graduated residency in family medicine from Indiana University School of Medicine, South Bend, and received the Resident Teacher Award from the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine in 2010. She is a diplomate of the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine and holds a diploma in homeopathy from the Center for Education and Development of Clinical Homeopathy. In 2010, Dr. Saeed joined Physicians HolisticHealth Alliance in South Bend, Indiana. As an integrative holistic family physician, Dr. Saeed witnessed the struggles each patient experienced as they sought to heal their underlying issues, and their frustration about where to begin. With her team at Physicians HolisticHealth Alliance, she was determined to get to the root of disease. She poured over hundreds of books from top professionals in holistic healing, delved into research studies, and examined the common factors in her patients’ numerous success stories. Dr. Saeed’s enthusiasm is demonstrated in her numerous public speaking engagements and her growing social media presence as HolisticMom, MD . She has had numerous articles published in Holistic Primary Care magazine, which called Dr. Saeed “an emerging voice for the next generation of holistic physicians.” Dr. Saeed also writes for the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine and is a member of their social media team. The AIHM has featured her in a member spotlight titled “Walking the Talk: One Member Brings Holism Everywhere She Goes.”
Helen Conroy, Director of Partnerships
After a fifteen-year career as Vice President and Relationship Manager at a major Fortune 500 company, Helen shifted her career to focus on supporting families living with autism. She worked as a Development Director at a non-profit organization dedicated to helping families with children with developmental delays and she also founded The Thinking Moms’ Revolution. Helen is the co-author of three books, The Thinking Moms' Revolution: Autism Beyond the Spectrum, Evolution of a Revolution: From Hope to Healing, and Revolutionary Grandparents: Generations Healing Autism with Love and Hope. Helen and her husband, Doug, have three beautiful children, including Harrison, who is diagnosed with autism and on the path to healing. They live in Naples, Florida.
Kristi Wees, Social Media Coordinator
Kristi Wees received her bachelors degree in chemistry from The Pennsylvania State University where she was one of the inaugural graduates of the Schreyer’s Honors College. She went on to complete her masters degree studies at UCLA in Chemistry. Utilizing her extensive industrial, academic and research experience, as well as hands on medical and clinical know-how, Kristi navigated her own daughter’s medical journey back to restored health. Through this process, Kristi became a passionate advocate for all children no matter what the diagnosis and all of her work is founded on the belief that every family deserves the best quality of life together with their child
Kim Screen, Parent Ambassador
Kim Screen is a Northwest native. She grew up in Seattle and attended the University of Washington where she majored in Spanish. She spent 6 years in Los Angeles soaking up the sunshine then returned to Seattle to be closer to family. Her career has been an array of interests - from event management to product marketing to graphic design. She has always been driven by storytelling and design. For 10 years she ran her own storytelling company called Good Stock, where she designed and customized family books for her clients. She is now a mom of 3 healthy/unhealthy kids on a mission to heal her family. She lives on Bainbridge Island, a ferry boat away from Seattle. Her writing can be found on Medium.com.