JBRF Board of Directors
Mr. Goldberg’s professional background includes over 30 years of commercial real estate experience in New York City. He is a Senior Managing Director at Colliers International. He is a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy, earned an A.B. in Politics from Princeton University and attended New York University School of Business. Additionally, Mr. Goldberg has attended the New York University Real Estate Institute. As an active member of the community, Mr. Goldberg is belongs to numerous professional and civic organizations. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Cultural Crossovers, an organization which curates cultural exhibits to youth worldwide within the context of children’s museums, a former board member of PASE, The Partnership for After School Education and Director of Development for the Juvenile Bipolar Research Foundation. With strong alumni ties, Mr. Goldberg is past President of The Phillips Exeter Academy General Alumni/ae Association of New York and is involved in fundraising efforts at Princeton University. He is a long-standing member of the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) and participates in a variety of community-based youth development programs in his hometown of Bronxville, New York.
Jeanne Langer brings over fifteen years of business expertise to JBRF. She received her undergraduate degree in marketing and business administration and started her successful career at Bristol-Myers Squibb and the Honeywell Corporation. For almost a decade she worked at KLS Professional Advisors Group where she created the marketing program that turned KLS into the most prestigious advising firm to the legal profession in both New York City and Washington, D.C. Jeanne Langer became very interested in the field of learning disabilies and special education. She then went on to receive a dual masters in special and regular education from New York University in May 2006.
Dr. Lachman is a professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He also holds joint appointments in the departments of Medicine, Genetics and Neuroscience. Dr. Lachman became of a member of the JBRF Board of Directors in 2011. He is a co-author of 90 scientific papers, book chapters and reviews. He has also written a book for laymen exploring the role of Darwinian selection in human disease called, “Battle of the Genomes: The Struggle For Survival in a Microbial World.” Dr. Lachman’s primary research interests are the molecular and genetic basis of bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, and the development of patient-specific induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) technology to model neuropsychiatric disorders in the laboratory. iPSCs are derived from skin cells and can be turned into human neurons, which can then be studied in animal-free systems. iPSC technology is a very promising tool for developing new drugs for neuropsychiatric disorders. In addition to research, Dr. Lachman sees patients in the Division of Substance Abuse and is very involved in student education at Einstein where he teaches human genetics to first year medical students, and graduate students in the Sue Golding Graduate Division and Clinical Research Training Program. He has received two teaching awards at Einstein. He is also a grand rounds speaker and gives a lecture on the role of genes in criminal behavior at Fordham Law School.
Dr. Lachman is board certified in Internal Medicine and is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the International Society of Psychiatric Genetics. He is an editor for the Open Psychiatry Journal and the Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience and has reviewed papers for some of the top psychiatry and neuroscience journals, including Molecular Psychiatry, Biological Psychiatry, American Journal of Medical Genetics, Human Molecular Genetics and the Archives of General Psychiatry. He has also reviewed grants for 20 NIH study sections. Dr. Lachman lives in Manhattan with his wife and two children.
Since graduating in the top ten of his class at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business, Eugene Matalene has had a wealth of business experience. He worked in corporate finance for eight years at Kidder, Peabody & Company, Incorporated becoming a vice president, and then a first vice president in the Investment Banking Division of Drexel Burnham Lambert.
In April 1987, Mr. Matalene joined Paine Webber’s Investment Banking Division, and from 1990-1996, was Managing Director and the Chief Operating Officer of that Division. He was also President and a director of Paine Webber Development Corporation, a three-hundred million dollar equity fund, and a director of Paine Weber Properties which managed or controlled commercial and residential properties with a value in excess of one billion dollars.
Mr. Matalene next became Group Head of Private Placements where he was responsible for all private securities marketing activities from bank debt to equity with an emphasis on high yield and equity securities.
Today, Eugene Matalene is a director and consultant for a variety of companies, including serving as Vice Chairman of a large foodservice business where he is also a member of both the Audit and Compensation committees.
He is the father of two children, one of whom has bipolar disorder.
Dr. Steven Mattis
Inger M. Sjogren, Executive Director
Ms. Sjogren has served as the Executive Director of JBRF since August 2008. She studied Economics at l’Université de Génève and graduated from Smith College in 1990 with a B.A. in Developmental Economics. After gaining finance experience by working in the venture capital industry, Ms. Sjogren attended Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business where she was elected to the post of Vice President on the student government. Upon earning her M.B.A. in Finance, she joined UBS where she focused on structuring asset-backed securities and off-balance sheet financing. She is a sprint-triathlete and mother of three children.
Jennifer B. Theriault MSW, LCSW
Ms. Theriault is a licensed clinical social worker in Stamford, CT. Upon earning her B.A. from the University of Rochester in 1992, she began her career working as a Resident Counselor in a group home for adults with mental illness. She went on to work as a Rehabilitation Specialist at the Rochester Mental Health Center where she continued to teach daily living skills to adults with severe mental illness. In 1996, while earning her M.S.W. from New York University School of Social Work, she provided crisis intervention and short term psychotherapy at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital’s Crime Victim Treatment Center. She later went on to work as both a psychotherapist and the Volunteer Coordinator/Supervisor at the Sexual Assault Crisis Center in Stamford, CT. In 1998 she joined the Child Guidance Center of Lower Fairfield County where she worked as the social worker in Dolan Middle School’s School Based Health Center, and then at the Child Guidance Center’s clinic where she treated children, adolescents, and families. In private practice since 2006, she continues to treat adolescents and adults with vary psychiatric issues and has an expertise in working with families who have children with special needs. She resides in Connecticut with her husband and 3 children.