Mission Statement

JBRF supports children and families suffering from bipolar disorder and Fear of Harm through research, education, and outreach.

The JBRF Team

Executive & Research Assistant

Ms. Bryant studies anthropology at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. She was drawn to working with JBRF out of her interest to learn about research into mental illness and how to care for children with bipolar disorder.

Fundraising Advisory Committee Chair

Ms. Cupp is a Certified Fund Raising Executive who has worked in the fundraising field for over a decade. She has worked with the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Chapman University, GiveSum, Future Leaders of Our Community, Habitat for Humanity, Irvine Public Schools Foundation, National Philanthropy Day, Pretend City Children’s Museum, and the University of California, Irvine. Ms. Cupp loves fundraising and enjoys helping people envision the world as a better place. She sees her work as bringing together those who are investors in the future of our community.

Executive Director

Ms. Errico has been the executive director of JBRF since 2019, introducing new programs and services for families and mental health practitioners that are based in the groundbreaking research conducted by JBRF’s research teams over the past 20 years.

Before joining JBRF, Ms. Errico worked for 20 years in the fields of psychological counseling, psychotherapy, and education. Ms. Errico practiced as a psychotherapist in private practice as well as in the partial hospitalization program at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and at small nonprofit organizations. She taught undergraduate psychology at Kean University for nearly a decade, and has worked as a consultant to nonprofit organizations supporting positive team building and productive internal communication processes. 

Ms. Errico earned a BA in psychology from Georgetown University along with an MA in psychological counseling and an Ed.M. in counseling and education from Columbia University, Teachers College. She is a member of the American Counseling Association and the National Board of Certified Counselors.

Teen Skills Group Facilitator

Ms. Glaser trained at Naropa University in Boulder Colorado earning a masters in counseling with a concentration in art therapy. She’s been a licensed professional counselor for many years practicing in multiple treatment settings. She has spent years serving in community mental health facilities, helping those with severe and persistent mental illness. 

Ms. Glaser is a seasoned clinician, able to address many types of needs for all kind of people, with differing stories, needs, and backgrounds. She spent 2 years in the U.S. Peace Corps, volunteering in Guatemala, Central America, where she developed a deeper appreciation for cultural diversity, offset by human commonality. She is also an accomplished artist, a health enthusiast, and parent who believes in the inherent worth and dignity of all persons, no exceptions. 


Ms. LeFaive has provided bookkeeping services for a variety of arts and entertainment companies, as well as nonprofit organizations, for over a decade. She is also a fiction writer and serves as Treasurer for Split Lip Magazine. 

Research Director

Demitri Papolos is an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Co-Founder, and former Co-Director of the Program in Behavioral Genetics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. In 2001, Dr. Papolos became the Director of Research for the Juvenile Bipolar Research Foundation where he established a consortium of clinical and basic researchers from medical centers across the country. They have been engaged in the identification of homogeneous behavioral phenotypes, and more recently, the pursuit of a deeper understanding of the neurobiological and molecular basis of a novel syndrome associated with a discrete heritable behavioral trait and a specific biological marker – a deficit in temperature sensation and heat dissipation. The research has been published in the Journal of Affective Disorders, the American Journal of Psychiatry, the American Journal of Human Genetics, and in Molecular Psychiatry.

Support Group Facilitator

Ms. Reid is a Certified Life Coach who is passionate about the benefits of coaching. Through coaching she offers a catalyst for change, a focused plan, honesty, accountability, and measurable results. Ms. Reid brings her considerable skills as a life coach to her role as a JBRF support group facilitator and gives personal attention to each parent or loved-one who attends, welcoming them into the group with warmth, empathy, and an unwavering respect for their journey. 

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Board of Directors

Cynthia Allman

Ms. Allman is the Executive Director of Newmark Education and the President of the NextMark Foundation. With over 20 years in the field of special education, Ms. Allman has a clear understanding of how mental health issues manifest themselves in the classroom and effectively conveys coping strategies for parents and professional educators. Ms. Allman’s passion for innovative programs stems from her time as a well-regarded motivational speaker, leading Wellness and Peak Performance seminars at Fortune 500 companies and leading educational organizations in New Jersey.

As the Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of Newmark School and Newmark High School, Ms. Allman’s focus is on ensuring that students succeed both academically and socially in an atmosphere that holds them accountable for their own achievement, regardless of their mental health disabilities. She been instrumental in creating and maintaining partnerships with over 65 local school districts in New Jersey to best serve their special needs students. In addition to her leadership role at Newmark, Ms. Allman was a part of the Development leadership team that was responsible for successfully launching a $12 Million Capital Campaign to build a brand-new state of the art facility to better serve students with disabilities. As current President of the Nextmark Foundation, Ms. Allman’s goal is to expand on the mission of supporting students with special needs in the education environment. As a result, she has spearheaded the Newmark Teacher Training Institute which provides critical teacher training and professional consulting services for schools in the areas of children’s mental health issues and effective behavioral management in the classroom. Most recently, Ms. Allman developed an online course that trains educators across the country to learn more about student mental health and effective strategies that work to support them.

Ms. Allman earned a BA in sociology from Seton Hall University. She was the recipient of four-year athletic scholarship for the Women’s Basketball Team and served as Team Captain. She also received the Seton Hall University’s College of Education and Human Services’ Hanbury Alumni Mission Award in 2016. She currently lives in Watchung, New Jersey and has twin sons who are both attending college.

James Bragg

James Bragg is an independent consultant offering consultancy services to corporate investor relations and institutional investment fund managers, having had extensive careers in both financial services and corporate securities law and regulation.

During his career in financial services, James worked as an institutional equity sales professional for several US and international investment banks and devoted a great deal of his time to advising fund management clients on the merits of investments in pharmaceutical, biotech and healthcare services companies. This role required an ongoing relationship with healthcare companies as well as a deep understanding and close following of the drug development and approval process in both the US and Europe. James has maintained a relationship with many of these companies since leaving the financial services industry.

Prior to his equity sales career, James worked as an in-house, corporate securities and compliance lawyer for both Morgan Stanley and PaineWebber, after having worked as an attorney for the US Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, DC, and as an Assistant District Attorney in the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office.

James holds an AB degree in Government from Franklin & Marshall College and a Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from New York Law School.

James is actively involved in a number of non-profit organizations including the National Exchange Club and as a member of the Vestry of Saint Luke’s Church in Darien. Connecticut.

John Cosentino


John is a founding partner of the Ironwood Manufacturing Fund, a private equity firm specializing in control investments in manufacturing, distribution and service companies. He has been an individual investor leading several investments in privately held companies and is an experienced executive who has held senior management positions with Danaher Corporation, Rau Fastener, Stanley, Black & Decker and several divisions of United Technologies. John presently leads or serves on the boards of Sturm, Ruger & Co., Simonds International Inc., Whitcraft LLC, Habco Industries LLC, and Addaero LLC. He holds an A.B. cum laude in economics from Harvard and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Herbert M. Lachman

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.

Steven Mattis


Steven Mattis, Ph.D., is President of the Juvenile Bipolar Research foundation. He received his Ph.D. from Columbia University. Dr. Mattis is an internationally known neuropsychologist and recognized as a leading figure in the development of the field of clinical neuropsychology in the United States. He has been on the Board and President of the International Neuropsychological Society; on the Board and President of the Clinical Neuropsychology Division of the American Psychological Association; A Fellow of the American Psychological Association; Founding member of the Board and President of the American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology, the Specialty credentialing agent of the American Board of Professional Psychology; and on the Board and President of the American Board of Professional Psychology. He is currently Clinical Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychiatry, New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center and in private practice at Mattis & Luck Center for Neuropsychological Services. Dr. Mattis had been Chief of Neuropsychology in the Department of Neurology, Albert Einstein School of Medicine, Chief of Neuropsychology, Department of Psychiatry, Weill Cornell Medical Center, and Chief Psychologist at Hillside Hospital-Northshore Medical System. He has over 70 articles in peer reviewed journals, multiple chapters in edited books, and is the author of the Dementia Rating Scale. Dr. Mattis has been a co-editor and reviewer for multiple professional journals and served on the Research Review Board for the Human Development and Aging section of the National Institutes of Health.

For the last 10 years, Dr. Mattis has focused his research and clinical interests on the neuropsychology of psychiatric mood disorders. In collaboration with Drs. Papolos and others, he has published several articles delineating a phenotype of juvenile bipolar disorder which has been termed Fear of Harm syndrome.

Demitri Papolos

Demitri Papolos is an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Co-Founder, and former Co-Director of the Program in Behavioral Genetics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. In 2001, Dr. Papolos became the Director of Research for the Juvenile Bipolar Research Foundation where he established a consortium of clinical and basic researchers from medical centers across the country. They have been engaged in the identification of homogeneous behavioral phenotypes, and more recently, the pursuit of a deeper understanding of the neurobiological and molecular basis of a novel syndrome associated with a discrete heritable behavioral trait and a specific biological marker – a deficit in temperature sensation and heat dissipation. This phenotype, the Thermoregulatory Threat/Survival Disorder (Fear of Harm) is the subject of the workshop. The research has been published in the Journal of Affective Disorders, the American Journal of Psychiatry, the American Journal of Human Genetics, and in Molecular Psychiatry.

Sarah Spray

Sarah Spray is Head of Investor Relations (IR) for A.P. Moller Maersk, the world-leading, integrated transport and logistics company. Sarah has spent over 30 years working in equity capital markets, beginning in institutional equity sales and transitioning to the field of investor relations in 2010. She has held IR roles across a variety of industries, ranging from software and data services, to specialty chemicals and transport and logistics. Sarah is known for her ability to rapidly establish herself as a subject matter expert and trusted advisor. Constant curiosity, professional integrity, empathy and passion for building communication bridges are the hallmarks of her IR practice. 

Sarah holds a BA in Philosophy and Economics from Columbia University and is quadralingual.