Dream Board

The Dream Board is a group of influential physicians, celebrities and corporate executives that help create new opportunities for the Foundation. With their help, the Foundation increases its awareness and gains new fundraising opportunities. The Dream Board members are committed to bringing hope, strength and joy to children suffering from Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Karen Ager

Karen Ager is an author and tenured teacher at the United Nations International School in New York. Diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis at age 17, Karen has had a long and inspirational journey with RA. She has worked relentlessly to raise public awareness about the disease. Karen has been featured in Time magazine Australia (July 2002), WPIX-TV Channel 11 ‘Unsung Hero’ story (May 2003), the New York Daily News (February 2005), Shape magazine (February 2006), the Today Show (October 2007), Remedy MD (Spring 2008) and Healthy Living magazines (Spring 2008). She has served on the Board of Governors for the New York chapter of the Arthritis Foundation since 2005, is a consultant on the Arthritis Foundation’s Women of Distinction Committee and often speaks at fundraisers and advocacy events. In May 2010, Karen’s Memoir ‘Enemy Within’- ‘My Journey with Arthritis’ will be released worldwide. She is also Founder of the Karen and Arthritis Support group in Manhattan.

Karen received her Bachelor of Education in Australia in 1995 where she was also born and reared. She has taught elementary children of all ages at public and private schools in Melbourne, Sydney and Toronto before moving to New York in 2000. Karen pursues her hopes and dreams in spite of her rheumatoid arthritis and wants to help others do the same. She lives in Manhattan with her husband and puppy dog.

Lisa Armijo

Native Nevadan, Lisa Armijo, successfully balances Marriage, Motherhood, Volunteerism and Business Ownership. Much of her altruistic efforts are based in children’s health, education and advancement. She is sought after as a leader in her community and is pleased to help when and where she’s able. With current, national, economic hardships being sited as reasons to reduce children’s programs, Lisa has galvanized her associates, friends and family into volunteering their time and financially supporting charitable causes. One of her daughters has been diagnosed with Oligoarticular Juvenile Arthritis. This diagnosis is the driving force for Lisa’s acceptance to the Dream Board of The Jeffrey Gottfurcht Children’s Arthritis Foundation. Lisa has also made Today in Las Vegas, of which she is Publisher, available to both local and national causes by way of public service announcements in print and on her web site. Lisa’s paternal Grand-Father was the Mayor of Reno, Nevada in the 1950-60’s and many of her choices are an effort to continue his legacy of public service to Nevadans.

Jeremy Brandt

Jeremy Brandt received a Bachelor Degree in Communication Arts and Sciences from Michigan State University. Currently, Jeremy is the Managing Partner at BKS Advisors, LLC, a registered investment advisory firm based in metro Detroit, Michigan . Jeremy joined BKS Advisors as Vice President in 2006. He has since obtained his FINRA Series 7, Series 24, Series 53, Series 63, and Series 65 Licenses, as well as the Life, Accident, Health and Variable Products Insurance certification through the state of Michigan. In 2008, Jeremy Brandt became a partner at BKS Advisors. Jeremy is an integral part of the BKS Advisors team and serves on the Compliance, Strategy, and Investment Committees. He is responsible for developing, servicing, and maintaining client relationships.

Jeremy and his wife Jessica have been married since March 2010 and have one child (Marlie). Jeremy’s hobbies include spending time with his family, golf, and coaching youth sports. In 2009, Jeremy was honored as Coach of the Year by the NBA Cares Program, an award given to just 32 coaches among over 83,000 nominees throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. Jeremy was a member of the 2010-2011 Anti-Defamation League’s Glass Leadership Institute. In addition, Jeremy received the first ever Vanguard Award in 2008, an honor given by the Detroit Young Professionals for outstanding achievement in leadership, community service, and innovation.

Adam Dave, MD

Adam Dave MD is an author, athlete, and medical doctor. Through his world travels he has also studied meditation and spirituality. Recipient of the Dean’s Award for academic excellence, he trained in Family Medicine at one of the nation’s top hospitals where his focus was on disease prevention through weight management and lifestyle modification. He works privately and intensively with clients in Los Angeles, where he incorporates spiritual discovery, medical expertise, and the latest breakthroughs in fitness and nutrition to create a new formula for optimal health. Please visit www.AdamDaveMD.com

John D. Gottfurcht

John Gottfurcht is Founder and President of SSI Investment Management Inc. ("SSI"), an asset management firm located in Beverly Hills, California. Gottfurcht founded SSI in 1973 with an innovative idea: he would develop an investment strategy that could provide consistent returns irrespective of market movements. Wall Street later named this strategy market-neutral and today, Gottfurcht is widely known as a pioneer of market-neutral investment strategies. Always at the forefront of innovation, Gottfurcht has built an organization that for more than 35 years has successfully created new products that resonate in the marketplace and anticipate client needs. His original vision has been the cornerstone of SSI's success and remains a key component of the Firm's business model. Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Gottfurcht is an avid supporter of Michigan sports teams. He currently resides in Beverly Hills, CA and Paradise Valley, AZ.

Nana Hinsley

Nana Hinsley heads up the marketing and sales departments for Global Plastic Sheeting, the company she and her husband Lee own in San Diego, California. Global Plastic Sheeting distributes both custom and off the shelf engineered plastic film products to a broad base of industries including aerospace,construction, maritime, oil and gas companies all over the world. Our plastic sheeting has been used by the Navy, cruise lines, haunted houses, museums, movie sets, and places you would never think of.Plastic sheeting does has so many functions but mostly protects surfaces and contains debris. With the belief that life is a journey, not a destination, Nana jumps in to projects that she can pour a substantial amount of passion and excitement. After all- if we aren’t having fun and learning while doing great things for everyone we encounter- what’s the sense?

Nana’s past consisted of corporate sales positions, commercial and residential real estate sales and charitable work during the child raising years. Event planning is a favorite past time. Nana’s events big or small have to be great fun, memorable and talked about for years to come. Enthusiasm and boundless energy is her hallmark. The opportunity to make a special contribution to the lives of children with R.A.is a gift and an exciting venture.

Philip Kahn, MD

Philip Kahn is a board certified pediatric rheumatologist living in his hometown of New York City, where he is an assistant professor of pediatrics at the New York University School of Medicine. After finishing medical school at the Sackler School of Medicine at Tel Aviv University, he began his pediatrics residency at the New York University School of Medicine. Knowing that he wanted to devote his career to the care of children with rheumatic disease, he accepted a fellowship position at the Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York-Columbia Medical Center, where he subsequently worked as faculty. In addition to his clinical care, Dr. Kahn has devoted a significant portion of his time to teaching and both basic science and clinical research, resulting in the publications of several manuscripts. Recently, Dr. Kahn has returned to NYU as faculty, and is actively engaged in clinical, research and teaching activities. It is an honor to be a board member of JGCAF, as he hopes to contribute to make small dreams become reality for the children with juvenile arthritis living in New York City.

Stuart H. Kaplan, MD

Creator of kaplanMD Skincare

Long favored by celebrities and Hollywood’s elite, Dr. Stuart Kaplan is one of the nation’s leading dermatologists. After graduating with honors from New York University after only 2 ½ years, and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Dr. Kaplan completed his residency in Dermatology at UCLA Medical Center, where he served as Chief Resident during the program’s final year.

He has been in private practice in Beverly Hills for over 20 years, gaining a reputation as a renowned cosmetic dermatologist whose celebrity clientele are recipients of numerous Oscars, Grammys, Emmys and other major awards. He also serves as an Assistant Clinical Professor at UCLA Medical Center, as well as an Attending Physician in Dermatologic Surgery at the Wadsworth VA Medical Center, for over 18 years. His work has earned him honors and awards from the American Cancer Society, American Medical Association, and the United States Congress.

Richard A. Lebowitz, MD, FACS

Richard Lebowitz is an Associate Professor of Otolaryngology at the New York University School of Medicine and an Attending Physician at NYU Langone Medical Center, Bellevue Hospital and the Manhattan VA Medical Center. Dr. Lebowitz received his B.A. in Biology from the University of Pennsylvania, and his M.D. from the New York University School of Medicine, where he also completed his post graduate training in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery as well as a Fellowship in Rhinology.

In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Lebowitz currently serves as the Residency Program Director in the Department of Otolaryngology at NYU. He is a member of numerous professional societies, as well as NYU Langone Medical Center and School of Medicine committees. Dr. Lebowitz has been widely published and lectures extensively in the field of Rhinology.

Laura Ling

Vice President, “Vanguard”

Laura Ling serves as Vice President of Current TV’s Emmy-nominated investigative journalism series “Vanguard.” In addition to her work overseeing the department and guiding its editorial vision, Ling works frequently as a producer and correspondent reporting on crucial issues from around the world. She has covered subjects including slave labor in the Brazilian Amazon, Mexico’s drug war, Internet censorship in China, and women’s rights in Turkey.

In March 2009, while reporting for “Vanguard” on the trafficking of North Korean women, Ling was detained by North Korean soldiers on the China/North Korea border. She and her colleague Euna Lee were arrested and held captive in North Korea for 140 days, before being granted a special pardon and returning to the United States.  She has since sought to shine a light on the issue of trafficked women as well as to bring greater attention to the plight of other imprisoned journalists around the world.

Prior to joining Current in 2005, Ling worked as a series producer for Channel One News where she produced reports from more than two-dozen countries.  Ling co-created "Breaking it Down," a documentary series on MTV that aired between 1999 and 2001.  Her work has also appeared on ABC's "Nightline," NBC, PBS, and the WB.

Lisa Ling

As the field correspondent for The Oprah Winfrey Show and contributor to ABCNews' Nightline and National Geographic’s Explorer, Lisa Ling has reported from dozens of countries; covering stories about gang rape in the Congo, bride burning in India and the Lord's Resistance Army in Uganda, among other issues that are too often ignored.

Ms. Ling got her start in journalism as a correspondent for Channel One News where she covered the civil war in Afghanistan at 21 years of age.  She later went to become a co-host of ABC Daytime's hit show The View, which won its first daytime Emmy during her time at the show.  In 2010, Ms. Ling will have her own series on the new channel, OWN: the Oprah Winfrey Network.  She is a special correspondent for CNN's Planet in Peril series and contributing editor for USA Today's USA Weekend magazine.

Erin Lotz

Erin Lotz, L.C.S.W., Licensed Clinical Social Worker, earned her Masters Degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Southern California, and is a well respected Psychotherapist who integrates traditional psychodynamic psychotherapy with progressive psychotherapeutic principles of Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. Erin offers practical strategies to calming our “anxious minds”, facilitating greater self acceptance, freedom and inner peace.

Erin has worked individually with children, adolescents, adults, geriatrics, couples and families and has facilitated many process and educational skills training groups. Her practice is based on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy; first understanding how thoughts, feelings and behaviors affect one another and then how to apply the principles of Mindfulness, Emotional Regulation, Interpersonal Effectiveness and Distress Tolerance Skills. Her goal is to empower patients to make changes in their life and perspectives that decrease suffering and to assist you in creating a “life worth living”, to learn how to live life with awareness and participation.

She believes therapy involves all aspects of the self, emotional, psychological, physical and spiritual. Erin’s passion is working with individuals struggling with life to help support them on their path towards healing, recovery and growth. Her training and clinical experiences provide the skills to work successfully with people with chronic mood disorders: depression, anxiety bipolar, overwhelming emotional pain and impulsive mood driven behaviors. She credits her own experience and personal growth gives me a valuable perspective.

Brittany Lovett

Brittany Lovett began her TV career in animation at Hanna Barbera on such projects as "The New Jetsons" and "Johnny Bravo" for Cartoon Network.

At Silver Pictures, the production company that created such blockbusters as: "Die Hard," "Lethal Weapon," and "The Matrix," Brittany headed up the television division for Joel Silver. In this role, she successfully brought to broadcast three series: "Freedom," "The Strip," and "Action" for Fox.

As head of development for Peter Engel Productions, the creator of "Saved by the Bell," Lovett served as current executive for "City Guys," "Hang Time," and "One World," and she developed "Alicia Elliot" for NBC's Saturday morning television block.

As an independent producer, Brittany created and sold the lifestyle show, "Real Life Daily" to Fine Living and the reality show, "America's Houseguest" to E!. Lovett also created and sold the reality series "Last Comic Standing" for NBC, soon to begin its 8th season; "The Cure for Fox;" and "Eden" for Lifetime.

She is currently working on "Million Dollar Designer," a show she created and sold to Bravo along with Rich Bye, executive producer of Project Runway.

Brittany Lovett is also the co-creator and producer of the popular website www.eatdrinkordie.com a vertical of Will Ferrell’s www.funnyordie.com

Katherine Marzan, MD

Attending Pediatric Rheumatologist, Division of Rheumatology, Childrens Hospital Los Angeles

Katherine Marzan graduated from University of the Philippines College of Medicine, and received her American Board of Pediatrics Certification, Subspecialty of Pediatric Rheumatology. Marzan is currently an attending pediatric rheumatologist in the division of rheumatology at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles. Marzan is a Consulting Pediatric Rheumatologist at Miller Childrens Hospital, Long Beach. She is also Director of Ped Rheum Fellowship Program. Her outstanding leadership in public health and her promotion of healthy living and Arthritis Foundation Programs earned her the Marilyn Margaram Award in 2008.

Andre Poulin

Andre Poulin has for the last 26 years worked on NBC's Today Show

His career in television started innocently enough. He gained a position working as an NBC Page seating studio audiences for such progams as Saturday Night Live. Hollywood followed but not for long. There he was film producer Scott Rudin's secretary. Homesick for New York City, he soon returned without a job but several months later landed temporary work on the Today Program. What started as a two week assignment typing scripts, morphed into a dream career. He answered phones at the front desk and sorted mail for a while. Production associate work came next, then talent booker, associate producer and finally, segment producer.

He worked with the best in the business - Bryant Gumbel, Jane Pauley, Matt Lauer, Katie Couric, Meredith Vieira and executive producer, Jeff Zucker. Producing profiles on the likes of Barbra Streisand and Madonna, he also traveled the globe from Shanghai to Sydney even spending an entire week living and working on the Orient Express as Today broadcast from five European cities. Where in the World is Matt Lauer you ask? Andre found out when he helped produce shows from three of his top secret destinations - Bilbao, Spain where the Guggenheim Museum had just opened and from Moscow, producing Matt's rare tour of the Great Kremlin Palace and finally, Amsterdam where he arranged a live broadcast from the The Anne Frank House. After 26 years, Andre said farewell to Today and now looks toward tomorrow and new challenges. Stay tuned.

Andreas Reiff, MD

Division Head, Division of Rheumatology Childrens Hospital Los Angeles

Reiff attended University Medical School in Freiburg, Germany in 1992, earned his Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics certificate in 2005, and is currently the Division Head of Rheumatology Childrens Hospital Los Angeles.

Reiff has been rewarded the Junior Faculty Career Development Award, and Arthritis Foundation Camp Leadership Award. He is an associate professor of Pediatrics, USC Keck School of Medicine, Division of Rheumatology, Children's Hospital Los Angeles, and a consultant for Medical and Scientific Advisory Board for the Southern California chapter of the Arthritis Foundation. Reiff is also a member of Southern California Rheumatology Society, Southwestern Pediatric Society, and others.

Ron Schwary

Mr. Schwary is an Academy Award winning producer who has been in the Motion Picture and Television Industry for over thirty years.

Having been the Executive Producer, Producer and Director of scores of hit Motion Pictures and Television shows, some of his Motion Pictures works include: "Tootsie"- "Meet Joe Black"- "The Mirror Has Two Faces"- "Sabrina"- "Scent of a Woman"- "Ordinary People"- "Absence of Malice"-"Havana"- " A Soldier's Story" - "Random Hearts" and many more.

In television, Mr. Schwary has worked numerous shows over the years, starting with Hawaii Five-O, Kung-Fu, and most recently being the Executive Producer of the 124 shows of the Emmy Award winning show "Medium".

Robert Sheinbein

Robert Sheinbein has practiced law for over 33 years, and has been a licensed Real Estate Broker, for over 32 years. A trial lawyer who was selected and is a current member of the Million Dollar Advocate Forum; he is also a member of the Beverly Hills Bar Association, Los Angeles County Bar Association and Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles. He has served as a Judge Pro Tem and Settlement Officer in the Los Angeles Superior Courts. His practice specializes in International Law, General Civil Litigation, Real Estate, Partnership, Corporate (Profit and Non-Profit), Personal Injury, Products Liability, Offshore Trusts and Business Formation. He served as counsel for the Honorable Jacques Medecin, Mayor of the City of Nice, President of the District of Alpes-Maritimes and member of French Parliament, for over 20 years, and was awarded honors in recognition of his services for the City of Nice. He has formed and served, and continues to serve, on numerous Boards of Directors for various for profit and non-profit organizations. He presently serves on the Lawyer referral panels for International Law, Real Estate, Business, Tort and Complex Litigation, and volunteered his services for the Juvenile Dependency Court Project Panel. Since 1986, he has continuously served as a Specialist Reserve Police Officer with the Los Angeles Police Department, handling legal matters for numerous police organizations including the L.A. S.W.A.T. School Foundation, Los Angeles Police Equestrian Fund, and several others. His practice is located in Beverly Hills.

Robert Sheinbein is a graduate, Cornell University, having obtained a B.S. Degree in Industrial and Labor Relations in 1974. He also attended UCLA; Boston University; Westfield College, London, England, Universite de Paris, and Loyola Roma. He graduated University of San Diego, School of Law obtaining my J.D. degree in 1977, and also attended Stanford University, School of Law and Southwestern University, School of Law.


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