Mary Ellen Stuart, Chairperson
Mary Ellen has been involved with the John Henry Foundation since 2008 when her brother became a resident. During the course of her brother’s illness, she became educated in the various treatment program options. She witnessed what amazing things could be done by good organizations to truly benefit the lives of the mentally ill. Mary Ellen retired from her senior executive position with an international shipping corporation and joined the Board in January 2019. Her goal is to further the mission of The John Henry Foundation, with focus on enriching the lives of each resident.
Deborah Juster, Vice-Chairperson
Deborah is a proud mother of three wonderful children; one of whom has lived at John Henry since 2013.
She is a semi retired physician, specialized in general internal medicine and is an advocate for families and those living with severe mental illness. She has been very active with NAMI, (National Alliance on Mental Illness, currently the Greater LA County Chapter (GLAC), and has facilitated a weekly family support group for over 12 years.
Much of her advocacy has been focused on helping families navigate in crisis and helping them fight (sometimes against insurance companies) for the medically necessary services needed by their loved ones.
Sarah Hammarstrom, Member
Sarah joined the Board in 2017. She was the Owner, Administrator and Licensee for two Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly that provided 24-hour board and care for seniors with staff of 20 caregivers. She has extensive knowledge of licensing laws and regulations similar to those being followed by the John Henry Foundation. She hopes her experience and knowledge will help us work towards creating a facility where our Residents may age in place.
Len Kranser, Treasurer
Len joined the Board in 2009 and has served as the Foundation's Treasurer since then. His background has been as a manager and business owner. He has a Masters in Business Administration from the Harvard Business School. Len's particular focus at JHF is to help keep the Foundation financially viable and affordable for the families that need to entrust their members to JHF for long-term care. He was instrumental in acquiring the property next door to JHF for the expansion of residential capacity.
Tom Fay, Member
Tom joined the Board in 2021. He is an attorney, and presently serves as a senior research attorney on the local Court of Appeal.Tom became involved with the Foundation because he believes it provides a crucial service to a community in need of support. His goal is to assist the Foundation in serving its residents and ensure its continues stability into the future.
Rimal Bera, MD
Rimal Bera, MD is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, Irvine Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Bera earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from the University of California, Irvine, and a medical degree from the University of California, Irvine in 1987. He completed his psychiatry residency at the University of California, Irvine in 1991. He has been a Full Time Faculty at the University of California, Irvine since 1991. His primary area of specialty is adult psychiatry with a focus on schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression and memory disorders.
Dr. Bera is a distinguished fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He serves as Medical Director for Universal Care Behavioral Health for California and as Medical Director at the John Henry Foundation in Santa Ana, a high level center for the treatment of Schizophrenia. At the John Henry Foundation, 4th year psychiatry residents from the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, Irvine receive state of the art clinical training. He formally was chairman of the Public Affairs Committee of the Orange County Psychiatric Society from 1991 to 2016. He was been on the Board of Directors of the Mental Health Association of Orange County from 1991 to 2012 and served as a past President of the Board. He is the current President of the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine Alumni. In 2014 Dr. Bera was the recipient of the Orange County Medical Association Physician of the Year Award.
Dr. Bera has been a principal investigator and co-investigator in over 180 clinical trials over the last 25 years. Dr. Bera has lectured extensively in the United States, Canada, and Europe about the major mental illnesses and their latest treatments. Most recently his interest has been to develop models of care that combine high level care for both physical and mental disorders with an emphasis on health outcomes economic research. Today he works regularly with physicians of all specialties helping them incorporate mental health evaluations and treatments into their practices.
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Andrew Kami, PhD, MFT
Dr. Kami earned his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Depth Psychology and his Master’s Degree with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy.
Dr. Kami values the combination of academic and practical experience to help inform his work with others. He has trained in a variety of settings that included hospitals, private practice, long-term residential facilities, and on call community based positions across California. His training in assessment spans from Psychoeducational, Personality and Cognitive Testing batteries to specialized questionnaires and symptom directed measures. Having been certified in multiple Evidence Based Practices, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapies, he has worked with children to older adult populations and sees Military Veterans and Families for trauma treatment and group work.
Dr. Kami serves as the Director for Psychological Services in higher education and is a professor and Core Faculty at a local graduate institution, teaching courses in Psychopharmacology, Practicum and Trauma for clinical psychology and academic graduate students across four different universities. He serves as a Training Instructor in the Psychological Testing Department for a local community based clinic and also works as the Clinical Director for John Henry Foundation. His primary focus as Clinical Director is working with adults living a variety of psychotic disorders including Schizophrenia, and Schizoaffective Disorders. Well versed in the treatment of severe mental illnesses like Bipolar and Personality Disorders, Dr. Kami uses a combination of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Psychological Testing, Social Skills Training and Evidence Based Practices to help support and care for his clients. Finally, he is an active lecturer and speaker. He has given multiple presentations to various groups throughout California and has been a presenter numerous times for conferences and annual meetings, nationally.