Advisory Board

We have chosen an advisory board to help us structure the organization, and get input from other experts in a variety of areas—all relating to the support of our organization’s success. We welcome additional advisory board members if you feel you have areas of expertise that are not covered. If you are interested in serving on the board, e-mail Kathryn@ifred.org today.


Kathryn Goetzke, MBA

iFred Founder
President and CEO
Innovative Analysis, Inc.

Ms. Goetzke is a depression survivor; and, her goal is to shine a positive light on depression by repositioning the disease in a positive way to eradicate stigma. She has an MBA in International Marketing and an undergraduate degree in Psychology, and has successfully launched companies and brands.

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Alan J. Gelenberg, M.D.

President and CEO
Healthcare Technology Systems

Dr. Alan J. Gelenberg, M.D. is President and CEO of Healthcare Technology Systems of Madison, WI, which creates software to enhance patient care and clinical research in Psychiatry and related areas. Since 1987 Dr. Gelenberg has been Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, his specialty—´ most widely read peer-reviewed journal. He is founding author of Biological Therapies in Psychiatry Newsletter, in its 32nd year. For 18 years, he was Professor and Head of the University of Arizona, Department of Psychiatry, where he remains Professor Emeritus, and is currently Clinical Professor at the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Gelenberg has been on the faculties of Harvard, Massachusetts General Hospital, and M.I.T.

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Frederick E. Miller, MD, PhD

Dr. Frederick E. Miller has served as the Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at NorthShore University HealthSystem since 1999. The Department now services all four hospitals of the NorthShore HealthSystem, with expertise in mood and anxiety disorders, chemical dependency, eating disorders, adolescent psychiatry, community psychiatry, medical psychiatry and neuropsychology.

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Jennifer Fardy, JD

Ms. Fardy is a former partner in the Chicago law office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP practicing primarily in the area of complex commercial litigation, including class actions and large, multi-party litigation.

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Jim Link

President
Idea-Link, Inc.

Jim Link is the founder of Idea-Link, a Minnesota-based company specializing in the generation, refinement and marketing of new ideas. Since 1994, Jim has worked with over 70 organizations ranging from larger companies like 3M, General Mills, Toro, Marriott, Heinz and Nestle to several smaller entrepreneurial ventures and start-ups. His 28 years of new product & marketing experience include work in over 160 different product and service categories across four continents.

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John Blake

Director – Retired
McNeil Consumer Healthcare Division, Johnson & Johnson

John brings a plethora of experience from a leading company in the healthcare industry. John also has a heart and mind that is focused on the spirit of volunteerism that will be fundamental to iFred.

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John M. Grohol, Psy.D

Founder
PsychCentral.com

Dr. Grohol has graduate training in clinical psychology.  He is one of the pioneering leaders in psychology on-line and will be key in advising the foundation in this area.

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Kirsten Straughan, RD

Registered Dietitian

Kirsten is a registered dietitian with a background that includes five years of clinical experience at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center in Chicago and four years of private practice nutritional counseling work, in addition to many nutritional educational experiences. Kirsten will be vital in providing information about how nutrition relates to depression.

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Larry Kleingartner

Executive Director
The National Sunflower Association (NSA)

Larry Kleingartner has been the executive director of the National Sunflower Association (NSA) for the last 25 years. Larry has a great deal of experience in marketing, as well as knowledge of the sunflower industry. He is very pleased that the sunflower plant has been selected to be the international symbol of this movement to remove the stigma of depression.

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Ram Glick

With over 15 years of experience in the Art industry, Ram Glick brings a wealth of information and operating experience to ifred efforts to create a Beneficial Art Program that will raise awareness to the possibilities of fighting and winning depression through the world of art.

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Susan Minamyer

Senior Consultant
Innovative Analysis, Inc.

Susan Minamyer has a master’s degree in psychology from Roosevelt University in Chicago, and completed further advanced work in educational administration. She has worked extensively in the field of education and is honored to bring those skills to iFred.

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In Honor

Paul R. Carter

Former President Wal-Mart Realty Company, Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and member of Board of Directors for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

We lost Paul in late 2009 after a long battle with cancer.  He was an esteemed member of our advisory board and we miss him dearly.  We are very fortunate to have had him serve as an advisor since the start of our work.