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Deborah Nathan - Founder & Executive Director

is an experienced artist, psychotherapist, art therapist, and manager. She has been a professional mixed media and fiber artist for over 30 years, and has taught art to children and adults, run a retreat center, and directed various art programs. Her focus over the years has been the impact of trauma on youth and family systems, and the use of arts in conflict mitigation. Deb lived in Israel from 1976-1979, where she observed that the Palestinians and Israelis residing there are remarkably similar, with shared concerns, though the outside world views them as disparate and incompatible. Upon moving back to the U.S., she received master’s degrees in Mental Health Counseling and Art Therapy from Lesley University, and pursued a career as an artist and art educator.

 

Alan Feldman - Board Chair

is a retired educator and researcher. He spent his career working in two areas of education. As a teacher, he has taught students at all levels (from kindergarten through graduate school) and served as Head of School at two independent schools on the North Shore of Boston. He has also worked in education R&D for 15 years, serving as principal scientist and center director at a TERC, a non-profit in Cambridge, MA. He is the senior author of Network Science: The Internet and Classroom Learning (2000). Alan is active in J Street Boston, where he serves on the Executive Committee and as the group’s Program Chair. He is a frequent visitor to Israel, where his daughter and her family live. He spent six weeks in Israel in the spring of 2015, and did a five-day visit to the Palestinian cities and villages on the West Bank.

 

Jim Low - Board Treasurer

has a BA degree from Dartmouth College, an MBA from Columbia University Graduate School of Business, and he is a certified public accountant. Jim works at Bridgewell, a non-profit which offers a wide range of comprehensive services for people with disabilities and other life challenges. As Bridgewell’s Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Low oversees the financial operations of the entire organization, as well as the operations of the Financial Services and Purchasing Departments. Mr. Low joined Bridgewell in 2005 after a 25-year career in health care financial management and consulting.

 

Joni Laura

is a Senior Director and Legal Counsel for Qualcomm Incorporated in San Diego, CA where she currently resides. She has practiced law in house in the IPR licensing fields of technology and biotech for the past several years. Prior to law school, Joni graduated from Duquesne University with a major in Music Therapy. After graduating from law school at William Mitchell College of Law, Joni got her Masters in International Law and Banking at American University in Washington, DC where after she worked at the US Treasury Department and then in private practice. Joni also worked at the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium before relocating to the west coast. Joni is planning to teach at the University level upon her retirement from the practice of law. She was drawn to Artsbridge because of her passion for the arts and education.

 

Peter Nathan

is currently the Executive Director of Global Business Development at New England BioLabs, Inc., a leading biotechnology company located in Ipswich, MA. Born and raised in England, he met Debbie while both were living and studying in Israel. Peter has experienced many countries and cultures over the course of his education and professional career. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of East Anglia, in Norwich, England, his Master of Science from Tel-Aviv University, and his Ph.D. from Princeton University. He first joined NEB in 1987 as a Postdoctoral Fellow and became a key member of their business team when he was appointed as Director of Marketing. An effective manager and cross cultural negotiator, Peter also gives his time by serving on various boards and committees, as well as coaching soccer to 5th through 8th grade children. Peter considers himself fortunate to have had a       number of positive role models throughout his life’s journey and a warm, caring family with whom to share his experiences.

 

Sriharsa Pradhan

was born in India. His father was a University Professor and his mother a homemaker. Sriharsa moved to the United Kingdom where he received his PhD in 1995 in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry. He currently works at New England BioLabs, Inc., where he learned about Artsbridge. During his PhD studies, he was trying to understand the complicated network of gene expression. Conflict in a biological system often results in conflicting gene expression, which often manifests as diseases, including cancer. He pursued his passion at New England BioLabs. Sriharsa was drawn to Artsbridge because he realized that the geographical and ideological conflicts between countries, religion and cultures are very similar to complex biology. Nature and nurture define biology as well as human conflict.

 

Phil Sandler, MD

is a retired psychiatrist and past president of the Rotary Club of Brookline, MA. He received his AB from Columbia University, his MD from the University of Pittsburgh, and his residency took place at Mount Sinai Medical Center. He spent most of his career in community psychiatry in central Massachusetts and then at Boston University Student Health Service. He recently raised funds for Artsbridge when he donned black tie and tails to dance a classic waltz in the Rotary Club’s Dancing with the Brookline Stars. Philip is very interested in the Dialogue method that Artsbridge uses and now that he is retired, is able to spend his summers in Becket in Berkshire County.

 

Guy Sapirstein

is an Applied (and licensed) Psychologist who specializes in resilience. Working with individuals and families, teams and organizations, as well as communities, he helps identify strategies and techniques for developing resilience. Born in Israel, he served in the IDF in a combat unit, participated in the first Lebanon War (1982), and performed reserve duty in Lebanon and the Occupied Territories. As a Psychologist he participated in post disaster response activities, including 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, the 2005 Pakistan Earthquake, and local crises and disasters. He has authored scholarly and professional articles and book chapters on a variety of topics, including manuals for post-disaster support for adults and children globally distributed by IBM. He is active on the Executive Committee of J Street –Boston as the Chair of Advocacy, and Co-Chair of Israeli Community Engagement, and is an active member of the Newton Centre Minyan in Newton MA.

 

Cantor Bob Scherr

has served congregations in California and Massachusetts for the last 35 years. Since 2004, he has been the Jewish Chaplain for Williams College. Activities around peace and justice in the Middle East have included Interns for Peace, Alliance for Middle East Peace, and the Compassionate Listening Project.

 

Cheryl Schilling

has a private clinical practice in Salem, Massachusetts. She has served as Court Clinician for the Northeast division of Massachusetts Housing Court and Intensive Care Coordinator for the Children’s Behavioral Health Initiative. Her passion has been bringing people together and joining in conversations that inspire curiosity, understanding, reflection and change. She has built teams of youth, adults, health care providers, legal services, educators and community members to engage in collaborative conversations to resolve individual and systemic conflicts. She received her master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and trained at the Salem Center for Therapy, Training and Research in Salem where she is currently a faculty member.

 

David Trimble

is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine, where he teaches the family therapy seminar at the Center for Multicultural Training in Psychology at Boston Medical Center. David is a founding member of the Boston Institute for Culturally Affirming Practices, Board Member and Chair of the By-Laws Committee of American Family Therapy Academy, a member of the Advisory Committee of the Gaza Mental Health Foundation, and a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Children’s Psychological Health Center. He has a private clinical psychology practice in Brookline, Massachusetts. His publications address dialogical models of the psychotherapy process, social network intervention, and multi system intervention for problems around learning disabilities. His interest in postmodern approaches to family therapy drew him into collaborating in the development of the Artsbridge model of reflective dialogue. With Deborah Nathan and Shai Fuxman, he is co-author of “Building Partnerships Between Israeli and Palestinian Youth: An Integrative Approach,” published in 1915 in Israel Affairs.