JANINE FRANCOLINI, MA
FOUNDER AND BOARD CHAIR
Through the creation of The Flawless Foundation, Janine has found the perfect vehicle to combine her professional experience with her passion to serve our most vulnerable children. She serves on the board of the Saks Institute for Mental Health Law, Policy and Ethics at the USC Gould School of Law as well as many advisory boards of non – profits and corporations. Janine has a Masters’ degree from Columbia University and had a 15-year career in education as a teacher and admissions director in private schools throughout New York City. A sought after speaker and consultant, Janine collaborates with clients on fundraising, mental health advocacy and motivational techniques. Janine is also a frequent blogger for the Huffington Post. In addition, Janine has advanced training in Collaborative Problem Solving, the revolutionary and evidence-based method of working with children as described in the book, “Treating Explosive Kids: The Collaborative Problem Solving Approach” by Ross Greene, PhD and Stuart Ablon, PhD. In between frequent bicoastal trips, Janine practices yoga and lives with her family in Portland, Oregon.
PIERRE HAUSER, MA
NEW YORK, NY
Pierre Hauser is a long-time philanthropic activist. Along with his wife, Abigail Disney, he is co-founder and co-president of the Daphne Foundation, which funds programs that confront the causes and consequences of poverty in New York City and West Africa. He is also on the board of the North Star Fund (a community foundation that supports community organizing in New York City) and the Roy Disney Family Foundation (which backs efforts to protect the oceans). Having previously worked as a reporter, editor, and author of history books for young adults, he currently writes fiction and invests in films. He has a BA from Yale, an MA from Columbia, and an MFA from the New School. He is proud to be involved in Flawless as it confronts the urgent need to improve care for children with brain differences.
MAGNES WELSH, MBA
Magnes Welsh has worked with global clients through her own communications and corporate social responsibility consultancy, Magnes Communications, since 1990. Prior to that, she served in senior communications and public relations positions for Kraft Foods and FedEx. She has a history of serving on charitable boards that support leadership for women and vulnerable children. Magnes currently is also a director of Evan’s Life Foundation and Gamma Phi Beta Foundation. Her passions include expanding consciousness, sharing and helping others share unconditional love, and traveling the world. She earned a B.A. in journalism from the University of Memphis and an M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. It is a privilege to join the Flawless Board after serving on its Advisory Board for four years.
NATHANIEL COUNTS, JD
Nathaniel Counts is the Director of Policy at Mental Health America (MHA). In his work, he recommends and advocates for legislation and regulations that promote the provision of effective behavioral health care. Nathaniel is excited for another opportunity to help children thrive with the Flawless Foundation. He brings a passion for philosophy and semiotics and looks forward to helping Flawless shape a more accurate, ethical, and productive public discourse around mental health. Nathaniel received his J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he was a Petrie-Flom Center for Bioethics Student Fellow focusing on mental health and the social model of disability, and received his B.A. in Biology from Johns Hopkins.
NEW YORK, NY
Robin has been a student and teacher of yoga in both the Iyengar and Anusara styles for nearly 25 years. She owns a studio, Sole to Soul Yoga in NYC. She is a single mother to her spirited son, Jackson whom she guided though recovery from autism with the help of early intervention, and the abiding power of unfaltering love. She is also interested in complementary forms of medicine and education. Robin has been a Montessori teacher, an avid supporter of Waldorf schooling, and a strong advocate for today’s children to be given the time, the space and the support to carve out for themselves a path that is balanced, genuine and inspired. She is a huge fan of the work of Flawless, and is so grateful and humbled to offer her guidance and resources to not only see the glorious perfection in every child, but the beauty and good will in us all.
JON SNYDER, Ed.D
PALO ALTO, CA
Jon Snyder is the Executive Director of the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education at Stanford University. Jon was the Dean of Bank Street College of Education and his career has included work as a researcher and a teacher educator at numerous institutes of higher learning nationwide. For five years Jon served as a commissioner on the California Teacher Credentialing Commission and as a consultant to several states and national organizations on their teaching policy agendas. Jon has also worked with the Commission for Teaching and America’s Future in identifying exemplary teacher programs. More recently he was lead author on an extensive review of the research in the developmental sciences entitled, Principles and Exemplars for Integrating Developmental Sciences Knowledge into Educator Preparation. He considers it an honor to serve on the board of an organization that understands the inviolable necessity of treating all children and their families with abiding and profound respect.
LOS ANGELES, CA
Ross Szabo is an award winning speaker, author, consultant and returned Peace Corps Volunteer. Szabo has spoken to over one million people about mental health and his experiences with bipolar disorder. His pioneering efforts in the mental health field have resulted in him receiving multiple awards, including the 2010 Didi Hirsch Removing the Stigma Leadership Award. Szabo was the Director of Outreach for the National Mental Health Awareness Campaign where he helped create the first-ever youth mental health speakers’ bureau. He is the co-author of Behind Happy Faces: Taking Charge of Your Mental Health – A Guide for Young Adults, which is used as curriculum in high schools and colleges. He balances his life with yoga and swimming and is excited to be a part of Flawless Foundation’s efforts to create major change!
NEW YORK, NY
Michael Thompson is a Principal at PricewaterhouseCoopers with over 30 years of experience in healthcare and employee benefits strategy development and implementation, design, financing, operations and analysis. Mike serves as a national thought leader for health strategies for the health industries practice including as a leading subject matter specialist on health reform. He has participated on the steering board of the World Economic Forum “Working for Wellness” initiative and for over a decade has been a leader in developing and promoting collaborative cross-sector health industry initiatives. Michael is the past board president of the National Alliance on Mental Illness NYC, where he co-chairs the “I Will Listen” campaign. He also serves on the board of the Northeast Business Group on Health where he is the chair of the mental health subcommittee.
CLAIRE WURTZEL, MS
NEW YORK, NY
Claire Wurtzel teaches in a masters degree program at the American Museum of Natural History and mentors educators in NYC public and independent schools. She supervised faculty at the Churchill School & Center and was Director of Professional Development for the NYC Center of All Kinds of Minds, an institute founded by Dr. Mel Levine and Charles Schwab. She taught at Bank Street College of Education for 18 years and chaired of the Department of Special Education for four of those years. Ms. Wurtzel has worked with educators, parents and psychologists in India, Israel, Switzerland, Ecuador, Bermuda and Canada. Funny Food, a book filled with healthy, creative breakfasts written with her husband, Bill, was selected as a best children’s book of 2012. They lead workshops on nutrition-using the artistic and amusing photos of breakfasts he’s made for Claire to inspire kids to make and eat their own healthy food.
CECILLIA XIE, JD
NEW YORK, NY
Cecillia Xie is an associate at the law firm Simpson Thacher & Bartlett. Her pro bono work includes projects for charter schools, criminal justice initiatives, and legal advice for runaway homeless youth. She is passionate about early education and technological impacts on culture and society. In her free time, Cecillia is a dancer, creative writer, and world traveler. She holds a B.A. in Economics from Yale University and received her J.D. from Harvard Law School, where she was President of the Child & Youth Advocates, an organization dedicated to children’s issues. She is excited for the opportunity to further the Flawless Foundation’s mission of support and acceptance of all individuals with brain-based behavioral challenges.