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People With Disabilities Foundation Board of Directors

Janet Espey, Attorney at Law, San Francisco, CA

Principal, Espey Law Offices.  Ms. Espey practices in the area of estate planning, trust law, and probate.  She received her J.D. from University of California Hastings College of the Law, and her undergraduate degree from University of California, Santa Cruz.

Martin L. Levine, S.P.H.R., Glastonbury, CT

Mr. Levine is a former hospital Vice President of Human Resources with over 20 years’ experience. He is a college and university adjunct instructor and career coach.

Steven Bruce, Attorney at Law, San Francisco, CA

Founder and Legal Director, People With Disabilities Foundation.  Mr. Bruce has worked for the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Offices for Civil Rights, and as a Senior Staff Attorney for the Social Security Administration. Mr. Bruce received his BA from UC Berkeley and his JD from the University of San Francisco School of Law.  He is licensed to practice law in California, D.C., and Florida.

Harry Sauberman, P.E., Fairfax, VA

Retired from the FDA, Center for Devices and Radiological Health where he was Chief, Quality Control Evaluation Section, Diagnostic X-Ray Devices in the Office of Compliance (OC), and, Chief, Otolaryngology (ENT) Devices Branch in the Office of Device Evaluation (ODE).  Mr. Sauberman served as Patron Chair for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) at the 2016 Globecom Communications Conference in Washington, D.C., and has been Director of the IEEE Washington, D.C. Section.  He is a licensed Professional Engineer and has degrees from New York University (B.A., B.E.E., M.E.E.) and George Washington University (M.E.A.).

Janice E. Cohen, M.D., Psychiatrist at San Francisco, CA

Janice E. Cohen, M.D., holistic psychiatrist and psychotherapist, private practice. Dr. Cohen is a former chair of the Mental Health Section of the American Public Health Association and has worked with multiple local, state, and national organizations on policy initiatives on behalf of individuals with psychiatric, developmental and intellectual disabilities. Dr. Cohen trained at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical School and completed her residency in Psychiatry at University of Maryland at Baltimore.

Zoya Yarnykh, Attorney at Law, Oakland, CA

Former Staff Attorney at PWDF for four years, representing claimants in Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) hearings before Administrative Law Judges. Ms. Yarnykh now practices civil rights law in the context of education of children with disabilities, with a focus on abuse of special needs children in the school setting. She received her B.A. in Psychology from San Francisco State University, and her J.D. from University of San Francisco School of Law.


People With Disabilities Foundation Advisory Board

Jo Ellen Brainin-Rodriguez, MD 
Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of California at San Francisco. Dr. Brainin-Rodriguez received her medical degree from UCSF and completed her residency in Psychiatry at St. Mary’s Hospital in San Francisco. She was formerly the medical director of Bridge to Wellness.
San Francisco, CA

Tara Collins, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of California at San Francisco. Dr. Collins received her MD and MPH degrees from Emory University, and completed her residency in Psychiatry at University of California at San Francisco.
San Francisco, CA

Robert Hendren, DO 
Dr. Hendren is a Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at University of California San Francisco Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; Co-Director of the UCSF Dyslexia Center; Director, Program for Research On Neurodevelopmental and Translational Outcomes (PRONTO), and Medical Consultant, STAR Autism and Neurodevelopment Program. He has published well over 100 scientific papers and 5 books.

Clarissa Kripke, MD
Clinical Professor of Family and Community Medicine, UCSF School of Medicine; Director, Office of Developmental Primary Care. Dr. Kripke graduated from Temple University School of Medicine and completed a residency in family medicine at Fairfax Family Practice. She completed a fellowship in medical editing and faculty development at Georgetown University School of Medicine.
San Francisco, CA

Bennett Leventhal, MD 
Professor of Psychiatry, Director of Training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; Deputy Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Deputy Director of the Center for Autism Spectrum and Neurodevelopmental Disorders; UCSF School of Medicine. Dr. Leventhal received his medical degree from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans and completed his child and adolescent psychiatry training at Duke University.
San Francisco, CA

Megha Miglani, MD
Dr. Miglani attended the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine. She currently serves as a University of California San Francisco Public Psychiatry Fellow and remains connected to teaching as a Clinical Instructor for both UCSF and Yale University’s School of Medicine.
San Francisco, CA

Irwin Shapiro, MD
Dr. Shapiro received his MD from the University of Pittsburgh and went on to be a resident at the Langley Porter Center at UCSF. Dr. Shapiro worked as a medical expert for the Department of Human Services, Social Security Administration and the Office of Health and Appeals for 20 years. Dr. Shapiro also worked for the Citywide Case Management Program through UCSF for 20 years.
Berkeley, CA

Gerald Belchik, Ph.D.
Vocation Rehabilitation Consultant to the Social Security Administration
Oakland, CA

Aaron Cohen, Ph.D. 
Clinical Psychologist, Counseling and Psychological Services, University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Cohen conducts workshops relating to students and psychological disabilities, is involved in crisis intervention, counseling and educational assessment. His research includes “Self-Concept in College Students With Specific Learning Disabilities.”
Berkeley, CA

Anita Gilbert, Ph.D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Medical Director of Walden House, San Francisco, CA. Formerly staff clinical psychologist at California Department of Corrections, Parole Outpatient Unit.
San Francisco, CA

John Wilde, Ph.D.
Professor and Counselor at City College of San Francisco, Disabled Students Department. Dr. Wilde obtained his B.A. in Education from Northern Illinois University, and his M.A. in Communications and Ph.D. in Education from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. Dr. Wilde joined the faculty at City College of San Francisco in 1991. Dr. Wilde has also presided as president of the San Francisco Mayor’s Disability Council, and has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Golden Gate Regional Center, Goodwill Industries, and the Independent Living Resource Center of San Francisco.
San Francisco, CA

Monica Eskridge
Former U.S. Department of Health and Human Services/Office for Civil Rights employee and manager for thirty years. Responsibilities included enforcing compliance with various disability discrimination violations under federal law and regulations including the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.


In Honor and Remembrance
William Fry, M.D.
Emeritus Associate Clinical Professor, Stanford University; Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association; Diplomat, American Board of Psychiatry; Forty years clinical experience including active member as California State Qualified Medical Examiner.
Deceased – May 2014
We express our sincere condolences for Dr. Bill Fry who has helped PWDF with undivided commitment to his and our cause in fighting for equal human and civil rights for those people with severe psychiatric disabilities.