Board of Directors
Meet the board members of the AB Korkor Foundation for Mental Health! These individuals work in numerous different fields, but all have a yearning to aid those who suffer from mental health issues.
Chris Ponteri, Executive Director, AB Korkor Foundation - Delafield, WI
Ailec Gonzalez, Vice President of Finance, La Casa de Esperanza - Waukesha, WI
Gonzalez has been with La Casa de Esperanza since 2002. She graduated from the University of Matanzas in Cuba with a degree in Economics and has an MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management at DeVry University.
Andy Saeger, Director, Private Wealth Advisor, BMO Private Bank - Milwaukee, WI
Barbara Moser, M.D., Advocate and Educator in the areas of Suicide Prevention, Emotional Resiliency, and Compassion - Milwaukee, WI
Dr. Moser advocates for emotional wellness and suicide prevention in the Greater Milwaukee region. She provides leadership for Prevent Suicide Greater Milwaukee, and is an active member of the Executive Committee of WISE (Wisconsin Initiative for Stigma Elimination). She provides education, consultation and training on suicide prevention, compassion resilience and self-compassion, and is involved in numerous mental health initiatives in and around Milwaukee.
Dr. Moser is a board-certified family practice physician, received her MD from Northwestern University in Chicago, and completed her family practice residency at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester MA.
Bassel Korkor, Vice President of Political Law, Fidelity Investments - Houston, TX
Mr. Korkor heads up the Political Law program at Fidelity. Before joining Fidelity he was in private practice advising non-profits, corporations, political organizations and other clients on political and national security law. Mr. Korkor serves as a Senior Advisor to the American Bar Association’s Middle East Committee and has been an advisor to UN-brokered peace negotiations and counseled clients providing relief to the humanitarian and refugee crisis in the Middle East. He received his undergraduate degree in International Studies and Writing from Northwestern University and graduated with honors from the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.
Bret Farris, Senior Vice President, CIBC Atlantic Trust - Chicago, IL
With more than 18 years of industry experience, Mr. Farris primarily focuses on high net worth clients. Prior to joining CIBC Atlantic Trust, he was a senior client advisor at BMO Private Bank, where he served as a business development and lead relationship manager focused on client retention and new client acquisition, and led a team of subject matter experts to coordinate and execute personalized solutions for clients and prospects. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from DePaul University in Chicago, and is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional.
John Greist, M.D., Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health - Madison, WI
Dr. Greist received his bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and M.D. degree from Indiana University. Following medical internship at the University of Wisconsin, he completed training in internal medicine and was chief resident. He also completed psychiatry residency at UW, the last year as a fellow in child psychiatry. He has been on the Psychiatry faculty at UW from 1971, tenured in 1975, Professor until 1992, Clinical Professor until 2016 and Professor Emeritus to the present. Dr. Greist directed the Anxiety Disorders Center from 1978-1992. He is board-certified in psychiatry and a distinguished life fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.
Jon Lehrmann, M.D., Chair and Professor of Psychiatry, Medical College of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, WI
Dr. Lehrmann is the Chair and Professor of Psychiatry at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He received his bachelor’s degree from Carroll College and his M.D. degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin. He is board certified in Psychiatry and Psychosomatic Psychiatry and is the Chief Psychiatrist at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee. Dr. Lehrmann has numerous awards and honors including being on the Best Doctors in America list on multiple occasions.
Julie Acker, CPA, Acker Behl Accounting - Waukesha, WI
Ms. Acker graduated from Carroll University in 2000. She has been providing personal and business tax and accounting services in Waukesha County, Wisconsin for over a decade. She has the reputation of integrity, hard work and commitment to quality service.
Mark Blum, Attorney, Law Offices of Hippenmeyer, Reilly, Blum, Schmitzer, Fabian and English SC - Waukesha, WI
Mr. Blum is a senior partner, having practiced with the firm since his graduation from Marquette University Law School in 1985. He received his undergraduate degree from Marquette University. He has litigated many civil cases in both state and federal courts and has handled appellate matters before the Wisconsin Court of Appeals and the Wisconsin Supreme Court, as well as the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. Attorney Blum’s practice is concentrated in municipal law, probate and estate planning, real estate transactions and development, as well as business and corporate law. He has been the City Attorney for the City of New Berlin since 2002, the Village Attorney for the Village of Pewaukee since 2004 and the Village Attorney for the Villages of Mukwonago and Eagle since 2014.
Michael Raster, M.D., Medical Director, Behavioral Health, ProHealth Care - Waukesha, WI
Dr. Raster’s clinical interests include depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder and psychotic disorders. He graduated from the Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit and did his residency/internship at the Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University, Chicago.
Ned H. Kalin, M.D., Hedberg Professor and Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health - Madison, WI
Dr. Kalin earned his medical degree from Jefferson Medical School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, did his residency in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin, and a fellowship in Neuropsychopharmacology at the National Institute of Mental Health. Dr. Kalin is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He is a fellow of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology and the American College of Psychiatry. He is the Hedberg Professor and Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. He is the Director of HealthEmotions Research Institute and the Lane Neuroimaging Laboratory, and a Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Wisconsin.
Terry Campbell, Attorney, Moertl, Wilkins and Campbell SC - Milwaukee, WI
Mr. Campbell received his undergraduate degree from Ohio State University and graduated from the Marquette University Law School. He has been in private practice for 37 years and has counseled clients on a wide range of lifetime and estate planning and business planning issues. Prior to entering private practice he served as a Judicial Clerk for the Honorable Clair Voss, District 2, Wisconsin Court of Appeals.
Advisory Board Members
Gina Bryan, DNP, PMHCNS-BC, APRN, Clinical Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison - Madison, WI
Dr. Bryan is the Director of the Post Graduate Psychiatry Program and is the Population Chair of Psychiatry for the UW School of Nursing. Dr. Bryan retains an active clinical practice in community psychiatry at Journey Mental Health Center, formerly the Mental Health Center of Dane County. She received her undergraduate degree in Nursing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, her Masters of Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her doctorate in mental health and health policy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Bryan is very active in health policy on the state and national level with a focus on improving access to high quality health care for all people.
Katherine A. Phillips, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior - Providence, RI
Dr. Phillips completed her residency in general psychiatry at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School in Belmont, MA in 1991. She was a research fellow in psychiatry until 1994. In 1998, she received Master of Arts, ad eundem (honorary degree). She has been presented with numerous awards with the most recent, the Marquis Who's Who Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017. She has published extensively in the area of behavioral medicine and psychiatric disorders addressing issues of diagnosis and treatment. Dr. Phillips is the world's authority on body dysmorphic disorder.
Sabine Wilhelm, PhD, Chief of Psychology, Massachusetts General Hospital; Professor of Pyschology (Psychiatry), Harvard University Medical School - Boston, MA
Dr. Wilhelm is a recognized leader in research on obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) and tic disorders. She has published over 215 articles and reviews on cognitive functioning, prevalence and treatment outcomes of these disorders. She has also given more than 200 invited lectures and presentations on these subjects, and has published seven books on OCD, BDD and tic disorders.