Board of Directors

A Board of Directors is being established with representation from scientists, corporate sponsors, patients and families, health services providers, and other stakeholders.

If you are interested, please contact Blake Goldsmith, email him at

Mission Statement

The John W. Brick Mental Health Foundation, Inc. (“Foundation”) is dedicated to increase public knowledge about exercise and mental health. Our mission is to advance learning about how exercise, diet, relationships, and health care fit together to benefit mental health.


The Foundation will facilitate meaningful non-partisan studies and translation of results into health care, seeking ultimately to enable a seamless integration between science and practice. We will serve as a science network and collaboration hub to accelerate the generation of new knowledge. Our product is data, information, and knowledge, openly shared free of charge. Our interactive surveys and research program will displayed in our aggregated media Newsroom. We will be working pro-actively with media, business, civic, and educational leaders to disseminate and promote this information.


The Board of Directors will meet one time each calendar quarter. The January meeting will be a four hour retreat to create the strategy for the coming year. The April and September meetings will be held by teleconference and the June meeting will be held in person.

Our Board of Trustees

The Board of Directors is a team of mental health professionals from diverse backgrounds and experiences who are dedicated to advancing the foundation mission.

Chris Costello

Board Member

Chris Costello is Executive Director at Maryland Distribution Council which leads the charge into the area of expanding international trade in Maryland.

Christopher R. D'Adamo, PhD

Board Member

Dr. Chris D’Adamo is an epidemiologist with research interests in the synergistic effects of healthy lifestyle practices and genetics on human health as well as outcomes evaluations of multi-modality, whole-practice integrative health interventions and programs.

Gail Daumit

Board Member

Dr. Daumit’s research is devoted to improving overall health and decreasing premature mortality for persons with serious mental illnesses such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.She is the principal investigator, with Dr. Evins at Massachusetts General Hospital, of a randomized trial of a tobacco smoking cessation program integrating exercise and weight management for persons with serious mental illness (TRIUMPH) funded by NIMH.

Bruce Dunham

Board Member

Bruce Dunham is an industry veteran with over 25 years in the financial services industry. He is a Senior Vice President with Wells Fargo Advisors, where he advises business owners, executives and affluent families on complex wealth management strategies.

Bruce and his wife, Julia, reside in Guilford, Maryland with their six kids. They both take pleasure in being complete fitness enthusiasts.

Tom Feeley

Board Member

Tom Feeley serves as the head of DSM’s Nutritional Lipids business. In this capacity he manages a $600M global marine and microbial omega-3 portfolio that provides products for infant nutrition as well as adult supplements, functional foods and beverages and sports nutrition.

Chris Gibbons

Board Member

At the FCC Chris Gibbon's goal is simple - to be a catalyst for making a new broadband-enabled health and care ecosystem, a reality. To put it simply, the potential of broadband is enormous for health and healthcare.

Jon Knight

Board Member

Jon Knight, Executive Chairman of Synap Inc., is a former investment banker and owner/operator of post-acute healthcare agencies.

Dan Morhaim, MD

Board Member

Dan K. Morhaim, MD is a practicing physician, state legislator, academic, and author. Delegate Morhaim has successfully sponsored numerous bills with bi-partisan support focusing on health care, environment, minority and women businesses, and government efficiency.

Gary Pasternak, MD, PhD

Board Member

Dr. Gary R. Pasternack, MD, PhD serves as Chief Executive Officer of Asklepion Pharmaceuticals, LLC. Dr. Pasternack serves as a Principal of Intralytix, Inc. Dr. Pasternack is a Partner of Aqua Partners.

Jan Desper Peters

Board Member

Jan Desper's goal is to partner with organizations that appreciate a high-energy individual with a strong work ethic and proven leadership in executive human and fiscal management; extensive experience and impeccable grant writing and bid preparation skills; compassion generated through working with people from all walks of life; an understanding of diverse issues; strong organization and communication skills; dedication to the task and the team; and a global vision.

Wanda Smith

Board Member

Wanda has 30 plus years of hands on experience in the staffing industry. A proven and spirited entrepreneur, Wanda owned two prior companies before founding Symphony Placement’s in 2006.

Stuart Sutley

Board Member

A graduate of The University of Virginia, Stuart completed a successful four-year-tour in the United States Marine Corps as an infantry officer culminating in a strategic battalion position during Operation Desert Storm.

Audrey Whetsell

Board Member

Audrey Whetsell is co-founder of Resource Partners, LLC the parent company of Medical Home Development Group. Audrey is a seasoned healthcare services executive with more than twenty years of progressive health care services experience directly tied to technology.

Audrey Whetsell is co-founder of Resource Partners, LLC the parent company of Medical Home Development Group. Audrey is a seasoned healthcare services executive with more than twenty years of progressive health care services experience directly tied to technology.