Board of Directors
Kathleen Dobler Lawson, RN (Chair Emeritus) is the newborn coordinator for Virginia Pediatric and Adolescent Center, where she is a breastfeeding educator, runs a monthly New Moms Group, and established a postpartum depression screening program. A registered nurse for over 40 years, Kathie has professional experience with children and adolescents struggling with psychiatric and behavioral issues. Kathie and her husband Tom, a retired Navy Captain, have four grown children and live in Springfield.
Janet Abraham, MSW is a clinical social worker with over 20 years of experience in the fields of clinical social work, administration, health policy, fundraising and advocacy. Janet currently serves as the Clinical Social Worker at VCU Health, Women’s Health at Nelson Clinic practicing in the High Risk Clinic within the Department of OB/GYN. She is the recipient of the 2014 Ambulatory Women’s Health Week of the Nurse award at VCU Medical Center for “True Collaboration.” A native of Norfolk, Virginia, janet received her undergraduate degree from Boston University and her MSW from VCU Graduate School of Social Work. Janet and her husband Philip live in Richmond and have two adult children.
Lisa Casanova, MD is an obstetrician/gynecologist at Riverside Partners in Women’s Health in Newport News where she has been diagnosing and treating mood and anxiety disorders during pregnancy and postpartum since 1994. Dr. Casanova graduated from Brown University Medical School in Providence, RI and completed her residency training at Northwestern University in Chicago, IL. When not in the office or on call, you can find her on her road bike or on the Noland Trail. Her nest is empty at home; her oldest daughter has graduated college and is working in San Francisco and her two younger children are enrolled in Virginia colleges. Dr. Casanova lives in Newport News and spends her free time cooking Italian food and playing with her Havanese dog.
Diana McSpadden (Board Secretary) is a Software Developer for the National Center for State Courts. She has had a career in technology since 1996 with extensive experience in web development for government, for-profit software companies, and non-profits. She is a working mother of two children, cyclist, yogini, computer geek, and runner. Her experience with perinatal depression during and after her first pregnancy led her to start two support groups in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia in 2011. Diana and her family live in Williamsburg.
Megan Foote Monsky, Esquire, is a survivor of postpartum depression and anxiety, who began volunteering for Postpartum Support Virginia in 2010. Megan has served as a “mom on call” to mothers and family members seeking telephone/email support and also ran a support group. Megan graduated magna cum laude from Furman University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. She received her Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from Vermont Law School in 2002 and is a member of the South Carolina Bar. Megan is employed by the U.S. Department of Immigration Review, where she serves as a Supervisory Attorney-Advisor. She lives in Alexandria with her husband and two children.
Jennifer Mattucci Santoro, MD is private practice psychiatrist in Fairfax, Virginia specializing in reproductive mental health and psychosomatic medicine. Originally from Queens, New York, she graduated from Cornell University and University of Rochester School of Medicine and completed internship and residency at New York University and Bellevue Hospitals in New York City, where she started NYU’s first reproductive mental health elective for psychiatry residents. Dr. Santoro is a clinical instructor with George Washington and Virginia Commonwealth Universities’ Departments of Psychiatry, focusing on supervising and mentoring psychiatry residents and fellows. She lives with her husband and two children in Oakton, Virginia.
Benta Sims, LPC runs a private counseling practice where she specializes in treating women experiencing perinatal mood and anxiety disorders couples and marriage counseling, and works with women and their partners who have experienced pregnancy and infant loss. She has extensive training in numerous therapeutic techniques, including cognitive-behavioral therapy, mindfulness, and stress reduction techniques, EMDR and Imago Relationship Couples therapy. Benta’s personal journey with and recovery from postpartum depression, anxiety and PTSD inspired her to help other women and families facing similar challenges and she feels honored to have been supporting new mothers in person, via email and telephone, and in support groups since 2002. Benta was recognized as Volunteer of the Year by Postpartum Support International in 2012. Benta and her husband Jim live in Arlington and have three grown children.
Alison Teitelbaum, MS, MPH, CAE is an association executive and public health communications specialist with more than 10 years of experience in non-profit health-related program management, education and outreach, advocacy, research, and marketing. She is particularly interested social marketing (also known as behavior change communication) and using evidence-based approaches to improve health behavior. Alison struggled with severe perinatal and postpartum depression and anxiety with the birth of her first child in 2012. But, thanks to PSVa, received appropriate support, guidance, and treatment, and since then has passionately advocated for increased awareness about PMADs. In her spare time Alison likes to quilt and is working towards reaching a lifetime goal of visiting all 414 (and counting) National Park Service units. So far she has visited 151. Alison, her husband, their 2 children live in Falls Church, VA.
Amanda Lenoci Zang, MBA (Board Treasurer) is a survivor of postpartum depression, who began volunteering for Postpartum Support Virginia in 2012. Amanda presently serves as a “mom on call” to mothers and family members seeking telephone/email support regarding perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. Amanda graduated from Clemson University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and holds a Masters of Business Administration from Marymount University. She is a working mom as a Senior Manager in Deloitte and Touche LLP’s Federal Advisory Practice. Amanda loves yoga, chasing her two sons around, and cheering for her beloved Clemson Tigers. Amanda lives in Arlington with her husband and two sons.