Board of Directors
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 is the Clinical Social Worker at VCU Health, Women’s Health at Nelson Clinic practicing in the High-Risk Clinic in 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.” Janet holds degrees from Boston University and VCU Graduate School of Social Work. She and her husband 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 perinatal mood and anxiety disorders since 1994. Dr. Casanova graduated from Brown University Medical School in Providence, RI and completed her residency training at Northwestern University in Chicago, IL. Dr. Casanova has three adult children, lives in in Newport News, and spends her free time cooking Italian food biking on the Noland Trail.
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 Hampton Roads. Diana and her family live in Williamsburg.
Megan Foote Monsky, JD, is a survivor of postpartum depression and anxiety, who began volunteering for Postpartum Support Virginia in 2010 as a support group leader and “mom on call.” Megan graduated from Furman University and Vermont Law School and is a Supervisory Attorney-Advisor for the Executive Office for Immigration Review, U.S. Department of Justice. She is an avid hiker and is looking forward to hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in 2019. Megan and her family live in Alexandria.
Anita Okonak, MS is District Manager with Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals. She has over 18 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry in sales and training / development. Anita struggled with perinatal and postpartum depression and anxiety which greatly impacted her marriage and spurred her to become a passionate advocate for increasing awareness, diagnosis, and education about maternal mental health. Anita lives in Fairfax with her son and husband.
Jennifer Mattucci Santoro, MD is a psychiatrist in private practice specializing in reproductive mental health and psychosomatic medicine. Jennifer graduated from Cornell University and University of Rochester School of Medicine, completed internship and residency at New York University and Bellevue Hospitals in New York City, and launched NYU’s first reproductive mental health elective for psychiatry residents. Dr. Santoro is a clinical instructor at George Washington and Virginia Commonwealth Universities, supervising and mentoring psychiatry residents and fellows. She lives with her husband and two children in Oakton.
Benta Sims, LPC runs a private counseling practice specializing in perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, along with pregnancy and infant loss. Benta has extensive training in cognitive-behavioral therapy, mindfulness, stress reduction techniques, EMDR, and Imago Relationship Couples Therapy. Benta’s recovery from a traumatic birth experience and subsequent postpartum depression and anxiety inspired her to help other women and families facing similar challenges and she feels honored to have supported 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 live in Arlington and have three adult children.
Bushra Shah, MD is a board-certified psychiatrist with expertise in treating psychiatric disorders in the medically ill and a special interest in reproductive psychiatry. Dr. Shah is assistant professor of psychiatry at Virginia Commonwealth University. She completed her general psychiatry residence at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and a fellowship in psychosomatic medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Shah evaluates and treats pregnant and postpartum women with mental health issues in her general psychiatry clinics as well as in the high-risk obstetric clinic at VCU, and is actively involved in training medical students, residents, and fellow. Dr. Shah lives with her family in Richmond.
Alison Teitelbaum, MS, MPH, CAE (Board Chair) 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; thanks to PSVa, received appropriate support, guidance, and treatment. She is a passionate advocate for raising awareness about maternal mental health. Alison’s “bucket” list includes visiting all 417 (170 and counting!). Alison lives in Falls Church with her husband and 2 children.
Theresa Termine (Board Treasurer) is a marketing and communications professional with a specialization in fundraising and development. She has successfully designed and implemented fundraising campaigns for national and local non-profit organizations, as well as local schools and churches. Theresa is currently working to gain master certification in fundraising management through the Lily Foundation at Indiana University. She lives in Arlington with her three teenagers.
Janet West, MD MBA is a Virginia native and pediatrician who recently launched RVA Baby, a pediatric practice providing home-based newborn care in Richmond. Dr. West completed her medical training and residency at the Medical College of Virginia and VCU Medical Center and holds a Physician Executive MBA from UT Knoxville. Dr. West’s early career was in the military sector, treating and advocating for children of military families. She is collaborating with community partners to form the Covenant Maternal Child Health Network to support opiate-addicted moms as they learn to care for their newborns. Dr. West lives in Richmond.
Amanda Lenoci Zang, MBA is a Senior Manager in Deloitte and Touche LLP’s Federal Advisory Practice and has over 14 years’ experience providing financial Improvement and audit readiness, internal control assessment and evaluation, financial reporting and analysis, and business process improvement. Amanda’s struggle postpartum depression propelled her to share her story with other mothers who may be ashamed or afraid. Mandy graduated from Clemson University, holds an MBA from Marymount University, and is a Certified Defense Financial Manager. She loves yoga, and cheering for her beloved Clemson Tigers. Mandy lives in Arlington with her husband and two sons.