Medha is currently a student at Harvard Business School. She previously worked at skedge.me, and enterprise online scheduling start-up, where she is working to help grow the company. Previously she worked as an Associate Consultant at Bain & Company, where she advised private equity clients on debt and equity investments as well as developed corporate strategy for clients in the consumer goods, industrials, banking, and medical technology industries.
Medha has an A.B. in Social Studies from Harvard University. While there, she served as a member of the Varsity Lightweight Crew team. This is where she was first exposed to the effect of eating disorders and developed a passion for helping those coping with body issues.
Jack J. Britvan, SIOR began his Real Estate Career in 1977 and is President and Owner of Commercial Realty Services of Long Island, Inc., Woodbury, New York. Jack is past President (2004/2005) of the New York City and Downstate New York Chapter of the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR). He is a founding board member of the Commercial Industrial Brokers Society (CIBS) and had been a Board Member for 13 out of the 20 years since CIBS was established. In January 2011 Jack retired as Secretary to the CIBS Executive Board of Directors. On November 10, 2010 Jack was honored by CIBS via his receiving of CIBS Distinguished Leadership Award.
In 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and again in 2012, Jack was re-elected Vice President of the Metro New York Chapter of New York State Commercial Association of Realtors (NYSCAR). Jack has taught the New York Real Estate Broker’s course at LIU/C.W. Post College and has been a lecturer and panelist to various organizations.
Jack “actively” participates in several charities: The American Cancer Society (for 24 years), where Jack served on the Long Island Board of Directors for eight years, was a member of the Division’s Executive Committee for 5 years, served as Income Development Chairman for two consecutive terms and created several successful fundraising events.
Jack was personally honored at a function hosted by OSI Pharmaceutical for his involvement in enacting Nassau County Smoking Bans which has spread to New York State and other States.
Jack presently sits on the Board of Directors for Project Heal. Other charities include the Executive Advisory Board of CAPS (Child Abuse Prevention Services) retired in April 2008 and he is a former member of WLIW Public Television Advisory Council. Jack has also worked with and been honored by The Theresa Foundation and the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI).
Sara A. Brody
In September 2013, Sara became the Executive Director for The Project HEAL. For three years prior, she was the Director of Strategic Business for Murfreesboro Dental Excellence and Dr. Nate’s Naturals in addition to managing other entrepreneurial ventures for the company’s owner, located in Murfreesboro, TN. Upon moving to Murfreesboro, in 2007, she co created and ran a non profit organization called Rutherford LEAP which was dedicated to providing public school students in Rutherford County, TN., with the tools they need to be successful in the workplace and in higher education through the daily use of technology in the classroom. In 2006, Sara left Lehman Brothers Inc., after a successful 22 year career where she held a variety of leadership roles in the Corporate Real Estate, Corporate Advisory, Operations and Information Technology divisions.
Sara has had a life long passion for learning and education coupled with the desire to help others. She graduated from Binghamton University with a B.S. in Political Science and lives in Rye, NY with her family.
Larry brings his over 25 years of life insurance sales, management experience, and his skills in the brokerage
marketplace to American Business. He is directing the expansion and development of the brokerage operations in American Business. In addition, he will use his in depth knowledge of the wide range of insurance companies and products to serve individual clients.
Larry joins American Business after functioning as a Principal of Rampart America for fourteen years. He is currently the President of the National Association of Insurance & Financial Advisors- New York State, Chairman of Security Mutual Life’s Field Advisory Committee and an active member of Association for Advanced Life Underwriting.
Larry is an avid golfer and is Past President of his Country Club and a member of the Board of Directors of Project Heal and the Board of Directors of Long Island Caddie Scholarship Fund. Larry lives with his wife, Joan and their two daughters in Commack, NY.
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Jane Stewart Saffran
Jane Stewart Saffran has been a corporate attorney at ABC/Disney for the past twenty-two years, overseeing a group of lawyers and legal assistants who provide legal support to the ABC Television Network; the ABC Owned Television Stations; the ESPN Radio Network and Radio Stations; the Radio Disney Radio Network and Radio Stations; and Hyperion Publishing. Prior to joining ABC, Jane worked as an associate at several large New York City law firms, specializing in real estate and corporate transactions, as well as employment law and general litigation.
Prior to attending law school, Jane taught at two New York City private schools, while attending Columbia Teachers College and Bank Street School of Education. Jane has a B.A. degree in Psychology and Education (Magna Cum Laude; Phi Beta Kappa) from Smith College, and also attended Princeton University for the first two years of her college career. After teaching for four years, Jane attended Fordham University Law School, from which she received her J.D.
In addition to serving on the Project HEAL Board, Jane is a Board Member of both the Douglaston Local Development Corporation and the Douglaston Little Neck Historical Society. She also serves as a mentor for ABC mid-management employees in the ABC Executive Mentoring Program. Additionally, she is a mentor in the ABC/LaGuardia High School Mentoring program, where she is paired with a student throughout their high school career, providing academic, “life skills,” and college counseling advice.
Laura Schlosberg, PhD has over 15 years of professional experience in higher education bridging academic affairs, student life, and central administration at Duke University and Harvard College. As an advisor, instructor, dean, and mentor, she has worked closely with undergraduate students for over a decade. Her skills include strategic planning and implementation, program management, financial planning and budgeting, web communications, assessment, and grant writing. A graduate of Wellesley College, Laura earned her Master’s and PhD in Russian History at Duke University. She has served on the Board of the Association of Women in Slavic Studies and currently chairs the Committee on the Status of Women in the Association of Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies. Laura also is an Annual Fund Assistant Representative for Wellesley College.
For over 27 years Meredith Shepherd has held senior positions in Human Resources for a number of high profile organizations in the fields of Entertainment, Service, Technology, and Advertising. For the last 12 years she held the position of Chief Human Resources Officer for Weight Watchers International, where, in addition to leading the organization’s talent strategies and operations, she was also responsible for their charitable giving strategy and execution. Meredith held similar senior level positions at Young & Rubicam Advertising, Notara Software and Comedy Central.
In addition to Project Heal, Meredith is involved in organizations providing college access to under served populations; hunger relief programs at both local and international levels; and serves as the Head of the Parents’ Committee at The School for Ethics and Global Leadership in Washington DC.
Meredith lives in New York City with her husband of 25 years, Tony, an executive in the travel industry and their two children.