Meet the Advisory Board
Bill Baten has been a full-time neutral since 1995, and has developed a national practice resolving complex matters of all types, including insurance coverage, commercial, employment, construction, environmental, significant personal injury and wrongful death, legal and accounting malpractice, directors and officers liability, and securities. He has served as mediator, arbitrator and special master in approximately 3,000 matters— including many eight- and nine-figure disputes and high-profile matters such as the Big Dig construction project in Boston.
Baten graduated cum laude from the Georgetown University Law Center, where he was editor of the law review. He received his undergraduate degree from Susquehanna University, where he graduated magna cum laude with honors in political science. To Baten, the most important aspects of his education are that he’s the first person in his family to attend college, the first to attain a post-graduate degree and that he worked his way through both programs. Bill brings this same work ethic and sense of humility to every client to whom he has the privilege of providing ADR services.
Ovidio Bermudez, M.D., is the medical director of child and adolescent services and chief medical officer at Eating Recovery Center in Denver, Colo. He holds academic appointments as clinical professor of psychiatry and pediatrics at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and clinical professor of pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He is board-certified in pediatrics and adolescent medicine.
Bermudez is a fellow of the Academy for Eating Disorders, the Society for Adolescent Medicine and the American Academy of Pediatrics. He is past chair and current member of the Board of Directors of the National Eating Disorders Association, co-founder of the Eating Disorders Coalition of Tennessee (EDCT), co-founder of the Oklahoma Eating Disorders Association (OEDA) and a founding member of Houston Eating Disorders Specialists (HEDS). He is a member of the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals and a certified eating disorders specialist.
Bermudez has lectured nationally and internationally on eating disorders, childhood obesity and other topics related to pediatric and adult healthcare, and he has been repeatedly recognized for his dedication and advocacy in the field of eating disorders.
Richard Enemark has been an educator since 1974, when he served as a founding faculty member at Burke Mountain Academy, a college preparatory school in Vermont for international-level ski racers. He has served in various capacities, from college counselor to dean to headmaster, at schools as diverse as Noble and Greenough and Phillips Academy, Andover. He has taught English literature in every year since receiving his A.B. from Colgate University. Additionally, he holds two master degrees in English and in philosophy from the University of Vermont and Columbia University, respectively, and a Ph.D. with highest distinction from Columbia University. He has served on the boards of the Albany-Colonie Chamber of Commerce Foundation and the boards of several preparatory schools, including Burke, where he chaired the governance committee. Enemark's wife, the acclaimed artist Nancy Lawton, died in 2007. Both his daughter Faith (New York University '07) and son Forrest (University at Albany '15) are graduates of the Doane Stuart School, in Albany, N.Y., from which Enemark retired in 2012 after serving 14 years as its headmaster.
Peter Hooper has earned degrees from St. Michael's College (B.A., ‘71), Northeastern University (M.P.A., ‘73), and the University of Connecticut (political science, Ph.D., ‘79). He also studied at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution as a postdoctoral fellow ("National Policy Process for Big Science") in 1980. He went on to teach as assistant professor of political science at Northeastern University for several years before starting a consulting practice in political and public policy research. This business was expanded to a broader marketing research practice before he started Atlantic Marketing Research in 1984. Atlantic conducted a broad array of quantitative and qualitative research studies for public sector and private sector clients. Atlantic was acquired by Find/SVP in 2005, which, in turn, was acquired by Info/USA. Hooper worked as managing director of the research division through 2008 before retiring. In addition to his board position with CARE, Peter also serves on the board of directors of S.A.D.D. Hooper splits his time these days between Venice, Fla., and Naples, Maine, with his wife Peggy. They have two adult children and four grandchildren.
Mark Lederman is a graduate of Northeastern University in Boston, Mass. Lederman has spent more than 30 years in the investment management, marketing communication and consulting fields. He is currently employed as senior vice president of business solutions at Merrill Corporation in New York City, where he provides business consulting, process development and production services to support his clients with their document management and marketing communication needs.
Lederman lives in Larchmont, N.Y.. with fellow CARE advisory board member Silvia Lederman and their two sons.
Silvia Lederman is a graduate of the University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla., and Suffolk University Law School, Boston, Mass. Lederman spent nearly 20 years in the practice of law with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in its New York regional office. She is currently employed as the volunteer coordinator at My Sisters' Place, White Plains, N.Y., a nonprofit agency that provides emergency housing, counseling and legal services to victims of domestic violence and human trafficking. She is in charge of running the agency's volunteer court accompaniment program, as well as all other agency volunteer activities and programs.
Lederman lives in Larchmont, N.Y., with fellow CARE board member Mark Lederman and her two sons.
Matt Macdonald is the head of upper school at Webb School of Knoxville, a K-12 independent, coeducational day school located in Knoxville, Tenn. Macdonald works closely with adolescents as a school administrator for students in grades 9 through 12. Prior to joining Webb School of Knoxville in 2008, Macdonald was the head of upper school at Episcopal School of Acadiana located in Lafayette, La.; chair of the history department at Foxcroft School located in Middleburg, Va.; teacher and coach at Darlington School located in Rome, Ga.; and a teacher and coach at the Culver Academies located in Culver, Ind. In addition to his work in the field of education, he also practiced law in South Carolina. Macdonald grew up in New Orleans, La., and Bronxville, N.Y.
Carl Moses became provost and dean of the faculty at Susquehanna University in July 2010 after serving as the deputy provost for academic affairs at Lehigh University. He previously served as associate dean for undergraduate studies and as interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Lehigh University.
An environmental scientist and professor of earth and environmental sciences, Moses earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry along with a certificate in science in human affairs from Princeton University. His master’s and doctoral degrees in environmental sciences are from the University of Virginia. Moses’ principal research interest has been aqueous geochemistry, the chemical interactions of rocks and water in the natural environment. A second-generation professor, Moses has been connected with college campuses from Chapel Hill to Los Angeles and Gainesville to Selinsgrove.
Moses and his wife, Glyn, live in Selinsgrove. They have two children, Erica, a graduate of Oberlin College, and Gillian, a student at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.
Leif Norenberg, M.D., has been a general pediatrician in private practice on Cape Cod since 1994, currently as a physician owner at Briarpatch Pediatrics. Leif has developed an affinity for taking care of complicated patients with special needs and syndromes.
After graduating from Vanderbilt University, in Nashville, Tenn., Norenberg spent a very interesting year as a research assistant, doing basic endocrine research, at the Worcester Foundation for Experimental Biology, in Shrewsbury, Mass. He came to the realization that he preferred interacting with people more than with lab animals.
Norenberg matriculated at the University of South Florida-College of Medicine, in Tampa, thinking he would likely go into pediatrics, but wanted to keep all of his options open. Working with incredibly talented pediatricians at All Children’s and Tampa General Hospitals, Norenberg knew that caring for babies, children and adolescents was what he should do.
In 2012, Norenberg joined the advisory board for CARE, hoping to make a difference in the lives of young adults nationwide by helping facilitate research, education and advocacy around teen issues.
Josie Palleja is a child and adolescent psychotherapist with 35 years’ experience. She maintains an active practice, and is a consultant to numerous child welfare agencies, hospitals and camps. Palleja was an associate professor at Columbia University School of Social Work where she developed and taught play and family therapy courses. Palleja has also taught play therapy courses at several other New York City graduate programs. She presents seminars in play, adolescent and family therapy for Human Services Workshop.
Palleja helped to develop the pilot program for The Intensive Case Managers of New York City. Palleja then served as the case supervisor for the child program for the first three years. Today this program is statewide and has been adopted by other states as well. Palleja has also participated in several adolescent research studies while teaching at Columbia University. She presents at child and adolescent conferences.
Andrew Paull is the youth programs coordinator at Larchmont Temple, a reform synagogue in Larchmont, N.Y. Paull works closely with teenagers as a teacher, adviser and mentor, overseeing the youth groups and teaching in religious school classrooms for the middle school and high school students. During the summers, he has held leadership roles at various camps and summer programs through the Union for Reform Judaism, including at URJ Camp Kalsman in Arlington, Wash.; NFTY’s Mitzvah Corps in New Orleans; and URJ Kutz Camp in Warwick, N.Y. Paull earned in B.A. in history from Chapman University and is currently earning a certificate in Jewish education, specializing in adolescents and emerging adults, from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. He is a native of Seattle and currently lives in New York City.
Bob Rice is an alumnus of Kingswood-Oxford School in West Hartford, Conn., as well as Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vt. After graduating from Middlebury in 1997 with a B.A. in economics and mathematics, he started his career with American Express Financial Advisors, currently known as Ameriprise Financial. In January 2009, after 12 years with Ameriprise, he left to co-create Harvest Wealth Management.
Rice holds the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and AIF® (Accredited Investment Fiduciary®) certifications. He also holds FINRA Series 7 and 63 securities registrations as a registered representative and investment adviser representative of Commonwealth Financial Network®.
Rice specializes in working with pre-retirees and retirees to determine how their assets and income will support their needs in retirement.
Rice and his wife, Jess, live in Needham with their sons, Colby and Michael, and daughter, Caley. When he is not chasing after his kids, Rice's interests include all forms of athletics, travel and great food.
Jeffrey M. Schwartz has been a managing director at Bain Capital since 2000 and is a founding partner of Bain Capital Ventures. At Bain Capital, Schwartz focuses on information-based companies and business services. Specific areas of focus include compliance, risk relevant data and financial technology. Prior to Bain Capital Ventures, Jeff worked at Wellington Management Company, where he was a public equities portfolio manager. He also served in the Equity Capital Markets Group of Merrill Lynch in Boston and in the Real Estate Finance Group at LaSalle Partners in New York.
Jeff lives with his wife, Leigh, and four kids in Cohasset, Mass., and when not in the office can be found coaching boys and girls lacrosse. Jeff received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.A. in economics from Dartmouth College.
Leigh Schwartz is a graduate of the University of Virginia (B.A., communications) and holds her master’s in social work from Smith College. She has worked as a therapist and as a legislative affairs assistant with the U.S. Department of Labor. She held the position of managing editor with the Appalachian Mountain Club Magazine.
She is a member of Derby Academy’s Board of Trustees, a position she’s held for three years. She is a stay-at-home mother of four children, ages 8, 10, 13 and 15.
Douglas A. Spotts, M.D., F.A.A.F.P., is a family physician in Lewisburg, Pa., where he also serves as the chief medical information officer for Evangelical Community Hospital. He is a graduate of Juniata College and the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine and received the degree of fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians in 2004. He currently serves as alumni trustee of Juniata College, as vice president of the Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians, and as chapter trustee of the American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation. He is a member of several professional and civic organizations including the American College of Health Care Executives, the American College of Physician Executives, Susquehanna Council, Boy Scouts of America and the Lewisburg Sunrise Rotary Club. He is passionate about preventive care and support of the adolescents in his practice and works with youth development outside of medicine in scouting and with the youth of his church. He is the proud parent, along with his wife and fellow CARE Board member Sue Ellen, of teens Ian and Hannah. He enjoys running, travel, music and any activity involving the outdoors.
Sue Ellen Spotts comes from a background in healthcare, social services and religion. Her degrees in community nutrition and religion have led her on a vocational path with stops as a director of religious education and youth ministry in Lutheran parishes, coordinator of an interfaith hunger task force, community health worker in rural Bolivia, and research and advocacy specialist for a social service agency. At present, she is a customer service representative for Contrast Communications.
Spotts' community involvements include past service on the Board of Directors of Transitions (Susquehanna Valley Women in Transition); leadership in the Mifflinburg Area Middle School Home and School Association; vestry member and senior warden at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church; and chair of the Women’s Advisory Group of Evangelical Community Hospital.
Spotts holds a B.S. in nutrition from the Pennsylvania State University and a M.A. in religion from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg. Sue Ellen resides outside of Mifflinburg with her husband, Douglas Spotts, and two children, Ian and Hannah.
Phil Winger has served as Susquehanna University’s vice president for student life since 2006. He earned his Ph.D. in higher education and student affairs from the Ohio State University, where he also served as assistant to the executive director of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators. He joined Susquehanna University in 1990 as executive assistant to the president, and staff liaison and assistant secretary to the board of trustees. He is an expert on student housing, college adjustment, roommate relations, campus social life and other related subjects.
Tracey W. Wolfe is the associate vice president for community affairs and clinical service programming. Wolfe’s responsibilities are focused on community engagement programming, outcomes and evaluation, non-clinical educational and university relations, and most recently, stepping into an operational role to support the Geisinger System Neurology Services. For the past 25 years, Wolfe has served in several operational and staff roles within health care including ambulatory and acute care management and development, re-engineering of health care systems, and development of research and education programs.
Wolfe received her bachelor’s degree from Susquehanna University and her master’s degree from Wilkes University, Wilkes Barre, Pa.
Wolfe is an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Biology at Susquehanna University. She authored the business of healthcare curriculum and aided in the development of the healthcare minor at Susquehanna University.