Board of Directors

Posted on: March 9th, 2012 by admin No Comments

Mattie J.T. Stepanek Foundation

Board of Directors


The Board of Directors consists of 5 to 12 volunteers who choose to serve terms ranging from one to four years in length, with the option of renewing a term following completion. Each Board Member enthusiastically shares his or her “time, talent, and treasure” to support the mission of the Foundation — which is to spread Mattie’s message of hope and peace.


Learn more about our current Board by clicking on the entries below.


Jeni Stepanek, PhD
Executive Director
& BOD Chair
Laura J. Bauer, MPA
Vice President


Max Jones


Cynthia Dobbins

Cynda Rushton, PhD
Chris Dobbins


Jamie D. Baker, MA


Joe Palermino

Former Honorary Board Member

Micah the Peace Puppy
Mattie’s Service Dog




Former Members of the Board of Directors:

Robert Balkam (Founder & Vice President 2005-2010)
W. Thomas Curtis, EA, CFP (Founder & Treasurer 2005-2011)
Heather Dobbins, PhD (Interim Treasurer 2011-2012)
Omékongo Dibinga (Director 2011-2013)
Andrew Gordon (Director 2009; President 2010-2011)
Rich Gottfried (Treasurer 2012-2015)
Annie Kennedy (Director 2013-2016)
Marie Lê (Director 2011-2012)
Sandra Newcomb, PhD (Founder & Secretary 2005-2008)
Ann Y. Schmidt (President 2011-2014)
J. Stanley Schmidt (Executive Director 2006-2009)
Bridget Hart Shea, JD (Director 2010-2012)
Terrance Sheehan, MD (Founder & President 2005-2010)
Gail Sherman (Director 2011-2012)
Wendy Thompson (Director 2011-2014)
Janis Tripodakis (Director 2013-2014)




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- Mattie J.T. Stepanek