WELLNESS AND INCLUSION ADVISORY COUNCIL

For tens of thousands of Jewish teens in more than 55 countries around the world, BBYO is the place where they can truly be themselves. Inclusion and wellness are paramount to fostering safe spaces and BBYO is committed to building the resiliency and confidence teens will carry with them for the rest of their lives.

The BBYO Wellness and Inclusion Advisory Council is comprised of talented community leaders and philanthropists who empower our Movement to support adolescent mental, emotional, social, and physical health and wellness by:

  •  Planning and hosting engagement opportunities to build connections and provide resources to the parents of BBYO teens
  •  Enhancing wellness and inclusion services and programs by sharing skills, connections, and expertise
  •  Connecting directly with teens through virtual and in-person programs
 

BBYO works to support the emotional, physical, and mental health of all teens with a comprehensive framework and approach to adolescent wellness. These efforts include ensuring specialized wellness staff at BBYO events, peer-to-peer mental health training that prepares teens to recognize early warning signs and know where to turn for help, professional training for staff and advisors, and parent education opportunities and resources. Read more about our innovative approach to teen mental health here.

 

SUPPORTING TEEN HEALTH and WELL-BEING

The BBYO Wellness and Inclusion Advisory Council will work to expand and enrich BBYO’s wellness and inclusion efforts, ensuring that all teens are physically, emotionally, and mentally supported in BBYO. Advisory Council members focus on:

Adult Education:

  • Develop and support programs for parents and advisors as they navigate the mental health and wellness challenges and developmental milestones of their teens.
  • Share skills, connections, and expertise, i.e. identifying speakers and contributing articles and reflections in BBYO communications

Capacity Building:

  • Identify funding sources and personnel for mental health and inclusion programs to meet the needs of BBYO teens.

Teen Programming:

  • Connect directly with teens on BBYO's International Leadership Network (ILN) committees regarding all abilities, LGBTQ+, mental health, and healthy relationships to address the integration of wellness and inclusion across all BBYO activities.

At International Convention 2020 in Dallas, just days after BBYO teens passed new legislation defining mental health as a priority for the Movement, Maya Smith, Executive Director of Lady Gaga's Born This Way Foundation, addressed teens in a packed convention hall. Maya spoke about the critical role youth-serving organizations play in providing support, raising awareness of resources, and combatting the stigma around mental health.

EVENTS AND OPPORTUNITIES

Advisory Council members convene several times throughout the year, providing guidance and key insights in our effort to meet the needs of all Jewish teens. Council members also plan and host events locally and nationally for our alumni and parent audiences including:

  • Mental Health and wellness experiences at International Convention
  • Webinars for parents of teens
  • Community events for Jewish Disability Awareness & Inclusion Month, Mental Health Awareness Month and Pride Month

MEET THE MEMBERS OF THE WELLNESS AND INCLUSION ADVISORY COUNCIL

The Advisory Council is comprised of community leaders, parents, healthcare professionals, and dedicated advocates for adolescent health and well-being. Council members represent diverse geographies and backgrounds, leveraging their collective knowledge and experience to ensure that BBYO is effectively meeting the needs of all teens and serving as a communal leader in this space.

COUNCIL LEADERS

Jennifer Grossman

Wellness and Inclusion Advisory Chair
Council Chair and Co-Founder, Shalom Tikvah
Northern Region East: Baltimore Council

Jennifer has 10+ years of non-profit experience sitting on a variety of different non-profit boards in the Baltimore area. In that capacity, she has been on committees including fundraising, strategic planning, branding and visioning, board cultivation, programming, leadership, and large event planning. She recently served as Board Chair connecting volunteers to organizations for 3 years. In her second year as Board Chair, she was awarded 1 of 2 young leadership awards given each calendar year. She has served both the Jewish and secular communities in times of crisis and in times of growth.

Shauna Ruda

Shauna Ruda, Wellness and Inclusion Advisory Vice Chair, LMSW / Therapist
Rocky Mountain Region

Shauna is an adolescent and young adult therapist and non-profit consultant. Shauna has fifteen years of social impact experience working globally in disaster response settings, with new immigrants and refugees, and supporting relationships with individual and corporate stakeholders. She holds a Masters in Migration Studies from Tel Aviv University and Masters of Social Work from Columbia University. When she’s not working, Shauna is likely striking up a conversation with a stranger, chasing the next sunrise on a run, or hiking the Rocky Mountains.

COUNCIL MEMBERS

Dina Gluck

Dina Gluck

Dermatology Nurse Practitioner, Nashville Skin
Delta Region

Dina Gluck is a Dermatology Nurse Practitioner in Nashville, Tennessee. She treats all medical and cosmetic dermatological conditions for patients across the lifespan. Dina has a BSN from the University of Kansas and MSN from the University of California, Los Angeles where she graduated with honors and an emphasis on disease prevention. She is extremely passionate about improving her patients' quality of life. Dina is a mom to her son Noah (2) and expecting baby #2 in early 2021. When she is not at work, she enjoys exercising, reading and spending time with her family.
Denise Hamburger

Denise Hamburger

Founder and Executive Director, BE REAL
Great Midwest Region

Denise is the founder and executive director of BE REAL, a nonprofit that focuses on providing body confidence resources to educators and parents all over the country. Denise teaches the body image unit in health classes in Chicago-area middle and high schools. She created Body Confident Schools, the professional development workshop for educators. In her first career Denise was an environmental lawyer.
Jenna Kress

Jenna Kress

Senior Coordinator, Restorative Community Conferencing Program at Community Works West
Central Region West

Jenna Kress was born and raised in the Washington DC Area, and is now living in Oakland California. Since moving to the Bay Area, she has been working for Community Works West, an organization committed to envisioning and creating a future where justice heals. As a Senior Coordinator for the Restorative Community Conferencing program, Jenna facilitates the Restorative Justice juvenile diversion program throughout Alameda County. She received her Bachelor's in Social Work from the University of Georgia and went on to earn her Master's of Social Work from the University of Washington in Seattle. As a part of those experiences, Jenna worked with individuals and families impacted by interpersonal violence and mass incarceration. She cares deeply about supporting individual and collective mental wellness and de-stigmatizing mental health challenges. Jenna is passionate about working alongside those most impacted by harm in the community to foster meaningful practices and dialogue to promote systemic change, community building, and healing.

Mimi Brodsky Kress

Mimi Brodsky Kress

Chief Operating Officer, Sandy Spring Builders
Northern Region East: DC Council

Mimi Brodsky Kress is the COO and co-owner of Sandy Spring Builders, one of the Washington metropolitan area’s premier custom homebuilders and is responsible for the company’s business and administrative management. She is also the President of Brodsky Group, Inc., originally a family-owned light industrial development company, which she is now the sole member of and oversees the management of their properties. Mimi is passionate about building and has been involved over her career with the National Association of Home Builders and their local affiliate the Maryland Building Industry Association.

In addition to her professional work, Mimi is involved with many charitable organizations in the area. In addition to the BBYO Wellness and Inclusion Advisory Council, she is a former JWI (Jewish Women International) Woman to Watch and is on their Board of Trustees. She also serves on the board of NAMI-MC (National Alliance on Mental Illness Montgomery County), is a member of the Mid-Atlantic JNF Women for Israel Committee and is very active with Habitat for Humanity Metro Maryland. She graduated with a B.A. from Colby College, is married to professional photographer Michael Kress, and has a 31-year-old son and 26-year-old daughter. Outside of work and her non-profit involvement, Mimi loves to read, ski, sail, and continue to learn.
Karen Loiterstein

Karen Loiterstein

Vertical Marketing Leader, Equifax
Region

Karen Loiterstein is the Vertical Marketing Leader for the Employer Services – Workforce Solutions Division of Equifax. In this role, she oversees go-to-market execution, solutions marketing, and product management for the portfolio of products, solutions, and strategies that drive demand, utilization, and revenue for B2B data management solutions.

Karen joined Equifax in early 2021 after she designed and rebuilt the entire marketing function for Enterprise Bank & Trust, a $12B asset publicly traded bank. Her leadership resulted in differentiated sales messaging, a 20% increase in earned media, a 110% increase in inbound marketing, and a 200% increase in lead generation. Karen led the charge of creating a data-driven marketing function at Enterprise. At the core of this work is a rebuilt website, with enhanced UX, simplified site maintenance, and performance metrics to measure results.

For more than 20 years, Karen has pioneered first-of-its kind marketing initiatives through leadership roles in nationally recognized companies including Express-Scripts, FleishmanHillard, MCI WorldCom and Willis Towers Watson. As a regular speaker at marketing conferences on issues including data-driven marketing and sales & marketing alignment, she is passionate about helping leaders modernize their marketing functions.

In 2019, Karen was recognized with the Program of the Year Award by Forrester | SiriusDecisions for outstanding achievement in rebuilding the digital ecosystem at Enterprise. She serves on the executive committee of Boys Hope Girls Hope, the St. Louis Forum, and she is a former International President of the B’nai B’rith Youth Organization. Karen received her MBA from the University of Missouri–St. Louis and her undergraduate degree with honors in English and Communications Studies from the University of Kansas. Karen resides in St. Louis with her husband, three children, and her dog, Daisy.
Koby Mymon

Koby Mymon

Data Analyst, Microsoft
Maccabi Tzair, Israel

Koby joined BBYO when he was 13, and participated in ILTC '05, and in International Convention in 2005 to 2007. After High-school he started my army service as a programmer in 8200 unit, then worked in a cyber security startup called Adallom, which was acquired by Microsoft on 2015. During his day to day job he has established a LGBTQ+ employees resource group to make his office’s environment more LGBTQ friendly. He lives in Tel Aviv with his partner Mattan and dog Timmy.

Michael Oxman

Michael Oxman

Vice President, Financial Advisor, Morgan Stanley
Great Midwest Region

Michael Oxman is an alum of BBYO where he served as Regional Godol (President) of the Wisconsin Region. He later served as a chapter advisor as well as helping launch Chicago’s BBYO FAN Club.

Today Michael is a member of the Board of Directors of the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, as well as Alpha Epsilon Pi. Michael spearheaded the creation of the LGBTQ outreach group within Chicago’s Jewish Federation, now known as JUF/YLD Pride. Michael is a member of the JFNA National Young Leadership Cabinet and participated in the Wexner Heritage Program from 2017-2019. He was honored to receive the Jewish Federation Davis, Gidwitz & Glasser Young Leadership Award in 2017.

Michael is originally from the North Shore suburbs of Milwaukee, he remained in Chicago after graduating from Northwestern University, with degrees in Economics and Political Science. Michael is a Vice President and Financial Advisor at Morgan Stanley and a partner of the Cohn Weisskopf Oxman Group. Forbes Magazine has included Michael on their list of “America’s Top Next Generation Wealth Advisors” in 2018 and 2019.

Michael lives in Chicago with his husband, Doug Winkelstein, and their lovable pitbull Herman.
Adam Quigley

Adam Quigley

Athletic Trainer, LA Galaxy
Pacific Western Region

Originally from Laurel, Maryland, Adam was a collegiate soccer player at Salisbury University, additionally completing his Masters degree at the University of South Carolina in Sports Medicine. With over 6 years of Athletic Training experience, Adam is an Athletic Trainer with the MLS’ LA Galaxy. He is a part of a staff that manages Sports Medicine, Performance, and Rehabilitation for the internationally known soccer club. Previously, he was the Head Athletic Trainer of San Antonio FC (USL), as well as an Athletic Trainer with the NFL's New Orleans Saints and USC Gamecocks Football. This year, Adam has started BLV Performance Therapy, LLC; created to support and manage the health and wellness of some of the world's biggest entertainers and artists. BLV, crafted from the philosophy "Be yourself, Love your body, and Value your passions,” instills belief in one’s journey through hands-on therapy, movement, and holistic guidance. BLV Performance Therapy also contributes to the community through the planning and covering expenses to host Injury Prevention and Performance clinics for underserved athletic populations. Adam is a huge advocate for giving back and providing opportunities to high-school leaders, as the international Jewish youth group, BBYO, shaped many of his current ideals and relationships.

CONTACT US

For more information, please contact Samantha Sisisky, Senior Director of Community Engagement, at [email protected].

 

BBYO is committed to creating a mentally, emotionally, and physically safe environment for all teens. We strive to build in our teens the ability to face adversity and developmental challenges and thrive. BBYO welcomes Jewish teens of all backgrounds, denominational affiliation, gender, race, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status, including those with a range of intellectual, emotional, and physical abilities.