Ronald A. Witmer, Esq. - President
Ronald A. Witmer was born in Jackson, Michigan and attended Albion College (B.A.), Union Theological Seminary in New York City (M.Div.) and Northeastern University School of Law in Boston (J.D.). For the majority of his professional life, he has been practicing family law in downtown Boston. Mr. Witmer and other parents of children diagnosed with BPD founded NEPDA in 1996 in order to provide education, support and advocacy to those affected in some way by the disorder. As President of NEPDA, his goals are to continue to develop and expand NEPDA support and education programs, increase the membership and leadership of the organization and continue to enjoy time spent with others who are involved in this critically important work.
David Greenleaf, Ph.D
David Greenleaf, Ph.D. has been a member of the NEPDA Board of Directors for many years. He earned his doctorate in clinical psychology from Syracuse University and has been professionally affiliated with McLean Hospital since 1980, when he began his internship in clinical psychology. He has a background in forensic psychology and extensive experience working in public-sector inpatient programs. It was in the mid-90's, while working at Medfield State Hospital, that Dr. Greenleaf and a number of his colleagues became interested in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). After receiving DBT "Intensive" training, he was part of a team that implemented, first, a DBT day treatment program and, later, a DBT specialty unit at the hospital. Presently, Dr. Greenleaf is Director of Psychology at Tewksbury Hospital in Tewksbury, Massachusetts.
Dana Coombs is the founder of BioSampleZone, an early stage venture that creates an automated marketplace for human biological samples. Previously, Dana served at several hardware and software companies in various Sales, Product Management and Business Development roles. When a family member was diagnosed, Dana explored and utilized NEPDA resources for BPD education and support. Dana lives in the Boston area and is an active tennis player.
Missy F. Cunningham
Missy F. Cunningham grew up in Bedford, New York. She attended Miss Porter's School in Farmington, Connecticut and Vassar College. She has held several different positions, including serving as Secretary to Sidney Friedberg, head of Fine Arts at Harvard, Secretary at Harvard Business Review, and coaching girls' Lacrosse and field hockey. She was a photographer for the Vermont Standard for a substantial period of time and also free-lanced. For many years, she served as a full-time volunteer for the Woodstock, Vermont Learning Clinic, a school for severely brain-injured children. As a parent of a child diagnosed with BPD, she became involved with NEPDA and the National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder (NEA-BPD). Ms. Cunningham has three children and six grandchildren and has lived in the Woodstock area since 1970.
By attending a Family Connections program sponsored by the National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder [NEABPD], Jim gained an appreciation for the unique communication skills and validation concepts deemed vital to enhance his relationship with a family member with BPD traits.
Through participating in monthly support group meetings sponsored by the New England Personality Disorder Association [NEPDA], Jim has gained a sense of hope, respect and empathy for those who share the challenge of developing a viable support strategy for family members with BPD traits.
Jim, a graduate of Boston College and Bentley College Graduate School [MST], recently retired from his career as a CPA after many years of public service.
Judy Cody has lived all her life in the Boston area, obtaining a B.S. in Accountancy and a Masters in Taxation from Bentley College. For the majority of her professional career, she worked as a CPA for the U.S. Treasury Department from which she has recently retired.
By attending a Family Connections program sponsored by the National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder [NEABPD] and monthly support group meetings sponsored by the New England Personality Disorder Association [NEPDA], Judy has learned valuable communication and validation skills to enhance her relationship with a family member. She recently joined the Board of Directors in hopes of giving back to NEPDA.
Robert Judge has been a member of NEDPA for many years. He is the parent of an adult child who was diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder in 2004. He started by attending NAAMI support groups for a number of years. Once the diagnosis of BPD was given to his child, Robert signed up for a BPD support group, run by Dr. David Greenleaf. This was the beginning of his affiliation with NEDPA. He has been an active member since, attending whatever support groups, programs and seminars NEPDA has had to offer. This has helped give him a tremendous understanding of BPD.
Robert attended University of South Carolina. Then he served 3 years in the United States Army. Since 1972, he has been employed as an Architectural Sales Representative for commercial door products.
Rosemary Salisbury has benefited from the NEPDA education and family support programs for years and is honored to be on the Board of Directors. After a family member was diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder, Rosemary became involved with NEPDA. She has been trained through the National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder (NEA-BPD) to teach Family Connections, a psycho-educational class that educates and supports those who love and care for BPD sufferers. In addition to teaching Family Connections, Rosemary also facilitates a support group for “graduates” of the program.
Rosemary graduated from Suffolk University with at B.A. in Public Administration, and worked at Massachusetts General Hospital before moving to New Hampshire with her husband Bill to raise a family. Rosemary and her family recently moved back to the Boston area where she substitute teaches in the public school, teaches Sunday School at her church, and volunteers at an animal shelter.
Nancy Locke attended a Family Connections program sponsored by the National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder (NEABPD) in 2014. This started her on the path of learning about BPD and how to better communicate with a family member with BPD traits. Nancy started attending NEPDA meeting to further her understanding. She recently joined the Board to help support its mission and give back. Nancy has been a public school teacher since graduating from Wheelock College with degree in Early Childhood Education. She and her family live the Boston area.
Karen Frascatore is a Massachusetts native who, with her husband, Dan, has three children ranging in age from four to fourteen. She attended Babson College, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in business management. She now works as a collections manager for a local company.
Karen’s interest in BPD arose from the realization that some of her family members appear to meet a number of the criteria for a BPD diagnosis. Through workshops at McLean Hospital, she learned about NEPDA and its programs. She began attending Home Meetings and participated as a panel member in a NEPDA conference. She completed the Family Connections program of NEA-BPD and hosts summer pool parties for NEPDA families at her home.
Membership on NEPDA’s Board of Directors is the natural result of Karen’s other activities related to BPD. She appreciates the support and education NEPDA provides to those who in some way are affected by BPD and enjoys working with the other Board members in furthering NEPDA’s mission.