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.
Lee Cutrone - Vice President
Lee has gained an extensive knowledge about Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and other co-existing disorders over the years after a loved one was diagnosed with BPD and attended a residential program at McLean. At McLean he attended weekly family meetings and learned about mindfulness, meditation, DBT and other topics related to BPD while his loved one was in treatment there. Through McLean’s monthly evening BPD talks he learned about NEPDA and started attending their monthly home meetings and has remained actively involved.
Lee took the Family Connections class through the National Educational Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder (NEA-BPD) and later participated in Leadership training to teach Family Connections. He continues to broaden his knowledge about BPD through webinars, websites and books as well as by taking part in functions that support BPD. Perhaps most importantly, Lee has gained an insightful understanding of BPD and what it means to struggle with this disorder through his loved one.
Lee has a BA in Accounting and an MBA. He worked in public accounting as a CPA for a number of years before going into private sector accounting. He has a very keen interest in mindfulness, meditation and a holistic integrative approach for treating Borderline Personality Disorder and other related disorders.
Karen Frascatore - Secretary/Clerk
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.
Judy Cody - Treasurer
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.
Dr. Lyvia Chriki
Dr. Lyvia Chriki earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from the Ohio State University after earning her BA from Simmons College in Boston, MA. Her interest in treatment of emotion dysregulation and personality disorders started before graduate school, from personal experiences and work assisting with an adolescent Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) group. Over the years she has developed expertise in DBT, treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and parent guidance. Currently, Dr. Chriki works with teens, young adults, and adults who struggle with self-harm and suicidality by working with them and their families, providing DBT, parent coaching, and trauma-focused treatment.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mary Beth Radke