Board of Directors
Muffy Walker was born and raised outside of Philadelphia, PA. She currently resides in Rancho Santa Fe with her husband John C. Reed and their three sons. In 1983, Walker graduated with a Master's of Science in Psychiatric Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania. She worked in the mental health field for over 18 years until she moved to California when she obtained her MBA with a focus in marketing from the University of California-Irvine.
Walker has owned several companies both for and not for profit and is the founder and President of International Bipolar Foundation (IBPF). After learning that her youngest son had Bipolar Disorder, Walker joined other mental health boards and ultimately started IBPF. She has served on a plethora of boards including Children's Hospital, Kids Korps USA, NeighborHelp, ChildHelp USA, and has dedicated the past 10 years of her life championing the education of the public about mental illness. Walker's interests include travel, tap dancing, community theatre, and Thai cooking.
Ellen Frudakis was born in Northern California and raised in the foothills of Nevada County California. In 2004 she co-founded Impact Young Adults (IYA), a nonprofit organization that provides social activities and leadership development for young adults with mental illness. Since that time she has held the role of Co-president, helping to build the organization along with its next round of young leaders.
Ellen received her Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services from Springfield College in 2005, graduating with honors and earning the Student Humanics award for representing the very principles of this degree program. She is currently in graduate school, working towards a Master of Arts Degree in Nonprofit Leadership and Management at the University of San Diego.
Susan Berger has over twenty-five years of business expertise. She received her undergraduate degree in Finance from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and her graduate degree in Accounting from Bentley College. As a CPA with Ernst & Young for over twelve years, her practice focused on the health care and financial services sectors. She then owned and managed a real estate firm specializing in residential rehabs and management.
Susan was the co-founder and President of Blue Harbor Foundation, a nonprofit charitable organization dedicated to funding promising clinical research with the potential to advance the diagnosis and treatment of mood disorders. Susan has been active as a board member of several not-for-profit organizations, including the Mental Health America in Marion County, Lupus Foundation of Houston (where she was co-founder and president of the board). At the Kentucky Day School she was a Board Member and member of the finance committee that was responsible for a highly successful ten million dollar capital campaign. At St. Richard's Episcopal school she served on the Development and Finance Committee. She also served on the Board of Midwest Academy in Indianapolis.
Currently, Susan resides in La Jolla with her husband Walter. They have two sons, one of whom has bipolar disorder. Their son was diagnosed thirteen years ago at the age of twelve. Since that time, Susan has been dedicated to eliminating the stigma of mental illness and the advancement of diagnosis and treatment of mood disorders.
As a Wealth Management Advisor with the Private Client Reserve at U.S. Bank, Joye Blount helps successful individuals and their families meet their unique financial needs. Her extensive experience enables her to build long-term relationships by offering insight and advice touching on all aspects of her client’s financial affairs. Joye coordinates a carefully selected team of specialists to ensure that her clients fully benefit from the comprehensive capabilities and solutions the Wealth Management Group has to offer.
Joye has more than 17 years of experience in banking including philanthropic management, strategic communications, personnel management, private wealth management, trust and investments. She holds a FINRA Series 7, 66 certifications in addition to a Six Sigma Green Belt certification. She has earned numerous national business and community awards and nominations including YWCA Twin Award, Women Who Mean Business Award and Women Who Move the City Award. She has served as a United Nations Official Observer for the Mexican presidential election in 2001 and 2006. She is also a graduate of the FBI Citizen’s Academy and earned a B.S. Degree in Education from Winthrop University and a Master’s Degree in Leadership from The University of North Carolina.
Active in the San Diego community, Joye serves on the boards of The Point Loma Nazarene University President’s Advisory Board, Point Loma Nazarene University School of Business Advisory Board, Voices for Children Advisory Board, Charter One Hundred, The International Bi-Polar Foundation, Junior Achievement, The United Way Women’s Leadership Council and Education Advisory Committee, and most recently was appointed by the Mayor to serve on the Balboa Park Conservancy Task Force. She is also an active volunteer with The San Diego Symphony, The San Diego Futures Foundation, The San Diego Symphony and The Zoological Society of San Diego.
Joye resides in San Diego with her husband, Jessie J. Knight, Jr.
Candise Holmlund has a background of 29 years of financial market experience and is currently a partner at Weatherly Asset Management, a Del Mar based, nationally recognized, asset management company.
Candise is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charter holder, a member of the CFA Institute, the Chartered Financial Analysts Society of San Diego, the Estate Planning Council of San Diego, and the Financial Planning Association (FPA).
Candise resides in Rancho Santa Fe with her husband and two children and has been active in several community civic and charitable organizations such as the Children’s Hospital Auxiliary, NeighborHelp, RSF Community Center, RSF Foundation Women’s Fund, as well as being involved in public & private school fundraising.
Tiffany Hunter is the founder of Tiffany Hunter Home and Garden, a vintage and antique furniture store located in Newport Beach, California. After more than 10 years as a financial advisor, she decided to combine her business skills with her creative passion and open her own furniture and design business.
Tiffany became interested in bipolar disorder and other mental illnesses after she list her 18-year-old stepson, a creative genius, to suicide. She is particularly interested in the link between bipolar disorder and substance abuse.
Over the years, Tiffany has served on a wide-range of non-profit board, including the San Diego Alzheimer’s Association, the Rancho Santa Fe Auxiliary of Children’s Hospital and Agano with Kenya. In addition to IBF, she is currently active in the Circles Council of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Orange County. A long-time San Diego resident, Tiffany currently resides in Newport Beach with her 5-year-old daughter, Lucy.
Tom Jensen, M.D.
Dr. Jensen is a psychiatrist in private practice in San Diego. He specializes in general and neuropsychiatry treating children, adolescents and adults, but is especially esteemed for his work with patients with bipolar disorder.
Tom Jensen graduated Summa Cum Laude from UCSD with a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry. After obtaining his degree in Medicine from UCLA, Jensen did his residency at UCSD followed by a Child Psychiatry fellowship at Stanford University.
Throughout his career, Dr. Jensen has been a department chair, written several medical articles, been interviewed by news and radio, spoken to over 100 different organizations, been President of the San Diego Chapter of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, held positions as both assistant and associate professor and has received several awards including the American Psychiatric Association (APA) Distinguished Fellow and a Special Presidential Commendation from the APA.
F. Marc Kullman
F. MARC KULLMAN is a founding director of the National Bipolar Foundation. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Administration. He served as President of National Clothing Liquidators for over 12 years. He is a Mayoral Appointee, serving as Chairman of the Delgado College Commission, re-appointed by four consecutive city administrations, in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Marc studied Fine Arts at both Tulane University, and Taos Institute for the Arts. After being diagnosed in 1997 with Bipolar Disorder, he was determined to become a spokesperson for the disease, with hopes of eradicating the stigma associated with the illness. Soon to follow was his notoriety for his “Just Today” painting, which depicts Bipolar Disorder. Today, this painting serves as the symbol for the National Bipolar Foundation.
Jesse Morgan, a long time supporter of IBPF has joined the Executive Board. Jesse Morgan received his BBA degree from Southern Methodist University and his MBA from Tulane University. He has recently retired after 40 years as a real estate consultant and developer. His business experiences enhance IBPF's ability to become a major worldwide impetus and resource for helping everyone affected by Bipolar Disorder.
Jesse was drawn to IBPF's mission of helping to reduce through education and support groups the extreme stress and feelings of helplessness that family members often experience when dealing with a loved one with Bipolar Disorder. He understands that for every one person with Bipolar Disorder, there are often as many as six family members whose lives are directly impacted.
Peter Mossy is president of the Mossy Automotive Group in San Diego, Ca. The group includes Toyota, Ford and 7 Nissan dealerships.
Peter graduated from the University of Texas at Austin before joining the family business in Houston, Texas. Peter is active in the San Diego community as a member of Nativity Catholic Church, The Lincoln Club, Rancheros, Rancho Riding Club, and the Young Presidents' Organization (WPO).
Peter and his wife Sandy have 4 children: Travis, 26, John (died at 22), Blake, 19 and Charlie, 11. John's bi-polar disorder thrust Peter into the world of mental health and subsequently his desire to help other families who struggle.
Lynn Hart Muto
Lynn Hart Muto graduated cum laude from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA in 1976. She attended Harvard Law School and Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley, graduating from Boalt Hall with a JD degree in 1979. Ms. Muto was a partner at Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Robertson & Falk in San Francisco and served Of Counsel at Cowley & Chidester in Rancho Santa Fe. She was a member of the American College of Trusts and Estates Council, and has been listed in numerous “Best Lawyers” publications. Ms. Muto was a lecturer at Stanford Law School in 1989 and 1991, teaching Estate Tax and Planning, and has been a frequent speaker and writer on estate planning topics. She is retired from the practice of law and devotes her time to her family and to children’s mental health and educational issues. She resides with her husband and children in Rancho Santa Fe, CA.
After more than 20 years practicing law, Robin retired and turned her attention to the needs of others. She has been involved as a volunteer, committee member, board member or chair of special events for a number of Civic and Charitable Organizations. These include the Preuss School, Old Globe Theater, Holiday Bowl, Voices for Children, Bannister House, Del Mar Planning Commission and the Del Mar Village Association.
In addition, Robin has been honored for her commitment to the community by the San Diego County Girl Scouts “Cool Woman” award, The Copley YMCA and the American Heart Association “Go For Red” .
Her interest in the International Bipolar Foundation is due to the ever increasing number of people, both young and old, who have the courage to discuss their mental health issues openly. After seeing first hand how open discussion benefits more than just the individual, she is committed to increasing the awareness and education so that the stigma attached to Bipolar Disorder is ultimately eliminated in our society.
Sandra Redman, known as Sandy, is a Banker and a Philanthropist, who is passionate about children, education and the arts. A resident of Rancho Santa Fe, Sandy devotes much of her time to various charities throughout San Diego. Sandy has a BS degree in Finance from the University of Edinburgh. She has three grown children and five grandchildren.
For the past five years Sandy has been actively helping a young family member grapple with a litany of behavioral symptoms, but who was never formally diagnosed with bipolar. She has experienced first hand the devastation and toll it took on her family. “Finding International Bipolar Foundation has opened our eyes that we are not alone; there is help and support. My hope is to become further educated about mental illness and reach out to others so they know there is somewhere to turn for help and not be in the situation my family has been in for so long.”
In addition to serving on the board of International Bipolar Foundation, Sandy is a board member of The Old Globe and KidsKorp, and an ardent supporter of the Patrons of the Prado, Epilepsy Foundation San Diego, the Arc and Country Friends. “I’m very concerned about the education system and how much is being taken from the children and what it will do to the next generation as we remove teachers, art and music from the schools.” Her personal philosophy is: “Live every day as though it’s your last; surround yourself with good people and remove the things from your life that are not positive.”
In addition to Sandy making a significant personal contribution to these organizations, she is also able to support them on a corporate level with her position as the Senior Vice President/San Diego Private Banking Group Manager for California Bank & Trust, the largest community bank in San Diego.
Karen McClurg Sheffres
Karen McClurg Sheffres was born in Michigan and spent her childhood in Colorado where she developed a love for skiing, biking, hiking, and camping. She attended Colorado State University where she obtained her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree and has enjoyed working as a small animal veterinarian for 24 years.
Currently, Karen lives in Poway with her husband, Bob, and three sons. Their oldest son was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at the age of seven. Karen has spent the last 10 years helping him learn to live with his illness. This experience has made her determined to do her part in improving the lives of those who suffer from bipolar disorder and other mental illnesses. Karen is passionate about reducing the stigma associated with mental illness through public education. She served on an advisory board for Special Education where she developed a parent education program and advocated for students with mental illnesses. Karen is one of the founding members of the California Bipolar Foundation (now, International Bipolar Foundation), chairs the Education Committee, and runs a support group in Poway, California.
Maggie Watkins is the Chief Marketing and Business Development Officer of Best Best & Krieger LLP, a California based law firm with eight offices and one in Washington, D.C. She is responsible for all of the firm’s marketing, business development and communications initiatives. Prior to joining Best Best & Krieger LLP, Maggie was the chief marketing officer and Director of Marketing and Communications at LECG, an international publicly traded expert services and consulting firm; and President of Meritas, a network of independent full service business law firms, in 60 countries, encompassing 5,000+ lawyers.
Ms. Watkins has more than 25 years of experience as a seasoned professional services executive with strategic planning, marketing, public relations, communications, community relations, sales and business development, and client relations expertise. She has tenure with a large regional law firm and several local and international accounting and insurance firms.
Ms. Watkins is a very active volunteer in professional and community organizations. On a national level, she was a past president of the Law Marketing Association (LMA) and the Association of Accounting Marketing (AAM). She has served as Chair on numerous boards such as the Peninsula YMCA, Women in Business – San Diego Chapter, Republican Businesswomen and The East County Performing Arts Center. She has served on the Boards of LEAD, San Diego Inc., Corporate Directors Forum, Girl Scouts, The American Heart Association, Project Concern International, and The Arthritis Foundation, to name a few. She is currently a member of the international board of the Legal Marketing Association (LMA) and the regional board of Leadership California, and serves on the boards of the ABA Practice Management’s Women Rainmakers, the International Bipolar Foundation and the Alzheimer’s Association, San Diego Chapter ( Chair - Elect) ,
A frequent speaker, Ms. Watkins regularly addresses management, professional and non-profit groups on a variety of topics. She has received many honors including the San Diego Business Journal's “Women Who Mean Business”; San Diego’s 10 “Coolest Women” by Girl Scouts and was one of San Diego Magazine's "50 to Watch.