Board of Trustees

Affiliations are for identification purposes only.

David Apatoff

An expert on federal grants and contracts, David Apatoff is a partner in the Arnold & Porter law firm. He is co-chair of the firm's intellectual property and technology group, working with research in biotechnology, genomic research and life sciences. He has a strong personal interest in the welfare of people with mental disabilities.

Dana Bazelon

Dana Bazelon works as a public defender in the city of Philadelphia. She represents indigent adults and children charged with crimes in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. A graduate of Georgetown University Law School, Ms. Bazelon clerked for the Honorable Michael Baylson of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. She also helped to found Leadership 21, a pilot project of the Bazelon Center, which seeks to inspire young advocates in the mental health community.

Eileen A. Bazelon

Eileen Bazelon, MD,  works with children and adolescents in her private psychiatric practice and has provided expert testimony in many child custody cases. She is consulting psychiatrist for Bryn Mawr College and assistant professor at the Medical College of Pennsylvania, Hahnemann Medical School, and works with a variety of public-interest groups in Philadelphia.

Howard H. Goldman

Howard Goldman, MD, is professor of psychiatry at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He received the U.S. Surgeon General's medallion in November 2000 for his work as the senior scientific editor of the Surgeon General's 1999 Report on Mental Health. He completes 13 years as editor of Psychiatric Services in 2016. He is an elected member of both the National Academy of Social Insurance and the National Academy of Medicine.

Nikki Heidepriem

A partner in a Washington, D.C., political and public policy consulting firm, Nikki Heidepriem managed the national campaign for mental health parity sponsored by the Bazelon Center in 1994. She has a strong, personal commitment to improving the lives of people with mental disabilities.

Margaret E. O’Kane

Since 1990, Margaret E. O’Kane has served as President of the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), an independent, nonprofit organization that improves healthcare quality through measurement, transparency and accountability. Under O’Kane’s leadership, NCQA developed the first national system for measuring health plans’ quality performance, the first and most rigorous system for accrediting health plans, and the most widely adopted program for transforming medical practices into patient-centered medical homes.

O’Kane has served as co-chair of the National Priorities Partnership and is a board member of the Foundation for Informed Decision Making and the American Board of Medical Specialties. She was elected a member of the Institute of Medicine in 1999 and received the 2009 Picker Institute Individual Award for Excellence in the Advancement of Patient-Centered Care. In 2011, Modern Healthcare named O’Kane one of the Top 25 Women in Healthcare.

Maria Rodriguez

Maria Rodriguez is president and owner of Vanguard Communications, a full-service public relations firm committed exclusively to the marketing and promotion of social issues. With a focus on cultural and linguistic competence, Maria has managed communications and marketing campaigns for a broad spectrum of nonprofit organizations and government agencies. At Vanguard, she leads a team of more than 40 communications professionals who work to advance change in areas such as mental health, women’s health, education and environmental protection. A first generation American, Maria is especially committed to the elimination of health and education disparities and believes every child and family should have access to the services and supports they need to be thriving members of society.

Harvey Rosenthal

Harvey Rosenthal has 40 years of experience working to promote public mental health policies and services that advance the recovery, rehabilitation, rights and full community inclusion of individuals with psychiatric disabilities and/or diagnoses.

His efforts have helped to transform state and national mental health systems, increase access to community based housing, employment and support services and to advance numerous recovery and criminal justice related mental health reforms. He has helped create several nationally acclaimed and replicated self-help, employment and transformational training initiatives.

Harvey has also worked to fight stigma, discrimination and human rights violations and to expand informed choice protections and cultural competence. Harvey's interest in promoting mental health recovery is personal, dating back to his own hospitalization at age 19.

Elyn R. Saks

Elyn Saks is Orrin B. Evans Professor of Law, Psychology, and Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law. She was selected as a 2009 MacArthur Foundation Fellow for what has become known as a "genius grant." She has done extensive research on informed consent and competency to refuse treatment and is the author of three books: Refusing Care: Forced Treatment and the Rights of the Mentally Ill, Interpreting Interpretation: The Limits of Hermeneutic Psychoanalysis, and Jekyll on Trial: Multiple Personality Disorder and Criminal Law. Her latest, titled The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness, chronicles her struggles with schizophrenia.

Martin Tolchin

Martin Tolchin is an author and journalist who capped 40 years at The New York Times by founding The Hill, a newspaper published three times a week that reports on the activities of Congress, and POLITICO, a print and online daily covering national politics. Mr. Tolchin and his wife Susan are the authors of six books, including To the Victor: Political Patronage from the Clubhouse to the White House, which has been cited in four decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Glenda Wrenn

Glenda Wrenn, MD, MSHP is Director of Behavioral Health at the Satcher Health Leadership Institute and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Morehouse School of Medicine. A West Point graduate and former Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, Dr. Wrenn is dedicated to the elimination of mental health disparities, particularly among African American women adversely impacted by trauma; and the promotion of health equity via policy relevant research. Her work involves servicemembers and veterans, community based populations, as well as primary care systems, to identify system-level interventions and practice innovations that improve individual and population health. Dr. Wrenn is committed to leveraging research and education strategies to foster resilient outcomes among and elevate the dignity of people facing mental health challenges. 

Sally Zinman

Sally Zinman is consultant on mental health policy and former executive director of the California Network of Mental Health Clients. Active in the mental patients rights movement for 25 years,she was a leader in conceptualizing, developing and implementing the self-help, client-run model of mental health programs that is today an integral part of many mental health systems. Her published works on self-help and peer-advocacy are used as manuals by groups replicating the model across the country and she is a frequent keynote speaker at conferences on public mental health policy.

Honorary Trustee

Miriam Bazelon Knox

We are deeply saddened by the loss of Mickey Bazelon Knox, who died on May 21, 2011. An energetic advocate for children's needs and mental health causes for decades, Mickey founded the first nonsectarian interracial child guidance clinic in the metropolitan Washington area in 1959. The clinic was sponsored by the Jewish Social Service Agency, of which she became the first woman president. She served as vice-chair of both the D.C. Public Welfare Commission and the United Givers Fund Planning Department, and was on the original Head Start staff. She is a longtime member of the national board of the Home and School Institute and founded the first of the Children's Reading Festivals, now held in many communities. She became an honorary trustee of the Bazelon Center in 1993, the year the organization was renamed to reflect the pioneering advocacy of her first husband, the late Judge David L. Bazelon

Trustees Emeriti

Robert "Bo" Burt

Bo Burt's 25 years of dedicated service on the Bazelon Center's Board of Trustees, including a decade as chairman, ended with his untimely death on August  4, 2015. His contributions to the Center and to the cause of protecting and expanding the rights of people with mental illness are immeasurable. His expertise on constitutional law and how it applies to the human rights issues surrounding mental health helped chart the course of the Center's work on behalf of adults and children with mental illness and disabilities.

Burt was a professor of law at Yale in 1990 when he joined and became chairman of the board of trustees of what was then called the Mental Health Law Project. A graduate of Yale Law, he had begun his legal career as a clerk for Chief Judge David L. Bazelon of the U. S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. His proposal that the organization rededicate itself to perpetuating Judge Bazelon's commitment to the legal rights of people with mental disabilities led to the board's decision in 1993 to change the name to the Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law.

Mary Jane England

Dr. England began her career as a psychiatrist as head of child psychiatry at St. Elizabeths Hospital in Washington, D.C. Currently president of Regis College in Weston, Massachusetts, her alma mater, she is a member of the Coordinating Council of the Coalition for Healthier Cities and Communities in the United States and the National Academy of Sciences, among others, and serves on the boards of dozens of professional organizations, including the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the American College of Psychiatrists, the American Medical Women's Association, and the American Psychiatric Association, Inc., of which she was president from 1995 to 1996.

Martha L. Minow

Martha Minow is dean of the Harvard Law school, where she has taught civil procedure, family law and other courses. She also serves on the boards of the Revson and Covenant Foundations, and Harvard University Press. Her books include Between Vengeance and Forgiveness: Facing History After Genocide and Mass Violence (Beacon Press: Boston, 1998) and Making All the Difference: Inclusion, Exclusion, and American Law (Cornell University Press: Ithaca, New York, 1990).

H. Rutherford Turnbull, III

Together with his wife, Ann, Rud was the parent of a son who had mental and cognitive disabilities. He is co-director of a research center at The University of Kansas focused on the effects of public policy on the quality of life of families who have children with disabilities. He is also professor of special education and courtesy professor of law and has been president of the American Association on Mental Retardation, chairman of the American Bar Association Commission on Mental and Physical Disability Law, secretary of the ARC of the USA and treasurer of the Association for Persons with Severe Handicaps.

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