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Our Team

Abbie Rosenberg

Founder, Executive Director

Abbie has over 30 years of experience as an advanced psychiatric nurse practitioner, including outpatient private practice, inpatient psychiatric care and on college campuses. She also has experience in the non-profit sector as the founder and executive director of an event raising money for ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) for 16 years

Abbie lives in Hopkinton, MA with her husband and two sons. She enjoys hiking with her dog, volunteering in her community and spending time with family and friends.

Our Board of Directors

Jean Bertschmann

Board Chair

Jean has over 20 years of leadership experience in nonprofits as well as in local and regional government. She served for 9 years on the Hopkinton School Committee, and currently serves as a Commissioner on the Metrowest Commission on the Status of Women. Jean is the Executive Director of the Spina Bifida Association of Greater New England. She has also served on multiple boards of mission-driven, direct service nonprofits.

Jean lives in Hopkinton, MA with her husband and four daughters and is an avid quilter and community volunteer.

Ellie Winthrop

Vice Chair

Ellie has worked in the nonprofit world for the past 18 years serving on various boards as secretary and treasurer. She has experience in fundraising as well. She currently volunteers as an ESL tutor at Literacy Unlimited in Framingham MA and as a mentor for Mazie Mentoring of Big Brother Big Sister in Framingham MA as well.

Ellie lives in Hopkinton with her husband and 3 children. In her free time she enjoys playing tennis, bike riding and plant based cooking.

Kelly Karp


Kelly has more than 30 years of leadership experience managing high volume business, building customer relationships and overseeing large scale projects. She has served on several elected and volunteer boards, including Parks and Recreation Commission, Planning Board and the Upper Charles Trail Committee. Kelly is passionate about mental health issues and hopes to de-stigmatize the conversation through awareness and education.

Kelly lives in Hopkinton with her husband and two daughters.

Josh Levitt


Josh has over a decade of volunteer experience across a breadth of focus areas, including education, homelessness, hunger, and support for youth on the autism spectrum. He has served in both regional and national leadership roles focused on promoting corporate social responsibility. He is currently part of the Strategic Projects team at Blink Health, a NYC-startup that uses innovative tech solutions to reduce the cost of prescription medications.

Josh lives in Manhattan with his fiance Jamie, where he spends much of his free time frequenting new restaurants.

Ali Balster

Ali has over 20 years experience as a diverse business leader with expertise in supply chain management, financial analysis, engineering and operations. She is a trained industrial engineer having spent fifteen years in aerospace manufacturing worldwide. More recently, Ali founded a gourmet catering business and currently serves as an account analyst for a wealth management firm. 

Ali volunteers for various Hopkinton organizations including MOMs Group, the HPTA, the Sharon Timlin Memorial 5K and Mental Health Collaborative.

Brian Gross

Brian Gross is a partner in the Boston office of the law firm Manning Gross + Massenburg, and has more than twenty years of experience finding client-oriented solutions to complex business and litigation issues.  His practice involves a broad spectrum of litigation, but is primarily concentrated in corporate litigation.

Brian lives in Hopkinton with his wife and two children, and has been active in Hopkinton youth sports for many years.  He enjoys travel, sports, and spending time with family.

Professional Trainers and Interns

Gail Martinez Waters, Ph.D., LCPC, NCC

Gail has a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision with Spiritual and Pastoral Integration, as well as a M.Ed. in School Counseling. She has 17 years of experience working with children and adolescents as a K-12 school counselor and licensed clinical professional counselor in Maryland. In addition to her school and clinical experience, she is an adjunct professor in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling graduate program at Wilmington University in Delaware. Gail’s doctoral research study was on the impact of mental health literacy training on mental health knowledge, attitudes, relationships, and spirituality at work of secondary teachers. Mental health literacy advocacy, research, and training in schools and communities is her passion.

Denise E. Hildreth, Phd, LICSW

Denise has been a licensed clinical social worker for almost 25 years. During that time, she has provided support to children and families facing a variety life challenges. She has expertise in helping families navigate typical life transitions and to recover from painful life events, significant losses, and mental health challenges. In addition to her clinical work, Denise has been a social work educator for much of her career, educating and training social work students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. She currently serves as a member of the faculty at Regis College in Weston.

Marissa Carty, Intern

Marissa Carty is currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree in psychology at Boston University, where she is a member of the Kilachand Honors College. She is passionate about educating others on mental health and hopes to pursue a degree in Applied Positive Psychology after undergraduate school. Her experience working on the Global Resilience Oral Workshop program, or GROW, in Zambia, showed her the power of teaching young people about resilience. She cares deeply about her community in Hopkinton where she resides and hopes to spread mental health literacy as far as possible. In her free time, she is a dancer, a member of the meditation club at her college, and she enjoys being active outdoors.

Advisory Board of Directors

Evan Bishop

Evan is the principal at Hopkinton High School. He has worked at HHS for the past 15 years. He started his career as a school counselor and coach and has spent the last 10 years as an administrator. He loves to spend time with his family & friends, coaching his daughter’s sports teams, traveling and exercising.

Ilene Silver

Ilene is a former longtime principal of the Elmwood School in Hopkinton, MA. She lives in Framingham with her husband and loves to spend time with her grandchildren and travel. She is also is an avid volunteer in her community.

Lisa Stevenson

Lisa is an award winning Creative Director/Art Director with more than 25 years of experience. She is VP, Creative Director at Merge, Boston—a marketing agency specializing in the healthcare and financial services industries. She is mom to two amazing daughters and when she isn’t driving the dance carpool, she loves to travel and ski with her kids.

Sharon Burdulis

Sharon has been practicing pediatrics for over 20 years in the community setting. She and her husband are blessed with 5 children and 2 dogs. In addition to spending time with her family, she loves to run and volunteer her time.

Young Adult Advisory Board

Gina BatesUniversity of Massachusetts, AmherstClass of 2019
Natalie HarrisUniversity of Massachusetts, AmherstClass of 2020
Holly BurnsHopkinton High SchoolClass of 2021
Camryn D’AloiaFramingham State UniversityClass of 2021
Emma LaCasciaBoston UniversityClass of 2021
Maddie McGuireBoston CollegeClass of 2021
Sarah PearsonUniversity of PittsburghClass of 2021
Maddie AlfordUniversity of MarylandClass of 2022
Marissa CartyBoston UniversityClass of 2022
Rose GoldsteinUniversity of VirginiaClass of 2022
Amanda HiggensMount Saint Vincent UniversityClass of 2022
Sydney HolzmanThe Rivers SchoolClass of 2022
Kate HuebnerBoston CollegeClass of 2022
Anagha KumarHarvard UniversityClass of 2022
Nate PucciDartmouth CollegeClass of 2022
Danielle SharonUniversity of MichiganClass of 2022
Ashlyn SilvaBoston UniversityClass of 2022
Zack SisitskyGeorgetown UniversityClass of 2022
Rana SomekhianUniversity of MarylandClass of 2022
Ally GrayWorcester AcademyClass of 2023
Maya HolzmanThe Rivers SchoolClass of 2023
William HuebnerBabson CollegeClass of 2023
Ellie MerrildLibertyville High SchoolClass of 2023
Elise MillerWestfield State UniversityClass of 2023
Evan SisitskyLoyola University MarylandClass of 2023
Nicole WinthropUniveristy of MichiganClass of 2023
Katie BalsterHopkinton High SchoolClass of 2024
Zadie BlishThe Blush SchoolClass of 2024
Cece ChapmanNorfolk County Agricultural High SchoolClass of 2024
Christina GalegoHopkinton High SchoolClass of 2024
Evanya MathurHopkinton High SchoolClass of 2024
Tara PucciBoston CollegeClass of 2024
Amelia CohenColgate UniversityClass of 2025