The Dave Nee Foundation has welcomed four new directors to its board for a three-year term beginning this January 2015. New board members include Brian Clarke, JD, Edward Filusch, Esq., Joan Pedley, MBA and James Stanford, MBA. Please see below for their biographies.

With the addition of new board members, Wynne Kelly, co-founder and president of the Dave Nee Foundation rotated off the board. Wynne will be deeply missed for his creative and boundless passion to fulfill the mission of the Dave Nee Foundation. Wynne has joined the Dave Nee Foundation Advisory Board, where he will continue to be a powerful advocate to end stigma.

Finally, we welcome Starling Marshall to her tenure as the new board president of the Dave Nee Foundation. We look forward to her leadership as we continue to develop and strengthen our response to the mental health challenges facing the legal community.

Brian Clarke joined the Charlotte Law faculty in 2011. Professor Clarke teaches Civil Procedure, Employment Discrimination, and other employment law related courses. His scholarship focuses on employment law, civil procedure, and judicial decision making. His work has appeared in the Utah Law Review, the Rutgers Law Review, and the California Law Review Circuit, among others.

Prior to entering academia, Professor Clarke practiced law for more than eleven years with Littler Mendelson PC and Nexsen Pruet LLC. While in practice, Professor Clarke argued and won significant cases before the North Carolina Supreme Court and the North Carolina Court of Appeals and successfully represented clients before the Fourth Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court. Professor Clarke also taught at Washington & Lee University School of Law as an Adjunct Professor of Law from 2009 to 2011.

 Professor Clarke received his B.A. in History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his J.D., magna cum laude and Order of the Coif, from Washington & Lee University School of Law. Professor Clarke’s research and scholarship are available on SSRN.

Ed Filusch is an associate in the New York office of Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman LLP. His practice focuses on complex commercial and financial products litigation. Prior to joining Kasowitz, Ed served as a law clerk to the Honorable Brian M. Cogan of the United States District Court, Eastern District of New York. Ed began his legal career as an associate in the White Collar Criminal Defense Group of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.

Ed earned a J.D., cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center where he served as Executive Editor for The Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics, and a B.A., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Boston College.

Prior to his election to the Board in 2015, Ed was a long-time supporter of the Dave Nee Foundation and is honored to be able to continue working to further the Foundation’s mission of eliminating the stigma associated with depression and suicide.

Ed and his wife, Meghan, live in Brooklyn, NY with their son, Teddy.

Joan Pedley is the Head of Customer Experience at Pearson North America. Previously, she was the Global K-12 School Marketing Director. Prior to joining Pearson, Joan worked at Revlon in the Marketing and Strategy groups. Joan also has extensive experience in Finance and was a practicing CPA for several years. Joan is based in New York City.

Joan attended Vanderbilt University for both her Undergraduate and Graduate degrees. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Economics and an MBA in Finance.

Joan has been a member of the Junior League since 1996 and transferred into the New York League in 2005. She received her certificate in Nonprofit Board Membership from the Junior League in 2009. Joan has extensive volunteer experience across the League that includes community service committees, which focus on child abuse, adult domestic violence, and youth in foster care. Her other experience includes finance, training, and fundraising. Joan was the Finance Manager from 2012-2013. She currently serves on the Audit, Investment, and Annual Fund committees of the Junior League as well serving as the Secretary of the Audit Committee at St. Bartholomew’s church in Manhattan.

James Stanford is the Managing Director with Fitzroy Health. With more than 15 years experience in health care strategy and business development, James has worked with hundreds of organizations across the sector to launch new businesses, bring new products to market, and transform performance of existing assets.

Prior to joining Fitzroy, James was a strategy and marketing consultant in the health care practice at McKinsey & Company, where he also helped start up Objective Health, the division devoted to optimizing performance for U.S. health care providers. Prior to joining McKinsey, James was Director on the Faculty of the Advisory Board Academies and earned an MBA in Health Care Management from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. James also holds an A.B. from Princeton University.

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