SARDAA Board of Directors & CEO

  • Susan Sheena, B.A.Susan Sheena

    Rosalyn, NY

    Marketer, Educator, and Entrepreneur: Susan is passionate about advocating for her son’s recovery and also helping others so that they do not have to go it alone. Susan discovered SARDAA and is committed to sharing her experience, strength and hope with others through the Family and Friends Support Group.

  • Kurt A. Talbot, M.B.A.

    Boerne, TX

    Kurt A. Talbot is an experienced investor and has deep expertise in problem-solving and investment prioritization for companies and private energy projects, globally. He is the co-founder of EIG Global Energy Partners and served as the Chief Investment Officer and Chair of the Environmental Social Governance Committee. While at Goldman Sachs, he founded its oil and gas direct investment team in Houston. He has a BS in Petroleum Engineering from Louisiana State University and holds an MBA from Texas A&M University.


  • Mary Palafox, RNMary Palafox

    Orange County, CA

    A Registered Nurse, of 35 yrs in Nursing Administration, Supervision, and Patient Care Coordination for inpatient and ambulatory care services. She’s known for her innovative & creative abilities in developing systems of practice that are easily managed by a wide variety of medical personnel. Her journey into the Mental Health System began when her son acquired the disease of schizophrenia. She is a devoted advocate to integrate physical and mental health.

  • Angela Babaev, DNP, CNS, MSN

    Rosalyn, NY

    Dr. Babaev, DNP, CNS, MSN, has over 30 years of experience and leadership in nursing, business, and healthcare services dedicated to promoting excellence in patient care.  A recognized thought leader, she speaks on topics ranging from transformational leadership to nurse-related patient satisfaction scores. She received the Jonas Center for Nursing & Veterans Healthcare Award scholarship. Dr. Babaev is a member of AONE, ANPD & an honorary member of STTI associations and has been a member of NAMI over 15 years, First VP & Board member of NQ NAMI.

  • Tim Murphy, Ph.D.

    Mt Lebanon, PA

    Dr. Murphy’s professional work includes over 40 years in Healthcare, government service, the military, education, and media. He was the only mental health professional in the United States Senate with that unique background. Recognized as the national leader in mental health reform, his multiyear investigation into federal problems with mental health policy culminated with his comprehensive bill “Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act” praised as the most substantial mental health reforms in over half a century. The bill passed the House 422-2 and was then amended into the 21st Century Cures Act signed into law by President Obama in December 2016.

  • Robert Laitman, M.D.Dr. Robert Laitman

    Bedford, NY

    Dr. Robert S. Laitman, is a private practice physician, in the Bronx, New York. He specializes in internal medicine, nephrology, geriatrics, and the optimal management of clozapine. He loves being a physician and involves himself in the total care of his patients. When his son was diagnosed with schizophrenia in 2006 he expanded his practice and became an expert on the treatment of psychosis and expanded his practice to include the optimal management of clozapine.

  • Sandy Dimiterchik, B.S.

    Youngsville, LA

    Sandy Dimiterchik is a certified peer support specialist from the state of Louisiana. Sandy is a member of the SARDAA staff, serving as the Director of Community Engagement. She has been affiliated with SARDAA since 2015 as a volunteer grant writer and received the 2015 SARDAA Volunteer of the Year Award. She has a B.S. in Psychology from the Louisiana State University in 1997, including the completion of an honors thesis on child development. She herself has a diagnosis of schizoaffective disorder.




SARDAA Founder

  • Linda Stalters, MSNLinda Stalters

    SARDAA Founder
    Hollywood, FL

    Retired Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Psychotherapist with broad-ranging experience as a clinical practitioner, educator, advocate, organizer, and speaker. She founded SARDAA in 2008 and is committed to driving improved patient care through education, patient advocacy, and clinical practice.

Schizophrenics Anonymous Founder and Inaugural SARDAA Board Member

Joanne VerbanicJoanne Verbanic

Schizophrenia Alliance Founder
Farmington, MI

Retired Ford Motor Credit Union. “Committed to devote the rest of my life to helping other people with mental illness and believe this is God’s plan for my life. I receive so much support from the members of S.A. and have met the most caring, compassionate people. It was my goal to make S.A. a national group and I will continue the endeavor as long as I live.” Joanne fulfilled her life’s commitment until the day she died on May 7, 2015.

Medical Advisory Committee

  • Matcheri Keshavan, M.D.

    Committee Chair
    Boston, Massachusetts

    Stanley Cobb Professor of Psychiatry; Harvard Medical School Vice Chair of Public Psychiatry; Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Massachusetts Mental Health Center
    As part of a major new research initiative, Dr. Matcheri Keshavan joined the faculty of the BIDMC Department of Psychiatry in 2008. Dr. Keshavan’s work focuses on neurobiological models of schizophrenia and on the development and implementation of early interventions with biopsychosocial treatment strategies.

Corporate Board Members

Intra-Cellular Therapies
Neurocrine Biosciences
North Shore Therapeutics