Below is a list of the members of our Governing Council and our Staff.
Carol Berkowitz, MD, FAA, FACEP
Carol Berkowitz, M.D. FAAP, FACEP, is currently Division Chief of General Pediatrics in the Department of Pediatrics at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. She graduated from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and did her pediatric residency at the Roosevelt Hospital in New York. She is a Past President of the American Academy of Pediatrics. In 2006, she was the recipient of the Joseph W. St. Geme Jr. Leadership Award, and in 2007, she received the Abraham Jacobi Memorial Award, an acknowledgement by both the AAP and the AMA of her numerous contributions to the health and well-being of children and to the pediatric community. She is the author of several hundred articles and book chapters and is the editor of Berkowitz’s Pediatrics: A Primary Care Approach, a textbook now in its 5th edition.
Ellie Berkowitz-Handler, PhD, Chair
Ellie Berkowitz Handler, PhD, is currently the Chair of the Governing Council at Maternal Mental Health NOW. In her former life before children, Ellie was a Professor of Art History, specializing in Chicano and Latin American Art. After suffering two bouts of severe postpartum anxiety with her first two children, Ellie decided to dedicate her life's work to destigmatizing the issue of Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders and helping all women suffering from this disorder. In addition to rearing her three children, Ellie both sits on and chairs several other non-profit boards.
Joshua Cohen, CPA
Joshua Cohen is a Certified Public Accountant with over eleven years' experience in accounting. As a CPA Joshua provides a mix of tax compliance, planning, business management and consulting services with specialties in Entertainment, Real Estate, Family Businesses, Entrepreneurial owners and individuals and families. Joshua loves being an accountant as he gets to help individuals every day and is constantly solving new, often complex puzzles. Joshua is a CPA at Mann Gelon Glodney Gumerove Yee LLP in Century City.
Joshua got involved in Maternal Mental Health Now alongside his wife Jaclyn, a rabbi in West LA. Together their family survived postpartum depression following the birth of their son Avi. Joshua's goal is to support families who were not as fortunate to have the incredible support his family had and normalize an illness that effects far more families than many realize. The Cohens live in Culver City and are proud to contribute their time and energy to supporting Maternal Mental Health Now.
Lila Guirguis, MPA
Lila Guirguis, MPA is currently the Director of Karsh Family Social Service Center. Before that, she was hired to start the first-ever Office of the Young Child for the City of Pasadena. As sole city staff in this position she worked with a 30-person volunteer Early Childhood Advocacy group to implement the Early Child Development Policy and resolution to becoming an Early Learning City by 2025, adopted by the Pasadena City Council. Prior to this, she was the Founding Director of Magnolia Community Initiative (MCI) for 8 years. Lila Guirguis has also held roles as a Program Officer II at First 5 LA with the School Readiness Initiative. Her career began at a community family resource center in Northeast Los Angeles community of Highland Park where she served as the Director of Early Childhood Programs and as Youth Programs Manager.
Lila holds a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Southern California, which included a special focus on Non-Profit Management and Bachelors in Arts in Developmental Psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is a native of Pasadena, California and currently lives here.
Kelly O'Connor Kay
Director of Development
Kimberly Gray is a mother of two, and after experiencing pregnancy loss in her own journey to motherhood, was compelled to deepen awareness of perinatal mental health. As Director of Development for Maternal Mental Health NOW, she works to cultivate strategic partnerships and create the infrastructure and vision to fulfill the funding objectives of the organization. Prior to this she worked for a decade as an advocate of change and improvement in the nonprofit education sector, and is currently exploring the intersection of faith, vocation and a commitment to public service at Fuller Theological Seminary.
Araceli Sandoval-Gonzalez, Policy and Advocacy Director, has a fifteen-year track record of successfully engaging policymakers on family and children’s issues at the local, state, and federal levels. She is also an independent strategy, policy, and philanthropic consultant. Araceli earned two bachelor degrees at the University of California Los Angeles and earned a Masters in Public Administration from the California State University Northridge and graduated with distinction. She currently serves as the Board Chairwoman for East LA Community Corporation, is a board member of Latinas Lead California and is an executive committee member for the Los Angeles Unified School District Bond Oversight Committee.