Board of Directors
Joyce Licht Sang
Joyce is Ryan's mother and has dedicated her life to helping millions see a brighter day in his memory. Over the past thirty years, Joyce has had leadership roles in many non-profit organizations or their activities, including: Bascom Palmer Eye Institute (University of Miami), Children's Home Society (Palm Beach), Florida House (Washington, DC), Planned Parenthood of Palm Beach & Treasure Coast, Red Cross - The Greater Palm Beach Area and HCUND of the United Nations (New York). She was named a Woman of Distinction by Palm Beach Atlantic University in 2012. She is a member of the Massachusetts General Hospital Leadership Council for Psychiatry and the Brain Health Advisory Council of the Palm Healthcare Foundation.
With her husband, she has been the recipient of the People of Vision Award from the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, the Hermes Humanitarian Award, the Community Service Award from the Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce, the 2009 Mogens Schou Award for Public Service from The International Society for Bipolar Disorders and the 2017 Sallie Province Mink Community Education Award from Johns Hopkins.
With over twenty-five years of experience in retail management in the fields of children's apparel, jewelry, high fashion and special gift accessories, Jaynee brings a special understanding of people and their families to the Foundation. Throughout her career, she has worked with and been a strong supporter of non-profit organizations, including: American Heart Association, Hospice, American Red Cross, Planned Parenthood and March of Dimes.
Jim is a third generation Denver native and has a long history of supporting education and research in the medical field. He has over thirty-five years of experience in the areas of public accounting, private industry, litigation consulting, and arbitration and mediation. Jim has served as a mediator for the NASD, NYSE and the American Arbitration Association, and has been on the Adjunct Faculty at the University of Denver where he taught Conflict Resolution at the graduate and certificate level. He is a Director and Treasurer of the Alums & Friends of GW in Denver, and past Director and Treasurer of the Kern Foundation which was distributed to the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center to establish the Joel S. Levine/Fred Kern, Jr. endowed Professorship for Gastrointestinal Disease Research.
Leslie has spent a significant portion of her life in non-profit volunteer efforts. Her diverse activities include: The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (Past President of the Women's Board), Art Resources in Teaching (ART) (Past President) and participation in Chicago as: Food Pantry Coordinator of the Immaculate Conception Church, Unit Coordinator of the American Cancer Society, Member of the Council for Exceptional Children, Director of the Gold Coast Neighbors and Chairman of Community Service Project for the Junior League of Chicago.
Dusty is Ryan’s father and like his wife, Joyce, has dedicated his life to changing the course of Bipolar Disorder so that other children and their families can have better lives through the discovery of an empirical, biomarker test for Bipolar Disorder and through the breaking of the stigma that surrounds this serious illness of the brain.
Dusty is the President of Stay Thirsty Media, Inc., A News and Entertainment Company. He is a member of the Massachusetts General Hospital Leadership Council for Psychiatry and the Brain Health Advisory Council of the Palm Healthcare Foundation.
With his wife, he has been the recipient of the People of Vision Award from the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, the Hermes Humanitarian Award, the Community Service Award from the Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce, the 2009 Mogens Schou Award for Public Service from The International Society for Bipolar Disorders and the 2017 Sallie Province Mink Community Education Award from Johns Hopkins.
Abby McCormick O'Neil
Abby McCormick O’Neil lost her brother Mark to Bipolar Disorder in 1993. A lifelong advocate for mental health issues, Abby demonstrates her commitment in both her professional life and her personal life every day.
Her interest in mental health coalesced in the 1980s with a certificate in Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling from Marymount Manhattan College coupled with onsite work with patients at the Payne Whitney Clinic in New York City under the supervision of Dr. Barbara Mason, currently the Co-Director of the Pearson Center for Alcoholism and Addiction Research at the Scripps Research Institute.
She has broad non-profit experience having served on a variety of cultural, educational and social service boards in Chicago. Abby has chaired the Harris Theater for Music and Dance’s Board of Trustees and is a current Board Member, she is a Life Trustee of Rush University’s Medical Center and is on the Committee for European Painting and Sculpture at the Art Institute in Chicago.
Abby has attended the Foundation’s Pediatric Bipolar Disorder Conference at Harvard in Cambridge, Massachusetts, has been a Co-Chairman of the Chicago Medical Briefing Luncheon and one of the hosts for the Foundation’s Dinner, held the evening before the Luncheon, since its inception. In 2014, she received the Foundation’s highest honor, the Shining Star Award, and in 2018, she was named the Foundation’s first Life Trustee.