Board of Directors
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Irina deFischer, MD was born in San Francisco and grew up in Marin County, graduating from Redwood High School in Larkspur before heading off to Stanford for her undergraduate degree. She attended Medical School in Lausanne, Switzerland, and chose Family Medicine for her Residency in Southern California. She practiced in Marin and Petaluma for over 30 years prior to retiring in 2018. She has been involved in several professional organizations, including 3 terms as President of the Marin Medical Society, as well as volunteer work in the community. As a mother and grandmother as well as a physician she understands the importance of family and community support for new mothers and families and is honored to serve on the board of the Postpartum Support Center.

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Adam Nelson, MD received his BA in psychology with honors from the University of Pennsylvania and his MD from the University of Pittsburgh. He trained in psychiatry at the Hillside Hospital in New York, part of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Nelson has been practicing for more than 30 years, during which he has worked as a team leader or medical director in several settings, including the US Air Force, the Veterans Administration, the City of Berkeley, and San Francisco General Hospital. He served on the faculty of UC Davis Medical Center and UCSF-Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute. Dr. Nelson also developed and ran a street-based homeless psychiatric clinic in San Francisco and has collaborated with the Haight-Ashbury Free Clinics, Catholic Charities, Glide Memorial Outpatient Services, St Anthony’s Clinic, the Urban Indian Health Clinics and Native American Community Friendship House to increase access to psychiatric care for their patient communities. Dr. Nelson is Board Certified in Psychiatry and is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. Living and practicing in Marin since 2000, Dr. Nelson has served as Department Chair of Psychiatry, Medical Director of Outpatient Behavioral Health Services and Emergency and Consultation Psychiatry at Marin General Hospital. He is currently the Medical Director of La Cheim Behavioral Health Services in Oakland and sees patients in private practice in Mill Valley. Also, Dr. Nelson is an active speaker, writer, and advocate for improved access to mental health services for patients and families locally and nationally.

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Roxanne Albin has been in the financial services industry for over twenty years and currently is the President of Applied Financial Services (AFS). Her financial career started off in bookkeeping. She later became the Business, Finance, and Administrative Director at a local 501c-3 nonprofit, where she worked for eleven years. Roxanne received her Bachelor of Arts in Strategic Management and her Master’s degree in Global Management from Dominican University in California. She has a passion for assisting nonprofits and is known for her ability to clean up and improve disparate systems.

Roxanne’s role includes: client relationships, managing the AFS staff, streamlining client systems, contract management, and overseeing accounting processes.

In her free time, Roxanne loves to play with her grandchildren, spend time with family and friends, hike, kayak, and play with her two dogs.

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Andrea Yannone was promoted to the position of Director of Education & Training at San Francisco Ballet in 2015 and is responsible for overseeing the administrative functions for SF Ballet School, its student residence, and all education and community programs for youth, families, and adults, as well as strategic planning and board relations as a member of the senior management team.  Prior to that, she held positions as the SF Ballet School Administrative Manager and Registrar, as well as positions at the San Francisco Symphony in the Education and Electronic Media departments.  Andi has gained a wealth of experience in program design and development from 25 years in Arts Administration and Education.  She holds a BA from the Peabody Institute/Johns Hopkins University, with additional graduate studies at Ithaca College and the Florida State University.  Andrea performed as a professional musician before shifting to the administrative side of the arts and education. 

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Ivana Jagodic Meholick’s passion for helping and supporting new mothers and families

began after becoming a mother herself and experiencing first-hand challenges of motherhood. Her struggles with postpartum depression inspired her to leverage her experience as a source of hope for other parents. Ivana holds a BA from the University of East Sarajevo in English Language and Literature, she is also certified in Perinatal Social Support Network Development. Ivana is the first Postpartum Support International Coordinator for Marin County, as well as 2020 Mom Ambassador. Throughout her work and community involvement, Ivana gained invaluable experience and knowledge in leadership, counseling, problem-solving, and partner development. Ivana is also an author, she wrote a first baby book for fathers, "Thank you, Daddy" as appreciation for all the good work fathers do to support their families. In her free time, Ivana loves spending time with her family and friends, practicing archery, and bicycling. A PPD/PPA survivor herself, Ivana is committed to providing support services to new mothers and families in need, one program at a time.

CONCERNED ABOUT HOW YOU FEEL? 

Wondering where to turn for help? Doing a self-assessment for depression, anxiety, or OCD can help.

ARE YOU FEELING ALONE?

Practical and emotional support are important in protecting against perinatal mental health disorders. Take this survey to see how your social support system measures up.

If you are having suicidal thoughts or are concerned about someone else who may be suicidal, please call the Buckelew Suicide Prevention Hotline: 

For Sonoma County: 1-855-587-6373

For Marin County: 415-499-1100

For Grief Support: 415-499-1195

National Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

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