Dean’s Advisory Board
Donna Joan Astion, MD, MPH (Sargent ‘82)
Dr. Donna Joan Astion is a graduate of the Sargent College class of 1982, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and Columbia University where she earned a master’s in public health. She completed her orthopaedic residency at University Hospitals of Cleveland at Case Medical Center and foot and ankle fellowship at the Hospital for Special Surgery and Roosevelt Hospital. She specializes in conservative treatment of the foot and ankle and serves on the Board of Trustees of a New York hospital.
Gayle Berg, PhD (Sargent ‘74)
Gayle R. Berg, PhD, is a psychologist in Roslyn Heights, NY where she has been practicing for the past 30 years. She received her doctorate in counseling psychology from New York University in 1983. While earning this degree, Berg worked full-time at Mt. Sinai Hospital as the assistant clinical director of the Day Treatment Center. There, she helped to design and implement an innovative recovery-based treatment program for individuals experiencing major mental health problems. She became a certified clinical hypnotherapist in 1993 and a diplomate in clinical hypnotherapy in 2000.
Berg’s commitment to the recovery movement and to improving access to quality mental health care nationwide includes decades of state and national legislative advocacy. She was chair of the New York State PAC for psychology for 14 years and has advocated tirelessly for the passage of the mental health parity laws at the state and national level. In addition, she has held several governance positions within the New York State Psychological Association, is a former president of the Nassau County Psychological Association, and a former president of the L.I. Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. She currently serves on the board of directors at the Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care and UJA Fed NY Board of Directors and is a member UJA Executive Committee and Advisory Board.
She received the New York State Psychological Association, Allen V Williams, Jr. Memorial Award in 2008 and in 2009, received the American Psychological Association’s Karl F. Heiser Presidential Award for Advocacy. In August 2017, she was the UJA Federation NY Robert S Boaz Award recipient.
Andrea Capachietti, PhD (CGS ’75, Sargent ‘77)
Andrea Capachietti is a humanitarian aid consultant and university lecturer on global health and refugee resettlement issues with an emphasis on women’s rights and child protection. Her focus is on unaccompanied minors (UAMs) and orphan and vulnerable children (OVCs). She received a Bachelor of Science from Sargent College focused on developmental pediatrics and holds both a Master of Science and a doctorate from the University of Southern California. Her postdoctoral training includes an International Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance from The Center of International Health and Cooperation in Geneva, Switzerland, a Certificate of Completion in Health and Human Rights from Harvard University, and a Certificate of Completion from the Refugee Studies Center located at Oxford University. She has also participated in refugee assistance training programs sponsored by the American Red Cross, the International Rescue Committee, and the United States Institute of Peace. She is a graduate of the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma’s Global Mental Health: Trauma and Recovery training program, as well as an alumna of the Women and Power: Leadership in a New World executive education program at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
Capachetti has served on a number of advisory boards including Direct Relief, the Dashew Center for International Students and Scholars at UCLA, and Community Partners in Los Angeles. She is a member of the Advisory Council for the Center for Public Health and Human Rights, Bloomberg School of Public Health, and John Hopkins University.
Previously, she was the director of Medical Programs and Education for the Czechoslovak Institute of Los Angeles, working in conjunction with the Olga Havel Foundation in the Czech Republic as that country emerged as a democratic society. Creating medical education exchanges took her to Eastern and Central Europe and later to the Balkans as a liaison. During her tenure as an aid worker, she has performed needs assessments for medical facilities requesting humanitarian aid and assisted with medical evacuations and tracing programs for family reunification in post-conflict countries around the globe. She continues to advocate on behalf of the victims of human rights abuses, particularly women and children, and her current area of study is the long-term effects of war and armed conflict on children.
Cynthia Cohan (Sargent ‘91)
Cindy Cohan is a pediatric physical therapist with a bachelor’s from Boston University. While attending BU, she worked in the Boston University Children’s Center earning Preschool Teacher Certification. Between her undergraduate degree and recent doctor of physical therapy degree from Rocky Mountain University of Health Profession, Cohan has worked in a variety of settings, including early intervention facilities, schools – private and public, adult day programs, aquatics, and acute care settings (chronic ventilator unit, cardiac coronary intensive care unit, and intensive care unit, inpatient orthopedics, inpatient rehabilitation.)
Cohan has worked with children with a variety of diagnoses including but not limited to developmental delay, Down syndrome, hypotonia, spina bifida, a variety of seizure disorders, torticollis, cerebral palsy, autism, and many congenital syndromes. She also has extensive experience working with children with visual and hearing impairments.
Tim Foster, MD (CAS ’81, MED ’86)
Dr. Tim Foster is chair of Orthopedics at Newton-Wellesley Hospital and the team physician for Boston College Athletics. Foster graduated from Boston University School of Medicine and received honors from the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. He completed his general surgery residency at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and his orthopedic surgery residency at Boston University Medical Center. Foster went on to complete a fellowship in sports medicine at Harvard University and Massachusetts General Hospital as well as a pediatric sports fellowship at Harvard University and Children’s Hospital. He is board-certified in orthopedic surgery and has a certificate of added qualification in sports medicine. Foster is also an associate professor at Boston University and Tufts medical schools. He has been selected as a “Top Doctor” by Boston Magazine and US News & World Report for 10 consecutive years.
Foster is the author of multiple scientific publications and book chapters and was associate editor of The American Journal of Sports Medicine for more than 20 years. He previously served as the head team physician for Boston University and was also the post-doctoral fellowship director for several years. He earned a master’s degree in health care delivery from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and an MBA from the Sloan School of Management at MIT.
Jeanne Knox (HON ‘14)
Jeanne Knox holds a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Salve Regina University and a Master of Science in nursing from Boston College. As a registered nurse in both Boston and New York City, she focused on perinatal and neonatal care with an emphasis on high-risk mothers and babies. She also raised two children and served as the director of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation of Fairfield County in Connecticut. Knox has chaired the Boston University Parents Leadership Council since 2003. Under her leadership, the Parents Program has become a highly visible and engaging outreach effort from the Dean of Students Office. She has also worked with the advisory committee for Trustee Spouse Outreach and the International Advisory Board. Knox’s generosity extends beyond her time and energy. Boston University recognized her substantial contributions to student life with an Honorary Scarlet Key Award. Additionally, in 2017, she was recognized for her overall service to the University with an honorary degree, Doctor of Humane Letters.
Wendy Lustbader (Sargent ‘83, ’84)
Wendy Lustbader is a speech language pathologist specializing in advocacy for children on the autism spectrum. She has more than 26 years experience working with children with a variety of communication disorders. She has assisted in the development of neighborhood inclusion to mainstream developmentally delayed students in regular classes. Wendy is a Boston University Scarlet Key and Sargent College Twinness Award recipient. She also was the president of the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association during her senior year at Boston University. She attends BU alumni programs, hosts information sessions for potential incoming students, and served on the BU Alumni Council for 9 years. She currently serves as part of the Boston University Alumni Relations Task Force. She has also volunteered for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Pan-Mass Challenge and Scleroderma Foundation.
Therese Melden (Sargent ‘81)
Therese Melden received her Bachelor of Science from Sargent College and an MBA from Northeastern University. She has worked as a Service Coordinator for the Department of Developmental Services and a training consultant and partner at Innovative Concepts in Worcester. She has served on the boards of Beverly Bootstraps, North Shore Music Theatre, Pingree School, and Shore Country Day School. Melden is a co-founder of We Are America the Beautiful, a non-partisan community initiative focused on engaging citizens to learn about the status of national events, the impact of local action, and the importance of voting thoughtfully.
Sharon Ryan (Sargent ‘70)
Sharon Ryan is a Boston University Trustee and a class of 1970 Sargent College graduate where she earned a degree in occupational therapy. She and her husband, Robert, endowed the Ryan Summer Fellowship in 2017. The fellowship provides three months of summer support for a Sargent College PhD student engaged in research relevant to the mission of the Ryan Center, a part of the Center for Neurorehabilitation at Sargent College.