Advisory Board

We have chosen an advisory board to help us structure the organization, and get input from other experts in a variety of areas—all relating to the support of our organization’s success. We welcome additional advisory board members if you feel you have areas of expertise that are not covered. If you are interested in serving on the board, e-mail today.

Kathryn Goetzke, MBA

iFred Founder
President and CEO
Innovative Analysis, Inc.

Ms. Goetzke is a depression survivor; and, her goal is to shine a positive light on depression by repositioning the disease in a positive way to eradicate stigma. She has an MBA in International Marketing and an undergraduate degree in Psychology, and has successfully launched companies and brands.

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Frederick E. Miller, MD, PhD

Dr. Frederick E. Miller has served as the Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at NorthShore University HealthSystem since 1999. The Department now services all four hospitals of the NorthShore HealthSystem, with expertise in mood and anxiety disorders, chemical dependency, eating disorders, adolescent psychiatry, community psychiatry, medical psychiatry and neuropsychology.

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Jennifer Fardy, JD

Ms. Fardy is a former partner in the Chicago law office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP practicing primarily in the area of complex commercial litigation, including class actions and large, multi-party litigation.

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Jim Link

Idea-Link, Inc.

Jim Link is the founder of Idea-Link, Inc., a Minnesota-based company specializing in the generation, refinement and marketing of new ideas. Since 1994, Jim has worked with over 70 organizations ranging from larger companies like 3M, General Mills, Toro, Marriott, Heinz and Nestle to several smaller entrepreneurial ventures and start-ups. His 30 years of new product & marketing experience include work in over 160 different product and service categories across four continents.

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John Blake

Director – Retired
McNeil Consumer Healthcare Division, Johnson & Johnson

John brings a plethora of experience from a leading company in the healthcare industry. John also has a heart and mind that is focused on the spirit of volunteerism that will be fundamental to iFred.

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John M. Grohol, Psy.D


Dr. Grohol has graduate training in clinical psychology.  He is one of the pioneering leaders in psychology on-line and will be key in advising the foundation in this area.

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Kirsten Straughan, RD

Registered Dietitian

Kirsten is a registered dietitian with a background that includes five years of clinical experience at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center in Chicago and four years of private practice nutritional counseling work, in addition to many nutritional educational experiences. Kirsten will be vital in providing information about how nutrition relates to depression.

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Larry Kleingartner

Executive Director
The National Sunflower Association (NSA)

Larry Kleingartner has been the executive director of the National Sunflower Association (NSA) for the last 25 years. Larry has a great deal of experience in marketing, as well as knowledge of the sunflower industry. He is very pleased that the sunflower plant has been selected to be the international symbol of this movement to remove the stigma of depression.

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John White

Chairmen and CEO
Compass Marketing Inc. 

Prior to founding Compass Marketing, Mr. White was classically trained in marketing and was a director at Acosta, the leading sales and marketing agency for the grocery trade. He is very active in the community and directs Compass philanthropic efforts and support through the Compass Cares Foundation. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation and previously served as past President of iFred, the International Foundation for Research & Education of Depression, and on the board of the United Way Campaign of Maryland. Mr. White holds an undergraduate degree in accounting and an MBA in Marketing and Management from the University of Baltimore.

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Ram Glick

With over 15 years of experience in the Art industry, Ram Glick brings a wealth of information and operating experience to ifred efforts to create a Beneficial Art Program that will raise awareness to the possibilities of fighting and winning depression through the world of art.

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Susan Minamyer

Senior Consultant
Innovative Analysis, Inc.

Susan Minamyer has a master’s degree in psychology from Roosevelt University in Chicago, and completed further advanced work in educational administration. She has worked extensively in the field of education and is honored to bring those skills to iFred.

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In Honor

Paul R. Carter

Former President Wal-Mart Realty Company, Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and member of Board of Directors for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

We lost Paul in late 2009 after a long battle with cancer.  He was an esteemed member of our advisory board and we miss him dearly.  We are very fortunate to have had him serve as an advisor since the start of our work.