Board of Directors
Jeff is a nationally recognized author, speaker, and radio news anchor. His two books, Rewind, Replay, Repeat and When in Doubt, Make Belief, have established him as a leading authority on adversity and the concept of Greater Good motivation. Jeff served for eight years as a board member and national spokesman for the International OCD Foundation and has lent his support to numerous wellness organizations, including Mental Health America, which has honored him with its prestigious forWARDS Award, for “moving the cause of mental health forward.” A 25-year veteran of radio and television news, Jeff currently co-anchors the afternoon news at KCBS Radio in San Francisco.
Board Vice President & Director of Outreach
Sandie is a former President of the Board of Directors of the Ann Martin Center, a non profit that provides psychotherapy and learning therapy for at risk youth in Alameda County. She is also is a mentor for Year Up students and has co produced short documentaries for them. Prior to joining the non profit world she worked in advertising and as a marketing consultant.
Mandi Friedel is a dedicated elementary school and reading intervention teacher, and was recently named “Teacher of the Year” for the River Delta Unified School District. When not in front of a classroom, Mandi serves as a community volunteer, devoted family member and friend, and co-editor of Jeff Bell’s books. She is thrilled to have been asked to be on the A2A board of directors, and is so proud to be involved with this project that she believes will help countless individuals and their loved ones.
Kelley Gibbs is a Certified Public Accountant practicing in California since 1978. He has degrees in Geology and Accounting; and an MBA. He is one of the founders and the only Treasurer of the non-profit Silver State Classic Challenge, an organization bringing tourism into North Eastern Nevada via a 90 mile open car event. Begun in 1988, the event has been recognized by the Guinness Book of Records as holding the world speed record on a public highway. Kelley has acted as the CFO for a number of dot.com startups and has been involved with businesses in a number of foreign countries, to include being involved in the first successful golf course built in Russia. He believes A2A’s mission of sharing inspiring stories coupled with education and advocacy will prove to be an invaluable asset to those in need.
Robin Gianattassio-Malle is the founder of BlueEGGMedia, LLC, a San Francisco-based consultancy that incubates and produces media futures for global networks and core platforms in North America and East Asia. Founding producer and director of Forum, the award-winning national current affairs program broadcast daily on the San Francisco National Public Radio (NPR) affiliate station, KQED-FM. In addition to her journalism career, Gianattassio-Malle holds visiting faculty posts in the Design and Technology Department and directed the Center for Word, Text and Image at the San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI) and also serves as a visiting professor at the California College of Art (CCA), teaching classes that integrate journalism with contemporary art and design.
Lee Stimmel is President and Senior Partner of Stimmel, Stimmel, & Smith in San Francisco. An attorney since 1973, he is also a lecturer and author, and has served as an arbitrator in numerous complex disputes. Lee is the founder of Blue Water Foundation, an all-volunteer, nonprofit corporation dedicated to bringing the joys of sailing to San Francisco Bay Area inner city and at-risk youth. He was a founding board member of One World Health and served as Board President of Urban Pioneer Experiential Academy, a San Francisco public charter school.
Robert Villanueva is a well-known speaker in the field of mental health, with an emphasis on the stigma of mental illness. Through sharing his story of living with a severe mental illness, Robert has been involved in research, outreach, and education at prestigious universities at an international level. He is a National Trainer of Trainers for the National Alliance on Mental Illness and serves as Assistant Research Director/West Coast Regional Director for Let’s Erase The Stigma.