Ronald Braunstein, the Music Director of Me2/, received his musical background at The Juilliard School, Salzburg Mozarteum, Fontainbleau, and the Tanglewood Music Center. Immediately following graduation from Juilliard, he won the Gold Medal in the Herbert von Karajan International Conducting Competition and spent the following four years mentoring with Mr. Karajan. He has conducted the San Francisco Symphony, Berlin Philharmonic, Stuttgart Radio Orchestra, Swiss Radio Orchestra, Israel Sinfonietta, Auckland Philharmonia, Kyoto Symphony, Osaka Symphony, Tokyo Symphony, the Residentie Orchestra of The Hague, and the Oslo Philharmonic .
Mr. Braunstein was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 1985. He launched Me2/ because of his desire to support others who struggle to maintain good mental health. (www.ronaldbraunstein.com)
Caroline Whiddon, the Executive Director of Me2/, has more than two decades of experience in orchestra leadership. During her tenure as Executive Director of the Vermont Youth Orchestra Association, the organization nearly tripled its student enrollment, completed a successful $2.1 million capital campaign, made its Carnegie Hall debut, and toured internationally. She is a past Chair of the Youth Orchestra Division of the League of American Orchestras, and a graduate of the Snelling Center for Government’s Vermont Leadership Institute.
Caroline received her Bachelor’s degree in French horn performance from the Eastman School of Music. She was first diagnosed with depression and anxiety disorder nearly thirty years ago.
Braunstein and Whiddon launched Me2/ in the fall of 2011. They were married in 2013.
Kim Diehnelt, the Conductor of Me2/Burlington (VT), established her craft as conductor and composer in both Finland and Switzerland, leading Baltic, Russian, and European ensembles. In Helsinki, Diehnelt founded the Helsinki Camerata, a group dedicated to a chamber music approach to orchestral performance.
An active guest conductor in the United States and abroad, she is acknowledged as an authority on the music of Edward Elgar and regularly presents the orchestral works of Edward Elgar through conducting performances and providing arrangements for chamber ensembles. Diehnelt’s conducting activities include Music Director positions with the Helsinki Camerata, Helsinki Community College Orchestra, Southwest Minnesota Orchestra, South Loop Symphony, Chicago Reading Orchestra, and most recently with the Northwest Symphony Orchestra in the greater Chicago area. She has led staged productions by Chicago Folks Operetta, American Chamber Opera, Main Street Opera (IL), Ensemble Warhol (Boston, MA), American Opera Group, Opera Millennium (MN), and Ragamala Music and Dance Theater (MN).
Kim lives with a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (Asperger’s), as well as depression.
Eileen Yarrison, the Conductor of the Me2/Boston Flute Choir, has been teaching flute for nearly forty years. She is on the faculty of Gordon College, and the Indian Hill Music School (where she also conducts the Intergenerational Flute Choir), and maintains a private studio at her home on the North Shore. Eileen holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Nebraska, a Master’s of Music degree from Pennsylvania State University, and a Bachelor’s of Music degree from the University of New Hampshire.
Eileen is the new National Flute Association’s Professional Flute Choir Competition Coordinator. She is currently a member of The Collective, a chamber music ensemble based on the North Shore, which includes winds, strings, guitar, and an Irish band.
Board of Directors:
Annamarie Cioffari, Director, M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling,
Northern Vermont University
Gary Clark, President of the Vermont Studio Center
Nieisha Deed, Founder of PureSpark
Wendy Hoffman, attorney, Mental Health Law Project, Vermont Legal Aid, Inc.
Heidi Keegan, CFO, Fort Hill construction; violinist, Me2/Boston
Jessica Stuart, Peer Support Specialist, Riverbend Community Mental Health; violinist, Me2/Boston
Marcia Zuckerman, MD, psychiatrist in private practice; violist, Me2/Boston
Evelyn Bromet, Ph.D.
Director, Epidemiology Research Group
Stony Brook University
John E. Helzer, M.D.
Professor Emeritus, Psychiatry
Director, Health Behavior Research Center
University of Vermont
Dean of Administration
Community College of Vermont
Sandra Steingard, M.D.
Medical Director, HowardCenter
Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry, University of Vermont