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, Oslo Philharmonic, Auckland Philharmonia, Israel Sinfonietta, Tokyo Symphony and Stuttgart Radio Orchestra. 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. 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. She received her Bachelor’s degree in French horn performance from the Eastman School of Music. She was first diagnosed with depression and anxiety disorder more than twenty years ago.
Braunstein and Whiddon launched Me2/ in the fall of 2011. They were married in 2013.
Board of Directors:
Lisa Angstman, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist-Doctorate, Cedar Brook
Annamarie Cioffari, Director of the SNHU Graduate Program in
Community Mental Health
Gary Clark, President of the Vermont Studio Center
Wendy Hoffman, attorney, Legal Services Law Line of Vermont
Michael Murphy, mental health advocate, musician, volunteer
Laura Selkirk, Ph.D., violinist in Me2/Orchestra, volunteer farm hand and goat milker
at New Village Farm
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
Finance Commissioner, State of Vermont
Sandra Steingard, M.D.
Medical Director, HowardCenter
Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry, University of Vermont