JBRF's June 2022 Newsletter Contents:

  • JBRF Welcomes Two New Board Members
  • Wednesday Webinars!: Thermoregulation, What it is & Why it Matters in FOH
  • Fundraising Footnotes: Thank you!

JBRF Welcomes Two

New Board Members

JBRF is thrilled to introduce our two newest board members, both of whom bring a wealth of knowledge and experience in support of JBRF's mission.

Cynthia Allman

Cynthia Allman, who joined JBRF in the late fall of 2021, serves as the Co-Executive Director of Newmark Schools.


Newmark K-8 School and Newmark High School schools serve children living with autism spectrum disorders, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, attention issues, and other developmental disabilities. 


Newmark is committed to academic and personal success for students living with behavioral disorders and disabilities. The foundation of every student’s achievement is an individually tailored curriculum that infuses coursework with technology and social skills. Academics are enhanced by developing prosocial student behaviors and teaching responsible decision-making in a sensitive, compassionate, and nurturing environment.


As Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director, Ms. Allman has been a driving force behind taking these schools from their nascent beginnings to their impressive current state-of-the-art facility which serves students from over 65 school districts in seven counties in NJ. Newmark's success continues to be based on a unique teaching model which incorporates a proven method of behavior modification that focuses on structure and relationship connections. This model has allowed their students to experience the joy of learning and the confidence to continue their education, knowing whichever path they choose they can always call Newmark "home".


Ms. Allman is responsible for student admissions, major gift contributions, and professional development outreach. She provides critical teacher training and professional development for public school teachers in the areas of children’s mental health issues and effective behavioral modification in the classroom.

Kamal Sinclair

Kamal Sinclair, who joined JBRF earlier this spring, is a principal collaborator in the family creative practice, called Sinclair Futures.


Sinclair Futures makes art, designs programs, and facilitates creative foresight processes for a spectrum of organizations, communities, and companies, as well as conducts research, and supports knowledge generation at the intersection of art, technology, science, media, and equitable futures.

Sinclair Futures clients include the Ford Foundation's JustFilms program, Johns Hopkins University’s Immersive Storytelling and Emerging Technology Center, NYU Tisch’s Future Imagination Collaboratory, For Freedoms, and Sundance Institute’s Future of Culture Initiative, Guild of Future Architects, among others. In this role, she also served as an External Advisor to the MacArthur Foundation's Journalism & Media Program.


Formerly, she was the Executive Director of the Guild of Future Architects; the Director of Sundance Institute’s New Frontier Labs Program for seven years, which supports artists working at the convergence of film, art, media, and technology. She partnered with Chief Curator, Shari Frilot, in the development and platforming of landmark projects in the evolution of the story, including experimentations with XR, iOT, and AI as storytelling mediums. 


Ms. Sinclair was an artist and producer on Question Bridge: Black Males. At Question Bridge, she and her collaborators launched a project with an interactive website and curriculum; published a book; exhibited in over sixty museums/festivals; won International Center for Photography’s 2015 Infinity Award for New Media; and was archived at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. 


Earlier in her career, Ms. Sinclair was a Transmedia Producer at 42 Entertainment and worked on projects such as Legends of Alcatraz for J.J. Abrams, Mark of the Spider-Man, and Random Acts of Fusion; as Principal at Strategic Arts Consulting, and the Artistic Director of Universal Arts. Her career began as a cast member of the Off-Broadway hit STOMP.


Wednesday Webinars!

Coming Up June 20th

Join JBRF for June's Webinar:

Thermoregulation, What is it and Why Does it Matter in Fear of Harm?


Wednesday, June 22nd,

7:30-8:30pm eastern time


Join JBRF as we focus on understanding temperature regulation and how its disruption plays a unique role in Fear of Harm as its biomarker and hallmark symptom.

  • Practitioners, how do you gather information from families about temperature dysregulation?
  • Parents, do you know what to look for and how to report it to providers?
  • Patients, what does it feel like to have your temperature out of control?

Come get answers plus participate in a live Q&A at this month’s webinar. Register below!


Fundraising Footnotes

Thank you to everyone who made this year's fundraiser in honor of Children's Mental Health Awareness Day such a success.


The parents and families in our JBRF community are grateful to receive the much needed support they can get only from JBRF. Your gifts make that support possible.

If you missed the opportunity to participate in our spring fundraiser, not to worry! Gifts can be made year round through our safe and secure online giving platform, on our website, by clicking the link below, or by mailing a contribution to:


JBRF Gift Processing | 111 Hekili St. Suite A-600 | Kailua, HI 96734


JBRF supports children and families suffering from bipolar disorder and

Fear of Harm through research, education, and outreach.

Sent by ::organization::

Click here to unsubscribe from this list