Moving Forward Together

Making It Work: Life Lessons from Tim Gunn

A Virtual Event Presented by the JFS Behavioral Health Committee

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Making It Work: Life Lessons from
Global Fashion Icon Tim Gunn

A Virtual Event Presented by the JFS Behavioral Health Committee

Thursday, April 29, 2021

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Tim Gunn. Photo credit: Scott McDermott

It hasn’t always been fashion runways and hit television shows for style guru and fashion mentor, Tim Gunn. Best known as the Emmy Award winning co-host of Project Runway and most recently Amazon’s Making the Cut, he is also a New York Times bestselling author and former Chief Creative Officer for Liz Claiborne, Inc.

Early in his adolescence, he suffered from social anxiety and depression, and spent more than two years at a psychiatric hospital. “I was a very unhappy kid…but that unhappiness spiraled downward to the point where I made a very serious suicide attempt.” Tim would later credit an insightful doctor for saving his life. “That’s how we get through life—by having people whom we trust, loved ones who are important to us, and by reaching out and saying ‘I need some help’.” In a candid conversation, Tim will detail how he overcame his struggles and share his everyday lessons for making it work.

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Caryl Lees Witte

A highlight of this event will include presenting the Linda Janon Behavioral Health Champion Award to Caryl Lees Witte. Caryl has spent her lifetime supporting those in the community who have faced behavioral health challenges or been marginalized. As part of Caryl’s commitment to behavioral health, she has been a staunch advocate for the behavioral health community and served as the lead underwriter for the BHC Luncheon for the past 15 years.

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Nathan Fletcher, Supervisor

Nathan Fletcher, Supervisor of San Diego’s Fourth District, will be presented the Behavioral Health Hero Award for his demonstrated devotion to building awareness and support for those in our community facing behavioral health challenges. As Chair of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, he is leading the effort to confront COVID-19 and ensure we build back better through the recovery. He is also focused on transforming our approach to behavioral health, making substantial investments in our mental health and drug treatment programs. His vision is to fix a fragmented system by building a patient-centered, care coordination system that ensures those in need get the right care, at the right time and most importantly get the right outcomes to improve their lives.

Your Support Makes A Difference

Proceeds from the Behavioral Health Committee’s signature event will support Jewish Family Service of San Diego’s critical relief efforts in the community. Founded in 1918, Jewish Family Service (JFS) is one of San Diego’s most impactful nonprofit agencies—providing resources and support to over 34,000 San Diegans this past year. Through integrated services, the organization empowers people of all ages, faiths, and backgrounds to overcome challenges, set goals, and build more stable, secure, and connected lives. JFS is committed to helping individuals and families in crisis move forward, while developing innovative strategies to break cycles of poverty and strengthen our San Diego community. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the agency adapted, revised and expanded its services to focus on what was needed most, including critical food assistance through a no-touch drive-thru distribution, meal delivery and self-care support for seniors, safe spaces for people living out of their vehicles, and employment services and counseling.

Click to learn more about our COVID-19 relief efforts.

The JFS Behavioral Health Committee

The Behavioral Health Committee, founded by Linda Janon in 1997, supports Jewish Family Service of San Diego in its efforts to provide behavioral health services that foster self-sufficiency and community engagement for individuals and their families through education and outreach. The Committee hold events during the year that inform and promote awareness on subject matters relating to behavioral health issues.

Chairs: Lisa Goldberg, Rachel Goldenhar

Members: Mona Angel, Bonnie Baron, Phyllis Bendett, Kira Finkenberg, Carla Fox, Meg Goldstein, Lisa Goldberg, Nancy Gordon, Claire Grezemkovsky, Gloria Harris, Marcia Hazan, Linda Janon, Cecile Jordan, Barbara Kent, Debbie Kramer, Mimi Lee, Cheryl Levitt, Teddie Lewis, Alyssa Mass, Dr. Jenny Meiselman, Marie Raftery, Dara Bliss Schwartz, Lori Shearer, Karen Shein, Devorah Shore, Fern Siegel, Karen Foster Silberman

Information + Questions
Victoria Palazzo, Development Executive Assistant,
[email protected], (858) 637-3225
Josh Lipsky, Sr. Director of Development, [email protected], (858) 637-3034

Thank You to Our Generous Underwriters


Charitable Adult Rides & Services, Inc.
Irwin & Joan Jacobs
The Joseph-Ma Family
The Meiselman Family
Marie G. Raftery & Dr. Robert A. Rubenstein
Karen & Jeffrey Silberman
Caryl Lees Witte

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Caryl Lees Witte Century 21 Award logo


Elaine & Rick Barton
Gallagher | Lisa & Gary Levine | Lindsay & Mitch Surowitz
Marcia Foster Hazan & Mark Cammell
Marjorie & Sheldon Derezin
Roxy & Mick Fredericks
Kathy & Mark Jones
Sylvia Liwerant
Sharon & David Wax
UC San Diego Health


Deborah Bucksbaum
Capital City Auto Auction, Inc.
City National Bank
Susan Shmalo & Gene H. Carswell
Liz Nederlander Coden & Daniel Coden, M.D.
Laura Galinson & Jodi Diamond
Linda & Edward Janon
Emily & Chris Jennewein | Times of San Diego
Susan & David Kabakoff
LourdMurray Delphi
Lauren & Robert Resnik
Alan Haubenstock, Brian Haubenstock & Lori Shearer
Karin & Tony Toranto
Emma & Leo Zuckerman

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Nancy Beck | Century 21 Award
Judy & Larry Belinsky
Sheila Belinsky | Molly’s Angels
Rabbi Devorah Marcus & Sebastian Eickholt
April & Mathew Fink | Comfort Keepers Homecare
Gabrielle Hochberg
Dr. Stuart Karasik
Marge Katleman
Theresa Dupuis & Gary Kornfeld
Mimi Lee
Dana Levin | Centura Wealth Advisory
Dr. Marshall Littman
Dr. Howard & Barbara Milstein
Dr. Charles & Ilene Mittman
Victoria Pappas
Mitch & Elizabeth Siegler | Pathfinder Partners
Sheryl & Bill Rowling
The San Diego Foundation
Seacrest Village & Seacrest Foundation
Thompson Search
Fern & Lee Siegel
Beth Sirull & Jonathan Shuster
Jill & Mark Spitzer
Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation
Rachel & Adam Welland
Joellyn & Ron Zollman

Nancy Beck Realtor logo
Molly's Angels Foundation logo
Centura Wealth Advisory logo
The San Diego Foundation logo
Seacrest Village Retirement Communities logo
Seacrest Foundation logo

List as of 4/26/2021