Our Kids First Foundation is dedicated to raising awareness and stimulating conversation about the issues and challenges of childhood including Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and other related gifts. It is the goal of the foundation to champion these causes and give the children and their families dealing with these gifts the support they need to reach their potential and to let them know they are not alone. Our Kids First Foundation will give donations to various charitable organizations that focus on these issues.
Board Member/Director’s Bios:
David has been an established actor for over twenty years. His most notable roles include; starring in the Nickelodeon series “Hey Dude”, starring in the hit NBC series “Blossom” for three seasons, “Clueless”, “Two of a Kind” for ABC, and “Sabrina The Teenage Witch” for three seasons. He has also starred in several television movies and has worked with renowned directors such as Ridley Scott (“White Squall”).
Todd has worked as a professional screenwriter and sold screenplays and projects to Fox, Warner Bros., Intermedia, and FX. He also wrote and produced the independent feature “The Last Run” starring Fred Savage, Academy Award nominee Amy Adams, and Steven Pasquale, which was sold to New Line. He currently runs a production company in Los Angeles, The Outfit Media Group. Todd has a Masters Degree in Cinema Studies from NYU.
David Lascher and Todd Camhe have been working together as writers for the past six years. Together, they co-wrote the screenplay “Sister”, which was inspired by David’s own life experiences. Both David and Todd are personally committed to making Our Kids First Foundation a neutral outlet bringing to light the challenges facing children and their families who have ADD/ADHD, and depression.
Mr. Altman is the Managing Partner, Founder, and Portfolio Manager at Owl Creek Asset Management LP. He founded the firm in 2001. Mr. Altman directs all aspects of research and trading on all investments and leads an investment group of eight at Owl Creek. From 1996 to 2001, he was employed at Franklin Mutual Advisers, LLC where Mr. Altman was a Portfolio Manager. He was the head of a group that managed a portfolio of distressed securities. He has been involved in the restructuring of companies in all industries including real estate, finance, oil and gas, long-term care, healthcare, utilities, as well as various manufacturing companies. Mr. Altman has a passion and deep commitment to philanthropic causes. Through his foundation, the Jeffrey A. Altman Foundation he recently pledged $8.3 million to Tulane University to establish a new dual-degree program in business and international studies. Mr. Altman graduated with a degree in Business from Tulane University.
Dylan Lauren is the Founder and CEO of Dylan’s Candy Bar, the world’s largest candy emporium. Dylan strives to awaken the creative spirit and inner child in everyone by merging the worlds of art, pop culture and fashion with candy. After graduating from Duke University with a major in Art History, Dylan traveled the world in search of the most exciting confectionery creations. By 2001 she realized her childhood dream by opening her first candy store and she continues to be the creative force. Dylan has always had a passion for philanthropy and a special place in her heart for all children, especially those with special challenges.
Stephen Hinshaw is Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, where he was Department Chair from 2004-2011, and Vice Chair for Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco. He received his B.A. from Harvard (summa cum laude) and his doctorate in clinical psychology from UCLA. His work focuses on developmental psychopathology, clinical interventions, and mental illness stigma, with specialization in ADHD. He has directed summer research programs and conducted longitudinal studies for boys and (more recently) for girls with ADHD and externalizing disorders, having received over $18 million in NIH funding. He was Principal Investigator of the Berkeley site for the Multimodal Treatment Study of Children with ADHD (MTA). Hinshaw has authored over 265 publications plus 10 books, including The Mark of Shame: Stigma of Mental Illness and an Agenda for Change (Oxford, 2007), The Triple Bind: Saving our Teenage Girls from Today’s Pressures (Random House, 2009), and (with R. Scheffler) The ADHD Explosion: Myths, Medications, Money, and Today’s Push for Performance (Oxford, 2014). He is editor of Psychological Bulletin, the most cited journal in psychology, and is a fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, the American Psychological Association, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He received California’s Distinguished Scientific Contribution in Psychology Award and Berkeley’s Distinguished Teaching Award. His 24-lecture series for the Teaching Company, “Origins of the Human Mind,” was released in 2010.
Warren G. Lichtenstein, Board Member
Warren G. Lichtenstein is the Executive Chairman of Steel Partners Holdings L.P. The holdings of Steel Partners Holdings L.P. employ more than 7,500 employees in 97 facilities in 12 countries around the globe. Mr. Lichtenstein has served as Chairman or Director of several companies including Alpha Technologies Group, Inc. (Synercom Technology), Aydin Corporation (Chairman), BKF Capital Group Inc. CPX Corp., ECC International, Handy & Harman Ltd., Saratoga Beverage Group Inc., Steel Sports, Inc., and WebFinancial. As a devoted father, Mr. Lichtenstein is actively involved with the goals of this foundation and was our first benefactor. Mr. Lichtenstein is deeply committed to philanthropy and manages a charitable organization, the Steel Partners Foundation that is a significant donor to the building of a Jewish synagogue in Aspen Colorado, amongst other projects. Mr. Lichtenstein graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in economics.