Board of Directors
Dr. Michael A. Perelman, Founder & Chairman
Dr. Michael A. Perelman is a Clinical Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry, Weill Cornell Medicine | NewYork-Presbyterian, and Co-Director of the Human Sexuality Program of the Payne Whitney Clinic. Formerly, he was also Clinical Professor of Reproductive Medicine, and Urology at the NY Weill Medical College of Cornell University. In 2011 he founded the MAP Education and Research Fund [a 501(c)(3) public charity]. The Fund’s mission is to educate healthcare providers about the importance of maintaining a bio-psychosocial-behavioral and cultural approach to the diagnosis, and treatment of sexual disorders. He donated the registered trademark of his Sexual Tipping Point® Model to the Fund in 2012, so that it could be made available gratis to healthcare professionals upon request.
A National Institute of Health Fellow, he received his MS, M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees in clinical psychology from Columbia University, where he wrote the first sex therapy dissertation in Columbia’s history. Dr. Perelman was Chief Intern in Medical Psychology at Duke University Medical Center and was next a 1974 Postdoctoral Fellow at Cornell Medical Center. As an international leader, Dr. Perelman has served on several professional society boards of directors and was the President of The Society for Sex Therapy and Research. He has been elected a Fellow of the Sexual Medicine Society of North America, the International Society for Study of Women’s Sexual Health, and the Society for the Scientific Study of Sex. He is also a member of over twenty-five other professional associations (serving on and/or chairing numerous committees. He was appointed and served on the Sexual Function Advisory Council of the American Urological Association. He was appointed and served on the Standards Committee of the International Society for Sexual Medicine. He was appointed and served on the American Psychiatric Association’s DSM-V Task Force as an Advisor to the Sex/GID Work Group.
Dr. Perelman maintains an independent practice in Manhattan, specializing in sex and marital/couples therapy. He is certified by New York State and listed in the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology. Div. 43 (Society for Family Psychology) of the American Psychological Association has presented him with the James W. Maddock Faculty Award. The American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT) certifies him as a sex therapy diplomate, supervisor, sex educator, sex counselor, CE provider, and honored him with their 2012 Award for Professional Standard of Excellence.
Since 2012, Dr. Perelman is the Emeritus Editor in Chief, for Springer’s Current Sexual Health Reports. Additionally, he has served on several other publication’s Boards of Directors and contributes as a consulting editor and/or reviewer for numerous professional journals. He has published over 60 peer reviewed articles, as well as countless abstracts, posters, and over 25 chapters in sexual medicine texts along with delivering over 275 invited presentations. Dr. Perelman has been an investigator on many clinical trials, and served on dozens of industry advisory boards and speakers’ bureaus. Additionally, his work in sex and marital therapy is often featured in the media. Curriculum Vita →
Mr. John Lyddane, Secretary
Partner & the Group Head of the Medical Malpractice Defense Group at Dorf & Nelson
John L.A. Lyddane is a partner and the Group Head of the Medical Malpractice Defense Group at Dorf & Nelson. Mr. Lyddane has been a medical malpractice and personal injury defense attorney for over forty years and has tried close to 300 cases to dismissal or verdict. In addition, he has briefed and argued cases in the appellate courts including the New York Court of Appeals. He has been involved in every aspect of teaching of litigation and trial skills in university, bar association, Continuing Legal Education, and risk management programs, including six separate four-hour programs on ethics for the litigator. He is a frequent contributor to the legal literature on practical trial skills and the defense of medical malpractice cases, and has co-authored a regular column in the New York Law Journal on Medical Malpractice Defense for many years.
Mr. Lyddane lives with his family in Greenwich, Connecticut, where he has served his community as President of the Belle Haven Landowners’ Association, Commodore of the Belle Haven Club, Commissioner of the Belle Haven Tax District, District Leader of District 2 of the Greenwich Republican Town Committee, Sunday school teacher and soccer coach.
Mr. Daniel M. FitzPatrick, Treasurer
Executive Vice President, Head of Private Banking at Webster Bank and Webster Financial Corporation
Dan FitzPatrick is the former executive vice president, head of private banking of Webster Financial Corporation and Webster Bank. He joined Webster in October of 2012. Prior to this, Dan was regional managing director for the BNY Mellon Wealth Management business in Fairfield and Westchester counties. Before that, he held the position of managing director, Goldman Sachs and CEO at The Goldman Sachs Trust Company, N.A., managing director at Citigroup and CEO of its Citi Trust division; managing director of Samoset Capital Group LLC and managing director and CEO of Samoset Financial Services LLC, and was a managing director and head of fiduciary management at J.P.Morgan. Prior to that, he practiced law as an attorney at Davis Polk & Wardwell. Dan serves as a Board Member for Greenwich Emergency Medical Services, Inc. Dan earned his bachelor’s degree in government from Dartmouth College and a law degree from Vanderbilt Law School.
Ms. Susan Bevan
Susan is a graduate of the University of Washington, Foster School of Business and DePaul University, College of Law, where she was an editor of the DePaul Law Review. She practiced law in California, Illinois and New York with an emphasis in Commodities, Securities and Corporate Law. After working in California and Illinois, Susan moved to New York where her career continued at the Wall Street firm of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette.
Upon moving to Greenwich, Susan began volunteering in various capacities for a number of organizations. She currently sits on the Advisory Board of The Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich, having served as Co-Chair for the Club’s $15 million Capital Campaign, Chair of the 1999 benefit as well as a Vice-President and Secretary of that Board. She on the boards of the Breast Cancer Alliance, based in Greenwich, Alpha Phi International Fraternity, based in Evanston, IL, and is the national Co-Chair of the Republican Majority for Choice. She sits on the Advisory Boards of the Foster School of Business, University of Washington and The Greenwich Historical Society. A former trustee of the Greenwich Library, she thrice co-chaired the biennial Peterson Dinner benefit.
Susan considers the satisfaction of raising her three children with her husband and the friendship of many friends among the most satisfying contributions she has made to her community.
Mr. H. Scott Higgins
Founder and CEO Veterans Advantage
Scott Higgins is the founder and CEO of Veterans Advantage, the nation’s leading advocate for greater respect, recognition and rewards for all who serve in the U.S. Armed Forces. Founded in 2000, Veterans Advantage and its coalition of partner companies create new service-related benefits for current and former military members and their families. Mr. Higgins served as an officer in the U.S. Army in Vietnam. Appointed by the Mayor of the City of New York, he co-chaired the New York Vietnam Veterans Memorial Commission.
For eighteen years, Mr. Higgins was a partner and director of Ark Asset Management, formerly Lehman Management Company, the investment management subsidiary of Lehman Brothers. Prior to Ark, he was a Senior Vice President of A.G. Becker, serving as a senior financial consultant to some of the country’s largest banks, insurance companies and investment counseling firms.
Mr. Higgins also served as a trustee and co-chair of the New York Shakespeare Festival and The Public Theatre. He currently serves on the Board of the Mako and Dowgate Funds, European hedge funds and is a Trustee Emeritus of Gettysburg College. Mr. Higgins is a distinguished graduate of Gettysburg College, an NCAA All-American wrestler and a member of the College’s Athletic Hall of Fame. He received his MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.