BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Founder, Vice President, Speaker, Director of Education & Resources
West Roxbury, MA | firstname.lastname@example.org
Judy Giovangelo has been a teacher and healer of energy medicine and the law of attraction for 20 years. She is a certified yoga instructor, Reiki, Sound and Intuitive Healer, Hypnotherapist and Spiritual Counsellor. She is the owner of the GROW YOU Healing & Art Center in Holliston, MA leading workshops through her GROW YOU Programs for youth and families.
Her personal mission is help sensitive intuitive people permanently remove the blocks that stand in the way of their dreams by providing an inside out approach to wellness. She is a gifted intuitive healer, workshop facilitator and expressive artist.
As the Founder of Ben Speaks whose mission is to provide positive channels of expression for youth, families & communities through events, education & resources with a vision to provide them with tools to help them develop & evolve, Judy is a role model and powerful teacher & speaker for change. She has delivered a powerful message to 100’s of youth audiences through her signature Power of Choice Presentation and is developing and executing a NEW curriculum called Power of Choice Leadership Training Program, as well as, developing a relationship with Ben Cares Community Partners to support greater access to resources for youth and families.
She is the recipient of the following awards for her volunteerism and mission work: "Be The Change" through the Massachusetts Conference for Women, "A Hero Among Us" with the Boston Celtics and the "Myra Kraft Community MVP" with the New England Patriots.
President and Business Development
Michael was born and raised in Massachusetts and is Ben’s older brother. He is grateful to have the opportunity to serve youth through his commitment to Ben Speaks. He has been practicing professionally as a Realtor since 2016. Helping his clients and friends with all their real estate needs. His primary focus is selling residential properties and working with investors in the Metrowest area.
Michael’s interests include playing drums, golf, deep sea fishing and going to the gym.
Michael is the President of this organization and is responsible for overseeing all business operations. He creates systems that streamline the organization to be a well-oiled machine. With an eye for marketing, he has been a major voice in rebranding and giving Ben Speaks a new face while managing the creative process for our Empowerment Apparel and growing merchandise.
Bretton Torkelson, Psy.D.
Behavioral & Mental Health Chair
Boston, MA | email@example.com
Bretton Torkelson is a licensed clinical psychologist with a private practice in Holliston, MA. His areas of expertise includes working with children, adolescents, young adults and families. Bretton earned his Doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology and has extensive professional clinical experience working in psychiatric hospitals, outpatient clinics, and residential programs.
From 2015-2019, Bretton worked as a Senior Program Director at Wayside Youth and Family Support Network, overseeing the day-to-day operations of two therapeutic residential programs for adolescent females struggling with behavioral and emotional challenges. Prior to working as a program director, Bretton was a member of Wayside’s clinical team providing youth and families with therapeutic services in Wayside’s residential and intensive day treatment programs.
Bretton has spent his career working with children, adolescents, and their families. He is driven by the belief that all youth embrace their unique gifts when their peers and the adults in their lives empower their voices and understand the unique challenges that they experience as part of their development. Bretton has training in numerous modalities of psychotherapy, has attended several leadership/management training programs, and is proficient in conducting psychological testing.
Milford, MA | firstname.lastname@example.org
Marin has been actively involved with numerous non-profit organizations over 25 years; Milford's Youth Football Cheer program and the Performing Arts Center, Babson Skating club and the Lexington Ski club. She has enjoyed professional success in Quality and Document Control positions in the medical device and engineering fields for almost 40 years.
Marin is very organized, dedicated, has strong interpersonal skills and is a master at selling raffle tickets!!
She is currently the BenSpeaks Secretary, responsible for meeting notes and managing our board communications. She is also instrumental in organizing and supporting our various fundraising events, and is coordinating some new BenSpeaks SWAG!!
Marketing & Communications Director
Milford, MA | email@example.com
Penny is a local Transformational and Spiritual Life Coach. Through her business, Penny SOULutions, she helps people heal spiritually, emotionally and energetically. She does this through teaching groups and individuals how to live their life's purpose and attract more abundance!
She uses her skills and abilities to tap into the energy systems of her clients. She also uses her intuitive skills to touch on important details from past, present and future. This enables her to provide clients with useful information in order to make impactful life changes.
As the Marketing and Communications director Penny will use her organizational skills, technical strengths and knowledge of Salesforce and social media. Penny will help Ben Speaks get more organized in fundraising efforts, social media, database, website and email marketing areas. She will also be in charge of the volunteer committee.