About Worldwide Mental Health Initiatives

Worldwide Mental Health Initiatives was founded in 2011 by Mr. David M. Sternfield, an international advocate for individuals with mental health needs.

Meet Our Board

David Sternfield - Executive Director

Mr. Sternfield is an attorney and owner of the Law Offices of David M. Sternfield, LLC in Chicago, Illinois. Mr. Sternfield represents a wide variety of individual and business clients in the Chicago area in civil litigation as well as transactional matters. Mr. Sternfield has extensive expertise in the area of mental health issues. He has worked closely with numerous elected officials throughout the world on matters related to mental health legislation and policy. David also founded and served as Director of the Autism Legislation Project (ALP), a nationwide nonprofit organization dedicated to researching state and federal autism legislation. Mr. Sternfield has lectured on the subject mental health and mental health legislation in numerous countries including the United States, Russia, China, India, and Bangladesh.

Dr. Alexander Bassuk

​Dr. Bassuk is currently a professor of pediatric neurology at the University of Iowa. He has worked extensively to improve understanding of the basic mechanisms underlying both normal and disordered development of the nervous system. Additionally, his research interests include neural stem cell biology and the genetics of pediatric nervous system abnormalities.​ Dr. Bassuk holds a Ph.D and M.D., both from the University of Chicago.

Luc Attlan

Luc Attlan is a partner in the Corporate & Securities Practice Group at Drinker, Biddle & Reath LLP. He focuses his practice on a variety of corporate matters, including merger and acquisition transactions, general corporate, securities and governance, and government contracting matters. His clients range from small businesses to multi-national Fortune 50 corporations. Mr. Attlan has duel citizenship (U.S. and France), and is a French Trade Andvisor and member of the French-American Chamber of Commerce. He also has significant experience handling international transactions. Mr. Attlan holds a B.S. in finance, and a J.D., both from the University of Illinois.

Steven Friedlander - Chief Operating Officer

Steve Friedlander is the Managing Partner of Retail Ideas LLC. This management and marketing consulting firm has wide-ranging brand development knowledge as well as extensive experience in developing and operating a variety of businesses. A native of Scarsdale, New York, Steve graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Political Science. Steve has wide-ranging brand development and marketing knowledge as well as operations experience stemming from 20 years of work at Carolee Designs where he served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing as well as Vice President of Operations. After successfully selling the Carolee business, Steven spent several years in real estate development and private equity where he held positions such as Senior Vice President of Marketing and Branding as well as Chief Executive Officer. Steve brings his keen wisdom of the retail, hospitality, and technology industries to the expanding operations of this organization. He currently resides in Greenwich, Connecticut with his two children.