Our People


John R. Selby, President 

Technology, Finance & Independent Film Executive

John R. Selby (Jack) is a technology, finance and independent film executive. He co-founded, along with Peter Thiel, Clarium Capital Management, a macro hedge fund after selling payments business, PayPal, to EBay in October 2002. At PayPal, Jack joined as an original employee and later served as a Corporate Officer/Senior Vice President, overseeing the company’s international and corporate operations. As an active technology investor and advisor, Jack is involved with companies such as SpaceX, Affirm, Blend Labs, Tesla Health, Orphidia, POPSUGAR, Onside Sports and many others. With respect to film, Jack has produced and financed a variety of projects, including Bernie, Act of Valor, Comic Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope, Fastball and Dirty Weekend. His production company, High Frequency Entertainment, most recently debuted Freeheld, staring Julianne Moore, Ellen Page, Michael Shannon and Steve Carell at the 2015 Toronto Film Festival, and subsequently released theatrically nationwide by Lionsgate. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Hamilton College and serves on its Board of Trustees and as a member of the Investment Committee for the college’s endowment.

Kenneth R. Hoffman, Treasurer

Managing Director, President, Optima Group Inc.

Ken is President of Optima Group as well as personally responsible for Optima Group¹s consulting practice, working directly with financial services firms located in the United States, Europe and Asia to develop new strategies, products and efficiencies that enhance their ability to compete. He has more than 30 years of experience assisting leading wealth and investment management institutions.

Clients seek his counsel in developing new organizational structures, strategic initiatives, and marketing programs to succeed in the highly competitive retail, institutional and affluent markets. Ken is a regular speaker and contributor to financial conferences and the press on a wide range of critical issues facing the investment management industry. He holds a B.A. from Claremont McKenna College and an M.S. from Yale.

Jane Begala, MSPH, MBA

Public Health and Behavior Change Communication Specialist

Jane has provided technical assistance to community-based and non-profit organizations throughout the U.S., Asia, and Africa to develop systems of care, emotional support, and economic assistance. She is a major contributor to the international framework for the global response to orphans and vulnerable children, including psychosocial support. For more than 30 years she has assisted the U.S. government, UNICEF, and USAID in providing direct training, facilitating multiple stakeholder strategic planning and budget development, and leading mid- and end-of-project evaluations.

Ms. Begala earned a MSPH degree from UCLA and a MBA from Brandeis University. Ms. Begala experienced the sudden loss of her mother to “adult sudden death syndrome” in 1998 and is a contributing author to Surviving Sudden Loss: Stories from those who have lived it.

Ariana Bratt, MD
Harvard – Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Dr. Ariana Bratt is a physician at Harvard’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She received her medical degree from UCSF School of Medicine. She has distinguished herself through her clinical and academic career. She was top scorer on the US Medical Licensing Examination. She is a summa cum laude graduate of Rice University with publications in nanotechnology and chemistry. She is a contributing author and the editor of Surviving Sudden Loss: Stories from those who have lived it.

Susan Snow, FACEP, MD, PhD

Dr. Susan Snow received her MD and PhD from Dartmouth Medical School and began practice in emergency medicine in 1983. She is boarded by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Emergency Medicine. Since 1990, she has been a distinguished Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians. Dr. Snow has served as emergency department director and has extensive experience training EMTS, nurses and physicians in Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support and Advanced Trauma Life Support. Dr. Snow is a contributing author to Surviving Sudden Loss: Stories from those who have lived it.


Karen M. Carlucci, LCSW
Karen M. Carlucci

Karen Carlucci is a licensed Psychotherapist and Professional Coach in New York City specializing in helping people through the unexpected. Since losing her fiancé suddenly on September 11th, she has been working on strengthening her own resiliency both personally and professionally through writing, speaking and connecting with others. In addition to a BA in Human Resources and an MSW from New York University’s School of Social Work, she holds certificates in Training and Organizational Development and Adult Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. Karen has experience providing clinical supervision and program management​ as well as in recruiting, staff development and relationship building, working several years in the information/referral and crisis contact center environment. S​he has also been an adjunct instructor of Short-Term Therapies and Crisis Intervention at NYU’s Silver School of Social Work​.


Andrew August

Partner, Browne George Ross LLP

Andrew A. August

Andrew is the partner-in-charge of Browne George Ross’ San Francisco Office. He has been a trial lawyer for over thirty years. He has litigated and taken to trial and arbitration a wide variety of corporate, commercial and real estate related disputes. Substantive matters have included corporate governance and partnership disputes, environmental, land use, commercial landlord-tenant, partnership cases real property tax assessment appeals. He has also been active in the class action area and has handled more than 30 appeals in both the federal and California state courts. Prior to joining Brown George Ross, Andrew co-founded Pinnacle Law Group, where he practiced for 23 years. He has been a ACCESS board member since 2004 and its President since 2007.

Rachel Courtney

Lost her father in a private plane crash

Rachel Courtney

Rachel Courtney is Assistant General Counsel, Global Labor & Employment at salesforce.com, inc. in San Francisco, California. Prior to joining salesforce.com in 2007, Ms. Courtney was Director, Associate General Counsel at E*TRADE Financial, and also worked as an employment law associate at the law firms of Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker LLP and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.

Ms. Courtney is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Madison and the American University, Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C. She lost her father in a private plane crash when she was 26-years-old.

Cori Wells Braun

Lost her father in a commercial air disaster


Cori Wells Braun was a photographer / artist who specialized in journalistic portraiture. Her work appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The International Herald Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, The New Yorker, Mother Jones, Time, Newsweek and People, among numerous other publications, books and CDs worldwide. Her work has been exhibited in New York and Tokyo. Selected photographs are available through Corbis.

Cori Wells Braun lost her father in a commercial air disaster when she was nine-years-old. She was an ACCESS grief mentor and served as Vice President and board member since 1999.

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President Emeritus, Betty Capasso, LCSW

Lost her son aboard Pan Am Flight 103


  • Neal L. Cohen, MD
  • Mark L. Dembert, MD
  • Ken Druck, PhD
  • Craig L. Katz, MD
  • Rabbi Harold S. Kushner
  • Gavin Newsom
  • George E. Pataki
  • The Very Rev. Harry  H. Pritchett, Jr.


Surviving Sudden Loss: Stories from those who have lived it

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Families We Have Helped:

Below are some of the air disasters that we have responded to:
Private Plane - 9/26/12
Rockingham County, VA
Private Plane - 2/27/11
Abu Dhabi
Private Plane - 12/22/10
Barrington, NY
Private Plane - 7/17/10
South Portland, ME
Air India Express 812 - 5/22/10
Mangalore, India
Afriqiyah Airways 8U771- 5/12/10
Tripoli, Libya
Ethiopian Airlines 409 - 1/25/10
Off of Na'ameh, Lebanon
Air France Flight 447 - 6/1/09
Atlantic Ocean
Turkish Airlines Flight 1951 - 2/25/09
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
Continental Flight 3407 - 2/12/09
Clarence Center, NY
US Airways Flight 1549 - 1/15/09
Hudson River, NY
Aeroflot Flight 821 - 9/14/08
Perm, Russia
Spanair JK 5022 - 8/20/08
Madrid, Spain
TAM Airways JJ 3054 - 7/17/07
São Paulo, Brazil
Comair Flight 5191 - 8/27/06
Lexington, KY
Airbus A320-211 - 5/3/06
Off Sochi, Russia
Bellview Airlines - 10/23/05
West Caribbean Airways 708 - 8/16/05
Machiques, Venezuela
Air France Flight 358 - 8/2/05
Ontario, Canada
Kam Air Flight 904 - 2/3/05
Pamir Mountains, Afghanistan
Corporate Airlines 5966 - 10/19/04
Pettis Township, MO
Kish Airlines Flight 1770 - 2/10/04
United Arab Emirates
Georgian Express Flight 126 - 1/17/04
Ontario, Canada
Flash Airlines 604 - 1/3/04

Red Sea

Turkish Airlines 634 - 1/8/03

Diyarbakır Airport, Turkey

US Airways Express/Air Midwest Flight 5481 - 1/8/03

Charlotte, NC

American Flight 587 - 11/12/01

Queens, NY

The events of September 11, 2001

Private Plane - 12/3/00
Milltown, WI
Singapore Airlines 006 - 10/31/00

Chiang Kai-shek Internat'l Airport

Gulf Air Bus A320 - 8/23/00

Persian Gulf, Bahrain

Air France Concorde 4590 - 7/25/00

Gonesse, France

Alaska Airlines 261 - 1/31/00

Pacific Ocean

Egypt Air 990 - 10/31/99

Atlantic Ocean

American Airlines 1420 - 6/1/99

Little Rock, AR

Swissair 111 - 9/2/98

Atlantic Ocean

Private Plane - 8/4/98
Phillips, WI
TWA 800 - 7/17/96

US Air 427 9/8/94

Allegheny County, PA

Long Island, NY

Pan Am 103 - 12/21/88

Lockerbie, Scotland

TWA/United Airlines - Mid-Air Collision- 12/16/1960
Brooklyn & Staten Island, NY
and hundreds of other private, commercial and military air disasters

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