Offices & Staff

International Society for Bipolar Disorders
P.O. Box 7168
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
United States of America

Phone: (412) 624-4407
Fax: (412) 624-4484


Chad Daversa, Executive Director

Chad Daversa was a 2000 Graduate of Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts where he earned an MA in English.  After graduation, Mr. Daversa served adjunct faculty at Front Range Community College in Longmont Colorado and an administrator for the American Solar Energy Society (ASES) based in Boulder.  Upon relocating back in Pittsburgh, PA, 30 miles from the town where he grew up, Chad began his involvement with the International Society for Bipolar Disorders (ISBD), starting with the organization in the role of Program Coordinator in 2002.

Working under the direction of the first elected ISBD President, Dr. Samuel Gershon, Mr. Daversa developed a general knowledge and background in bipolar illness and the ISBD.   Mr. Daversa would go onto become the Assistant Director on August 1, 2004 and ultimately the Executive Director later that year.  Working with ISBD has been a professional and personal challenge and continues to be an incredibly rewarding experience for Mr. Daversa, and since joining the Society, he has been both moved and motivated by the enthusiasm, dedication, and conviction of the collective effort of the ISBD Officers and members to help improve the lives of those living with bipolar disorder.

Outside of ISBD, Mr. Daversa is a father, husband and avid jazz guitar enthusiast and aspiring musician. 

Phone: (412) 624-4402 

Jill Olds, Membership & Outreach Director

Jill joined the ISBD team as the Outreach Support Assistant in October 2013 on a part-time basis.  Since that time Jill has played an integral role in the organization’s involvement with World Bipolar Day and social media in addition to many other projects.  We are happy to announce that as of May 2014 Jill is now a full time member of the ISBD team. 

Ms. Olds is a graduate of Hiram College, receiving a Bachelor’s degree with a dual major in Communications and English/Creative Writing.  After graduation, Jill worked as a retail manager in Jamestown, NY and was then promoted to a store here in Pittsburgh, PA.  Ms. Olds then changed her career path to that of the nonprofit sector, dabbling in development, program coordination and program management. 

Outside of work you can find Jill playing the piano, cooking, or spending time with her wonderful husband and adorable daughter. 

Phone: (412) 648-3301

Christina Paternoster, Program Coordinator

Prior to joining the ISBD team in 2015 Christina worked as an advocate focusing on improving the educational outcomes for children and young adults with physical, mental and/or educational disabilities.  Christina has worked on state-wide initiatives for the Pennsylvania Department of Health and PA American Academy of Pediatrics and has served as a Learning Differences Technical Assistant for the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Division of Adult Education. 

Christina is the mother of three talented children and enjoys spending her free time traveling and cooking.

Phone: (412) 624-4492

Jen Schuchman, Administrative & Outreach Assistant

Jen joined the staff as ISBD’s part-time Administrative & Outreach Assistant in October 2015. With a diverse background in writing, editing, marketing, design, and social media, Jen previously brought her skills to a wide spectrum of employers including a non-profit performing arts school, an online vintage clothing retailer, and, most recently, a synagogue.

On her days off from ISBD, Jen is an online wardrobe stylist and freelance writer and designer. She enjoys attending the theater productions of her talented friends and spending time with her family and pets. 


Phone: (412) 624-4407