The Stan & Jan Berenstain Healthy Kids Foundation
©2017, The Stan & Jan Berenstain Healthy Kids Foundation
Stan & Jan Berenstain Healthy Kids Foundation
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Board Members
Mike Berenstain  Stan and Jan Berenstain introduced the first Berenstain Bear s in 1962. Mike Berenstain grew up watching his parents work together to write about and draw these lovable bears; eventually he started drawing and writing about them too. Though Stan died in 2005 and Jan in 2012, Mike continues to write and illustrate Berenstain Bears books from his studio in Pennsylvania. Laura K. Diaz, MD  Dr. Laura K. Diaz is an Attending Anesthesiologist at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and an Assistant Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology and Critical Care at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. She is married to Mike Berenstain. Sarah Berenstain  Sarah is the daughter of Mike and granddaughter of Stan and Jan and has carried on her family's interest in early literacy and learning into her professional life. Sarah graduated from the Art of Teaching program at Sarah Lawrence College with a Masters of Science in Education. Her thesis focused on how the arts allow children opportunities to connect school-based lessons to personal experiences. She has worked with many age groups, but is now focusing on Early Childhood Education. She is thrilled to be involved with the foundation; to honor her grandparents' work and extend her passion for helping kids. Alan Jay Schwartz, MD, MSEd  Dr. Alan Jay Schwartz is a Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology and Critical Care at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. He is also the Director of Education and Program Director of the Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship in the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Lynne Gerson Maxwell, AB, MD  Dr. Lynne Gerson Maxwell is a Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. She is also the Diversity Search Advisor of the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.