Who we are

We are small in number but large in determination. We find our resolve in the words of famed anthropologist Margaret Mead: “A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”


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Below, we tell you a little about the people behind Bringing Our Country Together.

If you want to take the next step and join us, please read about how you can do that.


Gary Hirsch ^

Gary has been a consultant for many organizations on management strategy and organizational change over several decades. He has worked with clients in diverse areas such as health care, human services, education, and news media. Gary received SB and SM degrees from MIT’s Sloan School of Management. His work has included health improvement strategies for regions, care of populations with particular problems such as cardiovascular disease, HIV, and diabetes, health system preparedness for major incidents, pandemics, and disasters, and strategies for public policy problems such as heroin addiction and youth homelessness. He is the author of three books and numerous journal articles, book chapters, and conference presentations. He has also helped to create and lead a free clinic providing medical care for uninsured and under-insured people in the area west of Boston.

Email Gary at GBHirsch@comcast.net. Learn more about Gary at https://www.garybhirsch.com/about.html

Gary has worked in the manufacturing and distribution industry servicing multiple market segments for over 30 years. He has built, trained, and directed sales teams and has also been a Director of Marketing. For many years he has been engaged in local political work, but has never felt the desire for such work more than now. He believes that the most important demographic to focus on are high school seniors, freshman college students, people of color, and the disenfranchised, as well as all others that have been left behind. Gary seeks to find ways to speak to these groups to get them registered to vote and have a voice in our society. He is a proponent of voting by mail to give everyone an opportunity to be heard. He is currently employed full time as a sales director but looks forward to finishing this year and finally retiring. His passions are teaching spin classes at multiple gyms in North Carolina. He also likes to bicycle the Greenways with friends.

Email Gary at gary45@yahoo.com

Mark Dworkin ^

Mark Dworkin was raised in the largest and oldest cooperative in the United States, where he learned the value of all people’s doing their best for the community. He is a retired Licensed Clinical Social Worker. He brings 45 years of working in a variety of settings, running a group therapy program, working as section chief of a psychiatry service, and teaching consultation-liaison psychiatry at Mount Sinai School of Medicine to medical students and psychiatry residents. In 1991 his career changed when he learned EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), a trauma therapy model that became the focus of the second part of his career. He is published and has been a sought-after lecturer. Throughout his career, he never forgot his roots. Now he feels called to stop this evil man - Donald Trump - from destroying the United States. Mark is BOCT’s group coordinator.

Email Mark at markdworkinlcsw@gmail.com

Sue Isaacman ^

Active in local political life in both New York and Minnesota, Sue Isaacman believes fervently that our work as adults is to think globally and act locally, as we seek to secure a healthy planet for our gift to the universe, our children, grandchildren, and future generations to come. Sue comes to this project as a former teacher, mentor, and worker with children who have learning differences and emotional challenges that make learning in a traditional school setting difficult. She has learned through her work and deeply believes that everyone can succeed and should have the opportunity to do so. In her work, she analyzes the difficulties children and young adults have in learning, and brings this capacity for analysis to our effort.

Tom Cloyd ^

Tom Cloyd MS MA brings to the BOCT project’s humanistic social and political objectives his professional experience as a trauma psychotherapist, mental health clinic manager, writer, website designer, computer programmer, and Internet forum moderator. He has long had global interests in science, rhetoric, and effective communication. Drawing on graduate degrees in cultural anthropology and counseling psychology, with original research in both fields, he is writing a book on the origins of the present status of women and another on epistemology for the non-philosopher. His great concern for the future of our species and our planet brings him to BOCT to work to create positive change as an outcome of our next national election. He is the BOCT website’s webmaster.

Email Tom at tc@tomcloyd.com.

Andrea Link ^

Andrea Link M.D. trained as a pediatrician at Stanford and started her career providing primary care services for children and adolescents at Texas Children’s Hospital. About 10 years ago, she had a shift in her clinical interests towards public health and developed “Healthy and Whole” an award-winning program to help women recovering from prostitution and human trafficking. Andrea also researches the psychosocial and medical issues involved in poverty, homelessness, and sexual exploitation, lecturing on those subjects at national and international conferences. She is a Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Texas School of Public Health and runs her own non-profit consulting firm. She was drawn to the BOCT project because of her deeply held belief that the current administration’s policies have been devastating to our most vulnerable communities, and that it is incumbent on all who care about social justice to ensure we have a change in leadership for our country in November.

A. Nonymous ^

Anonymous gets around. They (he, she, it, them?) were very active in the ancient world, where most art and architecture and many manuscripts were left to us without creator attribution. Then, in the early and middle Renaissance in Europe, we can see, from perusal of the voluminous surviving lute tablature manuscripts that Anonymous was a skilled lute instrumentalist and composer. In centuries following, a wide range of music, poetry, and even novels were published by this prolific and long-lived individual. And, now, they have come to BOCT! We are honored. (In truth, things are not always as they seem. Certain individuals chosoe this pen name so that they can publish without fear of personal consequence. In a world where using the wrong name for God, or no name at all, can get one killed, this is understandable. Perhaps in the future things will be different.)

Ester Horowitz ^

Ester Horowitz has many years experience in the healthcare field providing expertise involving the delivery of care or the insurance of it through innovative entrepreneurial approaches. Currently VP of Strategic Partnerships for a Virtual ER located in New York, she has a BS in Social Work and an MBA. Her role as an innovator gives her insights about how best to navigate the challenges the country faces in healthcare moving forward.

Kate Isaacs ^

Kate Isaacs is a doctoral research fellow at the MIT Sloan School of Management, executive fellow at the Center for Higher Ambition Leadership and is a research scientist at MIT Sloan. She is a skilled advisor to senior leaders on innovation-focused stakeholder partnerships that generate economic and social value. She has written for The Hill, the Harvard Business Review, Chief Executive and the Academy of Management.

Thomas B. Horvath ^

Thomas B Horvath MD FRACP (Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians), is Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Baylor College of Medicine (Houston). He is a Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, and a Clinical and Management Consultant to various organizations and institutions. He was formerly Chief of Mental Health Services, Veterans Health Administration, United States Department of Veterans Affairs.

Timothy Snyder ^

Timothy Snyder is the Housum Professor of History at Yale University. He is a permanent fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna. While earning doctorate from Oxford University, he was a British Marshall Scholar. He held fellowships in Paris, Vienna, and Warsaw, and an Academy Scholarship at Harvard. He has lived, worked, and researched in Europe. He speaks five European languages and reads ten. Among his publications are several award-winning books, widely translated.


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page author: Tom Cloyd | reviewed 2020-08-30: 0016 PDT