Jothy Rosenberg has a PhD in computer science from Duke University. Subsequently he has founded eight startups overall. He has written three technical (computer-oriented) books. But his real pride and joy is his memoir called Who Says I Can’t that recounts how he used extreme sports to recover from two bouts with cancer, an amputation, and having a lung removed, all as a teenager when he was also told he had zero chance of survival. More than forty years later he is still very active in those extreme sports, uses many of them to raise money for important causes, and is a motivational speaker on topics from Who Says I Can’t. Jothy is producing a documentary film called Who Says We Can’t Run that will show the reality of what it takes to go from suddenly losing a leg to running again but now with a prosthetic leg. Jothy created The Who Says I Can’t Foundation to help those struck down with a disability get back into high challenge activities. Jothy lives with his wife and two golden retrievers in Wayland, MA.
Joanna Cyr is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker. She received her Masters Degree in Social Work from Boston College in 2008. Joanna works full time for a non-profit organization as an intensive care coordinator for children and families in south central Massachusetts. She works part time for the Who Says I Can’t Foundation as a resource coordinator. She will be working with people through the foundation to ensure that they have the resources and supports needed to pursue their goals and achieve success in their athletic journeys. Joanna enjoys hiking, spinning, swimming and stand-up paddle boarding.
Marketing & Social Media
Beth McCarthy-Witsik is an innovative marketing veteran & social media butterfly who if not being “creative” is at a complete loss on what to do with herself! She has a history of developing successful, global branding & advertising campaigns from the sports arenas of Fila & Ellesse to the fashion house of Bill Blass to the world of tools with The Apex Tool Group. Her knack for creating social buzz with engaging content has increased brand awareness & sales for of a variety of on-line businesses. Beth doesn’t just think “out-of-the-box” she sends the box packing! When she isn’t consulting, she builds custom Fairy Houses under the name Whimsical Properties, LLC. They are sold on etsy and were prominently featured in the book Fairy Homes & Gardens published by Schiffer publishing. The Who Says You Can’t mantra fits right in with her philosophy of never accepting the word, “No!”
Documentary director / producer
Steve McCarthy is a director and Emmy Award winning producer with more than 25 years experience in network TV News and documentaries. After staff jobs with 60 Minutes and Dateline, Steve started his own production company “McCarthy Productions, Inc.” Besides producing for 60 Minutes, Dateline, Discovery, the NBC Nightly News and the Today Show, Steve also produced and directed the independent film “Finding Paddy.” He resides in Montclair, NJ where he also mentors communications students at Montclair State University.