Zachary Burton, co-founder

Zack is a Stanford Ph.D. candidate published in numerous scientific journals. He has spoken for TEDx, Project Happiness, and Int'l Bipolar Foundation and wrote poetry featured in The Wall Street Journal. He was diagnosed with bipolar in 2017.

Zack and Elisa serve on the Advisory Council of actress Glenn Close’s mental health nonprofit Bring Change to Mind.

Elisa Hofmeister, co-founder


Elisa is a researcher at the Stanford School of Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry. She holds a bachelor's degree in Human Biology from Stanford, and will be attending medical school in Fall 2020 at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

Elisa and Zack serve on the Advisory Council of actress Glenn Close’s mental health nonprofit Bring Change to Mind.

Emery Ahoua, head of finance


Emery is an associate at Prudential Financial, a Read Ahead junior board member, a Braven leadership coach, and a TEAK mentor. He is an MBA candidate at NYU Stern and has degrees in psychology and neuroscience from Bowdoin College.

Dr. Rona Hu, board of advisors


Rona is associate dean at Stanford's School of Medicine, was medical director of Stanford's psychiatric inpatient unit for 20 years, advised season one of Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why, and founded a series of vignettes on Asian American mental health.

Victoria Maxwell, board of advisors


Victoria is a performer living with multiple mental illnesses and featured in NYT, CNN, WSJ, and Psychology Today. Her keynote is named a top anti-stigma intervention in Canada. She previously acted alongside Johnny Depp and John Travolta.

Dr. Stephen Hinshaw, board of advisors


Steve is Professor of Psychology at UC Berkeley and Professor of Psychiatry at UCSF. He has authored over 350 articles and chapters, and 12 books, including Another Kind of Madness: A Journey through the Stigma and Hope of Mental Illness.

Kenidra Woods, board of advisors


Kenidra is a mental health advocate, activist, and founder of the CHEETAH Movement, an organization dedicated to ending mental health stigma. She has been featured on the cover of Teen Vogue, on BET’s Future 40 list, and by dozens of media outlets.

Dr. Seema Yasmin, board of advisors


Seema is an Emmy Award-winning journalist and Pulitzer Prize finalist, medical doctor, and author. She was an officer at the U.S. CDC and is director at the Stanford Health Communication Initiative and a clinical assistant professor at Stanford Medicine.

Tom Shroder, board of advisors


Tom has been an award-winning journalist, writer, and editor for some 40 years. As editor of The Washington Post Magazine, he oversaw two Pulitzer Prize-winning stories, and was ghost writer and editor for multiple New York Times bestsellers.

Amy Freed, to whom we owe special thanks


Amy is a Pulitzer Prize finalist and highly-awarded playwright.



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