Our Team

Zack Burton, co-founder and producer


Zack is a Stanford Ph.D. candidate widely awarded for scientific research and also for videography, public speaking, and poetry. He is passionate about uniting people around meaningful causes. Zack was diagnosed with bipolar May 2017.

Elisa Hofmeister, co-founder and director


Elisa graduated from Stanford University in 2018 with a degree in Human Biology. Elisa has always been passionate about public health and advocacy, and currently works at the Stanford School of Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry.

Victoria Maxwell, advisor


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. Rona Hu, advisor


Rona was the Medical Director of Stanford Hospital’s acute psychiatric inpatient unit for 20 years, an advisor to the first season of Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why, and a creator of theatrical vignettes on Asian American mental health.

Tom Shroder, advisor


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.

Dr. Seema Yasmin, advisor


Seema is an Emmy Award-winning journalist, medical doctor, and author. She served as officer in the Epidemic Intelligence Service at the U.S. CDC and is currently director of research and education at the Stanford Health Communication Initiative.

Dr. Stephen Hinshaw, advisor


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.

Amy Freed, to whom we owe special thanks


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



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