Dr. Zachary Burton, co-founder

Zack holds a PhD from Stanford and is researcher with U.S. DOE and NASA Astrobio. He has spoken for TEDx, Project Happiness, and Int'l Bipolar Foundation, served as advisor to Glenn Close’s mental health nonprofit Bring Change to Mind, and wrote poetry feat. in The Wall Street Journal. He was diagnosed with bipolar in 2017.

Elisa Hofmeister, co-founder


Elisa is an MD student at the University of Minnesota. Before, she was a researcher at Stanford School of Med's Depts. of Psychiatry and Medicine and at KAIST in South Korea, and served as advisor to Glenn Close’s mental health nonprofit Bring Change to Mind. She holds a bachelor's degree in Human Biology from Stanford.

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 School of Medicine, was medical director of Stanford 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.

Debbie Bisno, board of advisors


Debbie is resident producer at McCarter Theatre Center. She has nearly 30 years in theater: Chicago roots (over 20 Jeff Awards) and Broadway, Off Broadway, and West End credits. Highlights include the recent Broadway revival of Frankie & Johnnie in the Clair de Lune, Annie, War Horse (Tony Award), Mothers and Sons, Merchant of Venice (Tony Award), and Through a Glass Darkly.

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 founded 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.

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. 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 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.