Sarah is a novelist and owner of Wordsmith Writing and Editing. She also serves as a regular contributor at, an award-winning blog about the business and craft of fiction. Sarah earned her BA in English and Secondary Education at Northwestern University and taught high school English in Illinois and Washington state. Involved in various aspects of her church, Sarah is passionate about helping faith communities serve and support those with mental health conditions. She lives in Seattle with her husband and their two teenagers.



Donna is an internationally recognized industry expert and thought leader in the emerging field of workplace mental health, and is continuing her work as an award-winning curriculum developer, advocate, consultant, public speaker, writer and advisor within Sutter Health as Manager of Workplace Mental Health and Peer Engagement. Donna has a background in psychology, mental health policy, adult education, peer support and transformational coaching. She also sits on the Workplace Taskforce for the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention.



David is a director for philanthropy at UW Medicine, focusing on fundraising activity within the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences with additional focus on breast and ovarian cancers. He holds a B.A. in elementary education from Ohio Wesleyan University and a Master of Nonprofit Leadership from Seattle University. David is a former CASE District VIII board member and served as their chair for opportunity and inclusion. David has been with The Stability Network since May 2011, currently serving as treasurer.



Ted is an attorney with over forty-seven years of experience in commercial litigation. Having experienced several episodes of severe depression and the related stigma associated with “mental illness,” he decided to go public with his story in 2005 and has since been involved with individuals, small support groups, and larger organizations like The Kennedy Forum, NAMI, and The Stability Network in seeking to improve the quality and availability of services for people from all backgrounds who are dealing with mental health conditions.



Geralyn has spent 20 years at Johnson & Johnson and currently leads Change Management & Communications in Global Services. She is the founder of the Mental Health Diplomats, an award-winning employee resource group for employees living with a mental illness and caregivers. She holds a BA degree in Psychology from Rutgers University and is a Certified Professional Coach. Geralyn’s passion to create the Mental Health Diplomats originates from her personal experience living with an eating disorder and depression. She understands the difficult steps that need to be taken every day to be healthy and happy. She lives in Middlesex, New Jersey with her two teenage daughters.



Mark Nolte is the Founder & CEO of Start Talking, a video platform that allows patients the opportunity to connect with licensed therapists in a private, secure teletherapy session from the convenience of their home. His inspiration in founding Start Talking came from Mark’s own experience dealing with depression when he realized how difficult and antiqued the process of getting therapy was. His passion is to make it easier and more accessible for people to get the therapy they need. Mark has been in the healthcare field for over 30 years, working for Johnson & Johnson, Stryker, and his own company Mark Medical Inc.



Peter Varnum leads the World Economic Forum’s work on global mental health, developing and executing global-scale projects and fostering a multistakeholder community of actors focused on the topic. He manages the Forum’s Global Future Council on Technologies for Mental Health, a community of global experts addressing the ethics of technology and mental health. He is particularly passionate about combating self-stigma, public stigma, and institutional stigma against those with mental health conditions common and severe. Peter earned a BA in English from Carleton College and an MA in Law and Diplomacy, with a focus on global health policy including a thesis on combating mental health stigma, from The Fletcher School at Tufts University.