PETER VARNUM

BOARD CHAIR

Peter Varnum is the Associate Director for Orygen Global, looking after Orygen’s collaboration with the global youth mental health community. Prior to Orygen, he built and led 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 mental health and youth, tech and the workplace. He managed 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 earned a BA in English from Carleton College and an MA in Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School at Tufts University. He completed the World Economic Forum’s Global Leadership Fellows Program, consisting of executive education in systems leadership, organizational psychology and negotiation from Harvard, INSEAD, Oxford, CEIBS, Columbia, and London Business School. He is based in Oslo, Norway.

DONNA HARDAKER

BOARD SECRETARY

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.

TED WEISS

BOARD MEMBER

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 GIORGIO

BOARD MEMBER

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

BOARD MEMBER

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.

MICHELLE TENZYK

BOARD MEMBER

Michelle is the CEO of East Tenth Group and has served on the Executive and leadership teams of companies including Lehman Brothers, Primedia, Cendant Trip Network, and Healthcare Consultancy Group (an Omnicom Agency). Michelle received her MBA in HR Management and Systems from the University of Albany and earned her Executive Coaching Certificate at City University of New York’s Zicklin School of Business. She holds a BS in Music Education/Piano from the College of St. Rose where she is a distinguished prominent alumna. She earned her Certificate in Entrepreneurship from the Goldman Sachs 10k Small Business Program. Michelle currently serves on the Board of dancker and is a Core Guide for Chief. Michelle lives with clinical depression and anxiety.

JASON GRANT

BOARD MEMBER

Jason is a lived experience consultant who uses his experience to improve outcomes for people within the mental health system. Currently, he works for the National Health Service, the Royal College of Psychiatrists, and the University of Manchester, where he studies the ethnic inequalities in severe mental health conditions. Jason sits on various mental health advisory boards including the National Institute for Health Research, Applied Research Collaborative for Kent, Surrey and Sussex, University College London’s Institute of Mental Health, and Time to Change, the campaign to end mental health discrimination. Jason has degrees from Goldsmiths, University of London, City University London, and the University of Glasgow. When Jason is not working, he can be found dancing or cycling around country lanes.

MARGARET STUTT

BOARD MEMBER

Margaret serves as the Associate Director for Donor Stewardship at UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business. She sits on the Association of Donor Relations Professionals Research Committee and has received national recognition for her work. She is also an Indie musician who has recorded 12 albums, toured nationally, and received press and media coverage including NPR national syndicates. She holds a B.A. in Art History from Occidental College and an M.S. in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the Midwest College for Oriental Medicine. Her leadership style is influenced by her mindfulness practice, which is supported by Zen thought and yoga training. Margaret has been with The Stability Network since June 2016, providing advocacy through speaking engagements and written form.