DAVID SONG

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

David is an equity-focused, mission-driven leader with nearly 15 years of experience leading community-based organizations. His career has been dedicated to service, impact, and giving those who must be heard – especially immigrants, refugees, young people of color, and those living with mental health challenges – a voice and the opportunities that others take for granted.

David is proud to be a foreign-born Korean-American and the eldest son of an immigrant family from Chicago, by way of Pennsylvania steel country, Louisiana, and Southern Illinois. David has extensive experience working with public education systems in Seattle, Chicago, and Minnesota and has designed events for the Aspen Ideas Festival, Smithsonian, and DuSable Museum of African-American History.

David has lived with depression for years and is a life-long storyteller motivated to learn from and empower those sharing lived experiences of mental health, especially the stories of immigrant families and people of color representing diverse cultures. He has grown most while working with employers and mentors who helped him find space for mental health treatment, therapy, wellness, meditation, laughter, family, and love.

AISHA SHAH

PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Aisha directs The Stability Network’s speaker training and public speaking programs. She has dedicated her career to supporting young people of color, and brings nearly two decades of experience working in the nonprofit sector providing direct service to young people and their families. Prior to joining The Stability Network, Aisha led the Counseling Department at Prep for Prep, a youth education and leadership development nonprofit in NYC. Born and raised in Bombay, India, Aisha came to the United States for college. She holds a BA in Religion from Bates College, where she was a two-time All-American in squash. When she’s not working, Aisha loves to try new recipes and spend time with her wife and dog, Layla, which help her cope with her anxiety.

MELANIE JOCHHEIM-ATKINS

PROGRAM MANAGER

Melanie leads The Stability Network’s leader engagement, communications, and public speaking program. She studied Biology and German Language at Whitman College. A Seattle local, Melanie loves hiking, dancing, and baking anything sweet. Melanie is an advocate for people living with mental health conditions and practices cognitive-behavioral strategies to manage her anxiety and insomnia.

STACY THRALL

SPEAKER COACH

Stacy Thrall was diagnosed with Bipolar 1 Disorder in 2008. At the time, she was the owner and director of a home-based business and with support, her business continued to be an asset for her community for seven more years. After she closed the business, she was certified as a mastery-level health coach and used the research, skills, and knowledge to build her mental health and well-being toolbox. Subsequently, she began to look for a network of like-minded people in the workplace living with mental health conditions and found The Stability Network. In 2017 Stacy became a Stability Leader.

Through learning to tell her advocacy story, Stacy became an advocate for safe disclosure in the workplace. Currently, Stacy coaches healthcare professionals and community members in her state on the Living Proof Framework to craft their advocacy stories for positive change.

KYLE ELLIOTT

SPEAKER COACH

Dr. Kyle Elliott is a career coach, professional speaker, writer, and mental health advocate. He is known for helping people get unstuck, own their fabulousness, and achieve what they never imagined was possible. As a queer person living with mental health conditions, Dr. Elliott is proud to use his words, voice, and platform to encourage others to share their stories, get help, and achieve recovery. As a coach, he empowers Stability Leaders to uncover and craft stories of hope through his knack for asking deep, moving questions. When not coaching, you can find Dr. Elliott at Starbucks or Disneyland with his partner, J.V.

DONNA HARDAKER

SPEAKER COACH

Donna is an internationally recognized thought leader in the complex arena of workplace mental health. For over 20 years, Donna has leveraged her personal experience of losing a job and a career due to mental health and addiction challenges into award-winning training, tools, speaking and writing. She believes that lived experience is a valuable and underused resource to inform effective systems change in the workplace and in healthcare. She enjoys coaching new speakers to hone their personal experiences into powerful advocacy stories, to not only change the hearts and minds of people in the audience, but also to affect significant societal transformation. Donna lives in Toronto, Canada.