Our Team

Alexander Lockwood

Senior Editor

Why I Joined The Mighty:
I have seen first-hand how important community is for positive mental health – to feel like others really have experienced and so understand what it’s like to live with a brain with its finger on the self-destruct button. The Mighty combines my love for the written word with my desire to help others, particularly in the mental health community, and I am consistently floored by the strength of our contributors. It is an honor to be a part of that.

Annie Sung

(she/her)

Revenue Operations Intern

Why I Joined The Mighty:
Continuing throughout college studying Economics and Chemistry, I became increasingly interested in the intersection between Healthcare and Business. When I found out about The Mighty, a place where people’s differences in the outside world become their greatest connecting points, I knew that this was a company that aligned well with my interests. Little did I know how fulfilling and impactful my job would be. Through the multitude of Revenue based roles that I fulfill on a daily basis, I am very thankful to play a part in amplifying the voices of The Mighty community.

Anthony Easton

(he/him)

Director of Growth

Why I Joined The Mighty:
Falling in love with the mission of The Mighty is inescapable. The passion of both the community and the team members at The Mighty is palpable, and the honor of helping amplify the voices of our community and team provides me with such a sense of purpose and camaraderie I never knew was possible in a career. I know that through any challenges I may be facing, I have an entire team and community supporting me.

Ashley Kristoff

(she/her)

Creative Project Manager

Why I Joined The Mighty:
While I was in the midst of cancer treatment, I struggled to find people who understood everything running through my head. I see that The Mighty can give people the type of support I was searching for during that time of my life, and the support I still reach for when things become hard. The world of health often feels apathetic, and I aim to create things that help people feel understood and supported.

Austin Inglett

Account Coordinator

Why I Joined The Mighty:
The moment I discovered The Mighty, I knew it was where I wanted to be. Now, more than ever, having a supportive platform to openly discuss health conditions and disabilities is paramount. I have never seen a more empathetic and honest online community in my life and I am proud to be a part of helping it grow.

Ben Berkley

(he/him)

Editorial Director

Why I Joined The Mighty:
There’s just so much capacity for good within this community. At its core, The Mighty is about finding people who are experiencing the most challenging days of their lives and trying to make those days a little brighter, a little more manageable, or at least a little less lonely. This supportive environment is exactly what I’d want my family to find on their hardest days.

Brittany McCoy

Head Writer

Why I Joined The Mighty:
I joined The Mighty because I believe in The Mighty’s mission. I genuinely believe that the more stories we hear and the more empathy we use in our day to day lives, the equity we will be able to achieve for people with lived conditions everywhere.

Brittany McDermott

Sr. Manager of Strategic Partnerships

Why I Joined The Mighty:
My work has always been centered around health and wellness as I previously worked at a variety of healthcare-focused agencies. I wanted to help people who were struggling with an illness or disability, but oftentimes didn’t feel the work I was doing was providing the right voice to the people I was trying to help. I joined The Mighty to continue to change the dialog in how marketers engage with these communities and help grow as well as support the millions of people already invested in our cause.

Caitlyn Smith

(she/her)

Editor

Why I Joined The Mighty:
I’ve been a contributor at The Mighty for a handful of years. I live with ulcerative colitis, and it was a safe space for me to tell my story the way I wanted to tell it. When an additional opportunity came up to ghostwrite and edit patient stories, I jumped on it! I’m grateful the team lets me work around another full-time job. The Mighty appeals to me because it shares honest, raw and relatable content from so many different types of people.

Camara Rauen

(she/her)

Digital Media Producer

Why I Joined The Mighty:
After directing a musical film which focused on students dealing with anxiety and depression, I realized that promoting awareness of mental health through media was my passion. When I found The Mighty, I felt connected to the community and their mission to create an empowering space for mental health, chronic illness, disabilities and more. It is a dream come true to be part of a team where I can combine my passions for media, mental health and more.

Carla Lohr

(she/her)

Sr. Manager of Community Standards

Why I Joined The Mighty:
I joined The Mighty because I believe in the power of community. I wanted to be part of the larger conversation, not just about my own disability, but the perception of disability as a whole. This community provides a space for you no matter what you are facing. I wanted to play a role in building that space.

Dani Birzer

(he/him or they/them)

Super Contributor

Why I Joined The Mighty:
I found encouragement and education about my many chronic diseases on The Mighty, and I wanted to be part of the education as well as to tell my own story too!

Doug Fox

Director of Strategic Partnerships

Why I Joined The Mighty:
I had been working in healthcare for a long time, and was becoming disillusioned with what I was doing and the impact it was having. I wanted to become a part of something special, something I could be passionate about… I found that in The Mighty. Every day, I’m helping to build a community that supports millions of people, making their journey more informed, a little less scary, and whole lot more connected.

Dustin Frisch

(he/him)

Moderator

Why I Joined The Mighty:
I joined The Mighty because I like the site’s mission. I also like the fact that many of our users can discuss various topics related to disabilities, physical or mental. The Mighty has encouraged me to be open about some of my own disabilities to people as family and friends may not always understand or get my disabilities.

Francesca Dalleo

(she/her)

Contributor Editor

Why I Joined The Mighty:
As a longtime reader of The Mighty and parent of a child with an orthopedic condition, I feel lucky to be involved with this community focused on health and disability issues. As a writer with an MFA in creative nonfiction writing and background in nonprofit communications, I appreciate helping share our members’ powerful stories.

Gabriel Sodre

Software Engineer

Why I Joined The Mighty:
I think today it is much more common for people to share only their happy moments on social media, showing off their acquisitions, beautiful photos. But we all have our difficulties and that sadder side. But this is almost never shared. The Mighty brought to the world the possibility to be able to share this, to find a support network and help each other. I support this cause and I want to contribute to the growth of this ideal..

Genevieve DeRose

(she/her)

Contributor Editor

Why I Joined The Mighty:
I joined The Mighty because after years of battling mental illness, they were the ones who helped me find my voice again. This community has taught me so much and is unmatched in vulnerability and empathy. Starting as a contributor, it’s an honor to now be part of helping others share their stories.

Harrison Polo

(he/him)

Media Account Manager

Why I Joined The Mighty:
I joined the Mighty when I was at a low point in my life — anxiety-riddled, depressed, and beyond stressed. I found solitude and camaraderie within The Mighty’s comment section and by reading stories from other community members who were also going through rough times like myself. The Mighty gave me a lifeline, and then an opportunity to go further by joining the team. Since joining I’ve had the privilege of meeting some amazing people both within the company and outside of it.

Heidi Cope

(she/her)

Director of Revenue Operations

Why I Joined The Mighty:
When I was first diagnosed with dysautonomia in 2017, I was hesitant to share my story because of disability stigmas — but then I found The Mighty. The Mighty showed me how powerful storytelling can be in changing the negative climate surrounding many health conditions and disabilities. That’s why I joined the community team — to help others feel accepted, supported and empowered in our amazing Mighty community.

Jake Malone

Associate Manager of Community Standards

Why I Joined The Mighty:
After working in community for many years I saw an opportunity to help build a community that means so much to so many people. I felt like my work could make a real difference in the lives of others. I think The Mighty represents a powerful and close-knit community that does a lot for each other.

Josh Pentecost-Cliffe

(he/him)

Associate Account Manager

Why I Joined The Mighty:
I was a member of The Mighty long before I made an account on the site. I used articles from The Mighty to help inform myself and others about my major depressive disorder. The Mighty helped me express myself to my friends and family in ways I never thought possible and now I want to do the same for others.

Karin Willison

Senior Editor

Why I Joined The Mighty:
I have experienced growth and healing from writing about and sharing my experiences as a person with a disability. I joined The Mighty to help empower others to share their stories and dispel societal prejudice against people with disabilities.

Kashinda T. Marche

Community Standards Team

Why I Joined The Mighty:
I’m honored to have joined a community such as The Mighty. I’m learning what coping tools work best for me and am purposed to support and be supported amongst my peers. I hope to help others going through troubling times to know that they are heard and seen through storytelling.

Kat Harrison

(she/her)

Community Content Producer

Why I Joined The Mighty:
At a time when I felt submerged by the weight of my chronic health conditions, The Mighty brought me back to life. This community is my daily reminder that vulnerability and storytelling are unparalleled superpowers. It’s my favorite corner of the internet and it’s my honor to help it grow.

Kelly Douglas

(she/her)

Contributor Editor

Why I Joined The Mighty:
I joined The Mighty because from the moment I discovered this community, it’s helped me feel less alone in some of the most vulnerable aspects of my life. The Mighty has empowered me to embrace all that the health community has to offer, and I want to help writers feel comfortable expressing themselves and connecting with others in similar circumstances so they can do the same. I started as a writer several years ago, and I feel blessed to now help others share their stories on The Mighty.

Kevin Lockland

(he/him)

Product Consultant

Why I Joined The Mighty:
I have worked on online community and digital media products throughout my career. I believe in the power of online communities and I believe in the power of story-telling. By bringing community and storytelling together, The Mighty is creating a trusted space for people impacted by health conditions to help and support one another. I am proud to work with The Mighty team to connect, empower and inform people on their healthcare journey.

Kriz Mendoza

Director of Engineering

Why I Joined The Mighty:
I am passionate about mental health.

Lewis Dvorkin

Chief Operating Officer/Board Member

Why I Joined The Mighty:
I’ve been around — half my career in traditional media, half in digital media. I’ve had my ups and downs (I don’t do sideways), always searching for meaningful difference, not better sameness, in life and work. I’m here because The Mighty uniquely makes a meaningful difference in the lives of so many people.

Liz Chen

(she/her)

Director of Product

Why I Joined The Mighty:
After years of working in both healthcare and consumer tech, I’ve seen that many health solutions focus on transactional experiences but fall short of meeting human and emotional needs. I am honored and excited to be a part of The Mighty community, making it easier to find support and resources for those who need it most.

Mike Porath

CEO

Why I Joined The Mighty:
We created The Mighty to help people. We are working every day to make it the most powerful community in health. For me, building The Mighty was an opportunity to combine my professional experience in digital media and journalism with my personal experience parenting a child with a disability. I wrote about our “why” on the day we launched.

Monique Vitche

(they/them)

Newsletter Editor

Why I Joined The Mighty:
I joined The Mighty because I know what it’s like to feel like no one “gets” or cares about what’s going on inside your mind or with your body. As someone with lived experience in some of the conditions we cover, I really resonate with the stories shared in our community. I started as a writer, and now it’s an honor to gather all the incredible stories on The Mighty into a neat package for our community.

Nicole Robertson

Community Standards Team

Why I Joined The Mighty:
I joined The Mighty Team because their mission to provide a safe and supportive environment for those that live with a chronic illness created a space that connected me with others that understood me and therefore I felt less alone – I have muscular dystrophy. I wanted to become a part of the community that gave me my life back. The same way that The Mighty helped me in my time of need, my goal is that I can have the same impact on others that are seeking genuine support, understanding and safety.

Nina Rondon

(she/her)

Community Manager

Why I Joined The Mighty:
I joined The Mighty shortly after I received my bachelor’s degree. Balancing everyday adult responsibilities with depression and PTSD proved to be the biggest challenge I faced at the time. The Mighty welcomed me with open arms to express myself when I felt voiceless, and helped me to connect with others as I built a safe space within myself. I’m grateful to the brave and Mighty warriors that wake up everyday and continue on despite the challenges they face. We are #MightyTogether.

Nisha Gutierrez-Jaime

Contributor Editor

Why I Joined The Mighty:
The Mighty has been my “go-to” virtual support system ever since I became a mom. Today I have healthy 7-year-old twin boys, and a 4-year-old daughter battling a congenital heart disease. But when I was in the thick of their medical challenges, I was grateful for the parenting blogs on The Mighty that provided insight and gave me the hope I was searching for during an emotionally draining time.

Sara Ray

(she/her)

Vice President of Community Insights

Why I Joined The Mighty:
As a sociolinguist that has spent over ten years working in healthcare, I believe patients are experts of experience in healthcare and their stories can provide powerful insight into living with a condition. The Mighty is a platform that can bring those voices together to inform healthcare and provide community and support to each other. I am excited and proud to work with a team so dedicated to health and the power of community.

Sarah Porath

Human Resources

Why I Joined The Mighty:
We started The Mighty to help people. When our daughter was diagnosed with a rare chromosome disorder, other parents’ stories of their experiences and journeys helped us more than any medical journal. We wanted to create a community where people could come together through their shared stories and know they aren’t alone.

Sarah Schuster

Editor At Large

Why I Joined The Mighty:
I joined The Mighty because I know what it’s like to feel like no one understands or cares about what’s going on in your head. I started as a writer, and now it’s an honor to help people in the mental health community share their own stories.

Savannah Bachman

(she/her)

Qualitative Research Manager

Why I Joined The Mighty:
After working behind the scenes at several nonprofit organizations, I wanted to work directly with patients to ensure that their stories are being heard and validated. That’s why I joined The Mighty – because they truly believe in the power of shared experiences.

Sean Harris

(he/him)

Head of Data

Why I Joined The Mighty:
I spent the entirety of my 13-year professional career on the physician side of Digital Health. The Mighty served as a great opportunity, and logical next step, for me to connect to the other hemisphere in healthcare, the patient side. Working at the mighty afforded me the opportunity to utilize my background in data discovery, ingestion, manipulation, and business decisions based on data insights, to empower patients to reach their best possible outcomes.

Skyler “Skye” Gailing

(she/her)

Editorial Assistant

Why I Joined The Mighty:
I’ve been a fan of The Mighty ever since I was a teenager searching for answers as I struggled with my health. Now that I am an adult with several diagnoses under my belt, I still turn to The Mighty for a sense of community and support from folks who just “get it.” It’s an absolute pleasure and a privilege to have the opportunity to give back to the community that has given me so much.

Vy (V) Cao-Silveira

(she/her)

Quantitative Research Manager

Why I Joined The Mighty:
After getting my MPH degree, I really wanted to pursue a career in medicine. So, I joined The Mighty because it’s a place where real people come to talk and connect with each other about health. I believe that to become a better healthcare provider, you must start with the patients. We need to listen to what they have to say and what their needs are. This is what we do at The Mighty. I love working for a team that is committed to making these voices matter.