Our Team

Angelica Catalano

Director of Media Partnerships

Why I Joined The Mighty:
I’ve always tried to better understand invisible illness through everything from verse writing to academia. When art meets science, you get stories. The Mighty is the storytelling platform we need to understand each other’s disabilities.

Anvar Bagiyev

Designer

Why I Joined The Mighty:
The Mighty is a one of a kind place, where I feel empowered to make a difference every day. I enjoy being a part of the team and helping build unique experiences for our strong community of users.

Ashanthi de Silva

Rare Disease Editor

Why I Joined The Mighty:
Growing up, there was little opportunity to be a part of a community for my sisters and me with disabilities. It often felt like there was no one else who understood my family’s unique experiences. The Mighty has created a community where there once was none, and I’m excited to be a part of helping others feel connected and share their stories.

Ashley Kristoff

Video Producer

Why I Joined The Mighty:
I found The Mighty on an internship hunt while I was being treated for Thyroid Cancer and was actually getting Radioactive Iodine treatment the same day I got an interview. Between cancer, mental illnesses and rare chromosomal deletions, The Mighty hit close to my life experiences. I felt it was a sign that I found them shortly after my diagnosis and being able to do something I love while being able to help countless individuals sounded like the best thing in the world.

Audra Everett Gold

VP Product

Why I Joined The Mighty:
I believe that The Mighty has the potential to vastly improve the way people learn and connect around health issues, and I wanted to be a part of the team that is going to make it happen.

Benjamin Sherman

Director of Community Partnerships

Why I Joined The Mighty:
I joined The Mighty to bring health nonprofits’ resources and volunteer opportunities to our powerfully engaged audience. When The Mighty readers find it easy to take action, millions get the help they need.

Caitlyn Kalustian

Contributing Editor

Why I Joined The Mighty:
I joined The Mighty because I want to expand my ability to empower others through publishing others’ stories, not just by writing my own. I believe, as many do, that The Mighty is truly a safe haven for the disabled community. I want to be a part or something bigger than myself and become a strong advocate for those with disabilities, and I believe The Mighty offers a platform to be a catalyst for change in the community–an inclusive place for people with disabilities and a chance for the community to reach the typical population and change how they view the disabled community.

Carla Lohr

Community Manager

Why I Joined The Mighty:
I joined The Mighty because I also 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. I grew up around able bodied people. There were no other kids like me in my area. There were no other families that faced the same situations as ours. I was in my late 20’s before I had any friends with the same disability. It was so nice to have people who could relate in a way no one else had ever been able to before. This community provides that no matter what you are facing and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to be part of that.

Crystal Hodges

Contributing Editor

Why I Joined The Mighty:
When people with medical conditions go out into the world, people often meet their condition before they meet them as a person. Instead of being greeted with a welcoming “hello”, they are often met with harsh comments and stares. But on The Mighty? They are always seen as a person first, and they get to tell their story in their own words. Every day, one story at a time, The Mighty is making a difference. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that?

Daniel Graupensperger

Junior Product Manager

Why I Joined The Mighty:
I joined The Mighty to help build the world’s biggest and best online health community and I’m so proud that every day we are moving closer to our goals by providing a place for people to express themselves and be heard.

Ellen Stumbo

Contributing Editor

Why I Joined The Mighty:
When my daughter was born with Down syndrome, I needed to connect with people who had walked the journey before me and who could offer me hope and encouragement. Now that my daughter is older I’m able to do that for others, but I’m just one voice. I joined The Mighty because I believe that by sharing stories we can share hope and encouragement for the journey. All of our voices. All of our stories.

Erin Migdol

Chronic Illness Editor

Why I Joined The Mighty:
Though you can find a website about nearly any topic imaginable these days, there aren’t many safe, welcoming places on the internet where writers (and readers) are encouraged to share their health challenges and triumphs in order to inspire others who are facing similar situations. The Mighty does, and that’s why I’m so proud to be a part of it.

Jordan Davidson

News Editor

Why I Joined The Mighty:
When I started my career in media, if you wanted to learn about a health condition, your options were limited to something cold and clinical. The patient experience was almost non-existent from traditional health sites and other publications. I came across The Mighty and loved that the focus was person-oriented and community-based.

Juliette Virzi

Contributing Editor

Why I Joined The Mighty:
After devoting my college experience to mental health advocacy efforts, I knew that I wanted to continue in the field. Working for the Mighty as the Community Partners Intern has allowed me to use my passion for helping people by connecting readers with the resources provided by our nonprofit partners.

Karin Willison

Disability 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.

Katie Kreitzer

Community Intern

Why I Joined The Mighty:
I joined The Mighty because I know how it feels to have stories inside of me that no one can see, and how healing it can be to share those stories with others. I’m so proud of our team and contributors for creating a space centered around compassion and connection, and feel lifted up every day by the collective strength of our community.

Matt Sloan

Contributing Editor

Why I Joined The Mighty:
I joined The Mighty because I have seen first-hand how important it is for the stigmas surrounding mental illness to be broken; for the stigmatised to raise their voices and share their experiences. 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 and resilience of our contributors. It is an honour to be a part of that.

Megan Griffo

Editor-in-Chief

Why I Joined The Mighty:
I joined The Mighty because I believe storytelling can lead to real change, and I love the idea of a space where people feel safe and accepted in sharing their most personal stories. You can read why I left my last job to help launch The Mighty here.

Michael Mezzatesta

Head of Growth

Why I Joined The Mighty:
I wanted to be on a team that makes a positive social impact. What I love about The Mighty is that the bigger we become, the more people we help — and I want to be a part of that.

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.

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.

Mohini Kundu

Editor

Why I Joined The Mighty:
I became an editor in the hope of sharing stories that would help people and create change, and The Mighty allows me to do that in a way I’d never dared to dream of. I really believe the issues The Mighty covers touch every single one of us in some way, and there’s not nearly enough conversation or understanding around them. I’m proud to be part of a team that’s working to change that.

Nerris Nassiri

Video Producer

Why I Joined The Mighty:
I joined The Mighty because I love being able to create media that gives people a voice and The Mighty has given me a platform to do this. Plus they let me wear bow ties!

Sarah Schuster

Mental Health Editor

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.

Twilah Hiari

Contributing Editor

Why I Joined The Mighty:
The writings and voices of those of us with chronic illnesses and disabilities have long been marginalized in many forums and communities. I joined The Mighty because here our experiences are central, rather than peripheral. I believe the written word has incredible power to facilitate empathy and inclusion. I feel fortunate to have a role in the promotion of writings by people whose experiences are fundamental to the growth of empathy and inclusion.

Vicki Santillano

Senior Editor

Why I Joined The Mighty:
I joined The Mighty to help people connect and share with one another about topics that are too often misunderstood or not talked about enough. Reading a story and thinking, “Me too,” or writing a story that inspires that feeling in others, can mean so much and make such a difference in people’s lives.

Thurman

Office Dog

Why I Joined The Mighty:
Woof!