Our Team

Alejandra Cooper

Associate Editor

Why I Joined The Mighty:
I found The Mighty a few years ago, and it’s hard to describe the relief I felt being among others who understood what I was going through. I’m so grateful for the chance to give back to that community.

Angelica Catalano

Director of Social Impact

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.

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 Calabrese

Director, Strategic Partnerships

Why I Joined The Mighty:
I joined The Mighty because I am inspired, awed, and humbled by voices of the people we have the privilege of serving every day. The Mighty is place where people build each other up and bring joy and hope to incredible challenges; every day, I get to see the best side of humanity.

Ashley Kristoff

Video Producer

Why I Joined The Mighty:
I found The Mighty while I was in the midst of treatment for Thyroid Cancer. Between my own health and my family’s, The Mighty hit close to many of my life experiences. Being able to do something I love while being able to help countless individuals is unlike anything else.

Brittany McDermott

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 often times didn’t feel the work I was doing was providing the right voice to the people I was trying to help. The Mighty provides a platform for people to connect in their journey by encouraging them to share the good, the bad, and moments in-between. 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.

Camara Rauen

Associate Video 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

Sr. Manager of Community Standards

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.

Chris Webb

Lead Engineer

Why I Joined The Mighty:
I enjoy being a part of The Mighty, not only because of the rich content and welcoming atmosphere but also because of the unique technical challenges presented by such a highly user-driven community. Architecting the various features to allow our users to engage has forced me to think about web development from a different perspective. On top of all that, my team members are top-notch, and an absolute pleasure to work with.

Daniel Graupensperger

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 move closer to our goals by providing a place for people to express themselves and be heard.

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.

Erin Migdol

Senior 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.

Francesca Dalleo

Contributor Editor

Why I Joined The Mighty:
As a longtime reader of The Mighty and parent of a child with an orthopedic condition, I am thrilled to be more involved with this community focused on health and disability issues. As a writer with a background in communications for nonprofits, I appreciate helping share these powerful stories.

Genevieve DeRose

Contributor Editor

Why I Joined The Mighty:
I joined The Mighty because I know what it’s like to struggle in silence. Finding a community where stories could be shared and silence and stigma could be broken changed my life and I’m so grateful for the chance to now help others share their stories, too.

Haley Quinn

Senior Manager of Community Impact

Why I Joined The Mighty:
When you’re struggling with mental illness and chronic illness (or any health issue for that matter), it can be easy to feel alone and hopeless — I definitely did. But that’s why I joined The Mighty. I wanted to help continue to build the community that made me feel supported and connected in the midst of so much darkness and hurt. I want people to feel hopeful, to remember they are loved and worthy and never alone, and that help is out there.

Heidi Cope

Community Associate

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 Bellone

Lead Moderator

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.

Jessica McCormack

Moderator

Why I Joined The Mighty:
My work as educator was always grounded in building safe communities for learners to grow and help one another. After I was diagnosed with several chronic illnesses, I had to stop teaching in the classroom. While I was researching support groups for one of my illnesses, I found the Mighty and saw what an amazing space it had built for people like me. I’m honored to be able to help foster that community through my work here as a mod!.

Jordan Davidson

Managing 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

Mental Health Editor

Why I Joined The Mighty:
I joined The Mighty because I believe storytelling is a powerful tool in raising awareness about mental health. I am honored to help people in the mental health community share their stories, because everyone deserves to be heard.

Kai Wang

Engineer

Why I Joined The Mighty:
I decided to join The Mighty the moment I realized the existence of this great platform. I’ve always worked in industries which put monetized purpose before everything. By joining The Mighty, I can finally put my skill to great use and help people in need.

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.

Kashinda T. Marche

Moderator

Why I Joined The Mighty:
I’m blessed to have achieved becoming a published Author, Certified Peer Support Specialist and Executive Committee Member for The Raleigh-Apex NC NAACP Branch while living a life challenged with multiple chronic health conditions. 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

Community Content Manager

Why I Joined The Mighty:
At a time when I felt submerged by the weight of my chronic conditions, The Mighty brought me back to life. Rooted in vulnerable storytelling, this community is my daily reminder that breaking the stigma around illness and disability is possible. It’s my favorite corner of the internet and it’s my honor to help it grow.

Kristeen Cherney

Contributor Editor

Why I Joined The Mighty:
I’ve struggled with anxiety and depression most of my life, and it came to a head when I was finishing graduate school. This is when I also first found The Mighty, and I’m grateful to be a part of such a supportive community. On a professional level, I bring backgrounds in digital health media writing, scholarly research and narrative writing instruction to my role as a Contributor Editor. It’s an honor for me to help others share their stories so we can continue to learn from one another and advocate for each other.

Leigh Wasserman

Sr. Director of Strategy Development

Why I Joined The Mighty:
I have been following The Mighty since it started and have been moved and amazed by the authenticity and rawness of the stories. I wanted to work at a company that lets people tell their true stories, understands that each person’s health journey is different and offers resources to get them through their challenges.

Lindsay Siegel

Manager, Strategy Development

Why I Joined The Mighty:
I joined The Mighty because I’m passionate about the mission and love that our group has that in common. I grew up with a brother with autism and it’s made me more patient, empathetic and understanding of those facing similar challenges. I love how The Mighty connects mental health and the emotional toll of disability, chronic illness and rare disease. As I’ve matured I’ve become more of an expert in those topics and in my spare time I volunteer as a crisis counselor for crisis text line.

Matt Sloan

Contributor 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.

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

Associate Editor

Why I Joined The Mighty:
When I first found out about The Mighty, I was super excited to see there was a community for people to read and write about their conditions in an informative and relatable way. I believe in the power of storytelling as a way to connect with others who “get” what you’re going through, and The Mighty succeeds in doing this. I’m honored to be part of The Mighty’s mental health community to help folks tell their stories.

Nick Hansen

Moderator

Why I Joined The Mighty:
I was first exposed to The Mighty in 2016. I read a couple of articles about Lupus. I realized that very few lupus patients were male and had quite the same perspective I had. The following year, my life changed drastically when lupus caused irreversible kidney failure. I underwent dialysis for 2 years, followed by a transplant. Following the community while on dialysis helped me to cope and provide support to others who were experiencing this in their lives. The opportunity to serve this company, as well as its member community, is truly an honor and a chance to give back.

Nicole Robertson

Moderator

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 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.

Nisha Gutierrez-Jaime

Contributor Editor

Why I Joined The Mighty:
When my preemie twin boys were born and in the NICU I hit the internet to research and came across a blog on The Mighty. It gave me so much insight and hope during the scariest time of my life. I decided to submit my own blog months later, and I was so happy when it was published on the site because I hoped it would help another new mom. Fast-forward to my baby girl who was born with a congenital heart disease, again I turned to The Mighty as a resource and therapeutic outlet. The Mighty has since changed my perspective on so many levels. I am so grateful for the opportunity to contribute to this community that offers support to such a diverse group of people.

Renée Fabian

Features Editor

Why I Joined The Mighty:
I joined The Mighty because of its focus on people, connection and community. A diagnosis doesn’t reduce our humanity, and I’ve never believed it more than here. That makes so many people feel less alone and more understood, myself included, and that’s a mission I want to be part of.

Sandeep Chayapathi

VP of Engineering

Why I Joined The Mighty:
I joined The Mighty so I could help others in a meaningful way. Having gone through a surgery for a spinal-cord tumor has given me a first hand experience on the toll it takes not only on the person but also on the caretaker (often the partner/parent). The Mighty gives me an opportunity to make a positive impact on creating awareness, building a community where people find comfort and strength in sharing their stories and experiences.

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

Editorial Director, Contributors

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.

Shelby Jefferson

Contributor Editor

Why I Joined The Mighty:
I decided to join The Mighty because I’m a daily reader and have been greatly impacted by stories shared by writers with similar experiences, as well as the user feedback on The Mighty’s Facebook account. I personally struggle with mental illness and it’s been lifechanging to be able to turn to a community where people are facing similar daily struggles. I want to play a part in touching and transforming lives as a Mighty team member.

Shufei Ma

Experience Designer

Why I Joined The Mighty:
I have always wanted to be a designer who designs for social impact. Two years of grad school taught me to rethink the relationship between humans and technology and how we as designers can contribute to make the world a better place. I’m very inspired by the mission behind The Mighty and the people who work here. Like many others on the team, I want to make the world a better place — a place where people feel less lonely; where people can contribute and where people are heard. I can’t think of a better place to start than the Mighty.

Stephan Guthrie

Experience Designer

Why I Joined The Mighty:
I joined The Mighty because I wanted to become a part of an organization that makes a positive impact on the health community. I love the fact that The Mighty provides a platform for people to freely express themselves who may otherwise feel as if they have no voice. I hope to help make an impact on people’s lives through design further allowing our users to spread awareness about their journey.

Thiago Macedo

Engineer

Why I Joined The Mighty:
For me, joining The Mighty was like answering a call. Besides its great name (we’re all “Mighties”), the purpose of the community is so clear and strong. Knowing the team and the projects we’re envisioning makes me believe that more communities can learn from the work we are doing. That’s exciting, and I strongly believe my efforts and time are worthwhile.

Tom Burns

Engineering Fellow

Why I Joined The Mighty:
I joined The Mighty for a few reasons. First of all, I wanted to find a team-oriented company where I could roll up my sleeves and have a direct impact on the product. When I looked into The Mighty, I was impressed to find a company that has carved out social “real estate” in a space dominated by tech giants (FB, Twitter, LinkedIn). Lastly, I felt my background as a Special Ed teacher lent me a unique eye to bring to the company. I’ve had firsthand experience working with kids who carried more than their share of emotional baggage; a chance to work for a company whose mission is to help people means a lot to me.

Veronica Vivona

Associate Editor

Why I Joined The Mighty:
I joined The Mighty because I believe that it’s important to recognize feelings. Your health is more than just science and facts. There are a whole lot of questions and emotions that can come along with it. The Mighty gives us a chance to express ourselves and learn more about ourselves, regardless to whatever part of our journey we might be on. I feel incredibly honored to be part of this beautiful and kind community.