Our Team

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.

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.

Ashley Kristoff

(she/her)

Director of Video & Events

Why I Joined The Mighty:
I found The Mighty while I was in the midst of cancer treatment and as I’ve navigated my health over the years, I know I wanted to give back to the community that got me here. The world can often feel apathetic and my goal is to create things that make people truly feel.

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.

Bert Hall

(he/him)

Director of Community

Why I Joined The Mighty:
Everyone should have a space where they can let their guard down and build connections with others. The Mighty provides that environment of listening, learning and belonging and makes a real difference in people’s lives. It’s a privilege to be part of that every day.

Brittany McCoy

Associate Editor

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

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.

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

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.

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.

Eric Burress

Design Director

Why I Joined The Mighty:
I joined the Mighty in large part because I felt it was an opportunity to work with great people and do a lot of good in an organization whose mission was something I could wholeheartedly support.

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.

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.

Heidi Cope

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)

Account Coordinator

Why I Joined The Mighty:
After graduating from college, I wanted to find an opportunity to do some good in the world. The Mighty gave me that opportunity. Now every day when I go to work I know that every little bit I do contributes to connecting others and giving people like myself, and those close to me a place to open up about their condition.

Karin Willison

Senior Contributor 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 Manager

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.

Liz Chen

(she/her)

Product Manager

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.

Matt Sloan

Senior 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.

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.

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.

Owen Adams

(he/him)

Chief Product Officer

Why I Joined The Mighty:
I am inspired by The Mighty’s mission every day, and am grateful to work on a platform that enables our community to help and support each other in profound ways. There is potential for The Mighty to do so much more and I’m excited to bring the vision to life.

Samuel High

(he/him)

Head of Growth

Why I Joined The Mighty:
People across the world are hurting. I joined The Mighty during the global pandemic to make an immediate impact, to help people on a daily basis as they navigate their health journey. I’m honored to be a part of what we are building.

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

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.

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:
(he/him) 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.

Tom Burns

Engineer

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.

Vy (V) Cao

(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.