Our Minds Matter’s Board of Directors play a large role in the leadership and accountability of the organization; members come from a wide array of professional backgrounds but all have the common passion to stop teen suicide. The Board has an Executive Committee, Governance Committee, Finance Committee and Programming Committee. Other ad hoc committees are established on an as-needed basis.
Executive Director, Our Minds Matter
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Lauren Anderson is a graduate of Langley HS in 2005 and UVA in 2009, earning a Bachelors of Science degree in Commerce. She then went on to work as a financial analyst at Brookwood Associates, a middle-market investment banking form in Atlanta, GA. After two years, she returned home in July 2011 to put her energy into The Josh Anderson Foundation, evolving a Memorial Fund into an active Foundation that provides adolescents with the mental health education, resources and support so that they never turn to suicide.
In June 2020, The Josh Anderson Foundation formally changed its name to Our Minds Matter, the Foundation’s signature program title, to better align its mission and brand in a clear manner. Josh will always be in our hearts as we work diligently to develop and expand the Our Minds Matter organization.
Lauren is also a certified yoga instructor and teaches all ages and levels of students – from pre-schoolers to teens and adults.
Vice President and Regional Director, Wells Fargo Institutional Retirement and Trust
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Sue Anderson is a Regional Director for Wells Fargo Institutional Retirement and Trust, managing a team of relationship managers serving corporate and non-profit clients in the mid-Atlantic region in retirement plan administration. She graduated magna cum laude from Boston University with a BA degree in Biology and a minor in Psychology. She is a registered representative with the National Association of Securities Dealers (FINRA), holding her Series 7 & 63 licenses as well as Life and Health Licenses in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. In 2008, she earned her Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation.
Hobbies include working out (she is a group fitness instructor), reading, journaling, and following Boston sports teams. She feels especially blessed to have a strong, close family.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Kristin J. Carothers is a Clinical Psychologist, primarily based in both Atlanta and New York. She is licensed in and provides telehealth services across multiple states.
Formally trained as a Clinical Child Psychologist, Dr. Carothers has expertise in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Behavioral intervention. She earned her B.S. from Howard University and her MA/Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from DePaul University.
Dr. Carothers completed a Pre-doctoral internship at the Columbia University Medical Center and a Post-doctoral fellowship in Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy at St. John’s University’s Child H.E.L.P partnership. Subsequently, she served as a psychologist in the School-based Mental Health Program at New York Presbyterian Columbia University Medical Center. That set of experiences lead her to the Child Mind Institute where she served as Senior Psychologist in the ADHD and Behavior Disorders Center.
Currently, Dr. Carothers is in private practice at Peachtree Integrated Psychology and is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Morehouse School of Medicine. As a clinician, she provides CBT to children, adolescents and adults. She also provides Co-Parenting therapy for families experiencing high conflict.
Dr. Carothers serves as a media consultant and expert contributor for Understood.org as a host of the YouTube Web Series, From Our Family to Yours. She was recently appointed to the Board of the non profit mental health organization, Our Minds Matter.
Consultant, Bain and Company
Jonny is a consultant at Bain and Company based in Washington DC, whose work focuses on growth strategy and customer experience. Prior to joining Bain, Jonny was an officer in the US Army, where he developed a passion for mentoring others. As a product of Fairfax County Public Schools, Jonny is eager to give back to students across the DMV. Jonny graduated from Thomas Jefferson HS (’08), William & Mary (’12), and the UVA Darden School of Business (’17). On OMM’s board, Jonny focuses on growth opportunities, corporate funding, and program management.
School Counselor, FCPS
Alex Gorman has been a school counselor in FCPS for the last ten years. For the past four years he’s been the Wellness coordinator at James Madison HS where he’s coordinated Wellness Week, Wellness Days and Mindfulness activities. Before coming to James Madison Alex was a school counselor at West Springfield HS and was a PE teacher at Sidwell Friends School in DC. In addition to his work as a counselor Alex is the head lacrosse coach at James Madison HS. He is 2005 graduate of Trinity University in DC and played lacrosse for the Danish National team in the 2006 World Championships and the 2008 European Championships. He currently lives in Burke, Va with his wife and two daughters.
Data Portfolio Lead, Community Solutions
Aras Jizan leads the data and technology portfolio for the Built for Zero team at Community Solutions, where he works to empower communities at home and abroad with the tools and strategies they need to end homelessness. His passion for youth mental health began in 2011, when he lost a good friend to suicide. Since then, he has volunteered with local organizations providing at risk youth with mentorship and support while helping Our Minds Matter think through growth strategy, program design, and measurement/evaluation. Aras has served as Board Chair since 2017.
Managing Director, Alex. Brown
Introducing large 500 companies and Ultra High Net Worth individual to Raymond James capabilities across all spectrums from all forms of lending to Private Wealth Management. Originally from New York, Todd earned his BBA from George Washington University. He and his wife, Michelle, now split time between Great Falls and East Hampton. They have three children, Samantha, Rebecca and Jack.
Jen (or Dr. Leyton-Armakan) is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Falls Church, VA. She provides individual and family psychotherapy to children, adolescents, and adults, in both English and Spanish. She is also a part-time clinician at API Associates, a Washington D.C.-based mental health agency, servicing youth at risk for foster care placement or juvenile justice involvement. Jen believes strongly in mental health education and outreach, and has worked closely with community-based prevention initiatives; including programs focused on youth mentoring (Young Women Leaders Program) and cross-cultural dialogue (Sustained Dialogue Campus Network). She is a certified LifeForce Yoga Practitioner and pursues ongoing training in mind-body approaches. Jen also serves as the Mental Health Practitioner Liaison and a board member of the Safe Community Coalition in McLean, Virginia.
Jen is tied to the organization, through personal connection and professional objectives. She grew up with the Anderson family: attended elementary and middle school with Tyler; worked closely with Gillian on a mentoring project for at-risk youth in Charlottesville, VA; and has been dear friends with Lauren since high school. Jen attended Northwestern University, majoring in Human Development & Psychological Services. She earned a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Virginia; where her clinical training and research focused on promoting mental health of adolescents and families. Josh’s life and the work of OMM have continued to influence Jen’s perspective as a psychologist.
Human Resources Management Advisor
Lila McCain brings 30 years of experience in human resources management advising businesses on topics such as organizational and leadership development, diversity, and compensation and benefits. Her first 20 years were spent at Verizon, with international assignments in Thailand and Costa Rica. In 2004, Lila left Verizon to work in the biopharma industry for two years before moving to the non-profit sector. Her latest assignments were with American Student Assistance as Director of HR and then with Jobs for the Future as Associate Vice President of Human Resources.
An avid rower, Lila is the board president of Community Rowing Inc. (CRI) in Boston. She plays an active role in the management of this $5M organization with 35 FT and 70 PT employees. Community Rowing is the largest rowing organization in the United States.
Lila grew up in Peru and earned her BA/BS in Psychology/Management from Boston College and an MBA from PACE University in NY.
She resides in Newton, MA with her husband Peter and daughter Sonya. Her daughter, Karen Douglas, died of suicide in October 2013 at the age of 18. Lila is interested in suicide prevention and efforts to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness. She is honored to put her skill set and expertise to work for Our Minds Matter.
Consultant, DiMeo Schneider & Associates, L.L.C
Trey services institutional clients by providing counsel and guidance on portfolio design, asset allocation, manager selection, investment policy statements, and performance monitoring. Prior to joining the firm, Trey was a consultant at ORION Investment Advisors and held positions at BNY Mellon, PIMCO and Legg Mason. Trey earned a BS in Finance from the Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina. He obtained the title Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA®) from Investments & Wealth Institute’s (formerly IMCA) accreditation program at the Wharton School of Business. In his free time, Trey enjoys traveling, reading, golfing and volunteering with local charitable organizations.
Former Director, Intervention & Prevention Services of FCPS
Mother of three grown children, Mary Ann Panarelli began her professional career as the co-director of a group home for emotionally disturbed children aged 6-12. She then taught grades 5-8 in a private school, worked as a school psychologist in FCPS, and then as a special education administrator in FCPS. She retired in 2019 from FCPS after serving as the Director of Intervention and Prevention Services, overseeing FCPS prevention efforts, psychology services, social work services and the Nontraditional school programs. On a personal level, she and her husband adopted their oldest son from the group home for children with emotional disabilities, and have interacted with multiple private and public mental health services over the last 40 years.
School Psychologist, FCPS
Diane brings 25 years of public education experience to Our Minds Matter. She started her career in a private day-treatment center as a teacher/counselor for students with social-emotional challenges. She then transitioned to the public education setting, where she taught students with a variety of unique learning, emotional, and behavioral needs. After 10 years in the classroom she became a School Psychologist, serving a variety of communities in Ohio and Colorado before moving to Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS). Since arriving to Northern Virginia in 2012, she has been committed to a variety of mental health initiatives, including Our Minds Matter. She is a certified trainer for teen and Youth Mental Health First Aid, and lead instructor for tMHFA in FCPS. She is a Crisis Team Leader and co-sponsor for Chantilly High School’s Our Minds Matter Club. She has also taught psychology courses at the collegiate level.
Diane is passionate about wellness and supporting youth as they navigate the many challenges of adolescents. Moreover, she is committed to empowering young people by giving them the tools they need so they never turn to suicide. Diane practices wellness by being an outdoor enthusiast and writer. She believes humor has healing power and does Improv and Stand Up Comedy when time allows. She currently lives in Manassas, VA with her wife and two dogs, Camp and Kona.