The Team

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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 a middle-market investment banking firm in Atlanta, GA for two years. In 2011, she returned home to the DC Metro Area to put her energy into Our Minds Matter, formerly the Josh Anderson Foundation, which is named after her brother Josh, who died by suicide in 2009. Lauren has 10+ years of experience in executive leadership, program development & management and creating strategic partner and funding relationships.  

Lauren currently lives in Washington, DC with her two rescue pitbulls, Rori & Spud, and is a student and teacher of yoga.

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A DC native, Morgan (better known as Mo), is a writer, multimedia artist and postpartum doula who studies and imagines ecosystems centered around care. Her work is amplified through curriculum development, workshop facilitation, digital strategy and creative direction. She holds over ten years of experience in education, specializing in creative writing and youth development.

For three years Morgan worked as a facilitator during SMYAL’s Activist Summer Camp, facilitating social justice workshops and supporting youth as they launched GSA (Gay/Straight Alliance) clubs at their schools, before transitioning into education as a teaching artist alum for Split This Rock and the DC Youth Slam Team. She later went on to serve as the Director of Poetry Programming for Words Beats and Life, helping young writers publish (and later on perform) their own manuscripts. She has most recently migrated into public health, with a focus on socio-emotional wellness and family-centered advocacy.

Mo is an internationally-recognized poet and performer, a two-time Harvard Alumni of Color Conference facilitator, TEDx speaker, Loft Literary Center Immersion Fellow, and was recently awarded by the mayor’s office as one of 2020-2021’s 40 Under 40 Queer Women of Washington. When not building new worlds, Mo can be found snuggled up with her Nintendo Switch and shamelessly binging Survivor.

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Rachel is a licensed social worker with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Social Work (MSW), both proudly obtained from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. Her MSW specializations were in mental health and human sexuality.

Rachel has experience conducting community engagement and education about healthy relationships and reproductive justice with organizations such as Planned Parenthood. While earning her graduate degree, Rachel spent a year as a school social worker at Vaux Big Picture Public High School in Philadelphia. She served as a counselor and had the honor of co-founding the school’s first Gender & Sexualities Alliance (GSA) with one of her students, where they created a welcoming space for folks to learn about and celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community.

After graduating with her master’s, Rachel spent a year and a half as a community-based therapist for formerly incarcerated individuals in Philadelphia. Most recently, she served as a Field Organizer on the Biden for President Pennsylvania Campaign. Rachel is eager to bring her expertise and passion for mental health and youth empowerment to the Our Minds Matter team.

Rachel is excited to make DC her new home and enjoys being a cycling instructor, cooking, spending time outdoors, and listening to as many true crime podcasts as she can find.

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Elizabeth Gutting received her BA in English with an emphasis in creative writing from Kenyon College and her MFA in Creative Writing from George Mason University. Between college and graduate school, Elizabeth was a Fulbright Fellow in South Korea, where she taught English on the island of Jeju. Her professional experience includes over a decade of work in both the nonprofit sector and higher education. As Program Director of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation (2014-2017), she ran literary programming in DC and also fundraised for the 40-year-old organization through grant writing, donor cultivation, and events. From 2017-2020, she was a lecturer and the program coordinator for the creative writing program at Boise State University, where she helped launch the university’s first-ever undergraduate degree in creative writing. She comes to Our Minds Matter from the Cheuse Center for International Writers at George Mason University, where she served as the assistant director. She is thrilled to bring her passion for nonprofit administration, storytelling, and fundraising to OMM.

Elizabeth is also a writer, and her fiction and nonfiction have been published in The New York Times, The Baltimore Review, The Rumpus, Humanities Magazine, and Juked, among others. She lives in Arlington, VA with her family.

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Laura Beth obtained her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Virginia Tech. During her undergrad, Laura Beth served as a research assistant in the Center for Applied Behavior Systems (CABS). While in CABS, Laura Beth supported the development and implementation of a school-based training program. Her passion for youth and public service led her to earn a certificate in Nonprofit Management from Duke University in 2016. She has 10+ years of project management, providing customer/client service, and developing customer/client relationships from previous work as an HR Specialist at the Department of Defense, Service & Volunteer Coordinator at Averett University, and Director of Outreach & Philanthropy at Promote Care Prevent Harm. At Our Minds Matter, Laura Beth uses her educational background and professional experience to continually develop and enhance the OMM program, collect and analyze implementation data, and provide ongoing support to OMM students and partners.

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Catherine Royston graduated from Walter Johnson High School in Bethesda, MD in 2014 and from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in May 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Shortly following graduation, she served in the Peace Corps in the West African nation of Togo. As a community health and malaria prevention volunteer, Catherine largely focused her work on health education at the local clinic, middle school, and in rural surrounding villages. She also helped organize and facilitate the Pathways Togo middle school and high school annual week-long conference which focused on how girls can stay in good health to stay in school. During her service, she was moved by the lack of awareness, dialogue and knowledge surrounding mental illness in her community. At the Josh Anderson Foundation, Catherine will be assisting with the expansion of the Our Minds Matter club to Montgomery County public high schools. Catherine enjoys running, cooking, discovering new music, and listening to the latest podcasts from This American Life and The Daily.

Part-time or contracted team members

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Kaitlin Miller has a Bachelors in Spanish from Hamilton College and a Masters in Public Administration from Cornell University. She has over 15 years of experience streamlining and strengthening internal systems for businesses, nonprofit, and government organizations. She has served as Chief Operating Officer and Director of Operations for numerous organizations and spent 5 years managing the largest federal housing program for homeless veterans under the Obama administration. In addition to her operations experience, Kaitlin brings to OMM a deep commitment to supporting middle and high school youth, building upon her experience as a foster parent for 4 years and as a YMCA teen camp counselor for 3 summers while in college.

Kaitlin lives with her husband, daughter, and golden retriever in upstate New York.

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Sanice is a North Carolina Native who proudly graduated from the University of North Carolina in Charlotte in 2014 with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Communication Studies. She is an Operations Coordinator with a background that has spanned from the nonprofit sector to healthcare and financial industries. Sanice leverages her professional experience in operations and project management to provide daily operational support while collaborating with fellow team members to outline frameworks for strengthening internal systems and policies.

Sanice is a North Carolina native who in her free time enjoys completing epoxy resin projects, writing poetry, binging true crime shows and being outdoors whether that’s hiking or playing with her adopted beagle mix pup Rookie. 

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Tara Kwan received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. She served one year as an AmeriCorps VISTA at the Los Angeles Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs then worked as a Program Assistant/Program Manager at the nonprofit Program for Torture Victims. During her time at PTV, she saw firsthand how important trauma-informed care is to support asylum seekers’ mental health and their resettlement in the United States. She was inspired to go into social work to further help the community and she is now pursuing her Master of Social Welfare at the University of California, Los Angeles. At Our Minds Matter, she works to support staff with different projects to further their mission of promoting mental health awareness to students.

Tara resides in Monterey Park, California; she enjoys trying out new dessert places, creative writing, and watching Korean dramas in her free time.