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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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.

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Zana is a fellow Washingtonian. She graduated from Ballou SHS in 2012 and obtained Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Sociology and Writing from Penn State University in 2017. Zana has 12+ years of youth development experience, specializing in after-school programming, college prep, and program coordination.

During her childhood, Zana would witness the impact of poverty amongst the African-American community and how it affected her peers’ mental health. This would fuel her to become a grassroots activist, herbalist, and host of the Epitome of Woman podcast; discussing topics about healing for black women that have experienced inner-city trauma.

When Zana is not at work, she can be found at a local flea market operating her small business Diaspora Botanica; her love for human connection motivates her passion for arts & humanities.

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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.