Our Guests

Walter Greenleaf, PhD

Walter is considered to be the leading authority on the application of Virtual Reality for behavioral therapy. Viewed as one of the fathers of Virtual Reality itself, he brings over 30 years of research, development and advocacy for the adoption of this technology, and its potential to improve healthcare from a variety of approaches. Walter graduated from Stanford in 1985 with a PhD in Bio-behavioral Neuroscience, and immediately began developing technology to facilitate cognitive rehabilitation. 

Dama Dipayana

An innovator through and through, Dama is the definition of a Renaissance Woman: Snowboarding instructor, filmmaker, and years of experience in the startup world. Dama is currently developing software to help children with behavioral disorders learn skills they need to manage them in collaboration with their parents. Manatee  uses a combination of AI and gamification to provide families with a strategy work together.

Elizabeth McMahon, PhD

After more than 30 years at Kaiser Permanante, Elizabeth opened her own private practice in San Francisco.She specializes in the treatment of anxiety, phobias, and Positive Psychology Training. As one of the first psychologists to implement Virtual Reality in her therapy practice, she’s a pioneer in this innovative new treatment method.

Noah Robinson

As a graduate student in the Hollon Research Group at Vanderbilt University, Noah is exploring how virtual reality can be used to treat addiction. He is using virtual reality at an in-patient drug rehabilitation center for patients with co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders. Noah eventually plans to conduct clinical research through Internet-based virtual reality treatments.

Representative Leslie Herod

Representative Leslie Herod (HD-8) was elected in 2016 as the first LGBTQ African American in the General Assembly, while receiving the highest number of votes of any candidate running in a contested election. She serves as the Chair of the House Finance Committee, Vice Chair of the House Judiciary Committee, and Vice Chair of the Committee on Legal Services. Rep. Herod also chairs the Colorado Black Democratic Legislative Caucus and the Arts Caucus.

Justin Kruger

Justin Kruger was inspired to start Project Helping in 2014 after years of regularly volunteering himself in the community. Kruger realized the power that volunteering had in his own life and wanted to share that experience with others. Project Helping organizes volunteer events specifically designed to make an impact — both on you and your community. Through the act of volunteering, participants actively invest in their communities while also reaping the benefits of increased mental wellness. 

Pete Docter

Peter Docter is an American animator, film director, screenwriter, producer, voice actor and chief creative officer of Pixar. He is best known for directing the animated feature films Monsters, Inc., Up, Inside Out and the upcoming Soul, and as a key figure and collaborator at Pixar

Barnaby Perks

Barnaby joined Oxford VR as Founding CEO in March 2018. He has some of the most extensive experience in creating value from digital technology in mental health conditions, having spent the previous seven years as Founding CEO of Cambridge -based Ieso Digital Health. He built the company from its initial clinical trial into the UK’s leading provider of live online cognitive behavioural therapy, delivering evidence-based mental health therapy services in multiple NHS contracts and also to Medicaid patients in the US.

Andy Mathis

Andy leads partnerships and business development at Oculus VR, working with a range of partners to drive VR distribution and engagement. He has spent the last 16 years working in the technology industry in leadership roles that span business development, account management, and sales across Motorola, Esmertec, Google, and now Oculus.

Sharon Lipford

As Program Development Officer with the Mental Health Association of Maryland, Sharon Lipford oversees Engage With, an interactive training program designed for professionals serving older adults.  Prior to joining MHAMD, Sharon brings over 30 years of leadership experience in non-profit and government. 

Stephen Goldberg

Stephen has over 20 years’ experience both in Maryland and nationally working with the Mental Health and Criminal Justice communities, government agencies and local health departments around the country. He is a board certified psychiatrist with added qualifications in forensic psychiatry who trained as a psychiatric
resident and fellow in forensic psychiatry at the University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins.

Ronil Shah

Ronil is currently a third year psychiatry resident at the University of Colorado where his academic interests include the crossover of technology and psychiatry, telepsychiatry, cultural psychiatry, and psychotherapy. He is currently involved in the implementation of a VR program into the outpatient clinic and participates in a psychotherapy scholars focused track as part of his residency training.

Zach Demko

Zach is currently a third year psychiatry resident at teh University of Colorado.  He studied psychology at the University of Florida and received his Medical Degree from Florida International University in Miami. In July, he will be beginning a Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at Vanderbilt University.

Stephen Berkowtiz, MD

Dr. Steven Berkowitz, is the Director  of Stress, Trauma, Adversity Research, and Treatment (START) Center at the University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Center. 

Laura McGladrey, PMHNP

Laura McGladrey is a Family and Psych Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Her background is in emergency medicine, humanitarian aid and wilderness medicine. She is currently working as faculty UC Health Emergency Department the psychiatric consult service and staffs a stabilization unit for child and adolescent population. 

Q Saaed

Mr. Saeed has over twenty-five years of proven executive leadership in the execution and delivery of scaled, advanced technologies. His clients in the past five years on M&A, financial due diligence, AI, machine learning and 5G strategies have included, Panasonic, Kymeta, Google, Softbank, ARK Multicasting, and Allo Communications. 

 

Don Bader

Don is the co-founder of Osiris Labs. Osiris uses immersive storytelling in virtual reality to create real engagement and behavior change at work by connecting the entire workforce to the core business purpose and values. 

James Oury

James is the co-founder of Osiris Labs. Osiris uses immersive storytelling in virtual reality to create real engagement and behavior change at work by connecting the entire workforce to the core business purpose and values. 

Jeff Dorchester

Jeff Dorchester is a designer, entrepreneur, and executive with decades of passion and innovation in the technology space. Previously he co-founded Loyl.Me, and through an acquisition, Monetary. Data science, marketing automation, customer engagement, and merchant payment processing were central to the platforms created. After finding success building and launching those companies, Jeff parted ways to begin helping people with technology he creates. Today, he brings an emotional side of life with his company iRel8, a social network for mental wellness. Jeff had a crazy idea he could help make a difference in people’s lives. Now Jeff says, “Welcome to iRel8!”

Dion Gonzales

Dion is a successful entrepreneur and speaker with a proven history of creating and delivering products domestically and internationally. After personal challenges, mental health became his passion and he co-founded, iRel8 – an anonymous, peer-to-peer social network dedicated to mental wellness. We believe people have the innate need to connect and we proactively use technology to stop the stigma and provide access to help 24/7/365 in 54 languages. 

Wes Williams

Dr. Wes Williams serves as Vice President and Chief Information Officer at the Mental Health Center of Denver, overseeing their information systems. Wes’s clinical background and technical expertise help him provide solutions to the challenges of building systems that meet the needs of clinicians, payers, regulators, and the people we serve. His current focus is on starting up Mental Health Center of Denver’s Innovation Lab, using human centered design to find digital health innovations to improve access, engagement, and treatment efficacy.

Rob Valuck

Rob is the CEO and CO-Founder of OpiSafe, the leading solution provider of platforms designed to manage the opioid response for prescribers, dispensers, public health agencies, first responders and the general public. He is also a professor at the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences on the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, CO.  

Sharon Raggio

Sharon Raggio has over 35 years of experience  in the behavioral health industry and currently serves as the CEO of Mind Springs Health, Inc. and West Springs Hospital, Inc.. She is a loyal advocate of integration of behavioral and physical health and has worked diligently to develop new models of care that both improve health outcomes and reduce costs.

Brian and Brook Griese

Brook and Brian Griese are both Co-Founders of Judi’s House/JAG Institute; Brian is an ESPN Football Analyst and Former NFL Quarterback and Brook is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. Judi’s House was founded on the belief that all bereaved children and families should have access to effective and compassionate care. It is the only free-standing organization in Metro Denver devoted solely to supporting grieving youth, ages 3-25, and their caregivers with research-based care. The mission of Judi’s House is to help children and families grieving a death find connection and healing, while JAG Institute helps further this mission through comprehensive research, training, and advocacy initiatives. 

Tim Enwall

Tim is the Head of Misty Robotics, Inc. Based in Boulder, CO, who are building the robot that could spark “robots for everyone.” Misty Robotics’ vision is to put a robot in every home and office. These robots will be seen and treated as our friends, our teammates, and a part of our families — performing helpful tasks, providing safety, and interacting with humans in entertaining and friendly ways that have only been seen before in science fiction.

Aubrey Schick

Aubrey has an intense passion for developing technology to improve people’s lives. Whether surgical robots, assistive agents or AR enterprise tools, she is driven by meeting the needs of users. Leading with passion, she delivers earlier product outcomes by cultivating user-empathy across stakeholders with agile, actionable deliverables. 

Alexis Decosimo

Alexis is currently working as an art therapist in Asheville, NC and is the Founder and Executive Director of Playing to Live! She specializes in trauma informed art therapy, program development, and international work.  She has worked as a clinician in  wilderness therapy settings, autism, substance abuse, at risk youth in diverse populations, PTSD, military, and with homeless and displaced persons.  

Jared Wigdor

Jared is the Vice President & Chief Devlopment Officer for Bright by Text. He manages their fundraising and communications, engaging foundations, corporations, and individual supporters to fuel Bright by Text’s program supporting children’s physical, social-emotional, and cognitive development. Jared is committed to charting a path to long-term, sustainable development growth that lets Bright by Text focus on what it does best — helping give children the best start in life.