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, MD

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, MD

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, MD

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, MD

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, PhD

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, PhD

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, LPC, LMFT

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 Griese and Brook Griese, PhD

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, PhD

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. 

Ben Lewis, MBA

Ben is an experienced entrepreneur who started Tapjoy and Karma Science before founding Limbix. Ben has also worked as an Engineering Manager, Engineer, or Product Manager at Google, Microsoft, and Facebook. He has a B.S.E. in Computer Engineering and an MBA from the University of Michigan. He is married with two children and claims to have a killer game of disc golf.

Jon Sockell, MBA

Jon is a technology entrepreneur and co-founder at Limbix. Prior to Limbix, Jon ran marketing at KeepTruckin and key product marketing verticals at Medallia, and helped drive each company’s valuation to over $1B. Jon has a BA in Economics from Washington University in St. Louis, and an MBA from Vanderbilt University. His hobbies include golf, travel, basketball, and scrabble.

Jomar Suarez, MD

Dr. Suarez is an adult psychiatrist trained at the University of Colorado and a diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. In 2014 Dr. Suarez founded the 7 Healing Stars Oneness Center in Colorado, a platform of empowerment that combines principles of nutrition, sustainability, education, holistic health, artistic expression, spirituality and community integration. 

Barry Raphael

Barry is the Administrator/Archivist at the Lumonics School of Light Art in Denver, CO.  The Lumonics Light & Sound Gallery is a multi-sensory environment intended to bring you into a state of comfort and expanded awareness. It utilizes the Tanner light sculptures, music, and video by Dorothy Tanner and Marc Billard.

Christopher Schneck, MD

Christopher Schneck, MD, is the medical director for the Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Depression Center, and oversees patient care delivered by the clinic providers.  In addition to his clinical duties, Dr. Schneck teaches in the divisions of Psychiatry, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Neurology, Neuroscience and the University of Colorado Medical School. He has been recognized annually as one of Denver’s “Top Doctors” in 5280 magazine since 2004.

Aimee Sullivan, PhD

Aimee Sullivan, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist and senior instructor in the School of Medicine.  At the Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Depression Center, she uses evidence-based psychotherapies to work with children and adults with mood and anxiety symptoms, and has a special interest in using Family-Focused Therapy to treat bipolar disorders. Current research interests are focused on the role of family variables in the development and course of early-onset bipolar disorders.

Lena Schneck

Lena Schneck has been an intern for the National Mental Health Innovation Center since 2019. She has a deep interest in creating innovative mental health solutions and in making treatment accessible for all. Through her internship, Lena has worked on projects relating to improving emotional intelligence in children and destigmatizing mental health issues through social media, literature, podcasts, and valuable discussions. She is a rising sophomore at a small liberal arts college and hopes to continue to work in the mental health field.

Zach Smith

Zach Smith is an intern with NMHIC and will be a Junior at the University of Washington in Autumn 2020. He is a Psych major with a minor in Environmental Sciences. Within NMHIC, he works with the Tech Innovation Network, helping with a variety of different projects and tasks.

Elissa Wolf-Tinsman

Elissa Wolf-Tinsman teaches Upper School social studies and is chair of the department, as well as an Upper School advisor at a local independent school. She earned her BA at Wesleyan University and her MEd at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. While at Harvard, Wolf-Tinsman published two articles, both based on her teaching experiences. Wolf-Tinsman has taught a variety of social studies and English classes, seventh through twelfth grades. 

Robin Gabriels, Psy.D

Dr. Robin Gabriels, Psy.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist and Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Dr. Gabriels has over 30 years’ experience developing intervention programs along with assessing and treating a variety of pediatric and adult populations. Dr. Gabriels established the Neuropsychiatric Special Care program at Children’s Hospital Colorado, one of the few nationally-recognized specialized psychiatric inpatient and day treatment units for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and/or intellectual disabilities

Tamara Merritt

Tamara has been working in the Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies industry for more than 30 years providing oversight, management and program development for numerous therapeutic riding centers in Northern Colorado.  Currently Tamara is the Associate Executive Director at Hearts & Horses where she oversees the various program operations and development.

Missy Franklin

Melissa Jeanette Franklin Johnson is an American former competition swimmer and five-time Olympic gold medalist. She formerly held the world record in the 200-meter backstroke. As a member of the U.S. national swim team, she also held the world records in the 4×100-meter medley relay (short course and long course). 

Paul Gilmartin

From 1995 to 2011 Paul Gilmartin co-hosted TBS’ Dinner and a Movie, and has been a stand-up comedian since 1987. His credits include Comedy Central Presents: Paul Gilmartin, numerous Bob and Tom albums, comedy festivals and the Late Show with Craig Ferguson. Since 2011, he has been the host and executive producer of the podcast The Mental Illness Happy Hour.

Jennifer Dore, MD

Jennifer Dore, MD is a board certified psychiatrist specializing in psychodynamic psychotherapy and medication management for conditions such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD and addiction. In 2014, Dr. Jennifer Dore founded Helios Psychiatry with a mission to serve the local Bay Area community and innovate across a broad spectrum of traditional and pioneering treatments, including Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy.

Alex Doman

Alex Doman is an entrepreneur, bestselling author, music producer, podcast host, and TEDx speaker with twenty-five years experience in neruroscience. The third generation in a family of pioneers dedicated to improving brain performance, Alex is founder and Chief Product Officer of Vital Neuro, founder of Advanced Brain Technologies and Sleep Genius. He’s contributed to articles to peer reviewed scientific journals, magazines, and books, and is the host of the Advanced Brain Podcast. 

Solome Tibebu

Solome Tibebu is a behavioral health strategist and investor passionate about frontier technologies and solutions transforming mental health, equity and access. Solome is the founder and host of the Going Digital: Behavioral Health Tech Summit, the largest conference focused on virtual behavioral health and she is the co-author of ReThink Behavioral Health Innovation, the source for digital behavioral health technology startups. 
Solome leads a philanthropic fund focused on adolescent mental health, and she is board director or advisor to various mental health organizations and for profit comapnies, including the Telosity Fund, CaringBridge, Headstream, Hopelab, Made of Millions.