Why mental health matters to me: People close to me have struggled with the challenges presented by the current mental health care system—in particular, stigma, lack of access and limited treatment options. Improving people’s well-being is the most important problem I can help solve, as it has a significant impact on quality of life. Focus at Foresight: My time is spent largely in product development and clinical innovation, where I work with our teams to leverage technology and data to help improve clinical outcomes and deliver an outstanding member and provider experience. Previous work experience: I studied electrical engineering and computer science at the University of California, Berkeley.
Why mental health matters to me: Mental health is a deeply personal interest of mine. I’ve had a number of very close friends who’ve struggled with depression, anxiety and trauma. Seeing the many challenges within the current system—including difficulties with access, affordability and quality of care—is what motivated me to start Foresight. Focus at Foresight: I’m focused on our purpose: empowering people to be happier and healthier. To accomplish this mission, I’m working with our incredible team to open up access to affordable, exceptional mental health care across the country. Previous work experience: Building Foresight has encapsulated my entire career since taking time off from the University of California, Berkeley.
Why mental health matters to me: I’ve battled depression intermittently throughout my life. I’ve also witnessed a significant number of loved ones suffer unnecessarily—stigma preventing them from reaching out. People are not their diagnosis, and it’s important to me to educate folks that they don’t have to keep it a secret. I’m committed to empowering people to find their voice and reach out for help, enabling a happier, healthier life. Focus at Foresight: It’s a privilege for me to lead multi-site teams of therapy providers, guiding them toward our shared vision, with exceptional care for our members top of mind. I manage hypergrowth, with rapid team scaling, while bringing people together around our cultural expectations of compassion, collaboration and appreciation. Previous work experience: With more than two decades of clinical leadership, I’ve served in many capacities across numerous settings. I have a diverse track record with clinical supervision, program development, multidisciplinary team collaboration, and protocol / training development.
Why mental health matters to me: I’ve always enjoyed helping people feel better, stronger, healthier and like the best version of themselves. From a young age, I began teaching the subjects that gave me the most joy and comfort, including martial arts and music. These subjects later would include chemistry, psychology and anatomy on my way to my degrees in medicine and public health. I learned there’s no health without mental health. I now believe that the systematic reduction in human suffering, both mental and physical, is the best way to build a society that’s better, kinder, stronger, and more creative and diverse. Focus at Foresight: My goal as National Medical Director is to help refine the great therapy and prescription medication services already present, as well as to help further develop the psychiatric and health behavior services. I hope to help develop a truly cohesive team-based care approach that involves not only therapists, advanced practice nurses and psychiatrists, but also social and behavioral health support services linking us to primary and hospital care. Previous work experience: I’ve worked in private, public and university health care settings as an individual provider, consultant, professor and director. In the past 10 years, I’ve mostly focused my energies on developing integrated and collaborative care programs supporting primary care providers. During this time, I’ve published and spoken extensively on primary care integration, the use of metrics and measurement, and the role of health behavior education on whole-person care.
Why mental health matters to me: I’ve always had a passion for the mind—how fragile and resilient it can be. It took me years to realize that the draw of mental health stemmed from my own personal experiences and struggles with it. I also witnessed disparities in being able to find help for those who needed it most while working as a registered nurse (RN). Seeing these disparities further fueled my desire to be an advocate for mental health. I’m passionate about psychiatry, specifically, because I believe as a discipline it has a long way to go, and I want to be at the forefront of making a difference in the field and lives of others. Focus at Foresight: My role is to grow and develop the psychiatric team and services, while discovering innovative ways to make Foresight the best place to be a psychiatric provider and for someone seeking psychiatric services. I also have the pleasure of working with other departments to realize the organization’s vision and purpose. Previous work experience: As an RN, I worked in the neurology unit of a large teaching hospital, where I discovered that my passion lies not in the brain, but the mind. From there, I pursued further education as a psychiatric nurse practitioner while working at a residential treatment center for children and adolescents suffering with eating disorders. After obtaining my master’s degree and nurse practitioner license, I worked in outpatient private practice, teaching at a university and at an inpatient psychiatric unit before finding my way to Foresight, where I fell in love with the culture and mission.
Why mental health matters to me: There are so many who live with mental health struggles, and I’m grateful because I learned how to get through them. I’ve spent the past 30 years figuring out how to create a wellness space for people to live and thrive in. Early on in my life, I saw family members and people in my immediate neighborhood secretly and publicly dealing with mental health issues, and many of them never got the help they needed. I want to be that change—to make sure everyone who can and is willing gets the help they need. “Changing the world one chat at a time” is the motto I live by. Focus at Foresight: I’m currently creating our intensive outpatient program (IOP) as well as leading our group therapy program. As the Director of Operations for both, I’m bringing my infectious love for all things wellness and mental health as well as my holistic interdisciplinary approach to help people be their best selves. Building this program and department with so many folks who have great superpowers makes this wonderful work. My focus is on maintaining therapeutic integrity while honing operational excellence that allows us to serve our members intentionally and well. Previous work experience: I’ve used my skills, talents, abilities and expertise in mental health, education and people power to create programs, trainings and organizations from conception to full execution. I’ve worked in all facets of mental health, including program management, training direction, intervention and content strategy, giving people a reason to have hope, believe in their now and trust the process. My working life began at age 15, when I was hired as a youth employment specialist for California’s Employment Development Department, and I’ve continued since then helping people to say yes to their life, no matter what they’ve been dealt.
Why mental health matters to me: I have seen the positive impact mental health care provides, and I have seen the negative impact associated with barriers to getting needed care. I’m excited to work with the Foresight team to improve access to mental health care services, and I’m also delighted to play my personal role in reducing the stigma associated with mental health care. Focus at Foresight: My work helps enable our growth and expansion. I have the opportunity to work with our Marketing, Real Estate, Development and People teams to expand our reach into new markets. Previous work experience: Prior to Foresight, I was on the founding team and Chief Development Officer at Carbon Health, where we built a national network of primary care and urgent care clinics focused on improving access to world-class health care.
Why mental health matters to me: I’ve seen firsthand the positive impact of mental health care, and what it enables. I’m very lucky to work with a great team that’s helping expand access while creating the best provider and member experience. Focus at Foresight: Foresight is building something special, and that includes a world-class finance team and processes. Our overarching goal in finance is to impact the company in a very positive way while remaining invisible to our providers and members. Previous work experience: I served as Chief Financial Officer at Healthcare Staffing Services, parent company of the Fastaff and U.S. Nursing Corp. brands. I helped lead the company through a successful sale and merger with health care- and tech-enabled staffing companies.
Why mental health matters to me: The Foresight mission is personal for me. Some of the most important people in my life have struggled with depression, anxiety, substance abuse and mood disorders, and I know the pain of losing someone to death by suicide. During my journey, I’ve run into the very same roadblocks that many of our members have—trying to find high-quality care covered by insurance—and want to be a part of the solution. I want to help drive the conversation forward so that mental health loses its stigma and is valued on par with physical health. Focus at Foresight: I have the pleasure of working with our Clinical and Operations teams to evolve the delivery of mental health care, and to ensure our members and providers enjoy a best-in-class experience. Previous work experience: I served as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Executive Officer of a home health and hospice organization focused on delivering exceptional service and empowering local teams. Prior to that, I helped DaVita Inc. establish a strong international footprint as their Vice President of International Operations and Development.
Why mental health matters to me: I’ve always had a special place in my heart for those struggling with mental illness and addiction—it’s why I went to school to become a therapist. I realized early on that mental health is as important as physical health. Helping to end the stigma of mental health, open access to care and assist those who experience mental health issues brings me joy, and value and improved livelihood to others. Focus at Foresight: On paper, it may be described as contracting, but to me it’s so much more. Working with payers to support the overall wellness needs of their subscribers is key. The development of relationships, quality-of-care initiatives and building a foundation of trust is at the core of my job. Previous work experience: I’ve spent four decades working in mental health and addiction treatment. I started out in a variety of roles—mental health tech, case manager, social worker and therapist—and later moved to the business side of care. Since then, I’ve worked in regional and national positions in business development, marketing, utilization review, admissions and contracting.
Why mental health matters to me: Mental health has touched me personally, and having the opportunity to see how care can positively help others has had a big impact on my life. I feel deeply that everyone should have access to exceptional mental health care, to help them throughout their journey in life. I love working for a place that’s very mission-driven, and I get to play a part in helping get mental health care to as many people as possible. Focus at Foresight: I work to maintain and enhance company governance with the security and privacy of our internal data, as well as build an evolving compliance program to assure and protect our members and their data. Previous work experience: I have more than 15 years of experience in building technology and security programs in a compliant environment.
Why mental health matters to me: I found a true passion in giving back and supporting at-risk youth through foster care and volunteer services. Many of these young people struggled with their mental health due to trauma and abuse. Through successful partnerships with therapists and psychiatrists, I was able to witness firsthand their growth, improved quality of life, happiness and overall well-being transformation. Focus at Foresight: Ensuring the best experience for our members, from enrollment through the time they’re with us for services. Previous work experience: Throughout my career, I’ve had the opportunity to drive operational excellence for employees and customers. I have a long tenure of creating delightful customer experiences for many organizations.
Why mental health matters to me: I know firsthand how challenging it is to find care for a loved one in crisis. I’m proud to work with this community of professionals completely devoted to improving the quality and accessibility of mental health care. Every Monday afternoon we meet as an organization, and during this time, we hear from one of our therapists about a member they’re working with. The stories are always moving—and feel like a call to action. We have so much work to do as humans in how we tend to our own mental health as well as the mental health of others. I am fortunate to be part of the solution. Focus at Foresight: Our core values drive us to care for Foresighters—our employees—who are the people who take care of people. On the People and Culture team, we ensure Foresighters have opportunities for development as we grow, are seen and acknowledged for the work they do, and afforded a community in which they feel connected and excited to do their best work. Our team manages total rewards, organizational and learning development, employee relations and onboarding. Previous work experience: I’m fortunate to have worked with organizations that are purpose-driven with humble, people-first leaders, and have been recognized as top places to work. These same attributes drew me to Foresight. Recently recognized as one of Glassdoor’s 50 Best Places to Work 2022, in the Small & Medium Companies category, Foresight has allowed me the opportunity to draw on my experience in all facets of the human resources discipline in a fast-moving, dynamic and fun environment where the people experience is paramount.
Why mental health matters to me: After my dad struggled for many years with bipolar disorder, exacerbated by his time as a U.S. Marine and a career law enforcement officer, he died by suicide. Many family members, including me, have struggled with anxiety and depression and haven’t always had the resources to get the necessary help. Mental health might be the most broken part of health care in this country, and in need of the most redesign. If in my time here I’m able to improve pathways to access in any way, I’ll consider it a success. Focus at Foresight: My role is to support our Clinical and Operational teams. As one of the foundational team members who came on board when we were about a dozen people strong, I’ve built or designed most of the organization’s processes and have a deep fundamental knowledge of our purpose and core values as well as our teams and initiatives. Previous work experience: Similarly to what we’ve built here, I started One Medical Group with a very small team of amazing providers, operators and engineers, and I’m very proud of their success in improving the quality of primary care in the U.S. I’m also very proud of my former career in hospitality and have worked with some of the industry’s most talented people. They honed my attention to detail and gave me a sense of purpose in serving others.
Why mental health matters to me: At the heart of my passion for health care is a passion for helping the underserved. Never before has our country been so in need of mental health support while experiencing such difficulty in accessing that support. I’m incredibly proud to be part of an organization that’s working to serve a need that’s truly touched every one of us in some way. Focus at Foresight: My focus here is delivering exceptional clinical care to the members we serve by building collaborative, value-based relationships that deliver on the Quadruple Aim. I have the privilege of engaging across our clinical and operational teams to deliver on our purpose and build the future of outcome-driven care in behavioral health. Previous work experience: Prior to joining Foresight, I served as the Vice President of Value Based Care for a large hospitalist provider, driving clinical improvement and cost savings in the hospital and post-acute setting.
Why mental health matters to me: Mental health is such a critical part of our overall well-being, and up until Foresight’s involvement, has been much overlooked by our health care systems. Having the ability to access this support at various times in my life has been incredibly impactful. I’m honored to play a small part in providing accessible mental health care to all. Focus at Foresight: Keeping all things financial, accounting and payroll moving smoothly and streamlined, while at the same time working to put processes and systems in place—all with the help of an incredibly talented team and leader. Previous work experience: Prior to coming to Foresight, I was Global Corporate Controller with eMeter, a Siemens business, where I was given the opportunity to integrate our start-up business into a Fortune 500 company. From there, I moved to Siemens Healthineers, Ultrasound Division, as an HQ Controller, shifting focus to financial planning and analysis.