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  • Meet the MindWise Team

Our Team


Larry Berkowitz, Ed.D.

MindWise Expert

Larry is the co-founder and Director of the Riverside Trauma Center, which has responded to hundreds of large- and small-scale disasters in schools, workplaces, and communities. He is an expert on suicide prevention and trauma, bringing two decades of experience to MindWise. He is the co-author of the study “Continuing Education on Suicide Assessment and Crisis Intervention: What Can We Learn About the Needs of Mental Health Professionals in Community Practice?” Larry is a licensed psychologist and is a Teaching Associate in Harvard Medical School’s Department of Psychiatry.

Kaila Braley

Marketing Specialist

Kaila works with both the Screening and SOS Signs of Suicide programs to ensure they reach those in need. She produces custom-designed program materials and marketing tools for our partners to use to educate their communities about behavioral health. Kaila also works with social media to get the word out on our existing and expanding programming. In her spare time, Kaila enjoys yoga, reading, and making pottery at a local craft studio.
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Joanna Bridger, LICSW

MindWise Expert

Joanna brings more than 20 years of clinical experience in the U.S. and abroad to MindWise. She is the Clinical Director for the Riverside Trauma Center and has led and participated in responses to dozens of large- and small-scale disasters. She regularly provides training on trauma, resilience, and suicide prevention and postvention. Joanna is fluent in Spanish.

Lisa K. Desai, Psy.D.

Director, MindWise Screening Program and Research

Lisa leads the development of new screening tools and innovative programs with the goal of reaching underserved populations. In her role, Lisa regularly consults with MindWise partners. She has been a practicing, licensed psychologist for 25 years, providing behavioral health services to youth, adults, and families. Lisa is fluent in Gujarati, and when not at work, she enjoys spending quality time with family and friends, exploring new cities, and attempting to cook Indian cuisine.

Meghan Diamon, LCSW

Suicide Prevention Specialist

Meghan is a social worker with more than 15 years of experience in direct service and program management. She has been making incremental improvements to the SOS program over the last five years, and most recently led the redevelopment of the SOS student videos with an eye toward program fidelity. Meghan is a frequent speaker at conferences on suicide prevention. Outside of work, Meghan enjoys laughing and playing with her young daughters.
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Kimberly Fisher, LICSW

MindWise Expert

Kim is Riverside’s Assistant Vice President of Addiction. She is a social worker with deep work experience in inpatient, residential, and community-based mental health and substance use settings for all age groups. Kim ensures that MindWise is expert and forward-thinking in addictions. In her 16 years in the field, Kim has focused on identifying needs and developing services to support recovery in the community.
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Nanci Ginty Butler, LICSW

MindWise Expert

Nanci is the Coordinator for Program Development at the Riverside Trauma Center. She is a Certified Trainer for the SOS Signs of Suicide school-based prevention curriculum. A seasoned family therapist with more than 20 years of experience, Nancy has focused much of her career on suicide prevention and she is a Certified Instructor in Youth Mental Health First Aid.

Norm Gorin, MBA

Vice President of Development

An experienced executive in the corporate sector, Norm now focuses on making vital connections between Mindwise and corporations and individuals who underwrite our services. Norm also supports our Advisory Board, ensuring that the best minds in our field provide regular input and advice to our staff. Outside of work, Norm actively supports a variety of mission-driven causes and candidates, and enjoys spending time in Brooklyn and LA with his wife, their threes sons, and their respective partners.
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Thomas Hall, M.S.

MindWise Expert

Tom Hall is Assistant Vice President for Clinical Services within Riverside Community Care’s Developmental and Cognitive Disabilities Division. He helps MindWise meet the needs of people with a brain injury, an intellectual or developmental disability, or autism spectrum disorder. Tom has been a senior clinical consultant and manager in the U.S. and abroad for over thirty years. He served as Vice Chair of Governance for the Academy of Brain Injury Specialists (ACBIS) for 13 years, and recently as Chair of the ACBIS International Committee.
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Nick Hanzel-Snider, MPA

Marketing Manager

Nick writes extensively for us – everything from research-based blogs to newsletters and program descriptions and much more. He also serves as the key link between technical experts and our programs. Nick has focused his career on fundraising and communications, with a sincere commitment to work in a field that helps empower people who would otherwise not have a voice. When not at work, Nick enjoys cooking with local foods, crossword puzzling, and being ordered around by his two young sons.

Lea Karnath, M.S.

SOS Signs of Suicide Program Manager

Lea supports schools through consultation and program development – following best practices with a focus on making suicide prevention accessible in the U.S. and beyond. She also facilitates trainings and speaks at both local and national conferences. Lea lost a close friend to suicide and is determined to make people aware that suicide is preventable and that early identification is critical to connect people, especially youth, to treatment. Outside of work, Lea enjoys making kombucha, teaching a weekly meditation class for seniors, and planning her next weekend getaway.

Bryan Kohl

Senior Vice President, MindWise Innovations

Bryan is our Senior Vice President, leading MindWise Innovations. After more than 20 years with start-ups, as well as with large organizations including Bose Corporation and Dell Technologies, he decided it was time to offer a non-profit the benefit of his experience in strategy and organizational development, educational technologies, and digital transformation. Bryan’s role is to ensure MindWise reaches as many people as possible – student-bodies, workforces, and communities – across the globe in helping them address their behavioral health needs. Outside of work, you can find Bryan playing the drums, hanging out with friends, reading, running, and during the winter months, skiing.

Erin Lerch

SOS Signs of Suicide Program Coordinator

Erin provides support to schools using or interested in using our SOS Signs of Suicide program, as well as plans and coordinates SOS webinars and trainings across the U.S. She helps MindWise on the technology front by coordinating tech improvements in both existing and new platforms. Erin is motivated by the people she knows who’ve been helped through treatment and because she wishes her high school had had a program like SOS. Outside of the office, Erin enjoys reading science-fiction novels, playwriting with local fringe theatres, and volunteering at a cat shelter.
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James McCauley, LICSW

MindWise Expert

Jim is the co-founder and Associate Director of the Riverside Trauma Center. He has been a clinician, manager, professor, and consultant for over 30 years in the U.S. and abroad. Jim specializes in trauma postvention, suicide clusters, and developing and supporting suicide prevention coalitions. He presents nationally and internationally. An Army veteran, Jim has a special interest in developing and providing services for returning vets.

Marjie McDaniel

Vice President, MindWise Innovations

Marjie oversees our day-to-day operations, ensuring that we continue to provide the highest quality behavioral health tools for early treatment, crisis management, and education. Much of Marjie’s 25-year career has been in the private sector working in project management and marketing. When not at work, Marjie always seems to be tackling a new do-it-yourself home renovation project.
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Kara Neymeyr, MPA

SOS Signs of Suicide Program Director

Kara is responsible for expanding the reach of the SOS program and ensuring schools receive the support they need to implement SOS. Her 20 years of experience have been spent in service delivery and leadership positions in non-profits serving many populations. Kara’s career is driven by her motivation to help those who are underserved or who might benefit from support and a louder voice to achieve a better quality of life. In her off-hours, Kara loves running amok with her two young sons, completing obstacle course races, and relaxing with a nice book about the history of war.
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Charley O’Neill

MindWise Expert

Charley is our Chief Information Officer. He has decades of experience building and maintaining networks, data center operations, commercial software, and application systems for large and small companies. Charley has also served as a volunteer in human services and healthcare for over 30 years. He is using his unique perspective to help MindWise grow through technology to meet the needs of people across the globe.

David Veira, M.Ed.

Screening Program Manager

David maintains existing relationships with university, community, and workplace partners who implement online behavioral health screening programs. He also provides outreach to build new relationships to expand our state and national presence. His 20 years working in higher education at schools such as Arizona State, Brandeis, and Boston University help us understand the needs of institutions like these. David is fluent in Spanish, and outside of work, enjoys football, food, music, martial arts, and chasing his two young sons around.
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Dionne Wright Poulton, Ph.D.

MindWise Expert

Dionne provides MindWise with extensive skills in diversity and inclusion and conflict mediation. She has over 20 years of experience working in education, adult learning and behavior, intercultural dialogue, and addressing bias in the workplace. A former NCAA Division 1 track and field athlete, she has a special interest in sports. Dionne has been featured in Forbes and other media outlets, and is the author of, “It’s Not Always Racist…But Sometimes It Is: Reshaping How We Think About Racism.”

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