We're committed to dismantling mental health stigma through a multi-faceted approach that includes education, resilience training, and the integration of lived experiences. Our mental health programming has been featured at global conferences, schools, and symposiums. The curriculum we offer covers early identification of mental health concerns like addiction and suicidal ideation, how to move through depression, as well as issues related to gender identity. Through resilience training and sharing lived experiences, we provide a holistic view of mental well-being. Our overarching goal is to empower youth to live fulfilling lives, free from the burden of stigma.
Torri Shack, CEO and Founder of Tangible Movement, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is a transformative advocate at the nexus of mental health and LGBTQ+ issues. Torri is a two-time attempted suicide survivor, recovering drug addict, and alcoholic and identifies as transgender using he/him pronouns. He graduated magna cum laude with a degree in History and International Relations from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Beyond his advocacy work, he is a successful entrepreneur as the CEO and Founder of Resilient Consultancy, specializing in small business and nonprofit consulting. His advocacy is deeply rooted in his experiences with addiction, depression, and longstanding mental health challenges. Founded by Torri in 2016, Tangible Movement has gained recognition for its efforts to break down the stigmas associated with mental health, suicide, addiction, LGBTQIA2+ equity, and gender identity. The organization achieves this by offering resilience training workshops and Lived Experience Perspective presentations at educational institutions, corporations, and conferences throughout the United States. Torri's own lived experience and insights serve as the foundation for these transformative programs, amplifying their impact. In addition to leading Tangible Movement, Torri serves on the Board of Directors for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Northern Nevada. He is a certified educator and facilitator for NAMI's mental health initiatives. Their contributions also extend to the Lived ExperienceAdvisory Committee (LEAC) for the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC), a certified educator for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), and lastly, serves on the board of Directors of Our Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit advocating for Northern Nevada's LGBTQ+ community. Motivated by his mental health, recovery, and acceptance journey, Torri aims to revolutionize the discourse and action surrounding mental health, suicide prevention, LGBTQIA2s+ equity, and gender identity. Through collaborative efforts and community engagement, he seeks to foster empathy and provide tangible resources to teach resilience, aspiring to create a ripple effect of change across the nation and potentially the globe.
Starting in junior high, Chloe began separating family and social life. She was told to keep quiet about her family’s hardships, so she started suppressing a lot of negative emotions. Throughout the following years her immediate family dealt with drug addiction, suicidal thoughts, depression, jail time, coming out, and abuse. Unfortunately she turned to partying as her outlet in college and it wasn’t until a couple years after graduating that she sought help through therapy. She was finally able to confront all of her past traumas, but continues to work through the damage today in order to fully enjoy the positivity around her. In her journey of healing, she wants to help spread awareness so that people will stop ignoring whatever dark clouds are following them and end the stigma around mental health for generations to come.
Sonny Patel is a founding Board Member and Chief Development Officer at Tangible Movement. His focus is in strategic growth, sustainable development and delivering high impact support and programs. He is also U.S. National Institutes of Health Fogarty Global Health Scholar and Fellow at the Harvard University. He has developed research protocols, programs and training to build capacity and knowledge in communities around the world from subject matters in Public Health and Community Mental Health to specialized topics in Disaster Resilience. Sonny is a frequent lecturer to academic courses on global health, community mental health, disaster management and post-disaster research. He has provided lectures and workshops both domestically and internationally, including Harvard University (USA), London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (UK) and University of Cape Town (South Africa). Having been interviewed by various media outlets, Sonny has presented his work at leading international conferences and associations, including American Public Health Association (USA), Environmental Health International Conference (Russia) and World Association of Social Psychiatry and the Royal College of Psychiatrists (United Kingdom). He received his Bachelors from the University of California, Berkeley and received his Masters in Public Health from University of Southern California.
Raphael is a leader in creative and technology direction with his experiences in digital product development ranging from large organizations, such as Netflix, Riot Games, and SAP, to early-stage startups. He creates bold and disruptive solutions from idea to execution. His understanding of human behavior and expertise in design and development of digital products allows him to solve problems and better user experiences – ultimately helping to shape and innovate the world we live in. He comes from a multicultural background – born in Brazil, descending from parents across several continents, and now living in the US for the past two decades. On his off days, he spends his time surfing, building furniture, and exploring the world. His life experiences and the people he surrounds himself with have shaped the person he is today, so on his work days, he makes sure to implement those experiences by pushing creativity to the next level and actively developing himself and his team.
Shahla Modir, M.D. completed residency in General Psychiatry at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and a 2-year fellowship in Addiction Psychiatry at UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Modir is double board certified. This is a rare qualification in the treatment of Addiction and Psychiatry. She is a Diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology for Psychiatry AND Addiction Psychiatry. Dr. Modir is a licensed buprenorphine provider and a dual diagnosis expert. She received an NIH grant to study the effects of acupuncture and motivational interviewing on methamphetamine withdrawal symptoms. She is trained in all of the evidence-based psycho-social therapies to treat addiction such as motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy, and dialectical behavioral therapy. She also has expertise in pharmacogenetic testing and MTHFR mutations. Furthermore, she has worked as a medical director and chief psychiatrist for dual diagnosis residential facilities over the past 10 years. She worked with the leading experts from UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Program to develop inpatient evidence-based treatment programs. This blend of experience allows for a well-trusted evaluation and treatment of very complicated patients
Zach Skow is the founder of Marley's Mutts, a rescue organization that has saved thousands of dogs and focuses on community outreach. He is a survivor of addiction, disease, and mental illness, and now lives in good health with his wife, daughter, and dogs.
Currently Managing Director at U+, a global digital product development company launching corporate & startup innovations. U+Ventures invests in early-stage software startups in US and Europe with offices in NYC, SF, Prague and clients all over the world. Kate built products for companies such as Volkswagen, T-Mobile, E.On, Home Credit, AXA and other Fortune 500. With 8+ years of global and diverse work experience she is skilled in business development within different regions and cultures, product management and development, lean startup methodology, UX/UI and managing the projects and teams. She was leading Founder Institute in San Francisco where she is mentor at the present. Frequently invited to advise startups in Silicon Valley and Los Angeles; judge pitch events and to speak at the tech conferences. Studied graphic design and humanitarian studies. Passionate about psychology, art, travel, and empowering and supporting the people around her.
Cyn Gomez is a student at Berkeley. Cyn’s pronouns are they/he, and identify as nonbinary and bisexual. They believe mental health is intimately tied to the wellness of marginalized communities; they care about ensuring wellness because for the Brown, Black, Indigenous, Queer, Poor, and other disenfranchised and Disabled communities, mental health is often not central to the conversations, and it needs to be! In the future, they hope to be a lawyer and Congressional Official. With purpose and passion, they want to impact the lives of others through politics and human rights initiatives.
I work with a 16-member team at the Southern Poverty Law Center to raise over $110 million in annual support for legal advocacy and community engagement across five Southern states, including Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Louisiana, and Florida. I have a mental health condition, as well as family members that are affected by mental health. I want to use my professional experience to help Tangible Movement spread awareness and educational programs across the US by securing corporate and private donations.