Ending the stigma around mental illness begins with education and awareness. We’re proud to have provided mental health education at conferences, schools, and symposiums worldwide. Our programming is aimed at providing an understanding of how to identify potential signs of mental illness, addiction, suicidal ideation and gender identity issues. We aim to #endthestigma of mental illness so our youth can go on to live full and productive lives.
Torri is the founder and Executive Director of Tangible Movement which is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation that aims to bring awareness to the public about mental health conditions, addiction, suicide and sexual/gender identity issues. They are a National Speaker & currently travels all over the United States giving talks / presentations and leading workshops. The topics covered range from mental health awareness, gender and sexual identity issues, suicide, and addiction. Torri gives these talks/ presentations to colleges, high schools, middle schools, conferences, and corporations from the viewpoint of their own lived experience on behalf of Tangible Movement. Torri is also a certified mental health educator and presenter for NAMI (national alliance on mental Illness). They speak and lead seminars for their ETS, IOOV, CIT and Peer to Peer programs and workshops. Torri graduated from the University of California Santa Barbara at the top of their class with a major in History and a minor in International Relations, Magna Cum Laude. They then became a successful entrepreneur, first in the Real Estate and Mortgage Industry then in the Wellness Industry traveling the world working with high profile clientele. They are currently the CEO of Twella, a tech start up that serves as a mindful approach to stop compulsive spending. Torri has struggled with depression and addiction since they were 14 years old. Torri is a two-time attempted suicide survivor; 1st time when they were an adolescent and the 2nd as an adult. Since Torri was a teenager, they spent years battling alcoholism, addiction, depression, suicidal ideation, eating disorder and sexual/gender identity issues. At one point they lost everything and were homeless living out of their car because of their severe untreated mental health condition and addiction. Torri’s career in the health and wellness field has given them purpose. Their current goal is to expand the scope of Tangible Movement to effectively end the stigma associated with mental health conditions, suicide, gender identity issues and addiction. They have been sober from drugs and alcohol and abstinent from their eating disorder since 2010. Torri finally found acceptance of their own mental health condition in 2015 after years of misdiagnosis and denial. It is through their personal road to recovery and acceptance that led them to form Tangible Movement.
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
Becca Grischow is a Chicago-based digital marketer and storyteller in the nonprofit sector. She is thrilled to be serving Tangible Movement's marketing and donor relations programs for the next six months. Previously, she has worked with non-profits such as Young Chicago Authors, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, and Emerald City Theatre. She currently works for a fundraising consulting firm in Chicago, where she is often found buried deep under a pile of projects in the Adobe Suite. When not working in the nonprofit field, Becca is a ghostwriter for a number of best selling novelists.
Crystal Anderson is a health disparities researcher with 10 years of clinical trial experiences. After obtaining her Master’s Degree in Public Health in 2011, she has worked at various universities on projects that served disadvantaged minority communities. Her expertise lies in project management and implementation centered on behavioral health interventions. She has extensive experience in grant writing as well as designing and implementing grant-funded research trials.
Jessica Hutt is a sixteen-year-old writer and blogger from New Jersey. She is the assistant editor of her school’s current events magazine, and has a personal blog entitled Jess for Success. Jessica also writes for Pressing the Future, an online publication dedicated to sharing the stories of young reporters across the globe, and founded its first local chapter. In addition, Jessica has been trained as a writer by the School of the New York Times and New York University Pre-college. She enjoys writing for online magazines Balter Monthly and Redefy, a for-teens, by-teens nonprofit fighting stereotypes and promoting positive perspectives. Frustrated by the stigma surrounding mental illness and the lack of available resources for struggling youth, Jessica became involved with Tangible Movement. She is the editor in chief of Tangible Movement, and creates content for the blog. With the help of Tangible Movement, Jessica hopes to be the generation to erase the taboo of mental illness, and to provide aid to young adults struggling with substance abuse, depression, identity issues, and more.
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 17-year-old senior attending Sierra Vista High School. Cyn’s pronouns are they/them/theirs and identifies as nonbinary in addition to being bisexual. In Cyn’s free time, they are involved in clubs and sports on campus. Participating in JV and Varsity Lacrosse, as well as, president for their schools’ GSA (Gender and Sexuality Acceptance) Club, vice-president of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Club, treasure of WE Club, secretary of AP Psychology Club, and an avid member of their schools’ Link Crew. Outside of school, Cyn is a student poll worker, food kitchen volunteer, and ambassador for the non-profit organization for the Tangible Movement. Cyn enjoys reading and public speaking, enjoying discussions on the importance of mental health, human rights, and social justice. Cyn is a very social person and enjoys spending time with family, friends, and learning more about others. This summer, Cyn will be attending Stanford for their Intensive Law & Trial Program, and this fall hopes to study law in college and in the future hopes to be a lawyer and Congressional Official. Impacting the lives of through politics and ensuring the rights of others.
Yolanda’s college major is in Communications with an emphasis in Journalism - a career she planned to expand on as a feature article writer for LIFE Magazine - her dream role. When LIFE magazine went kaput, she sampled the freelance world working in a few capacities including the LAX Public Affairs Bureau, the Anaheim Transportation Network (a Disneyland non-profit partner) and the Orange County Register. Yolanda soon recognized that she wanted to focus in Marketing instead, where she could broaden her communications skills (and she also couldn’t find a permanent staff writing gig with any of the magazines and outlets she truly wanted to work with). Through her years in Marketing she focused on project management where she would work with all walks of life, ranging from folks in consumer product goods to health and wellness. In each capacity she found writing opportunities that further elevated her skill and talent. Her ability to connect with people through her words became especially important to her when her brother took his life six years ago - it was then that she applied herself in an effort to educate others on mental health, advocate mental illness awareness, relieve so many people in her own grieving position, disengage the stigma of suicide, and wrote as a means of therapy. Yolanda has written pieces (highlighting mental health, suicide and her own personal journeys) for the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention (AFSP) and Fierce by Mitu. Yolanda’s passion has since been to contribute, dedicate and commit herself to driving and leading awareness for mental health and to write raw material that resonates with the people and our human race.