Who We Are

Meet the StrongMinds Team

StrongMinds empowers impoverished African women by treating depression at scale and enables these women and their families to lead more healthy, productive, and satisfying lives.

StrongMinds UNITED STATES

StrongMinds Uganda

  • Dr. William Kibaalya Executive Director
  • Daniel Onyanya Owor Program Manager
  • Tom Ingala Finance and Administration Manager
  • Rebecca Nabirabwa
    Rebecca Nabirabwa District Project Officer
  • Rebecca Nabagala
    Rebecca Nabagala Peer Therapy Group Project Officer
  • Hope Busingye
    Hope Busingye District Project Officer
  • Sharon Birungi
    Sharon Birungi Mental Health Supervisor
  • Geoffrey Kitara Mental Health Supervisor
  • Josephine Magoba
    Josephine Magoba Mental Health Supervisor
  • Immaculate Akello
    Immaculate Akello Senior Mental Health Facilitator
  • Tinah Senabulya
    Tinah Senabulya Senior Mental Health Facilitator
  • Solome Bayiga
    Solome Bayiga Senior Mental Health Facilitator

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Sean Mayberry, Board President – Sean is the Founder and Executive Director of StrongMinds.

John W. Drain, Board Secretary – John is a global business expert and entrepreneur. He is the former Chief Operating Officer of StrongMinds.

James Rude, Board Treasurer – James is a resource development professional and a senior consultant at Graham-Pelton Consulting in Summit, New Jersey.

Stephanie Dodson, Director – Stephanie is a managing director for Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation in Boston, MA.

Dr. Misha Galperin, Director – Misha is the President of ZANDAFI Philanthropy Advisors in Brooklyn, NY.

Kim Keller, Director – Kim is the Executive Director of the David and Anita Keller Foundation in San Francisco, CA.

Andrea Murino, Director – Andrea is a partner at Goodwin Proctor law firm in Washington, DC. where she co-chairs the Antitrust and Competition practice.

Nina Okagbue, Director – Nina is a freelance interpreter and visiting scholar at the University of Ghana Legon. She is a 23-year veteran of the African Development Bank, where she specialized in mental health and other health sector development across the continent.

Carol Squire, Director – Carol is a Strategic Management Facilitator at Carol Squire Consulting, where she focuses on introspection and dialogue among senior managers and their teams. Carol has lived and worked in Africa for more than 20 years.

Dana Ward, Director – Dana is an international expert on public health. He is Chief of Party, Sanitation Service Delivery Program, and PSI Country Representative, Ghana.

ADVISORY BOARD

Harbert Bernard is an entrepreneur and a management consultant at Delaware Consulting in Atlanta, Georgia. Harbert served in the Peace Corps as an English Teacher and Community Development Volunteer in Gabon in West Africa.

Kathleen F. Clougherty, LCSW, is a senior Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) trainer and supervisor at the New York State Psychiatric Institute, Instructor in Clinical Psychiatric Social Work (In Psychiatry) at Columbia University, an instructor at the Columbia University School of Social Work, and a private practitioner specializing in the treatment of depression in adolescents and adults. She is the co-author, along with Gregory Henrichsen, of Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Older Adults.

Dr. Jordan Kassalow is the Founder and CEO of VisionSpring. The Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit improves the economic condition of families in the developing world by broadening the availability of reading glasses and other health products and services. Dr. Kassalow has more than 20 years of experience providing eye-care to the world’s poor.

Molly Knight-Raskin, Director – Molly is a journalist, producer, writer and special foreign correspondent for PBS NewsHour.  She was awarded the Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism in 2007.

Dr. Lena Verdeli is Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology and Director, Global Mental Health Lab, both at Columbia University. She is also an adjunct Assistant Professor at the New York State Psychiatric Institute, where she teaches psychotherapy to psychiatric residents, postdoctoral fellows and psychology interns.

Dr. Myrna Weissman is Professor of Epidemiology and Psychiatry, College of Physicians and Surgeons and the School of Public Health at Columbia University and Chief of the Department of Clinical-Genetic Epidemiology at New York State Psychiatric institute. Dr. Weissman is one of the founders of Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), one of only a few empirically validated (EV) and manualized forms of therapy designed for the treatment of depression.

MENTAL HEALTH ADVISORY PANEL

Dr. David Basangwa is the executive director of Butabika Hospital in Kampala, Uganda.

Rebecca Benghiat is Chief of Staff at Seleni, a nonprofit in New York City that provides clinical services, online information, professional training, and research funding for women’s reproductive and maternal mental health.

Dr. Marni Chanoff is particularly interested in understanding the relationship between biology and psychological processes in order to help her clients attend to their illness and lead satisfying and productive lives.

Dr. Misha Galperin has a Ph.D. in Psychology and served in a number of roles pertaining to case management, counseling, mental health evaluations, therapist oversight, program development, administration and fundraising, in addition to being in private practice for ten years.

Amy Herskovitz, LCSW-R is Managing Director of Fortitude Fund, a new vehicle for Bill and Karen Ackman’s philanthropic giving.

DeShaunta Johnson, PhD is a clinical psychologist practicing in New York and New Jersey. She is currently serving as StongMind’s Mental Health Advisor and serves as chair of the Mental Health Advisory Panel.

Giuseppe (Bepi) Raviola, M.D. is an assistant professor of psychiatry and of global health and social medicine at Harvard Medical School and director of the Psychiatry Quality Program in the Department of Psychiatry at Children’s Hospital Boston (BCH).

Joan Sarnat, Ph.D., ABPP is a licensed psychologist in practice in Berkeley, California.

Dr. Lena Verdeli is Columbia University Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology & Director, Global Mental Health Lab.