Anna Montances

Anna Montances

Marketing Assistant

TSHC Team

Anna is the Marketing Assistant of The Shine Hope Company.

With “hope” as one of her top 3 core values from the Strengths Finder, Anna is passionate and committed to the goals of The Shine Hope Company and its programs.

Her abilities in leadership, event planning, integrated marketing, design, and project management have been actively used to support various organizations and school activities ever since she was a student. She currently gives the same abilities to The Shine Hope Company.

Anna received a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication with a Major in Advertising. She qualified for the Top 15 Outstanding Paulinian Students of the Philippines and received a gold medal for leadership.

She worked as an Account Executive for 2 years, handling different marketing projects and corporate events for  different brands including Lenovo and Carrier. She then transitioned to working in the nonprofit industry. She has been working for Hope for more than 6 years now.

She was able to support Kathryn Goetzke, the Chief Hope Officer of The Shine Hope Company and the founder of iFred, in various Hope projects.

Anna works gratefully and joyfully with the team, knowing that what they do positively impacts a lot of people around the world, including herself, her family, and her kids.


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Shannon Ehmsen

Technology Lead

Shannon Ehmsen

User Experience, Harvard Medical School

Shannon Ehmsen is a Graphics Designer / Assistant with the 4D Nucleome Data Coordination and Integration Center and Park Lab’s Clinical Genome Analysis Platform (CGAP). Ehmsen recently graduated with a Bachelor in Fine Arts in Studio Art from Northeastern University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University in 2019 and started at the Park Lab soon after.


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Mic Fariscal

Creative and Production

Mic Fariscal

Michael, also known as “Mic”, is the Creative and Production Team Lead at The Shine Hope Company. He played a significant role in creating materials for The Shine Hope Company’s program, Hopeful Mindsets.

Mic holds a degree of Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. He is a young professional with more than four years of expertise in web and graphic design, social media, email marketing, and general virtual assistance. With his abilities, he was able to manage and lead a lot of corporate projects.

Outside work, Mic enjoys spending time with his family and friends, playing basketball or riding on his bike. He is also passionate in serving as a servant leader, sharing love and hope for youth and young adults in a catholic charismatic community in the Philippines. 


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Veronica O'Brien, MA, MS

Research Analyst

Veronica O'Brien, MA, MS

Clinical Psychology Doctoral Candidate, Georgia Southern University

Veronica O’Brien is a clinical psychology doctoral candidate whose research is focused on mindfulness meditation and substance misuse. In addition, her clinical interests lie in neuropsychological assessment and she plans to pursue advanced training in neuropsychology following graduation. Before pursuing her doctoral degree, Veronica worked as a licensed mental health therapist for children and youth, providing crucial mental health services within an underserved area.


Crystal Bryce, PhD

Director of Research

Crystal Bryce, PhD

Associate Dean, Student Affairs, University of Texas at Tyler School of Medicine

Dr. Bryce received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology, and PhD in Family and Human Development from Arizona State University. Prior to joining UT Tyler School of Medicine, she served as faculty member at Arizona State University, where she worked with undergraduate students within the classroom and as the Director of Undergraduate Student Affairs within her department.

She also has extensive experience conducting and publishing research that focuses on individual and contextual factors that influence well-being, hope, and academic outcomes, and advanced statistical approaches to examining salivary biomarkers.

Dr. Bryce is excited to work with and support medical students as they navigate medical school.


Dr. Dan Tomasulo

Dan Tomasulo, PhD

Advisor

Dan Tomasulo, PhD

Psychologist, Professor, Speaker, Author of NYT Best Seller Learned Hopefulness. Academic Director at the Spirituality Mind Body Institute (SMBI), Teachers College, Columbia University.

Dr. Tomasulo is the Academic Director and core faculty at the Spirituality Mind Body Institute (SMBI), Teachers College, Columbia University, and is on the teaching staff at the University of Pennsylvania where he works with Martin Seligman. He holds a Ph.D. in psychology, MFA in writing, and a Master of Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. He is also a Review Editor for Frontiers in Psychology special section Positive Psychology, Dr. Tomasulo was also recently honored by Teachers College, Columbia University with their 2021 Teaching Award.

Sharecare honors Dr. Tomasulo as one of the top ten online influencers on the issue of depression. His award-winning memoir, American Snake Pit (2018) tells of the first experimental group home releasing inmates from America’s most notorious asylum, Willowbrook. His book, Learned Hopefulness, The Power of Positivity To Overcome Depression, is hailed as: “…the perfect recipe for fulfillment, joy, peace, and expansion of awareness.” by Deepak Chopra, MD: Author of Metahuman: Unleashing Your Infinite Potential. Martin Seligman, Ph.D., author of Flourish, adds: “This is the best go-to book on how to use hope to relieve your depression.”

Dr. Tomasulo recently published his new book entitled “The Positivity Effect: Simple CBT Skills to Transform Anxiety and Negativity into Optimism and Hope”. Learn more about the new book here.


Kristy L. Stark, MA, EdM, BCBA

Advisor

Kristy L. Stark, MA, EdM, BCBA

Kristy is a Behavioral Scientist, licensed K-12 Administrator, Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Consultant, and Entrepreneur. Kristy has served as the Clinical Director of a non-profit organization for children with neurodevelopmental disorders, and as a consultant to state mental health agencies and university teaching centers.

Kristy was an instructor in Clinical Psychology at the University of Michigan and is now adjunct faculty in PA. Kristy holds an Ed.M. in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard University, where she co-founded an education technology start-up at the Harvard Innovation Lab. She has served as a board member on the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Innovation and Ventures in Education Organization, and on the leadership team for the Behavioral Insights Student Group at the Harvard Kennedy School. She additionally holds an M.A. from U of M and a B.A. from OSU.

Kristy has presented her work at Harvard University, the University of Michigan, and the United Nations headquarters in NY. She has spoken internationally on child development, mental health, and behavioral insights and design. Kristy is passionate about disseminating evidence-based, prevention-focused programs for children and families.


Steve Shell, MBA

Advisor

Steve Shell, MBA

Steve Shell has been working as a Vice President at Renown Health for 3 years. Renown Health is part of the Hospitals & Physicians Clinics industry, and located in Nevada, United States.


Edward M. Barksdale, Jr., MD, FACS, FAAS

Advisor

Edward M. Barksdale, Jr., MD, FACS, FAAS

Edward M. Barksdale, Jr. MD HMS ‘84 is the Robert J. Izant, Jr. MD Professor and Surgeon-in-Chief at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital/University Hospitals and Case Western Reserve School of Medicine (CWRUSOM). An All-American Athlete and honors graduate of Yale University (1980), Dr. Barksdale received his medical degree from Harvard University (1984). He completed a residency in General Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston (1991) and fellowship training in Pediatric Surgery at Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati (1994).

He began his academic surgical career at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh (1994-2007) and was recruited to Rainbow/UH to be the Division Chief of Pediatric Surgery in 2007. Dr. Barksdale has been widely recognized and awarded by local and national colleagues and communities for his service to his various missions. He has served numerous invited visiting professorships, received several major medical school awards and gained national recognition for his accomplishments as a medical/surgical educator. He was recently inducted into the prestigious American College of Surgeons Academy of Master Surgeon Educators (2022).

He is a frequent lecturer on his clinical areas of expertise in childhood cancer and chronic intestinal disease. In addition, he has delivered major keynote addresses at graduate and medical schools. A member of numerous national medical/surgical organizations, where he has also held leadership roles. Dr. Barksdale is the immediate Past-President the American Pediatric Surgery Association.

Dr. Barksdale currently works at the nexus of academia, clinical surgery, medical education, public health and social justice as a passionate advocate for child health and healthcare. He endeavors to invest his academic, clinical and service efforts to inspire individuals and transform communities at the precipice of hope. In Cleveland, he has been devoted to building programs to address access, health disparities, particularly in fragile populations of children. He is the Co-Founder of the Antifragility Initiative, a novel holistic, person-centered, pediatric violence intervention funded by the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA). He was recognized by former Mayor Frank Jackson and The City of Cleveland for his contributions to the community (2021). He currently advises the new Mayor of Cleveland, Justin Bibb and City Council on public health around gun violence. His endeavors help make Cleveland and America more safe vibrant and prosperous, especially for children and young people.

He is the proud husband of one and father of four adult children. His life and career have been profoundly guided by strong values he learned from family and community growing up in Lynchburg, Virginia during the dynamic 1960s.


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Myron Belfer, MD, MPA

Advisor

Myron Belfer, MD, MPA

Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Senior Associate in Psychiatry, Boston Children’s Hospital

Myron is Professor of Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry, Children’s Hospital Boston, Harvard Medical School, and Senior Associate in Psychiatry at the Children’s Hospital of Boston. Dr. Belfer is a child and adolescent psychiatrist. He is on the Affiliated Faculty of the Harvard Center for the Developing Child.

He received an MPA from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He served as Special Assistant to the Administrator of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, US Department of Health and Welfare. Dr. Belfer is former Senior Adviser in the Department of Mental Disorders and Substance Abuse at the World Health Organization in Geneva where he led the child mental health program from 2000 to 2005. In that capacity he was instrumental in supporting a number of global child mental health initiatives.

He is past-President of the International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions (IACAPAP). He co-directs the Children’s Hospital Boston Global Child Mental Health Observership Program and directed for the Harvard Center on the Developing Child a comprehensive child mental health needs assessment in schools in Shanghai with Chinese colleagues. He was a consultant to the Temasek Foundation (Singapore) project on child mental health capacity building for disaster response in Indonesia.

His current interests are in global child mental health policy and building school mental health capacity. As a clinician he worked closely with plastic and reconstructive surgeons on understanding the development of body image in children.