We Are UNCrushed
PRESIDENT & CEO
Tim has the motto of “Live Life. Give Back. Change Lives” - Committed to always over-delivering, constantly learning, creating change and making an impact. He is passionate about giving back through volunteering & fundraising and partnering with some impactful non-profits.
Tim created UNCrushed.org as a result of his first-hand experience with mental health conditions including addiction, depression and grief following the sudden loss of his Dad in 2013. He felt passionately about creating a platform and community for people to share their experiences with mental health, starting to break down the associated stigmas in the workplace. Only through talking about these challenges can we encourage people to reach out for help that will help them live their best lives.
He has extensive global experience in sales and marketing over the last 10+ years. He currently holds the position of Senior Director Product Marketing at Salesforce, having worked for them in Europe and the USA, creating a number of strategic initiatives for sales professionals including their Sales Thought Leadership program and Quotable.com.
HEAD OF strategic PARTNERSHIPS & director
Janelle is a strategic performance coach and has a unique ability of creating fast and critical solutions. Janelle has trained hundreds of first responders on resiliency, wellness and resolution. She previously specialized in strategic accounts and partnerships for Acadia Healthcare.
Janelle co-founded UNCrushed as she feels passionately about supporting people that are struggling with trauma and addictions, having lost her Dad to a relapse in 2014. He struggled with depression and PTS from the Vietnam War but just couldn’t find the courage to ask for help. She really resonates with Steve Gutzler’s quote “The most courageous act a leader can do is ask for help”.
Janelle is a certified “Train the Trainer” for the United States Air Force’s Master Resiliency Program. Master Resiliency Training is a preventative approach to addressing the challenges that military members face by focusing on the four pillars of a healthy mind – mental, social, spiritual, and physical. Janelle has earned a certificate of honor from the US Capitol in saving many lives within the first responder population. She served as a member of The Officer Safety and Wellness Committee for the FBI National Academy Associates.
STRATEGIC ADVISOR & director
Lindsey’s sales career started in 2010, quickly rising to the top, crushing her quota and making President’s Club in her first year. Lindsey soared to Linkedin fame in 2015, receiving their highest Social Selling Index (SSI) score, recognized for her unique and effective outreach for prospecting and was even a featured keynote with Shaquille O’Neal at LinkedIn’s annual conference. Lindsey’s sales leadership has led to her consulting with various companies around the world.
At the height of her social media & career success, she was hiding a sinister secret - she was alone, her life was crumbling, and depression ruled her frenetic posting on social media. It appeared she had it all: the perfect family, the house, the car, and the career but her whole world came crashing down in 2016 when her sister unexpectedly died from a brain aneurysm. The events shortly after led her to a suicidal path that led her to a mental institution. Addicted to social media and prescription drugs became Lindsey's go-to during her downfall. Lindsey knew she needed help and began a long journey towards recovery.
Lindsey co-founded UNCrushed in hopes to help people across the world that struggle suicidal thoughts, anxiety, depression, and ultimately break the stigma of mental health.
dr katy parker, psyd
STRATEGIC ADVISOR & director
Dr. Katy Parker holds a Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Psychology and Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology with a specialty in substance abuse combined with underlying psychological disorders.
Dr. Parker discovered a passion for co occurring disorders in a way that most of us find ourselves, through experience. Her personal life has been touched by mental illness and addiction, from every angle.
From being the much younger sibling of someone both addicted and mentally ill, to being the wife and eventually a mother of someone struggling with mental health, her personal challenges were the stepping stones for her professional passion. Psychology provided a way to survive, understand and offered a path toward hope and help.
Having cast a wide clinical loop from having treated the underprivileged and underserved community in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco suffering with addiction and severe mental illness, to being the Executive Director of an Intensive outpatient program, her work and life has been touched by all the various components of treatment. “I feel utterly grateful for being in a position to offer help, hope and the possibility of a new future to those in crisis and a resource to my fellow clinicians, individuals and families in need.”
STRATEGIC ADVISOR & director
Richard brings 20+ years of sales and Saas experience working with companies like Google, Zoom, Pandora, Visa, Pager Duty, Gainsight and others to the table when talking about sales.
His passion is helping companies close the gap between the old school features and benefits approach to selling and focusing on a more relaxed conversational selling style that helps people go from strangers to acquaintances to trusted business allies. While it sounds daunting, Richard has found a way to make this happen using his own unique approach helping clients in both the B2B and B2C space.
The goal of Richard's training is to get people to stop talking about what they do and get them to start talking about the pains they solve and teaching sales reps how to earn the right to ask questions.
Richard is passionate about supporting others when it comes to mental health based on his own journey through depression. His goal is to help others understand there is no shame in talking about mental health. There is no shame in asking for help whether it's for yourself, a family member or close friend. And most importantly nobody needs to be alone when challenged with their own personal struggles, even if it feels like they might be.
Becca is a Branding & Communications Expert. She holds graduate degrees in both Psychology and Writing for New Media and over 15 years experience working in executive level roles with businesses including: Fortune 500s, research organizations, A-list celebrities, and tech startups. Her work focuses on the precise point where art (messaging), science (human behavior), and business (commerce) intersect. Her precise messaging breaks through the sophisticated filters of the modern mind, and consistently delivers substantially above average success metrics.
Over the last year Becca has transitioned from running a busy agency to full-time consulting. She has also narrowed her focus to nonprofits and vision-driven businesses who are as committed to the planet and it's people as she is.
Becca's personal story - like everyone else on the team - motivated her to get involved with UNCrushed. After losing her brother to an overdose she became deeply concerned about our culture's patterns around denying and running from emotional issues, mental illness, and addiction. She directed a forthcoming documentary called The Comedown, exploring effective alternative addiction treatments being used with great success in other nations. What she uncovered in the process of directing the film changed her perspective and her life, and motivated her to become a committed activist for change. She is hoping to spend the remainder of her life using her high-level skills to make a positive change in the fight against deadly stigmas - and make it OK to not be OK all the time.
She lives on the westside of LA with her four sons (yes, four) and her dog Daisy. They love bouldering, eating street tacos, and traveling.
BOB dececco, CPA
finance & Accounting
With experience raising capital in the public, private equity and venture capital arenas, Bob has had two successful exits. Bob is an entrepreneurial minded, senior executive with verifiable year-after-year success starting, growing and improving the profitability, performance and value of companies. His expertise has been growing companies both organically as well as through acquisition within start-up, turnaround, and rapidly-changing environments in various industries such as Enterprise Technology, Mortgage Lending, Direct to Consumer CPG, and Seminar & Publishing. Bob began his career as a CPA at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Boston, MA.
From the outside looking in, Bob had everything the world had to offer. But what he didn’t realize was that his success was fueled by a mental health disorder, and with his issues going undiagnosed he eventually collapsed under the weight of it all. Having divorced his wife of more than 20+ years he plowed himself into work, eventually finding unhealthy coping mechanisms which led to a nervous breakdown, deep depression, harrowing substance abuse attempted suicide and homelessness.
Since participating in rehabilitation and recovery, Bob has obtained a new lease on life. He now wants to use his personal experience, strength and hope to give the gift of life to others that may be experiencing similar horrors. Through education and awareness that mental health illnesses and addiction do not discriminate, we all have a fighting chance to survive.
creative & media
Grant is a SaaS video content expert, currently leading RingLead’s content marketing team as the Creative Director.
Since graduating from Northwestern University’s Radio/TV/ Film school, Grant has held video, film production positions at The Fader, Sony Pictures Entertainment, and The Insurrection.
At RingLead, Grant has built a content team that uses video to train customers and increase conversion rates at each of the marketing funnel. In addition, Grant has served as an independent video consultant, teaching marketing teams & marketers without video production backgrounds how to produce high quality video content on a limited budget.
Grant believes he can make a change by revealing the stories of individuals who have overcome a past that would typically cause them to be dismissed in the white-collar workforce.
He wants to enlighten those who would normally pass judgment and to inspire struggling individuals to seek help, find a passion & find fulfillment in their career.
brand ambassador & HOST of the uncrushed podcast
James holds two roles at RingLead, dedicated to data quality and cleansing.
As Brand Ambassador, James represents them as a speaker, social media personality, content creator and spokesperson. As an avid event goers and presenter, he attends trade shows and preach the gospel of data quality and preventative measures. He is proud (and lucky) to represent such an amazing team with a profound dedication to excellence in the Data, SaaS, and CRM space.
As Business Development Manager, he leads a team of sales reps that provide value to their prospects and customers no matter what the specific need may be. He loves to spend his time teaching his team members how to prospect, execute, and build strong relationships that not only lead to sales but boost retention and reduce churn as well.
Growth can't happen without struggle. James is passionate about UNCrushed because he survived addiction, divorce, grief, depression, and emotional rollercoasters, all of which have shaped who he is today. UNCrushed is a community full of people just like him, that don't judge others, but instead, find paths to show them the way into the light. He couldn't be more proud to have come as far as he has after everything he has been through. That's why he joined UNCrushed and decided to give back to people that need a guide to the light in a world of darkness. Together, with the UNCrushed team, we intend to make a positive impact on all who need to feel it.
awareness & growth
Jamy Berntsen is a diversified Technology Development Professional with over 22 years of experience in developing Mobile, Software, and Hardware platforms. She co-founded IBM's first ever Mobile Innovation Lab, as well as was the lead Program Director that launched IBM's Hybrid Cloud. While at IBM she was selected as one 400k people to receive a key influencers ‘IBM Voices award’ for Social Media. Prior to IBM, Jamy was the Divisional Director that launched Intel's first Quad Core processor which now enables Cloud Computing for Fortune 500 Cloud companies. She has lived in six countries, attended five Olympic events, and has traveled the world extensively for both work and pleasure.
On the outside it appeared she had it all together, yet her upbringing had been very difficult, losing both her parents at a young age and witnessing all her siblings suffer from various types of mental illnesses. In July of 2017, she found herself suffering from severe depression, major anxiety, which then led her to seek treatment. Jamy started the next chapter of her life, one that includes setting boundaries, treating childhood trauma, maintaining self-care which led to an increased sense of self-worth.
Jamy brings her personal and professional experiences to UNCrushed, combined with her passion in believing she can make a difference in the lives of others by sharing her story and her path to recovery. Removing the mental health stigma is now one of her main purposes in life.
learning & development - people & talent
Jessica is the Director of Talent at Bowery Capital and is based in New York. She works closely with Bowery Capital’s founders on their human capital programs and hiring strategies.
Prior to joining Bowery Capital, Jessica was the Head of People and Talent at Rocketrip where she built and led recruiting, human resources and subsequently ran office management. Previously, she worked at a boutique recruiting agency, Clarity, where she focused on corporate recruitment for creative agencies and tech startups, including Wieden + Kennedy, Shutterstock, and Blue Apron.
Understanding that most people battle mental health at some point in their lives, Jessica has found that people are inclined to struggle with their burden silently. After losing her best friend to suicide and her father to cancer in her early 20s, Jessica had to learn how to cope with severe grief and loss. Her personal experience combined with her work as a People + Talent professional has inspired her to build a platform at Bowery Capital for sharing stories. Her hope in joining the team at UNCrushed is to encourage change to lessen the stigma associated with mental health.
learning & development
From start-ups, to Apple, to Salesforce—Kathleen has worked in corporate sales, career, and leadership development for nearly a decade. She’s passionate about employee engagement, and she develops content, strategies, and workshops that feel like an experiential story and provide employees with the inspiration and skills they need do their best work.
Kathleen is a California native earning her Bachelor of Arts in English from Santa Clara University with a special emphasis in writing for teaching. Currently, Kathleen is enrolled in a somatic and professional coaching program to help professionals regulate their on-the-job stress and make purpose driven life and career decisions.
Kathleen envisions a world where one day all people will feel empowered to bring their whole selves to work and there’s no longer a stigma associated with disabilities and mental health in the workplace. She believes from the depths of her soul that the best way to remove stigma is by educating, sharing openly, and listening deeply to one and other.
Kristy graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in Art History and Education and received a Masters in Art History just 2 years later. After she got married and due to her husband’s career, she moved around quite a bit and, because of this, has experience working in various fields. She was a Wedding Coordinator in Salt Lake City and held a multitude of different jobs at The National Archives in Washington, DC. Upon returning home to Atlanta and having her children, her work primarily focused on teaching. She was a Teacher and an Art Teacher at their Preschool. After her daughter went to elementary school and with the death of her husband, she went to work for her husband’s family business. She led marketing and account sales for major golf accounts and events including the US Open and The PGA Tour.
During these past five years after her husband’s death, her life has been a series of ups and downs - from Depression and Anxiety to Eating Disorders and Alcoholism. She had followed her husband around for years with his career and then becoming a mom became her priority. This is the first time that she feels she has had the chance to discover what it is that she actually wants to do with her life. Passionate about the UNCrushed mission, she is ready for the challenges and looking forward to the new adventures to come.
TECHNOLOGY & OPERATIONS
Marc brings 15 years of experience and expertise in technology and business solutions to UNCrushed. He leverages this knowledge to effectively align and manage technology investments with continuously evolving business goals. Marc has held a number of executive roles including VP Information Technology at Valet Living and Senior Director of IT and Operations at Veri-Tax.
Marc dealt with a significant amount of loss from a young age. By the time he turned 20, he had lost 2 close friends, one to a freak accident and one to suicide. In his early 30s he unexpectedly lost 2 more close friends. Then his father had a heart attack that he was very lucky to survive. The near loss of his father put him into a state of despair.
Experiencing depression and burnout, he found a lot of healing in candidly sharing his story. Inspired by Lindsey Bogg’s post about the 1 year anniversary from her breakdown, he wanted to give back in some way. When he heard about UNCrushed, it’s was a no-brainer for him.
Tegy’s 10+ years with project management, community organizing, event management, sales, business development as well as an agile mindset has helped him maintain a sense of belonging to something bigger than himself. Tegy’s journey has always been about learning from others as well as sharing that knowledge. He also understands what it means to be mindful about including people from diverse backgrounds and experiences.
Tegy was born in Kerala, India and has lived in Mumbai, India, Bronx, NY (during the early 80s) and Dumont, NJ before moving to the Washington, DC area in 2003. Tegy reached out to Tim Clarke after experiencing a toxic work culture while also battling complicated grief, developmental trauma disorder, depression, PTSD, ADD, dyslexia and anxiety. Tegy has experienced significant trauma most of his life and is now starting to share his experiences. He has attended various mental health conferences, read/listened to numerous life-changing books, worked with mental health professionals, and participated in support groups to better manage/understand his struggles.
In joining the UNCrushed team, he hopes to learn from others who are also struggling with their mental health and share his journey with others.