CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Jonny is a successful business owner, entrepreneur, civil rights attorney, movement builder and philanthropist who has founded charities as well as participated on many Boards, trauma survivor, mental health advocate and founder of peer support groups. Jonny’s professional life has seen him raise money, manage the organization, planning and budgeting for a business doing 1M+ in revenue, make appearances on the Today Show, 48 Hours, Dateline, the New York Times and the Washington Post, and give motivational and keynote speeches around the country.
CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER
Trent has two decades of experience developing next generation solutions for government agencies and large system integrators. Trent has a Computer Science degree from the College of Charleston. He spent the last two decades developing and managing the development of geospatial applications for industry leaders in the field. This includes Esri, the Microsoft of GIS, and Hexagon, a global leader in sensor, software, and autonomous solutions.
Dr. Jessica LoPresti
CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER
Dr. LoPresti is an assistant professor of Psychology at Suffolk University in Boston, MA. Dr. LoPresti graduated from Williams College with a B.A. in Psychology and American Studies and received her M.A. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Massachusetts Boston. She has published extensively on the multi-level impact of racism on the mental health of
people and communities of color as well as barriers to mental healthcare for underserved and underrepresented communities. In addition, Dr. LoPresti owns a clinical private practice where she helps clients cope with a range of psychological struggles including anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship challenges, as well as racism-related stress.
Dr. Roshni Patel, MD has practiced medicine for over 15 years, citing her desire to join the medical field as a love of serving others. Receiving her medical degree from the
University of Virginia School of Medicine, completing her residency at Northeast Medical Center in Concord, NC, and now serving as the Value Based Care Medical Director for NC Health System, Dr. Patel has developed an in-depth skill set in providing insight to needs, demands, and hazards to mental health. Dr. Patel enjoys her work in family medicine as it allows her to serve patients of all ages, working to ensure that they are able to achieve a happy and healthy life.
Dr. Roshni Patel, MD
CHIEF IMPACT OFFICER
CHIEF INVESTMENT OFFICER
Billy Howard is an entrepreneur, business owner, developer, and revenue strategist who has over 20 years of experience in managing businesses, raising capital, roadmapping and forecasting. Additionally, Billy, who graduated from the notorious Darla Moore School of Business in Columbia, SC with a double major in finance and management, sits on several Boards. A passionate mental health advocate, Billy now focuses his energy on passion projects that make the world a better place.
CHIEF PRODUCT OFFICER
Eddie has created pioneering products and businesses for over a dozen start ups as well as well-known brands such as Atari, Activision, The Jim Henson Company, Electronic Arts, Mattel, E*TRADE, Match.com, IAC, AT&T Wireless, and Healthgrades. During his career, he has held positions of CEO, Chief Product Officer, Chief Marketing Officer, and senior executive roles in product, business innovation, creative branding, technology, and marketing. He is an experienced digital industry executive skilled in business and digital strategy, product leadership, user experience, integrated marketing, software development, and E-commerce.
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
A civil engineer by trade, Patricia has extensive experience in creating and executing complex projects according to specifications. In addition, Patricia has spent time managing the accounting, administration and bookkeeping departments for a company in the housing sector. As a trauma survivor and mental health advocate, Patricia is passionate about bringing support to those who are suffering.
Chance works as a consultant, with a commitment to bringing the right strategic partners and investors to the most impactful projects. A graduate of Coastal Carolina University with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, he was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2010 and spent a brief time in professional baseball before returning to South Carolina to follow new dreams. He has worked to bring together critical pieces in large infrastructure related to port, harbor & rail projects, hotel and resort developments, entertainment venues, mixed-use urban redevelopment projects and more. A consummate team player, he is fully committed to bringing WhiteFlag’s vision to fruition—and fulfilling the mandate to positively impact millions of people in need.
CHIEF OF VETERAN AFFAIRS
Nate Boyer, The Army Green Beret, is a philanthropist, humanitarian, and former football player for the Texas Longhorns and the Seattle Seahawks. As a member of both the military veteran and athlete communities, he saw an opportunity to team up both populations to tackle their transition struggles through his charity Merging Vets & Players (MVP). Boyer’s mission is to work closely with military veterans, community leaders, and athletes, sharing his personal experiences to diminish the mental health stigma through conversation.
CHIEF ADVOCACY OFFICER
Justin Simmons, an NFL Free Safety for the Denver Broncos, is devoted to using his platform to help mentor the youth, his NFL community and their fans. The Pro Bowler and Walter Payton Award winner is motivated to impact the lives of these individuals by leading the mental health conversation. He strives to educate and promote the benefits of youth sports and youth education through his Justin Simmons Foundation. Justin is dedicated to joining in on the conversation about mental health, the stigmas, and helping those who need help healing.
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT
Kash Kiefer grew into his role as a national leading sales and revenue builder at a very young age. His journey started when he became the President of his SAAC (Student Athletic Advisory Committee) at the University of Maine. While representing as a college athlete, he contributed not only for the University of Maine, but also for the entire CAA (Colonial Athletic Association) at the NCAA National Committee. Kash has extensive experience in the medical sales industry through work with both Stryker Orthopedics and a Fortune 500 company, Abbott Laboratories, where he has been recognized as the #1 sales representative in the country. He prides himself on being a mental health advocate through his personal story of surviving the Route 91 Country Concert Massacre in Las Vegas.
"Brave" Dave F.
CHIEF CONTENT OFFICER
Dave is a mental health advocate, online personality, creative workhorse, and veteran of corporate operations. As Chief Content Officer, Dave tasks any media with one goal in mind: to put Whiteflag into the hearts, minds and hands of anyone who needs it. With a focus and background in mental health, parenting, relationships and addiction, Dave has an audience of nearly one million followers on social media. Dave continues to use his creativity and industry expertise to spread the message of Whiteflag, and challenge the way we think about ourselves and the world around us.
Sarah Beth Wiley
A 20-year vet in the design and advertising industry, Sarah Beth brings energy and clarity to all the work she creates. Working with various clients within her career has helped hone her skills as a senior creative. She has a deep knowledge of design techniques and industry standards, but also an ability to take a client’s message to the next level. Some clients include Roku, 2020 NBA All Star Game, Raytheon, Jane Goodall & United Way. In addition to killer graphic design chops, she also creates whimsical illustrations that are used within WhiteFlag social media. A graduate of UMASS Dartmouth, summa cum laude, she has excelled working for agencies and nonprofits starting in Boston, and now in the Bay Area, California.
SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER / WRITER
Leah Bryce is a digital marketing and social media professional with over 12 years of experience and a proven record of success. From consulting and agency work, to nonprofits and higher education, she has done it all. She has worked on everything from large scale social media campaigns with the United Nations Foundation, Perdue, McCormick, and the Chronicle of Higher Education, to some smaller, but exciting and fun nonprofit campaigns like the Emotional Safety Initiative. Leah holds bachelor’s degree in psychology from Middle Tennessee State University and has a lifetime of mental health experience. She lives on a small farm in Maryland with her husband and two kids. Her passions include mental health advocacy, body positivity, and animal rescue.
As a mental health blogger, suicide attempt and trauma survivor, and passionate mental health advocate, Kyleigh helps provide an authentic voice for the soundboard of our WhiteFlag audience and users. Before joining the WhiteFlag Team, Kyleigh specialized in helping teens and her peers by sharing her story through her writing on her personal blog that has reached viewers worldwide. While working in the school system prior to WhiteFlag, she learned a significant amount about emotional stress and disturbances, the impact of a person’s upbringing, and the importance of peer support. Through continuously learning, asking questions, and thorough research, she constantly analyzes dynamic problems and identifies creative solutions through the marketing and social media team. With her vulnerability in storytelling, she drives data to inform, influence, and inspire our partnerships, organizations, influencers, content creators, and our app users.
MARKETING & VIP RELATIONS COORDINATOR
David works in our marketing department as an associate of our Athletic and Celebrity Relations Team and also works closely with our Sales and Revenue Department. As a collegiate Student Athlete of the Year and former professional baseball player, David’s network stretches to include some of the top athletes in the world. Through discussing his personal struggles with mental illness and athletics, David has grown our partnerships exponentially and will continue to cultivate relationships in order to spread awareness about the WhiteFlag App resource and its mission.
Avery L. Buchholz, MD
Avery L. Buchholz, MD, graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in biology from The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina, and he earned his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison. Specializing in diseases of the brain and nervous system, Dr. Buchholz joins the board-certified physicians and highly skilled staff at Lexington Brain and Spine Institute to provide comprehensive care in the treatment of disorders affecting the brain, spine and peripheral nerves, including surgery for degenerative conditions, trauma and cancer.
Dr. Andrew Glover, MD
Dr. Andrew Glover is the medical director for the hospitalist team at Grand Strand Medical Center in Myrtle Beach, SC. He received a BS in biology from Wake Forest University and his Medical Doctorate from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine where he currently serves as president of the Alumni Board. He trained in Internal Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia and was elected chief resident in his final year.
Joey is a mental health advocate, a nationally recognized attorney, and commentator who advocates for social justice reform. He is also a legal analyst for CNN & HLN, and the founder of the Joey Jackson Law Firm.