Jing – Core Team/Ad-hoc Advisor Ed Team, Founder
Hello! My name is Jing Wu. I am a severe traumatic brain injury survivor as of July 3rd, 2013. I am also a pharmacist and public health specialist who graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2017. You can read more about what motivated me to start this initiative and build this amazing community HERE. My current residence is in Washington DC and I serve as the Executive Resident of the American Pharmacists Association. I love marine life, enjoy outdoor activities, and savor food like no other. Every year I attempt to do three things: explore an aquarium, go on a great hike, and eat an amazing meal. Suggestions for places to go and food to eat are always welcome!
Here is one of the quotes I live by and resonates well with what The MindReset is:
“If you can change your mind, you can change your life.”
– William James
Caitlin – Core Team/Ed Team Lead
Howdy! My name is Caitlin and I am currently a 4th-year pharmacy student in San Antonio, Tx. I grew up with an ‘invisible illness’ requiring me to give myself daily injections of medications, and having many doctors tell me I would never have a normal development or ever be able to get above the height of 4’8”. I am now happy to say that I am a very tall height of 5’2”, and have been able to live life to the best of my abilities. Because of my experience, helping others with invisible illnesses has been a huge passion of mine.
I volunteered on a student-run counseling helpline during my undergrad, where we got questions ranging from ‘what time does the football game start?’ to ‘I’m thinking about killing myself.’ I loved getting to help people in need. One of the first questions we would always ask was ‘what medications are you on?’ And the answer was generally some type of antidepressant or antipsychotic. This leads me to pharmacy school, to learn more about these medications and find out how we can best improve them to truly help and make these medications more effective.
During pharmacy school, I became very involved in my schools APhA-ASP chapter. Through my leadership roles with APhA-ASP I was able to start an initiative called Operation Brain, which focused on mental health in the community and within our own population of student pharmacists. I was also able to help start an advocacy group called the Texas Coalition of Student Pharmacists that allowed student pharmacists the ability to advocate for themselves and their patients. I have recently accepted a PGY1 residency with the Tennessee State Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, where I will get the opportunity to pursue a career focused on mental health.
Through APhA I was also able to meet Jing, who introduced me to TMR and whose passion inspired me to get involved with this great group. I am very excited to be part of the TMR team! I believe that this group of people with it’s passion towards helping others will be able to accomplish great things.
“In the midst of winter I found there was within me an invincible summer.”
– Albert Camus
Christie – Core Team/Blog Team
Hailing from sunny Orange County, California, Christie is currently located in Washington, DC working for the Board of Pharmacy Specialties. Graduating with a PharmD/MBA, she is a pharmacist by trade. Some of her interests lie in eating and cooking food, learning, creating art, listening and consuming music, fixing problems, and figuring out people. What motivated her to join the MindReset is being able to enable people to be able to do more. A quote that resonances with her is:
“Failure is feedback. Feedback is the breakfast of champions.”
Cole – Core Team/Eco Team
Hey, everyone! My name is Cole Schenck and I have a B.A. in psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I strongly believe in building a sense of community ownership and responsibility in every facet of our lives in order to strengthen our communities from the foundation. We are all in this world together and need to be unified so every single one of us has the opportunity to thrive! I currently work for the Madison School district where I am a Behavior Interventionist and a Restorative Justice facilitator.
“When I dare to be powerful- to use my strength in the service of my vision, it becomes less important whether I am afraid.”
– Audre Lorde
Jeff – Core Team/Active Team/B-Team
My name is Jeff Rooney. I’m currently working for Wolters Kluwer Health. I’ve been a long time fitness enthusiast. I believe physical activity can have a huge impact on someone’s mental wellbeing. While working in the fitness industry as a personal trainer, I’ve applied routine exercise and healthy lifestyle coaching to individuals with depression and individuals with autism spectrum disorder. Working out has had a huge impact on me personally. I joined The Mind Reset because I want to see the stigma around mental illness change.
“Just Do It.”
Seid – Core Team/Ad-hoc Advisor Blog Team
Hi! My name is Seid Suleyman. I’m currently a third-year Doctor of Pharmacy Candidate at Howard University in Washington DC. Before then, I was born and raised in windswept highlands of Ethiopia, moved to the United States when I was 5. Ever since, I’ve bounced around the East Coast, making friends wherever I could. Always being on the move wasn’t easy, and I realized early on that no one goes through this life unscathed, and that one of the greatest things we can do for others is to reach out and hear their stories. This realization spurred me to take part in The MindReset, an organization I believe has the potential to affect countless lives. On the side, I like to read, write, do photography, and once in a blue moon, archery.
A quote I often go back to for creative inspiration is from The Little Prince, which goes:
“You – you alone will have the stars as no one else has them…In one of the stars I shall be living. In one of them I shall be laughing. And so it will be as if all the stars were laughing, when you look at the sky at night…You – only you – will have stars that can laugh.”
– Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Morgan – Blog Team
Hey Y’all! My name is Morgan and I am from the beautiful town of Savannah, Georgia. I recently relocated to begin my journey as being a pharmacy student and I have 3 years left. I joined TheMindReset because I want to show those who are dealing with depression that it is possible to come out of the darkness and live a healthy life again. My main focus is dealing with the health of the black community, as it is rarely talked about and many of our family members and friends would rather suffer in silence then reach out to someone who can help them. I want that to end. And I believe together we can cure it one person at a time.
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
– Maya Angelou
Sade – Blog Team
Hello! My name is Sade Hawthorne and I am originally from Jamaica but lived in South Florida for most of my life. I’m currently a first year at Howard University College of Pharmacy in DC. I joined TheMindReset because I always had a passion for mental health, trying to figure out ways to mend others close to me that dealt with mental disorders and doing whatever I can to alleviate the pain/symptoms of my future patients.
“Love the life you live. Live the life you love.”
– Bob Marley
Tanner – Blog Team
My name is Tanner Andreae and I am currently a pre-athletic training student at UW Stevens-Point. I spent 4 ½ years in the United States Marine Corps upon graduating high school and being a Marine remains the thing that I identify as to the greatest degree. I was drawn to TMR because I am a recovering alcoholic, a TBI survivor, and someone who suffers from severe anxiety and I have a very unique story that I know can help others and this is a platform that will allow me to do that. I am an aspiring bodybuilder, a tattoo collector, and an avid reader. I also love to cook, fish, and hunt.
“Quit moaning about fate and change. Stand up on your feet and rise.”
Celeste – CO Team
My name is Celeste Cowan and I am originally from Asheville, North Carolina. I currently attend Howard University College of Pharmacy in Washington, DC. I joined The MindReset because I am passionate about healing. I believe that to truly heal others we must first heal ourselves. I look forward to connecting with a larger community!
“We need to remember what’s important in life: Friends, waffles and work. Or waffles, friends, work. It doesn’t matter. But work is third.”
Julia – CO Team/Action Team
My name is Julia Schrader. I graduated from UW-Madison School of Pharmacy last May, and I currently work as a clinical inpatient Pharmacist at a non-profit community hospital. I’ve always been passionate about helping others, specifically advocating for those who may be struggling with mental health. One thing that really helps me feel mindful and centered is being creative in the kitchen and cooking/baking delicious and healthy meals for myself and those around me. I’m excited to be a part of this community, and I hope to help spread its message of awareness and compassion.
“You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.”
– Max Ehrmann
Maggie – CO Team
Hello everyone! My name is Maggie and I’m graduating from pharmacy school this May from Regis University in Denver, CO! 🙂 I’m originally from Southern California, so I’m planning on going back there after graduation. My dream is to be an independent pharmacy owner one day and part of that passion is what connected me with TMR. Personally, I want to have my own pharmacy where I can deliver the patient care that I believe in and strive to achieve, which is caring for the patient as a whole. That includes caring for their social, mental, and financial issues which all can impact a person’s wellbeing. I believe everyone has their own struggles and a lot of time, we just need a little support and motivation to help pull us through. TMR has a team full of strong and inspirational members from all walks of life and through collaboration with one another, I truly believe we can all help make a difference in our communities. Feel free to reach out and connect with any of us! We’re here to help 🙂
“And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.”
– Abraham Lincoln
Kevin – ECo Team
My name is Kevin Shiau and I’m a native of Temple City, CA; approximately 20 miles from downtown Los Angeles. I’m currently 8 weeks away from graduating pharmacy school from Howard University. My nickname is “Mr. Worldwide” as school and networking have taken me across 30 different states and allowed me to meet thousands of people. TMR resonated with me because my personality would lead many to believe mental health would never be an issue with me. However, that is quite the contrary as it has affected my own life in a big way. I’d like to pay things forward and help others as I was helped with when I needed people the most.
A quote that resonates most with me is about picking yourself up and its purpose in life:
“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
Katherine – SoMa Team
Hello everyone! My name is Katherine Ahn and I’m a 3rd-year pharmacy student at Howard University here in DC. I moved to the US when I was 9 and I lived in Dallas Texas until I moved to Austin for my undergrad in Biology. Moving to DC was a big transition for me since I was leaving all my friends and family behind, and it was hard adjusting to the cold weather, traffic, and different atmosphere. It was not easy to be where I am today but I made it this far with a lot of support around me. These support networks made me realize there is still hope when you think there isn’t and that there are people that care for you. I want to be able to be part of that hope and motivation to others out there.
“Believe in yourself. You are braver than you think, more talented than you know, and capable of more than you imagine.”
– Roy T. Bennett
Rachela – SoMa Team
My name is Rachela Ranaldi, and I am currently an undergraduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison studying psychology with an emphasis on human sexuality. I specialize in work surrounding victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, and other trauma, as well as psychotherapy for sexual predators. I have always been extremely passionate about eliminating the stigma surrounding mental health and encouraging conversation about taboo topics, like mental illness and sexuality. Therefore, I’m ecstatic to be a part of an organization that spreads awareness and promotes mental wellbeing through communication and support. I also find my happiness by exploring new restaurants, attending hockey games, traveling, and playing with dogs.
“If you were born with the weakness to fall, you were born with the strength to rise.”
Taylor – SoMa Team
Hi everyone! My name is Taylor Espich. I am a senior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison completing my Bachelor of Arts in philosophy and criminal justice and I’ll be transitioning to law school next year. I believe in approaching individuals affected by the criminal legal system coming from points of mental health distress from a holistic and humanistic perspective. Nature and the education of philosophy and mindfulness can be huge tools and I hope to empower others with these and the help of The Mind Reset team. I can’t wait to see where we can go!
“Science is knowledge. Wisdom is an organized life.”
– Immanuel Kant
Trevor – SoMa Team Lead
My name is Trevor Little. I am from Madison, WI where I work at a fitness club as a trainer and membership counselor. I strongly believe exercise is important in one’s life, however, being mentally healthy is also very important to me. I feel as though mental health in today’s society is often unacknowledged. Within our community, we can all have an impact and show appreciation towards a cause that needs more attention. The question now is what will that impact be and how will it make a difference? The Mind Reset has given me a chance to find my voice and advocate towards a great cause. One quote that has me moving everyday is:
“Life is a gift. Wake up everyday and realize that.”