Cris Firman, Senior Engineer, focuses on creating high-impact, results-driven web applications. An avid Linux Junkie and supporter of OpenSource technology, Cris brings to the table strong coding with an artistic eye. Cris is a dedicated family man to his loving wife Shauna and two wonderful children.
Twisha, Head of Global Community, studied the psychology of help seekers in her Ph.D. research, and loves to find ways to facilitate helping interactions among people. In the past, she has focused on international business operations for various organizations. Twisha is also a trained Kathak dancer.
Laura, Director of Community Development, joins us from the Startup Institute in New York, where she developed a passion for community building. In her previous life, Laura worked in Affiliate Marketing at The Dr. Oz Show. She has a passion for building strong relationships, health and wellness and practices meditation daily.
Heather is our Content Strategist and Noni Lead. Previously on the 7 Cups Community Team, she led group support chat for its first three years. Piano, swimming and documentaries are her favourite things. When not training the bot, she is making music and memories with her three children in the UK.
Christian, our Head of Product, has been making online spaces to connect people since he first encountered the internet. He ran the messaging products team at AOL and was most recently director of product at CloudOn. He is the author of The Power of Many and co-author of Designing Social Interfaces. Christian lives in Palo Alto with his wife Briggs and an ever-growing collection of ukuleles.
Ezra, Senior Engineer, brings his enthusiasm for bleeding-edge technologies to the team. He has spent over a decade fusing a strong background in Computer Science with fast-paced and innovative start-ups. Ezra and his wife Jill are raising their two children on Vancouver Island.
Lara, Head of Health System Initiatives, is a social worker with clinical experience in private practice, community, university, and hospital-based care. She also has a background in public policy, program management, and clinical research. She is driven to develop creative solutions to prevent health problems and to improve wellness. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she can befound hiking on the weekends with her husband and 4 young kids.
Kate is our Group Support Community Manager. She is passionate about mental health and working with volunteers. Kate has experience working on crisis and suicide prevention hotlines and working with national mental health nonprofit organizations. She lives in the Washington DC area with her two cats.
Christina, Product Associate, is a lifelong learner and science geek. She is passionate about providing the best product experience for everyone. She lived in Denmark for three years, completing her Ph.D. in geology and oceanography. Traveling and learning new languages (human and computer) are her favorite hobbies. She lives in mountainous Colorado with her two dogs.
Khoi, Head of People, has led the people program at several startups in hyper-growth over the past decade. Primarily working in the software and renewable energy space, he has a passion for creating healthy company cultures and high team engagement through active listening. Khoi currently resides in San Francisco and enjoys exploring the food scene.
Anna-Kate, our Director of Clinical Initiatives, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker dedicated to providing guidance, support, and education in the mental health community. She is passionate about finding ways to make quality treatment accessible to those in need. She has practiced in psychiatric hospitals, treatments center, mobile crisis, and private practice. Anna-Kate, her husband and two children live in the Raleigh, NC area where she enjoys being a girl scout leader and crafting.
Deja, our Customer Service Representative, prides herself on being the go-to problem fixer. She has a strong passion for providing great support to individuals all over the world. Her main goal is keep as many people as content as possible. Residing in New Jersey, she enjoys traveling, cooking, and spending time with her loved ones.
Sue, our Peer Lead, is a person with the lived experience and one of the first National Certified Peer Specialists. Prior to joining 7 Cups, Sue worked as the National VP of Consumer and Family Affairs at Optum/United and the CEO of the Depression and Bipolar Supports Alliance. She loves her little pink house by a lake and her two wonderful pups.
Kate, Director of Research, has consistently pursued opportunities to embrace and apply social psychology in technology. After receiving her Ph.D. in Social Psychology, she left academia for the social media research start-up scene where she has happily rollercoastered the peaks and valleys of digital life in the 21st century. Kate loves everything psychology, exercise, and green tea. She lives in Austin with her partner, Derek, their four boys, Finn, Atticus, Story and Theodore; and puppy, Leonard.
Ched, Senior Engineer, is a strategically focused full stack developer with more than twenty years of experience creating software products. He has worked in a diverse set of companies from startups to enterprise over the years. Ched and his wife live in the San Diego area raising 3 kids and too many pets to count.
Erik, Software Engineer, is a software developer who has worked in various roles in the software industry for the last few years since finishing university. He is a problem solver at the core with a background in mathematics & statistics and enjoys applying his analytical skill set to continuously learn and tackle complex problems. Erik also enjoys running, snowboarding, learning new technologies, and competitive Dota.
Heather, our Community Safety Coordinator, is a seasoned community manager with a deep passion for mental health advocacy. She believes in the power of solidarity, and she will be working hard to foster and preserve a space safe enough to call home. She resides in California with her husband and parrot.
Joe, our Senior Recruiter, has spent the majority of his career building a software start up and is excited about building things. This ranges from teams, companies, and processes to furniture and his Pop! figure collection. Joe currently resides in Los Angeles and spends his free time hiking, cooking, and consuming all things Sci Fi.
John, our User Experience Designer, loves only beauty and finds it everywhere. His passions have lead him to program prototypes for scientists, create installations for perfumers, and build web sites for rock stars. He holds a Masters in Painting and can often be found drawing in a museum somewhere around the world.
Merline, COO, is passionate about building and scaling teams to develop game-changing and impactful products that people love to use. First as a software engineer at Sun Microsystems and later honing her craft as a leader at some of the storied companies in Silicon Valley. When she’s not at work, you can find her on a soccer field where she enthusiastically supports her daughter who wants to one day play for the U.S. national team with a backup plan as a software engineer. Merline lives in Palo Alto with her husband and daughter.
Glen Moriarty, Founder and CEO, is a psychologist passionate about the Internet’s power to help people lead better lives. He has been involved in a number of services and organizations that support people in need. 7 Cups of Tea is his most recent endeavor; marrying his background in psychology with his love for technology. Glen lives with his wife, Nicole, and their four children, Colin, Madeliene, Avery, and London.