In 2014, Susan saw a tremendous need in the youth mental health community and decided to do something about it. No one could name a nonprofit dedicated to youth mental health and finding real solutions for all the kids suffering. Wanting to get to the core of the problem, she decided to focus on funding research for mental challenges. According to Susan, “AIM’s mission immediately resonated with so many people that the nonprofit founded itself. Improving young people’s mental health is on the agenda, people are talking about it, but the need for research still hasn’t gotten the attention it deserves. I want to fund research that gets results, that helps kids today…that changes and saves lives.” Susan is passionately devoted to the youth mental health movement, spending 99% of her time as a volunteer building AIM, the other 1% of her time she enjoys with her family, biking, tennis, hiking, and traveling!
Kathryn L. Morrissey
VP of Development & Strategic Partnerships
Kathryn brings more than a decade of experience in leading development and strategic partnership initiatives driven to accelerate social impact through causes rooted in health and human services. Most recently, Kathryn served as Chief Development Officer for Special Olympics Northern California/Nevada overseeing the organization’s development operations, fundraising and special events. During her tenure she elevated Special Olympics’ approach to corporate partnership development and as a result amplified its brand awareness. Over the years, Kathryn has held leadership positions working on behalf of the Child Mind Institute, Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) and Life Learning Academy. Kathryn’s dedication to public service spans from advocating for youth mental health with emphasis on breaking down barriers to care and stigma to elevating a global dialogue around mental health issues to championing individuals of all abilities. She currently serves on the Bay Area Advisors in Philanthropy Steering Committee and the Carmel Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Outside of the office you can find Kathryn enjoying a long hike, arts projects or visiting some of her favorite places including Esalen Institute in Big Sur and her summer favorite on Martha’s Vineyard.
VP of Operations
Lauren brings a range of experience in operations, strategic partner program leadership, project management, client engagement, marketing, and professional selling among for profit endeavors. Most recently, Lauren served as Looker’s Revenue and Partner Program Operations Manager, overseeing their Professional Services team’s strategic integration within Google. She welcomes activities that require being a team player, and loves to enable and celebrate success of those she works with. Lauren’s transition to the nonprofit sector is inspired from her experience volunteering with charitable and community oriented organizations, as well as a passion to bring transformative solutions to scale small teams for big impact, leveraging her for profit background. She is committed to personal development and considers herself fortunate to facilitate AIM’s mission and movement for youth mental health. Outside of work, Lauren enjoys gardening, hiking, reading, and storytelling.
Co-Founder & Marketing Coordinator
While a junior in high school, Sydney co-founded AIM Youth Mental Health. Her first mission—to bring together over 300 supporters for AIM’s inaugural AIM for Awareness Walk & Rally. Sydney graduated from the USC Marshall School of Business with a B.S. with an emphasis in entrepreneurship and lives in Los Angeles. She is passionate about people and friendships, and loves AIM mission and the youth mental health movement. Outside of work, she enjoys fly-fishing, skiing, hiking, photography, and traveling.