AIM’s CEO, Lori Butterworth, is an award-winning nonprofit executive and one of the leading child advocates in the State of California. After 13 years as a bilingual educator in the inner-city, Lori discovered a dearth in emotional and practical support for children with cancer when a teaching colleague’s 5-year-old son was diagnosed with leukemia. In response, she built Jacob’s Heart Children’s Cancer Support Services from her kitchen table and transformed it into a multi-faceted family center, which has won multiple regional and national awards for its model of compassionate, family-centered care.
A life-long learner, Lori recently earned a Master of Liberal Arts, Psychology from Harvard University, and holds a Master of Education from University of Maryland and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California at Los Angeles.
Lori lives in Soquel, California with her husband, Joe, and their dog, Theo. Her greatest accomplishment in life is raising two amazing children, Matthew and Johanna, into thriving, compassionate adults and becoming the proud grandmother of William and Michael.
Margaret D’Arrigo, MBA
Vice President of Youth Empowerment
With a career spanning 35 years in the agricultural industry, Margaret D’Arrigo has dedicated her time, talent, and energy to giving back the community she loves. Her countless contributions include empowering women through education and leadership development as well as advocating for the health and well-being of youth. Margaret is a retired member of the Board of Trustee for Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System and a current Board Trustee for Hartnell Community College. In addition, she serves on the Workforce Development Board for Monterey County, the Healthy Youth Task Force, the Blue Zones Project Workforce committee, and is a Salinas Rotarian. Margaret is the Co-Founder and Emeritus Board Member of IMPOWER, Inc., an organization that empowers women and girls and supports local non-profits.
Margaret has joined AIM Youth Mental Health to drive and build programs that will have a direct and lasting impact on the mental health and well-being of children, teens, and young adults. She leads the AIM Youth Research Lab team, oversees the Youth Mental Health First Aid trainings, curates the AIM Design Challenge, and identifies emerging youth engagement opportunities for AIM.
Margaret earned a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural and Managerial Economics from the University of California at Davis and a master’s degree in Business Administration from California State University at Monterey Bay. Her greatest joy is raising her twin boys, Alex and Sterling (17) who play volleyball and race motorcycles professionally. Margaret enjoys traveling, painting, writing, Pickle Ball and making a positive difference in her community.
Director of Organizational Development
Breanna Wilson has been working in the field of philanthropy for several years in both fund development and grant-making. As the Program Associate for the Monterey Peninsula Foundation, Breanna worked directly with more than 300 local nonprofit organizations and helped facilitate the distribution of more than $10,000,000 in grants annually. Breanna’s experience in grantmaking provides her with a unique perspective and an ability to connect with funders and community members alike.
A native of Monterey County, Breanna is passionate about supporting the community in which she grew up through volunteerism, philanthropy, and leadership. Breanna currently serves as the President of the Board for the Emerging Leaders Society (ELS) for the United Way of Monterey County and serves on the selection committee for the ELS scholarship fund at the Community Foundation for Monterey County. To build her knowledge and skills, Breanna is studying Collaborative Health & Human Services with a concentration in Public Administration and Nonprofit Management at California State University Monterey Bay.
Breanna is dedicated to empowering community members to take pride in combating social issues and improving the quality of life for children, teens, and young adults. In her spare time, Breanna lives in Pebble Beach with her husband, Devon, and their 88-pound lab, Mac.
Co-Founder/ Director of Marketing
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, loves AIM’s mission, and the youth mental health movement. Outside of work, she enjoys fly-fishing, skiing, hiking, photography, and traveling.
In addition to bringing more than 15 years of program, operations, and personnel management experience to AIM, Jordan Kausin offers the perspective of a brother whose beloved sister died by suicide at age 16. Jordan has been a spokesperson about breaking the silence and stigma around teen suicide, and his combination of business acumen and personal experience add a rich perspective to the AIM team.
With a natural aptitude for strategic planning and process improvement, Jordan successfully maximized growth and output with minimal expenditures as the Senior Development Coordinator at the American Cancer Society. Jordan worked as an Americorps volunteer for Habitat for Humanity and co-chaired community events for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
As the Operations Manager at AIM, Jordan improves program and administrative efficiency by coordinating information systems, ensuring dependable, safe, and effective record keeping, scheduling and program impact. Jordan’s entire family, including his nine-year-old son, Silas, his mother, step-father, and plethora of aunts, uncles, and cousins share his passion for AIM’s mission and volunteer for AIM en masse.
Ramona Friedman, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist, Vice President AIM Institute for Evidence-Based Care
As a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Friedman has 12+ years experience in providing Evidence Based Psychotherapy (EBP) for youth and their families. Throughout her training and clinical practice, Dr. Friedman has focused on the implementation of treatments that work for children and young adults, informed by state of the art research and scientific innovation.
Dr. Friedman has seen and heard first hand the desperate need for quality, effective mental health interventions that have been missing in her community and other communities across our nation. Drawing from her clinical expertise and passion for enhancing the mental health and well-being of our youth, Dr. Friedman is dedicated to improving access to EBPs and establishing innovative, community-based programs and strategies aimed at increasing mental health awareness and treatments available to all of our youth.
Dr. Friedman completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology from University of California San Diego (UCSD). She went on to complete her masters and doctorate degrees (Ph.D.) in Clinical Psychology from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science/Chicago Medical School. Dr. Friedman completed her pre-doctoral internship at Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL, and her post-doctoral fellowship training at the VA San Diego Healthcare System/UCSD. Her clinical training and experience has been focused primarily on comprehensive assessment and effective treatments for anxiety, mood and related disorders.
Dr. Friedman lives in San Luis Obispo with her two kids and husband. She loves living on the Central Coast, spending time with her family and pets, enjoying nature and playing tennis.
AIM Ideas Lab Facilitator
Jennie is a mental health researcher, counselor, and educator. She has 10+ years of experience conducting qualitative and quantitative research for both for-profit corporations and non-profit organizations to help them understand and serve their communities. More recently, Jennie has been working with organizations focused on solving critical issues within mental health such as the youth mental health crisis and building digital communities for people living with serious mental illness.
Jennie is currently pursuing her Master of Liberal Arts in Psychology with an emphasis on workforce development for youth who have experienced traumatic and adverse childhood experiences. Outside of work and school, she volunteers with the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for youth involved with the child welfare system.
Jennie lives in Long Beach, California with her husband and dog.
Pamela Clemens, MA
Regional Director | Northern California
An award-winning educator with more than twenty-five years of experience teaching and mentoring teenagers at private and public schools throughout California, Pamela is a passionate advocate for youth mental health. Pamela has been a language teacher (German, French, Latin) and ELL instructor, and served as the Director of Service Learning and International Dean at a leading college preparatory high school. She has hosted international students from countries including Australia, China, Germany, Russia, and Turkey and acted as a cross-cultural ambassador through her own studies abroad, international service and travel.
In these roles Pamela has developed deep relationships, inspired and coordinated individual, small group, and school-wide service learning projects reaching local communities and countries around the world, with a focus on instilling values such as respect, equality, inclusion, peace, and social justice. Pamela excels at teaching youth how to brainstorm, organize, and implement projects to have impact, then to reflect upon and share their learning and experiences with others. She is proud of the numerous teens she has mentored who have completed service projects that have won Presidential Volunteer Service Awards and California Outstanding Youth Philanthropy Awards. Having been active in supporting youth mental health for years, Pamela recently became a certified Youth Mental Health First Aid instructor.
Pamela holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters degree in Education from Stanford University and has completed advanced language study at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California and the Freie Universtät Berlin in Germany. A native of Carmel, Pamela currently lives in Tiburon, California with her partner, Mark, and is the mother of two beautiful daughters, Natalie and Isabelle.
Kimberly Moir, MA
AIM Ideas Lab Facilitator
Kimberly Moir is an educator whose passions include culturally and linguistically responsive teaching, social-emotional learning, supporting school leaders, teachers and substitutes, and research and programs on mindfulness and youth mental health in education. She has 11 years’ experience working with students and staff in settings ranging from kindergarten through high school. The core focus of her career has been using teaching strategies to help dismantle the disruptive forces of inequity and systemic oppression, and Kimberly employs empathy and relationship building as vital tools to support these efforts. She currently works with the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District supporting students and their teachers in Career Technical Education.
Kimberly lives in Monterey where she enjoys hiking, dancing, and cooking with her husband, Jeff, and their two wonderful and active young sons.
Linda Prowse Fosler, MS
Youth Mental Health First Aid Trainer
Linda built a 45 year career in the computer and related industries. She was a member of the Corporate Engineering Department of Hewlett Packard, Manager of Software Engineering for Tandom Computers, Vice President of Software Quality at Cadence Design Systems, Vice President of Marketing for IKOS Systems and Director of Marketing for the Deep Sub micron Division of Mentor Graphics. During an eight year period of independent consulting Linda worked primarily with high technology startups.
Throughout her career Linda has devoted time to a number of charities and activist causes including Suicide Prevention, Mental Health First Aid and Court Appointed Special Advocates for Foster Children. Upon retirement from high technology in 2014 Linda became Executive Director of Court Appointed Special Advocates of Monterey County and served in that post until 2016. Today Linda is a member of the Behavioral Health Commission of Monterey County having served as chair of that group for two years, Linda serves as a Mentor to Social Entrepreneurs through Santa Clara University’s GSBI Miller Center. She is a past Board member of Rotary Downtown Salinas, and is a local leader in the community organizing activity COPA.
Linda earned a Bachelor of Science in Business and Computer Technology from University of California at Berkeley and Northern Arizona University and a Master of Science Degree in Management and Leadership. Linda is an avid gardener and pilates practitioner. She is married, the mother and step mother of 6 grown children and grandmother of 11. Linda lives in Monterey with her husband, Howard, 2 cats and a few very opinionated chickens.
Olivia Schultheis, MPA
Youth Mental Health First Aid Administrator & Trainer
Olivia has experience working in many different non-profit organizations. She’s motivated to work for a mission she believes in. In 2015, Olivia received her B.A. in Environmental Studies with a minor in Education from CU Boulder. Her love for the outdoors led her to Jackson, Wyoming where she immersed herself in the non-profit and public sector.
Her experience working with at-risk youth in a group-home setting spurred her passion for mental health as well as reducing the stigma surrounding it. Since working in the group home she has been a vocational rehabilitation coach for people with physical and mental disabilities. She has experience working with children on the autism spectrum using ABA therapy, and was the Operations Manager for an organization that supported people affected by sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking. Since 2018, Olivia has been a volunteer Crisis Counselor for Crisis Text Line, an international crisis support hotline. She has helped over 300 people experiencing a crisis go from a hot moment to a cool calm via text. In 2021, she received her Masters in Public Administration with an emphasis in Global Management and Leadership from Portland State University.
She is a life-long advocate for the health of her community and the environment around her. Olivia finds her happiest and most grounding moments out in nature. She loves to garden, tend to her chickens, mountain bike and float the rivers.
Jill Suttie, PsyD
Jill Suttie is a psychologist and science journalist covering social and psychological research focused on youth mental health. She joined the AIM team to write about cutting-edge research done by AIM-funded researchers whose findings provide evidence-based strategies for preventing and treating mental health disorders in children. Jill’s hope is that by helping uncover the keys to wellness in kids, it will improve their quality of life in school and beyond. In addition to her work at AIM, Jill is a staff writer and contributing editor for Greater Good magazine, a publication of the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley, where she has written about the science of a meaningful life and a cooperative, compassionate society for over 15 years. Her articles and book reviews have been featured in the Washington Post, Yes! Magazine, Mindful, Shareable, and more. Outside of work, she is an avid hiker and a singer/songwriter/recording artist, with two CD’s of original songs that can be found on her website: jillsuttie.com.