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!
Dr. Shane K. Green
A respected leader, Shane brings more than 15 years’ experience building teams and programs committed to supporting world class health research and innovation. Most recently, he was the Director General of Development Innovation at Grand Challenges Canada, overseeing a set of programs supported by ~$180M CAD in funding – including its Global Mental Health program. A self-described “recovering scientist” with a doctorate in cell and molecular biology coupled with graduate and post-doctoral training in bioethics, Shane has delivered more than 125 invited presentations, published more than 30 articles, and taught undergrad and graduate courses at the University of Toronto. Shane brings to AIM a deep personal connection to youth mental health. He has served as a member of the Advisory Group for the Mental Health Research Canada/Institute for Advancements in Mental Health Innovation Prize, and on the Board of Unity Charity, which uses hip hop arts to improve mental health of under-served youth. Shane lives in Toronto, Canada, with his wife and son, and two rescue cats. His keys to mental wellbeing include checking out Toronto’s live music scene, running, cycling, and getting out of the city for backwoods canoeing and hiking trips.
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.
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 skiing, hiking, photography, and traveling.