Avielle Initiative Advisory Board

Steve Berkowitz, MD, is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist. He is the Director of the START Center at Children's Hospital Colorado and a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry. Before joining the faculty at the University of Colorado, Dr. Berkowitz was an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania, Department of Psychiatry, where he arrived after 15 years on the faculty at the Yale University Child Study Center. At Yale, he was the Director of Child Community Services and Deputy Director of the National Center for Children Exposed to Violence and the State of Connecticut's Intensive In Home Child and Adolescent Service IICAPS.
Darren Bishop, CFP, CRPC, APMA is Vice President of Investments at Wells Fargo Advisors. He focuses on helping clients develop financial strategies to pursue investment goals. Darren helped co-found the Avielle Foundation, a 501(c) 3 focused on preventing violence and building compassion through neuroscience research. He also served as the Finance Director for the Foundation.
Ashley Blubaugh is an integral member of the advancement team at the University of Colorado of Anschutz Medical Campus. She joined the National Mental Health Innovation Center as the Director of Development in March of 2018. In her role, she works with benefactors that are equally as passionate about mental health and gives them the opportunity to play a unique role through philanthropy and change the landscape of mental health. In addition to being benefactor-focused, Ashley finds great pleasure in ensuring that the experts at NMHIC have the resources they need to dream big around mental health. Ashley works with individuals, corporations, and foundations to help guide the philanthropic mission of NMHIC.
Debbie Boeldt, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist with a deep background in research, which has fueled her desire to ensure that evidence-based approaches are utilized in mental health and technology. Debbie's expertise ranges from contributing to the development of web-based interventions and the implementation of digital health and virtual reality. As Deputy Director at the National Mental Health Innovation Center, Debbie lead efforts focused on accelerating the implementation of new innovations into mental health.
Shaylyn Fahey is a current second year medical student at Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine (VTCSOM). She earned a bachelor's degree in Neuroscience from Bucknell University and before beginning medical school, worked as a postgraduate researcher at Yale School of Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry. Growing up in Newtown CT, Shaylyn has a profound passion for mental health, advocacy and medical innovation. She worked alongside Jeremy Richman as an intern, and eventually a fellow, for The Avielle Foundation for 5 years until its transition to the NMHIC. Shaylyn currently serves as the president of the Medical Design and Innovation Club at Virginia Tech as well as the co-president of the VTCSOM Chapters of the American Medical Association and Medical Society of Virginia. In addition to academics, Shaylyn has volunteered as a Firefighter and EMT for the last 6 years and is an avid triathlete in her free time. 
Walter Greenleaf, PhD, is a leading authority in virtual and augmented reality and is recognized internationally as one of the founders of the field. He is a behavioral neuroscientist and a medical product developer who has been on the cutting edge of VR/AR applications in healthcare for more than 30 years. He continues to work as a Visiting Scholar at the Stanford University Virtual Human Interaction Lab. He has developed several clinical product streams, founded medical companies, and served as a scientific advisor and reviewer for the U.S. Public Health Service, National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, NASA, and the U.S. Department of Education.

Jennifer Hensel, MS, is a multi-disciplinary scientist having worked in a number of research fields including clinical microbiology, molecular & cellular immunology, and oncology. Jennifer has a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology & Immunology, and a Master of Science in Pathology, both from the University of Arizona. Jennifer has extensive experience in the biotech industry developing therapeutics to treat cancer, and she now leverages her expertise as a medical writer. Jennifer is Avielle’s mom, and following Avielle’s murder, she and her husband, Dr. Jeremy Richman, founded the Avielle Foundation.

Urvi Jhaveri Sanghvi, MS, RN, is a clinical researcher and nurse in the Heart Institute at Children's Hospital Colorado, where she cares for patients and families experiencing pediatric and congenital cardiovascular disease. She is also a Ph.D. candidate studying biobehavioral and clinical science with a specific interest in understanding pulmonary resilience in the prevention of chronic lung disease in premature infants. Urvi was one of the founding members of the Avielle Foundation, where she served as a Board Director and Interim CEO.
Matt Vogl, MPH, founded the National Mental Health Innovation Center at the University of Colorado's Anschutz Medical Campus in 2015. As Executive Director, Matt leads a team of committed professionals to help accelerate the pace at which new technologies are responsibly developed to better treat and prevent mental illness, promote mental wellness, and destroy stigma. Before taking on leadership of the NMHIC startup, Matt served as Deputy Director of the University of Colorado Depression Center and managed the national program expansion for the Nurse-Family Partnership.

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