Founders

Marc S. Fussell : Lead Developer of Happiness
Marc has 25 years of technology experience in many roles and also practices yoga and meditation. Beginning in 2012, each morning while dropping his son off at school, Marc told his son, "Love love love love love; it is all about love" and gave his son a positive message. A few years later, Marc took the first steps for what is now Take2Minutes when he wrote a script to send positive messages out each day to a handful of recipients. That script eventually became the first version of Take2Minutes, called LoveCoBrand. LoveCoBrand grew to 100’s of subscribers before becoming Take2Minutes.
Matt Zemon : Lead Promoter of Happiness
Matt brings 20 years of executive leadership experience to Take2Minutes and also practices meditation, journaling, and truly believes in the good things that can come from the activities being developed by Take2Minutes. In the nonprofit arena, Matt has served as President of the Raleigh Durham chapter of Entrepreneurs Organization, the Chairman of Jobs4America and the Entrepreneur in Residence for the National Military Spouse Network. Matt wants to help you and everyone else gain a brighter outlook on life through positive activites.

Happiness Advisory Board

Emily Behr, E-RYT, CYAEP
Emily Behr is the owner and founder of Growga, delivering unique and tailored yoga and mindfulness practices to students of all ages, with the goal of creating more mindful schools, workplaces, and communities. As a dancer for most of her young life, she was drawn to yoga and the fluidity of movement and breath. After having her first daughter, she saw the need for mindfulness and movement for every age. After teaching yoga for 10 years, Emily created Growga, a community of mindfulness and yoga teachers, and a program with a new approach to mindfulness. Through accessible and engaging classes, every person, regardless of their background or stage of life, can have tools to easily live a more mindful life.
Trish Cheatham
Raised as a bonafide military brat, Trish was taught the ropes of PR at a young age by a public relations master (also known as Dad.) With a strong background in marketing communications, crisis PR, creative concept development, and strategic business planning; Trish's passion is growing her clients’ businesses. From Fortune 500 companies to large manufacturing companies to companies branching out into new product development – this is where you will find her gleefully using her carefully honed skills. Aside from being the CEO at Think Tank PR + Marketing + Design and White Buffalo Film Studios, Trish is passionately committed to many charitable organizations, serving on several boards. Her philosophy of giving back and paying it forward is the foundation of both Think Tank and her life.
Jack Davis, JD
Jack Davis is General Counsel and VP/Corporate Development at Quantworks, Inc. a technology development and investment firm based in Carrboro, NC. Jack works extensively with the company's portfolio investments. He lives in Chapel Hill with his three children and received both his BA and Law Degree from Duke University.
Ron DiFrancesco
Ron DiFrancesco was working in Finance in New York and was the last known person to escape the South Tower of the World Trade Center before it collapsed in the 9/11 attacks. Ron struggled with PTSD and survivor’s guilt after that fateful day, but has overcome many of his difficulties by focusing on gratefulness, mindfulness and giving back to the community. Ron has been featured in several publications including Time magazine’s special edition 9/11 Portraits of Resilience. Ron was honoured by the Royal Canadian Geographical Society for his work on resiliency. Ron through his inspirational speaking teaches individuals and organizations to understand Mindfulness and Resiliency.
Paul Holway
Paul is a technology executive and entrepreneur, with over 20 years of experience in building solutions and leading teams. During that time, Paul has tried to focus on gratitude, perspective, and respect as essential traits of not only leadership, but also personal well-being. Paul has struggled with stress, anxiety and depression. After experiencing several subsequent events of personal loss in rapid succession, he found the power of the tools offered by Take2Minutes. These tools changed his life. He wants you to know that happiness is internal, that obligations are not always obligatory if they hurt you, and that mindfulness and gratitude can help put the pressures of modern society into a perspective to help you find fulfillment.
Louisa Jewell
Louisa Jewell is one of the world's leading experts on the science of well-being and human flourishing and has educated over 100,000 people around the world. Jewell appears regularly on CBC radio as a well-being expert on syndicated radio shows across the country and has been featured extensively in other media including Forbes, Fast Company, Oprah Magazine, The Globe and Mail, Huffington Post, Live Happy Magazine, Psychology Today and CTV TV, to name a few. Jewell is a featured expert in several documentaries including The Science of Happiness (2019, Good Giraffe LLC) and Mental Health in the City. Her best-selling book Wire Your Brain for Confidence: The Science of Conquering Self-Doubt was named in the top 100 Best Psychology Books of All Time and 100 Best Confidence Books of All Time by Book Authority.

Jewell has a master's degree in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and studied with the top scientists around the world including renowned psychologist, Dr. Martin Seligman. Jewell is the founder and president of the Canadian Positive Psychology Association (CPPA) and was a professor at the University of Texas. She is a pioneer in Canada in shaping a well-being vision for Canadians and has influenced policy makers and educators across the country. CPPA's internationally renowned conferences bring together scientists and practitioners from around the world to share their knowledge.
Tina Lepage, PSY.D
Dr. Tina Lepage is the founder of Lepage Associates Solution-Based Psychological & Psychiatric Services, a multi-specialty group practice celebrating over 17 years serving the Triangle. She has a doctorate and master’s degree in Clinical Psychology, a master’s degree in Management, and is a Licensed Psychologist. From the very beginning of her career with a B.S. in Child Development & Family Relationships 30 years ago, she has been focusing on children and families; in addition to her direct clinical work, she has provided numerous presentations for parents, school staff, children, and businesses on topics such as building resilience, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and risk of violence assessment. Dr. Lepage has over 20 years of experience as a clinical psychologist working with individuals, families, schools and businesses; prior to which she developed and managed successful personal and professional growth programs for universities, corporations, and the U.S. military.
Jamie Morgan, MA LPC-S
Jamie is a family focused licensed therapist and counselor offering a wide variety of dynamic psychotherapy solutions to his clients. He is the owner of a group counseling practice in the greater St. Louis area (My Family Counselling) and a former Air Traffic Controller in the US Navy. Jamie values independent thinking and empowers his clients to focus on moving beyond the stressors of both the past and future in order to focus on the "here and now." As an advisor to Take 2 Minutes, Jamie's breadth of knowledge in working with clients will help the T2M team to successfully integrate activities into therapeutic settings.
Beverly Myatt, M.Ed
Beverley has her B.A. (Hons) in Psychology from McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada and her M.Ed. in Educational Psychology & Counseling from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. She is currently a professor at Durham College in Oshawa, Canada where she teaches psychology courses in happiness/wellbeing and human intelligence. Prior to becoming a full-time professor, Beverley worked in the Accessibility Centre at Durham College, assessing and counselling college and university students. Previous to her employment at Durham College, Beverley conducted psychological assessments and performed student counselling services at the Kawartha Pine Ridge Board of Education, the Peterborough Victoria Northumberland & Clarington Catholic District School Board, and Trinity College School in Port Hope, Canada. Beverley is dedicated to enhancing student wellbeing, and is equally interested in advancing the post-secondary learning experience.
Brian Puerling, MS, NBCT
Educator and author Brian Puerling was recently appointed the Director of Educational Programming for SOS Children’s Village of Illinois. He was an early career fellow for the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media, is the recipient of the National PBS Innovative Educator Award and the National PBS Teachers’ Choice Award, and a former teacher, curriculum reviewer, and professional development facilitator for the Chicago Public Schools. Brian has been a consultant for PBS Early Learning, educational consultant for Nickelodeon, a former member of the Nickelodeon Curriculum and Content Advisory Board, and was a member of the Sesame Workshop Teacher Council. He is also the author of the Teaching in the Digital Age series. In addition to his master of science degree, Brian holds a Certificate of Advanced Education Leadership from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Srikumar Rao, PhD
Dr. Srikumar Rao created his celebrated MBA course, "Creativity and Personal Mastery” and taught it at multiple universities including the Columbia Business School, London School and The Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern. The course -- the only business school course that has its own alumni association -- shows students how to discover their unique purpose, creativity, and happiness, through group work and a philosophical perspective. Its popularity has led to write-ups in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Business Week. Dr. Rao is the founder of The Rao Institute and is also an adviser to senior business executives, whom he helps find deeper meaning and engagement in their work. He's the author of Are You Ready to Succeed: Unconventional Strategies for Achieving Personal Mastery in Business and Life, and has been a contributing editor for Forbes. His latest book is titled Happiness at Work: Be Resilient, Motivated, and Successful - No Matter What. His Ted Talk has had over 1,000,000 views.
Dwayne Allen Thomas, MAPP, JD
Dwayne Allen Thomas is an attorney and graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Master of Applied Positive Psychology program. His writings on the social and psychological roots of success have appeared in Psychology Today, The New York Law Journal, and Law Practice Today. He became interested in social diversity, social mobility, and positive psychology after 90% of the black students at his law school passed the July 2013 bar exam, though the group averaged a 50% pass rate. This one-time change resulted from student reaction to a change in the methodology of the U.S. News and World Report law school rankings, which shuffled the rankings, panicked students, and led to a three percent rise in the New York bar exam pass rate. Realizing psychology was a factor preventing these students from passing, he started a tutoring program and pursued his master’s. There, he learned these failures stem from a variety of factors, and that students capable of passing can achieve their goals using tools other than the shock of a drop in the U.S. News rankings.
Bryan Sexton, PhD
Bryan Sexton is the Director of the Duke Center for Healthcare Safety, Duke University Health System and the Director of Thrive: Transforming healthcare through Resilience, Innovation, Values and Excellence. Prior to Duke University, Dr. Sexton was a Professor at Johns Hopkins University and a Research Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin, as well as the University of Basel Kantonspital in Switzerland. Bryan’s research can be found in over 150 peer-reviewed articles and is a social psychologist and world renowned expert on emotional wellbeing and positive psychology.
Lisa Sheldon, M.Ed
Lisa Sheldon earned her undergraduate degree at the Jepson School of Leadership Studies at the University of Richmond and her masters at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education. She has created and taught leadership programs and has worked as a change management consultant at Arthur Andersen Business Consulting in Boston. While working for Chanel, Inc. she led global project teams and injected leadership concepts that fostered a more cohesive and productive working environment. She is an experienced facilitator who enjoys helping teams succeed and discover solutions. For the last thirteen years Lisa has taught persuasive public speaking and writing classes at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in their MBA, Executive MBA, and undergraduate programs. She is also a freelance writer and editor.
Paul Veltri
Paul Veltri has over twenty-five years of executive experience in developing and executing organizational initiatives. Paul has worked as an entrepreneur throughout his career as an owner, partner, board member, and executive with technology startups, growth, and mature organizations. Mr. Veltri has been involved in technology startups in the medical, hospitality, and communications markets. He currently works with Genoa Telepsychiatry to help business development and revenue growth. Mr. Veltri earned a Bachelors Degree from the University of Pittsburgh.
Wendy Wiederhold
Wendy Wiederhold is Vice President of Field Operations – Special Markets at Gallagher, a US-based global insurance brokerage and risk management services firm headquartered in Rolling Meadows, Illinois. She is a national leader with a passion for educating, connecting and assisting employers and their employees to access affordable, quality health care and benefits programs. Wendy has served in a variety of senior management roles throughout her career, serving consumer and commercial benefit plan customers. Prior to joining Gallagher in 2016, Wendy spent over a decade in sales leadership at a major national carrier, including senior leadership guiding the company’s health care reform implementation. She is committed to education and advocacy for behavioral health services and support.

Board of Directors

Kyle Lundby, PhD
Kyle Lundby is an industrial psychologist with extensive experience in the areas of culture and engagement, data analytics, leadership development, and organizational change. Dr. Lundby specializes in creating and evaluating customized employee listening programs, including developing the assessment tools, then administering and reporting on the results. Kyle is a Principal at Global Aspect Human Capital Advisors.

Glenn Merten, JD
Glenn is admitted to the Bar in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia and has a J.D. from the George Washington University School of Law. Glenn is a Partner with Drinker Biddle, a national, full-service law firm providing litigation, regulatory and business solutions to public and private corporations, multinational Fortune 100 companies and startups.


Student, Adult, and Young Professional Advisory Committee

Amelia Walsh : Writer
Amelia is a freelance writer and spiritualist living in Chicago, IL. She is a mother to a young daughter named Arwen, an avid reader, and a yoga enthusiast. Amelia writes inspirational messages and meditations because she is passionate about helping others find the balance and peace she has cultivated in her own life. As a former touring musician, she enjoys writing and playing music as well. Her most prominent sources of joy are family, creative projects, craft beer, and cooking great food with love.

Marisa Imon : Writer/Voice Talent
Marisa is the international bestselling author of the book Super Intense, and host of the unconventional meditation podcast, Incandescent. Marisa lives with bipolar type 1 and promotes the mindfulness skills she uses in her daily life to live well with emotional intensity. She does this through musical performances, speaking engagements, and hundreds of meditations created for people, businesses and apps around the world.

You can learn more about Marisa at marisaimon.com

The Student, Adult, and Young Professional Advisory Committee is still being Assembled.
To learn more, and if you have interest in helping, visit our SAY Committee information page.