Bobby is the acting President and Founder of SiOV. He founded SiOV to address a growing need in society: mental health and well-being. Mental health is something that has affected his own life and the lives of those close to him so he enjoys being able to use his education, skills, and experience to impact the world positively. Originally from Glen Allen, VA, Bobby graduated from the University of Virginia and currently is a strategy and operations consultant for a large professional services firm.
Raised just south of Annapolis, Maryland, Charles completed his Bachelor’s degree in southern California, undertaking studies in business administration, economics, and real estate development. Upon his return to the area, he completed his Master’s degree at Georgetown University. Charles currently works as in real estate industry in Washington, DC, and the surrounding areas. When not at work, he enjoys being active in the community, including participating in many alumni events, as well as, fund raising activities for a variety of causes, such as Strength In Our Voices.
Director, Strategy & Operations
Having lost a best friend to a mental health crisis, and struggled with a range of mental health challenges himself, Matt is energized about raising awareness and eliminating stigmas. His service in the Air Force brings a unique understanding of how mental health impact people and organizations. Matt works with SIOV leadership to chart long-term strategies for growing the organization and advancing it mission. Matt grew up in Georgia, attended the University of Georgia and currently lives and works in Washington, D.C.
As someone who has struggled with anxiety and depression, I feel a personal connection to our mission. I’ve worked with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) on various messaging and content and want to use my communications ~superpowers~ helping SiOV.
Director, Marketing & Campaigns
Advocating for the access to health care and mental health services has been an integral part of my personal and professional life. I’ve been touched by loss due to mental health struggles and recognize how isolating those challenges can feel. Strength in Our Voices allows me to use my experience for good by create positive change for others, and build communities of support, kindness, and resilience.
Matt R. Salmon, DO
Director of Content Development and Messaging
Matt’s focus is on content development and messaging. As a psychiatrist, Matt works very closely with individuals who struggle with various mental health needs and so he carries a unique perspective. He sees how stigma can affect an individual’s life and willingness to access help on a daily basis. Matt understands the unique differences we each carry with us that frame the way we view ourselves and the world around us. He sees a huge need in how we support and care for others and their mental health. Matt joined this board in the hopes of shaping current and future views and management of mental illness. He is originally from Phoenix, AZ and moved to Washington, D.C. in June 2017 to do extra training through MedStar Georgetown University Hospital so that he can work specifically with youth. He believes that through education, support, and open mindedness we can challenge long standing misguided beliefs about mental health and well being.
Mental health/fitness is something I took for granted for the first 28 years of my life. I never understood the challenges those impacted by mental health disorders faced until my best friend took his own life. The following year, I began my own journey with the struggles of mental health and lost another loved one to suicide. Now, I am ready to continue to prepare others for, and prevent them from, these illnesses.
Matt helps on the Outreach committee, working with Schools and Sources of Strength. Matt’s interest in mental health originates from his personal has struggles with anxiety and depression and experienced being at the lowest of lows when it didn’t seem like things would ever get better. In these times, it often felt easier for Matt to avoid family and friends, but they were the ones who lifted him up and helped get him back on his feet. All of our experiences with mental health may differ on some level but it’s crucial for each of us to have a support network, whether it be family, friends, teachers, etc. Being able to openly communicate when we are feeling low (and to have a support network who can spot any red flags) allows us to connect and hopefully feel less alone. Matt supports mental health because it’s been stigmatized for too long and no one should question or be afraid to raise their hand when they need help.
Director, Outreach Coordinator
Nick conducts outreach to new schools and communities in Northern Virginia to gauge their interest in implementing a suicide prevention program known as Sources of Strength. He helps to coordinate the initial implementation of the Sources of Strength training and strength-based messaging campaigns. With over 10 years of experience as an educator, he is passionate about building resiliency skills and enhancing the protective factors in students’ lives. Originally from Philadelphia, Pa. Nick received his Master’s degree in educational leadership from George Mason University and is currently an administrator in Northern Virginia.
Director, Event Project Management
Allison serves as one of the many directors responsible for event planning and execution. She joined the team in hopes of encouraging her peers to acknowledge and address their mental health without fear of ridicule or stigma. A graduate of the University of Virginia, Allison currently works as a program coordinator within the School of Business at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Suzanna has been involved in SiOV since it was first founded and is currently a Director for events. Mental health is something that she has seen many people struggle with, in part because of how difficult they found to talk about it openly, given the stigmas associated with it. Through SiOV, she hopes to be able to make a positive impact and drive change so that we can open up the way to have conversations about mental health challenges, and make sure no one feels that they are struggling alone. Originally from New York, Suzanna graduated from the University of Virginia and is currently a global learning & knowledge consultant for a large technology company.
“There is no health without mental health.” – World Health Organization. The de-stigmatization of mental health conditions is important to all of us at SiOV. We want to build a community around promoting the understanding of mental illnesses and disorders. Jessie is an advocate for treating all people from those with mild to severe mental health conditions with respect and dignity. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia and is currently working in the energy industry at a global professional services firm while pursuing a graduate degree part-time.
Director, Secretary & Programming
Ashley received a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) and two minors in Gender and Women’s Studies and LGBT Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Ashley also has a Master of Social Work (MSW) concentrated in Community-Centered Integrative Practice from the University of Washington-Seattle. She is passionate and committed to racial/gender/social justice, anti-oppression and anti-violence work/community organizing. Mental health is significant in her life for personal, familial and professional reasons and she is excited to work with SiOV.
Director, Donor Management
Constant and difficult struggles with mental health are widespread but rarely talked about in our society. Drew passionately supports awareness and education to help those personally struggling as well as those who can offer support. He believes a donation can be measured in more than just dollars; volunteering one’s time/support for events and helping out in the community are equally as valuable. Born and raised in south-western Virginia, Drew received his BA in History from Hampden-Sydney College before moving to Richmond, VA and working several years in account management. He later moved to D.C. where he currently works in real estate serving the District of Columbia and surrounding areas. When not with clients or friends, Drew enjoys time with his extended family frequently competing with his brothers and cousins on the ski slopes in winter and water skis in summer.