We are on a mission to destigmatize and demystify mental healthcare for Black families and families who fall within the African diaspora.
Meet Our Team
Lauren Elliott, MA, MHFA
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Lauren Elliott draws from both her personal and professional experience as a Black mom, and public health and communications professional, who experienced a traumatic birth of her now 5-year-old son as she led public mental health campaigns for the City of New York. As CEO, she developed a tool that screens Black mothers for often overlooked stress and social determinants that serve as indicators of perinatal mood disorders and preterm birth, leads research, operations and marketing while championing the vision for the company. Lauren holds an M.A. in Public Affairs Journalism from the University of Illinois.
Ajeet K. Matheth, MBA
Co-Founder and Chief Technical Officer
Social Media Strategist
Pooja Umathe, MS
Nachammai Palaniappan, MS
Meet Our Coaches
Ann Shearer, MA, FACCE, NBC-HWC
Head of Perinatal Coaching
Ann holds a Master’s Degree in Health Promotion Counseling and is a National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach. She is also a Fellow in the American College of Childbirth Educators through Lamaze International. Ann has worked with over 7000 individuals as a Health Coach and Health Educator, focusing on specific topic areas of: maternal health and education, disparities in healthcare, stress management, weight management, nutrition, physical activity, smoking cessation, asthma education, HIV/AIDS education, bariatric surgery, corporate wellness, and mind-body activities including yoga.
She was a trainer for Lamaze International and the Yoga Alliance and has traveled the U.S. and China providing education to other wellness professionals. Ann has been working as a Health Coach since 2010 and was the designated Maternal Health Coach with Johns Hopkins HealthCare from 2015 to 2020. Ann has a blended family with 5 adult children and their partners and enjoys spending time with all of them. In her spare time, she and her husband love to go camping, kayaking, and hiking.
Jennifer Ngandu, MPH & Resident
Jennifer is currently a medical student at Saint James School of Medicine and aspires to serve as an OB/GYN in the near future, continuing in academia through research surrounding health disparities in maternal health care, and serving this population through coaching using the experience that she has acquired over the years in hopes of aiding to build a new standard of healthcare/mental health embedded in cultural diversity.
She is well-traveled with experiences such as interning with the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, partaking in medical missions to Cape Coast, Ghana, among others. For these reasons, she values cultural competence, working with individuals of different backgrounds than her own and addressing maternal/perinatal health concerns across different ethnicities.
Ciara is a certified Nutritional Therapist certified by the Health Sciences Academy and holds a Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate from T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies. Ciara is passionate about promoting the benefits of an individualized plant-based diet and encouraging the public to take a proactive approach to staying informed and holding their well-being in their hands. When she’s not providing coaching support, you can find her cooking up plant-based meals, doing yoga to her favorite playlists, geeking out over self-mastery, and spending quality time with her husband, 3 kids, 2 dogs, and bearded dragon!