Leaders in Tech, Healthcare, and Business Join The Jed Foundation’s Board of Directors During its 20th Anniversary Year

JED has partnered with 340 colleges, representing over 20% of students
across the U.S., to protect emotional health and prevent suicide.

NEW YORK, NY (January 11, 2020) – The Jed Foundation (JED) announced today the appointment of three new members to its Board of Directors: Kamelia Aryafar, technology and AI executive at Google; Rhonda Mims, senior executive at Centene Corporation; and Angela Santone, senior executive vice president of Human Resources at AT&T. The new directors will add important diverse skill sets and corporate expertise to the board. This comes at a pivotal time when JED’s services are experiencing unprecedented demand and expect an accelerated growth in 2021.

“We are pleased to welcome Kamelia, Rhonda, and Angela as new independent directors to JED’s board and especially value the varying experiences and practical perspectives they will bring,” said JED Board Chair and Co-Founder Phil Satow. “They join JED at an exciting time as we celebrate our 20th year of positively impacting the lives of teens and young adults. The addition of these corporate-based directors complements our Board of Directors’ skills and strengthens our oversight capabilities. I am confident they will provide valuable new ideas as we continue to pursue our important mission in 2021 and beyond.”

JED was founded in New York City in 2000 when Jed Satow, then a college sophomore, lost his life to suicide. In the aftermath of this tragedy, Phil and Donna Satow set out on a mission to build a mental health saftey net at colleges and universities that protects the emotional health of young adults and prevents suicide.

Since its founding, JED has grown to become a leading national organization building strategic plans on college and high school campuses reaching millions of teens and young adults with programs to help them successfully navigate emotional challenges. In two decades of service, JED has created numerous opportunities and positive change with some impactful results like:

  • Established JED Campus, one of JED’s cornerstone programs, that has helped over 340 colleges and universities representing nearly 4.5 million students (comprising over 20% of the US college population) strengthen their mental health, substance misuse, and suicide prevention programs and systems.
  • Created ULifeline, a free online, resource center utilized by more than 1,800 colleges and universities.
  • Partnered with CommonLit to educate more than 350,000 high school students with free online social and emotional health resources.
  • JED resources, including toolkits and guides, were downloaded 20,862 times in 4,427 cities.
  • JED videos were viewed on YouTube 2,106,800 times across all states.
  • Partnered with the Ad Council and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to create Seize the Awkward, an award-winning campaign that has achieved 44.1 M video views and 1.7 M web sessions.

About Kamelia Aryafar, Ph.D.

Kamelia is the director and engineering head of Retail Solutions in Google Cloud AI where she leads applied artificial intelligence and engineering teams focused on solving retailer’s problems. Prior to Google, Kamelia was the executive vice president, chief algorithms and analytics officer, and board member for Overstock.com, where she led the company’s analytics, data platform, technology, machine learning, data science, data engineering, and algorithmic products. Kamelia holds a Ph.D. and M.Sc. in computer science and M.L. from Drexel University.

About Rhonda Mims, J.D.

Rhonda is the senior executive at Centene Corporation (Formerly Wellcare). Prior to Centene, Mims was executive vice president and chief public affairs officer for WellCare Health Plans, Inc., where she was responsible for the development and implementation of the company’s corporate communications, marketing, government affairs, public policy, corporate social responsibility, social determinants of health and diversity and inclusion initiatives. Rhonda holds a J.D. and a B.S. in criminal justice from the University of South Carolina.

About Angela Santone, M.S.

Angela is the senior executive vice president of Human Resources at AT&T where she leads a team of experts overseeing AT&T’s human resources strategy, talent development practices, diversity and inclusion, total rewards and benefits programs, succession planning, and culture building to engage employees of an evolving modern media company around the world. Prior to AT&T, Angela was the chief human resources officer for Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. Angela holds a B.S. from Florida State University and an M.S. in counseling from Troy University.

About The Jed Foundation (JED)

JED is a nonprofit that protects emotional health and prevents suicide for our nation’s teens and young adults. We’re partnering with high schools and colleges to strengthen their mental health, substance misuse, and suicide prevention programs and systems. We’re equipping teens and young adults with the skills and knowledge to help themselves and each other. We’re encouraging community awareness, understanding, and action for young adult mental health.

Learn more at jedfoundation.org. Check out our programs including: JED Campus (jedcampus.org), Set to Go, ULifeline (ulifeline.org), Half of Us (halfofus.com), Love is Louder (loveislouder.com), and Seize the Awkward (seizetheawkward.org).

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Manuela McDonough
Director, Media Relations

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