Founder / Executive Director
Torri has struggled with depression and addiction since she was 14 years old. She has attempted suicide multiple times in her life, as an adolescent and as an adult.
Even through her struggles, Torri managed to graduate from UCSB with a major in History and a minor in International Relations, Magna Cum Laude.
After college, she spent years battling a horrible eating disorder and gender identity issues. At one point she was even homeless living out of her car as a result of her depression and addiction.
These last few years she’s worked hard to put her life back together. Her career in the health and wellness field has given her purpose. She wants to expand her scope and take her efforts worldwide to end the stigma associated with mental illness and addiction.
She’s been sober and abstinent from her eating disorder since 2010. This is the longest period in her life that she has been clean. It is through her personal road to recovery that has led her to form Tangible Movement.
Starting in junior high, Chloe began separating family and social life. She was told to keep quiet about her family’s hardships, so she started suppressing a lot of negative emotions. Throughout the following years her immediate family dealt with drug addiction, suicidal thoughts, depression, jail time, coming out, and abuse.
Unfortunately she turned to partying as her outlet in college and it wasn’t until a couple years after graduating that she sought help through therapy.
She was finally able to confront all of her past traumas, but continues to work through the damage today in order to fully enjoy the positivity around her. In her journey of healing, she wants to help spread awareness so that people will stop ignoring whatever dark clouds are following them and end the stigma around mental health for generations to come.
Chief Development Officer
Sonny Patel is a founding Board Member and Chief Development Officer at Tangible Movement. His focus is in strategic growth, sustainable development and delivering high impact support and programs. He is also U.S. National Institutes of Health Fogarty Global Health Scholar and Fellow at the Harvard University. He has developed research protocols, programs and training to build capacity and knowledge in communities around the world from subject matters in Public Health and Community Mental Health to specialized topics in Disaster Resilience.
Sonny is a frequent lecturer to academic courses on global health, community mental health, disaster management and post-disaster research. He has provided lectures and workshops both domestically and internationally, including Harvard University (USA), London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (UK) and University of Cape Town (South Africa). Having been interviewed by various media outlets, Sonny has presented his work at leading international conferences and associations, including American Public Health Association (USA), Environmental Health International Conference (Russia) and World Association of Social Psychiatry and the Royal College of Psychiatrists (United Kingdom).
He received his Bachelors from the University of California, Berkeley and received his Masters in Public Health from University of Southern California.
Chair, Advisory Board
Systems analyst & designer, technologist, go-to-market, business development, product management/designer, and brand/product strategist. Formerly General Manager/Partner with Google, Microsoft, HTC, Dangaard Telecom and Palm. Also served as a consultant, advisor and executive partner for Kasparov Chess Foundation, Samsung Mobile, Sony Ericsson Xperia, Brightpoint Inc., Emirates Airline, Skype, Jabra, DIFC, ADP, DP, HP and numerous other leading consumer technology companies, government agencies, telecom operators, startups, financial, software/hardware companies.
Dr. Shahla Modir - Psychiatry Chair, Advisory Board
Shahla Modir, M.D. completed residency in General Psychiatry at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and a 2 year fellowship in Addiction Psychiatry at UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Modir is double board certified. This is a rare qualification in the treatment of Addiction and Psychiatry. She is a Diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology for Psychiatry AND Addiction Psychiatry. Dr. Modir is a licensed buprenorphine provider and a dual diagnosis expert. She received an NIH grant to study the effects of acupuncture and motivational interviewing on methamphetamine withdrawal symptoms. She is trained in all of the evidence based psycho-social therapies to treat addiction such as motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy, and dialectical behavioral therapy. She also has expertise in pharmacogenetic testing and MTHFR mutations. Furthermore, she has worked as medical director and chief psychiatrist for dual diagnosis residential facilities over the past 10 years. She worked with the leading experts from UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Program to develop inpatient evidence based treatment programs. This blend of experience allows for a well trusted evaluation and treatment of very complicated patients
Becca Grischow - Marketing and Donor Relations Coordinator
Becca Grischow is a Chicago-based digital marketer and storyteller in the nonprofit sector. She is thrilled to be serving Tangible Movement's marketing and donor relations programs for the next six months. Previously, she has worked with nonporifts such as Young Chicago Authors, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, and Emerald City Theatre. She currently works for a fundraising consulting firm in Chicago, where she is often found buried deep under a pile of projects in the Adobe Suite. When not working in the nonprofit field, Becca is a ghostwriter for a number of best selling novelists.
PR / Press / Media
Carlos Canez has been in the public relations industry for over a decade. Working with the most elite real estate firms in the nation specializing in mass media communications. Carlos currently resides in Los Angeles, CA; originally from Bakersfield CA, Transitioning into the entertainment industry in 2014, he has had the opportunity to support and develop celebrity talent.
Editor in Chief
Jessica Hutt is a sixteen-year-old writer and blogger from New Jersey. She is the assistant editor of her school’s current events magazine, and has a personal blog entitled Jess for Success. Jessica also writes for Pressing the Future, an online publication dedicated to sharing the stories of young reporters across the globe, and founded its first local chapter. In addition, Jessica has been trained as a writer by the School of the New York Times and New York University Pre-college. She enjoys writing for online magazines Balter Monthly and Redefy, a for-teens, by-teens nonprofit fighting stereotypes and promoting positive perspectives.
Frustrated by the stigma surrounding mental illness and the lack of available resources for struggling youth, Jessica became involved with Tangible Movement. She is the editor in chief of Tangible Movement, and creates content for the blog. With the help of Tangible Movement, Jessica hopes to be the generation to erase the taboo of mental illness, and to provide aid to young adults struggling with substance abuse, depression, identity issues, and more.
Advisory Board Member
Zach Skow is the founder of Marley's Mutts, a rescue organization that has saved thousands of dogs and focuses on community outreach. He is a survivor of addiction, disease, and mental illness, and now lives in good health with his wife, daughter, and dogs.
Technology Chair, Advisory Board Member
Currently Managing Director at U+, a global digital product development company launching corporate & startup innovations. U+Ventures invests in early-stage software startups in US and Europe with offices in NYC, SF, Prague and clients all over the world.
Kate built products for companies such as Volkswagen, T-Mobile, E.On, Home Credit, AXA and other Fortune 500. With 8+ years of global and diverse work experience she is skilled in business development within different regions and cultures, product management and development, lean startup methodology, UX/UI and managing the projects and teams.
She was leading Founder Institute in San Francisco where she is mentor at the present. Frequently invited to advise startups in Silicon Valley and Los Angeles; judge pitch events and to speak at the tech conferences.
Studied graphic design and humanitarian studies. Passionate about psychology, art, travel, and empowering and supporting the people around her.