Founder / Chief Executive Officer
Chief Strategy Officer
Chief Product Officer
Gregory Barton is pursuing his Doctorate in Education from Johns Hopkins University with a specialization in Entrepreneurial Leadership in Education. His dissertation will focus on the benefits of a balanced curriculum of arts, academics, and athletics to build well-rounded citizens and future leaders. Gregory earned his bachelor's degree in 2013 from Washington and Lee University in Virginia as a Division III student-athlete. He later completed his Master's in Historic Preservation at the Savannah College of Art and Design. Gregory began his career in education at Norfolk Academy, a co-education private school in Norfolk, Virginia. Specializing in upper-level art history and studio art courses, Gregory also drew from his experience as a former college athlete to coach American football, basketball, and lacrosse. In 2019, Gregory accepted a position at Hellenic American University in Athens, Greece. He served as the Assistant Director of Student Affairs and International Programs and supported in the Development Office. Gregory also contributed as a faculty member of the General Education Program, designing and teaching art and art history courses. Since March of 2021, Gregory has worked as the Director of Promise at Long Island University in Brooklyn, New York. The Promise Program at LIU focuses on student success by aiding in academic, personal, and professional transitions. As the Director of Promise, Gregory leads a team of Promise Success Coaches committed to guiding students through every step of their college experience. In addition to his administrative duties, Gregory serves as an instructor at LIU and an adjunct faculty member of HAU.
Gwyn E. Campbell
Chief Academic Officer
Dr. Gwyn E. Campbell is a professor of Spanish at Washington and Lee University where she has worked for more than three decades. Dr. Campbell earned an Honours B.A. in French and Spanish from McMaster University, a Master’s in Spanish from the University of Western Ontario, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Spanish from Princeton University. Over the course of these years she has taught all levels of Spanish language, Hispanic culture and literature, with a specialization in 16th- and 17th-century Spanish Golden Age drama and Renaissance prose fiction, as well as courses in the Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program. She has been an affiliate faculty member of the Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program since its inception. Dr. Campbell brings a wealth of experience in a wide range of areas through her extensive committee work at the university-wide, departmental, and programs levels, through her affiliations with and executive offices held in a number of professional associations, and her work with the AP Spanish language and literature programs. Whether through formal or informal work on her own, student well-being and mental health have long been issues of paramount importance to her. For the past decade she has also been dedicated to helping her students apply for and win a variety of prestigious Fellowships, and this focus became her entire portfolio during the final year of her tenure as Associate Dean of the College at Washington & Lee University. In her spare time, Dr. Campbell enjoys a variety of exercise including long walks with her dog, cycling, and golf. She is a lifelong learner and an advocate for mental health awareness and creating better access to health education.
Chief Marketing Officer
Lauren Smith is a communications and development professional. A former student-athlete, she played Division III soccer at Capital University before hanging up her cleats due to a third concussion. She transferred to Miami University, where she completed internships in PR and public affairs while pursuing a double major and serving on the executive teams of the local dance marathon and PRSSA chapters. After earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in speech communication and journalism, Lauren moved to Washington, DC to work in donor relations and communications for the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation. Her work included spearheading the redesign of the foundation’s website, stewardship, and working with students, educators, and industry leaders. In early 2016, Lauren decided to chase her dream of backpacking the Appalachian Trail. Setting off from Georgia, she fundraised for the LoveYourBrain Foundation while hiking the +2,189-mile footpath to Maine in just under six months. Following her journey, Lauren traded in the mountains for the ocean and accepted a position as the communications specialist and girls junior varsity soccer coach at a Virginia private school. She eventually moved to Pittsburgh, where she worked as an editor for a digital health and fitness start-up before venturing back into freelancing. A lifelong learner, Lauren is always looking for opportunities to increase her knowledge in advancement and communications operations and is eager to map out a future in philanthropy. In her spare time, Lauren enjoys training for ultramarathons, cooking, and devising ways to attend a Tiny Desk Concert.
Board of Advisors
Mark Louie, Ed.D.
Bailey MacLeod, Ph.D.
Michael McCutcheon, Ph.D.
Michael McCutcheon is an achievement coach, psychologist, and award-winning public speaker who specializes in working with adults around career transition, goal achievement, and increasing overall life satisfaction. Over the years, he has partnered with clients to achieve life-changing results: improving time management and organization skills, embarking on a new career, becoming more physically fit, finding love and enhancing current relationships, getting promoted, gaining acceptance into competitive graduate programs, and guiding recent graduates through the transition from school to the working world, to name a few.. Dr. Michael has worked with an incredibly diverse roster of clients from across the globe. He is a published author, lecturer, and teaches graduate psychology courses at New York University (NYU), a position for which he has twice won the Dept. of Applied Psychology Teaching Award (2014 & 2019). His work has appeared in the press as a lifestyle and career expert for The Washington Post/The Associated Press; The New York Post; Scholastic; Lifehacker; and The Coca-Cola Company. He has served as a contributing writer for Out Magazine and featured panelist on National Public Radio (NPR). Dr. Michael is an avid traveler, runner, and ESPN addict. He earned his B.A. in Psychology from Berkeley and Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from NYU.
Alessandra Sax, Ed.D
Dr. Alessandra Sax holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Child Development from Hampshire College. She graduated from New York University with a master’s degree in Clinical Social Work: Children, Adolescents, and Adults and completed her doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology and Supervision in Counselor Education at Argosy University. Dr. Sax currently works as a Professor of Psychology and is a licensed psychotherapist who has been in private practice for over twenty-five years, working with children, adolescents, and adults. She is the co-founder and clinical director of Learning+Wellness Center; A holistic center that offers both educational and mental health services to children, adolescents, and adults. Dr. Sax worked as a School Psychologist and Psychology Intern Program Coordinator at ACS-Athens for over ten years. She is an editorial board member and peer reviewer for the International Journal for Elementary Education for SciencePG, the American Journal of Applied Psychology, and the International Journal of Progressive Education. She has published several book chapters and articles, and regularly presents her clinical work and research at international conferences both in Europe and the USA. At the Hellenic American University in Athens, Greece, Dr. Sax is an Assistant Professor and Director of the Psychology Department and Counseling Center since August of 2019.
Eric Breitman, Esq.
Eric Breitman advises multinational corporations, strategic individual investors, financial services organizations, media, consumer products, and life sciences organizations in the areas of corporate finance, commercial law, intellectual property, privacy, cybersecurity, and information management. He counsels these entities on negotiation strategy, M&A, corporate finance, information governance and compliance with federal, state, and non-U.S. laws, including GDPR, and the interface of e-commerce and legal and regulatory areas such as cybersecurity and breach response, in addition to acting as an “outside General Counsel” to smaller companies without in-house legal departments. He is relied upon by clients to guide growth strategies (including capital raises), to manage sensitive and cross-cultural business dealings, and to accurately present risks and liabilities for intelligent business decision-making. Prior to joining Barton in 2018, Eric was Vice President, Assistant General Counsel at Coty Inc., a global, publicly-traded beauty company, focusing on corporate, commercial, technology, and regulatory matters and served as General Counsel for Lokai, a start-up lifestyle, and accessories brand. Eric received his JD from Fordham University School of Law in 1998 and has a degree in Political Science from Colgate University. Eric is an avid soccer player (despite having 3 knee surgeries), cyclist, and hiker. A lifelong New Yorker, he lives in Manhattan.
Brittney Romagna graduated summa cum laude with a Master of Arts in Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness from New York University. She is currently a PhD student at Fordham University studying counseling psychology. Britt works as a licensed professional counselor associate at Mind Body Well Therapy, a private practice specializing in anxiety and stress. Prior to this, she served as a domestic violence counselor and facilitated a weekly support group at the Umbrella Center for Domestic Violence Services. Britt invests herself in psychological research with vulnerable populations. She is currently contributing to manuscript development with the Sullivan Lab at Yale University, where she gains a deeper understanding of the factors that affect the mental and physical health of women who experience intimate partner violence. Previously, she worked as a research assistant for the CREATE Lab at New York University and the Vision and Cognition Lab at Western Connecticut State University, where she published research on the effects of stress on spatial reasoning. Britt believes that remaining current on research in the field helps her to engage in best practices with her clients. She appreciates opportunities to conduct research that might inform her work as a mental health professional and believes that a scientist-practitioner model enables the development of competencies in both domains, which are deeply interwoven. Previously, Britt served as the inaugural director of the Achieve program at the Golf Performance Center, a passion driven learning environment in which student-athletes are challenged to maximize their learning through exhibiting proficiency in academic skills, high moral character, and a deep understanding of the academic content and topics in which they engage. Her experience working with students at the GPC ignited her devotion to promoting mental health and wellness in athletic environments. During her free time, Britt enjoys spending time with her family and friends, playing with her dogs, painting, traveling, and reading.
Mark Louie earned his Master’s degree in Psychological Counseling, and Doctorate degree (Ed.D.) in Exercise Physiology from Teachers College, Columbia University. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor in New Jersey and New York. Mark’s clinical experience includes working with adolescents, and adults specializing in health behavior. Areas of specialty and interest include sports psychology, performance enhancement, exercise adherence, and stress management. Mark's doctoral research explored the effects of exercise on mental health, in particular examining changes in depression and resilience. Mark has experience with behavioral activation as a way to support his clients with committing and continuing exercise routines. His clinical interests are in the intersection between counseling, exercise, and sports psychology. Mark’s clinical style is derived from trust, empowerment, taking action, and believing that the therapeutic relationship can facilitate transformational change. Currently, Mark is a post-doctoral associate and clinical research fellow in sports psychology at the Graduate School of Applied Professional Psychology (GSAPP) at Rutgers University. Mark also works with athletes at Seton Hall University. His dual specialty in kinesiology and psychological counseling provides an integrative health perspective to his clinical work.
Bailey MacLeod is a licensed clinical mental health counselor (LCMHC) and Counselor Educator who specializes in addiction and multicultural counseling. She received her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Central Florida and her Ph.D. in Counseling from UNC Charlotte. Currently, Dr. MacLeod works in private practice where she focuses on the mental health and wellness of adults, couples, and adolescents. She is also an instructor in the Department of Applied Psychology at NYU and in the Department of Counseling at UNC Charlotte. Prior to getting her doctorate, Dr. MacLeod worked with college students at a university counseling center and then at a university career center helping college students navigate their social, emotional, and career goals. Dr. MacLeod’s research includes professional counselor identity, addiction, and social justice. She served as a graduate research assistant for an NSF grant examining and improving the educational experiences and retainment of undergraduate engineering students and the role of mentorships on student achievement. She has also conducted research on the public’s perception of the mental health profession as a way to inform and expand access to counseling services. Her teaching includes various topics, including basic and advanced counseling techniques, addiction, counseling theories, group dynamics, diagnosis, and abnormal psychology. She also continues to present on various topics in the counseling profession at the state, regional, and national conferences.
Eric Gutgarts is pursuing a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Entrepreneurial Leadership at Johns Hopkins University. Eric is currently licensed in the State of New York as a Mental Health Counselor under a limited permit. His dissertation research will focus on the mental health and professional development of student-athletes. He currently teaches undergraduate students as an Adjunct Professor at Hellenic American University. Eric completed his master’s degree in Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness at NYU. He is currently contributing to research teams at Columbia University and NYU. Eric was a teacher for several years before taking a clinical direction in his trajectory: He taught English and History in grades 6-12. At Columbia, Eric is a research assistant in the Global Mental Health Lab at Teachers College. He currently works on a project that focuses on the dissemination of Interpersonal Psychotherapy to refugees in Bangladesh. At NYU Steinhardt, he is assisting in analyzing the experiences of Holocaust survivors from concentration camps. Eric currently works as a psychotherapist. While receiving clinical training, he worked as a crisis counselor with the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. He was also awarded the 2020 Samuel Eshborn Service Award at NYU Steinhardt and the 2020 Aileen and Gilbert Schiffman Fellowship at JHU. Eric’s clinical interests include career counseling, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and sport psychology. During his free time, Eric enjoys watching basketball, traveling, and networking with mental health professionals.