Core Team2019-07-23T09:07:32+00:00

Core Team

Robert Segal, M.A., CEO / Executive Director, has enjoyed a wide range of careers. He earned an Electrical Engineering degree in 1955 and a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology in 1976. He has been an active board member and officer in numerous non-profit organizations. He and his late wife, Jeanne Segal, worked together with numerous organizations over their 57-year marriage. When HelpGuide was launched in 1999, Jeanne was the content manager and Robert the technical and operations manager. Robert’s challenge is to have HelpGuide continue and expand its unique role in helping people improve their mental health and wellness.

Melinda Smith, M.A., Editor in Chief, has a master’s degree in psychology and over 15 years of experience as a health writer and editor. She is passionate about keeping up with the latest research and giving readers the facts they need to make better choices and take control of their mental health.

Lawrence Robinson, Senior Writer / Editor, has over 20 years of experience writing about health and fitness. For the last 8 years, he’s been committed to bringing HelpGuide’s empowering message to more and more readers looking to overcome mental health challenges. He is also a published author and has edited several books on psychology.

Adrian Tarango, Technology Manager / Lead Web Developer, has over 20 years experience in IT management, web application, and mobile app development. For the last 12 years he has been responsible for transitioning HelpGuide through various stages of web innovations and technologies, including Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP), while preserving the essence of our content. He is devoted to enhancing and expanding the presentation of HelpGuide’s unique reader experience.

Mike Weber, Operations Manager / Analytics Researcher, brings a Physiology B.S., collegiate Certificates in Media Arts, and 22 years of environmental assessment experience to HelpGuide. He works with Robert to manage in-office and other organizational operations. He also manages website analytics, and communicates and interprets key analytics findings for staff and Board.

Anne Artley, M.S., Communications Specialist, has a master’s degree in journalism from USC’s Annenberg School. She has 3 years of postgraduate journalism experience. Anne is responsible for managing HelpGuide’s social media and handling reader requests.

Ken Vader, Software Developer / IT Administrator, has a B.S. in Computer Science and over 10 years of experience in IT administration and support. Ken assists in maintaining HelpGuide.org’s quality as well as providing technical support to the HelpGuide team.

Melissa Cruz, Intern, is in the process of earning her B.A. in Communication Studies at SFSU, along with a minor in Race and Resistance Studies. Melissa assists all members of the team with writing, editing, social media, website updates and more.