Meet Our Team

Robert Segal, M.A., CEO, has enjoyed careers ranging from aircraft identification systems to holistic health conferences to boutique office buildings to HelpGuide. His style is to foster a synergy of creativity, collaboration, communication, humor and hard work. He and his late wife, Jeanne Segal, worked together with numerous organizations over their 57-year marriage. Robert’s vision is to have HelpGuide continue to expand its unique role in helping people improve their mental health and wellness.

Melinda Smith, M.A., Executive Director, sets the strategic vision for HelpGuide, in collaboration with CEO Robert Segal, and oversees content operations and organizational outreach and development. She leads a diverse team of writers, editors, content producers, SEO experts, and web developers and has been a key driver in HelpGuide’s growth into an internationally-acclaimed website that reaches over 50 million people a year. She holds a B.A. in English and an M.A. in psychology.

Adrian Tarango, DevOps 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 while preserving the essence of our content. He is devoted to enhancing and expanding the presentation of HelpGuide’s unique reader experience.

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

Lawrence Robinson, Senior 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.

Mike Weber, QA Lead & Data Specialist, brings a Physiology B.S., collegiate Certificates in Media Arts, and 22 years of environmental assessment experience to HelpGuide. He oversees quality control for the website and maintains and analyzes organizational records and databases.

Chris Saranchock, Media Director, creates and produces HelpGuide’s video content and audio meditations. He has been a practicing Buddhist for over 20 years, and studied mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He holds a degree in business administration from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, as well as a certificate in cinema production.

Kai Lundgren, Social Media Manager, was born and raised in Dana Point, CA, and holds a B.A. in English from UCLA. As our resident social media maven, he is responsible for growing HelpGuide’s social media presence and engaging with our online community.

Kisa Rozenbaoum, Illustrator, is a freelance illustrator and graphic designer. She currently studies at the Savannah College of Art and Design.

Board of Directors

Shirley Fredricks, Board Secretary/Treasurer, is a long-time trustee of the Lawrence Welk Family Foundation and a founding board member of the National Center for Family Philanthropy. Shirley has been engaged in virtually every important movement in the country to educate and inspire family foundations dedicated to supporting the public good.

Stephanie Mihalas, PhD, NCSP, ABPP, is a licensed and board certified psychologist, as well as a nationally certified school psychologist. She is the founder of The Center for Well Being in Los Angeles, CA. Mihalas provides psychotherapeutic services to children, teens, adults, and families; as well as parent, executive, organizational, and chronic wellness coaching. Her speciality areas include: bullying, trauma, anxiety, chronic illness/rare disease, intergenerational issues, and working with marginalized populations.

Robert Segal, M.A. Earned a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology and focused on holistic health as a facilitator and conference organizer. Robert founded commercial development / property management firm. He is an active board member in numerous non-profit organizations. He’s been HelpGuide’s technical and operations manager since the website was launched in 1999. He is currently the CEO / Executive Director.

Monika White, Ph.D., Board Chair, is a nationally recognized author and lecturer in the field of aging. Dr. White was the president and CEO of the Center for Healthy Aging and an adjunct professor of gerontology at the USC Davis School of Gerontology. She has concentrated her emphasis on care management for older adults and their families.

Advisory Board

Marti Glenn, Ph.D., is the Clinical-Director of Ryzio Institute. The Institute offers a seven-day retreat with a highly experiential, integrative approach to healing and wellness. Dr. Glenn was the founding President of Santa Barbara Graduate Institute, known for its graduate degrees in prenatal and perinatal psychology, somatic psychology and clinical psychology.

Ted Hutman, Ph.D., is a psychologist and assistant professor in Psychiatry at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. His research is in identifying early signs of autism in infants and toddlers. Dr. Hutman teaches social skills to children, adolescents, and adults and works with parents to address their children’s social, emotional, and behavioral challenges.

John E. Kobara, M.A., MBA, has been leading and managing innovative nonprofit organizations, companies, and technology startups for almost 40 years. Prior to his retirement in 2019, he was executive vice president and chief operating officer of the California Community Foundation, the 39th largest grant making foundation in the nation with more than $1.7 billion in assets. Previously, he served as head of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles.

Michael Craig Miller, M.D., is the Senior Editor for Mental Health Publishing at Harvard Health Publications. He was Editor in Chief of the
Harvard Mental Health Letter from August 2000 to March 2012. Dr. Miller is a member of the faculty of Harvard Medical School and on the medical staff at Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

Damon Ramsey, M.D., is a healthcare futurist and practicing physician in Vancouver. He is founder and president of InputHealth, an award-winning digital health company. Dr. Ramsey’s career has been distinguished by his blending of clinical expertise and command of software design in producing solutions that tackle healthcare delivery’s glaring inefficiencies.

Fernando Torres-Gil, Ph.D., is professor of social welfare and public policy at UCLA School of Public Affairs, and an associate professor at USC Davis School of Gerontology. He has worked in the fields of disability and aging since the 1970s and was the first Assistant Secretary for Aging in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. President Obama appointed him to the National Council on Disability.

Laura Trejo, MSG, MPA, is general manager of the Los Angeles Department of Aging, and the technical and policy advisor to the mayor and city council on matters affecting the elderly. She has consulted and trained extensively throughout the U.S. and internationally, and she has received prestigious awards during her two decades of work in creating social change.

In Memoriam Jeanne Segal, Ph.D.

Jeanne Segal, Ph.D., (1939 – 2017) devoted her life to helping people improve their mental, emotional, and social health. Over the course of a nearly 50-year career, she made innumerable contributions to the mental health field, including groundbreaking work on emotional intelligence, holistic health, attachment, and childhood trauma.

She was a sociologist, psychologist, and writer who believed each of us has the capacity to make life better for ourselves and others. Passionate in her belief that improved mental and emotional health holds the key to this possibility, she looked for new and better ways to help people.   Learn more →