The People Behind HelpGuide

Creative and technical team

Robert Segal, M.A., Executive Director / Technical Director / Co-Founder, has enjoyed a wide range of occupations since earning his Electrical Engineering degree in 1955. His first 19 years focused on design and development of aircraft identification systems. He then earned a Master's degree in Educational Psychology and focused on holistic health as a facilitator and conference organizer. Robert then founded and led a commercial development / property management firm. He was an active board member and officer in numerous non-profit organizations. In 1999, he co-founded HelpGuide.

Jeanne Segal, Ph.D., Editorial Director / Co-Founder is a sociologist, psychologist, writer and health advocate. She has devoted her 50-year career to pursuing the cutting edge in mental, emotional and social health. Jeanne worked with family service agencies, cancer patients, AIDS patients and later organized some of the first community conferences on holistic health, infant attachment and childhood trauma. She has been an executive board member in several community service organizations. In addition to Feeling Loved, she has written five other books, which have been translated into 16 languages.

Melinda Smith, M.A., Senior Writer / Editor, has a master's degree in psychology and over 15 years 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 15 years experience writing for print and online publications, covering a wide range of subjects in the health and fitness fields. He is also a published author and has edited several books on psychology.

Adrian Tarango, Senior Web / Mobile Developer, has over 15 years experience in developing and optimizing websites and web applications. He's worked in industries ranging from accounting and document management to e-commerce and social media.

Jenn Shubin, Web Developer / Quality Assurance Coordinator, has a bachelor’s degree in sociology. Her roles at HelpGuide have included web coding, photo selection and preparation, article proofreading and newsletter/social media posting.

Mike Weber, Analytics / Technology Specialist, has over 20 years experience in using analytics and technology to assess the impact of noise and air pollution for environmental reviews on development, transportation, and planning projects.

Hannah McMahon, Art Director, has over 10 years experience as a marketing manager and graphic designer. She’s owned her own small online retail business and has worked with many different industries including robotics, tech, health, and non-profits.

About our non-profit organization

HELPGUIDEORG INTERNATIONAL was established in 2012 as a California nonprofit public benefit corporation dedicated to charitable and educational purposes. It is a tax-exempt 501(c)3 organization, ID #45-4510670.

Mailing Address:
Helpguide.org International 1250 Sixth Street, Suite 400 Santa Monica, CA 90401

Board of Directors

Monika White, Ph.D., 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. Since the mid-1970s, she has concentrated her work on coordinating health and community-based service delivery systems, with an emphasis on care management for older adults and their families.

Marti Glenn, Ph.D., Clinical-Director of Quest Institute offering intensive retreats to help adults heal early developmental trauma. She is founding President of Santa Barbara Graduate Institute, known for its graduate degrees in prenatal and perinatal psychology, somatic psychology and clinical psychology. A pioneering psychotherapist and trainer for over 30 years, she has also served as a professor of clinical psychology.

Shirley Fredricks 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.

Jeanne Segal, Ph.D., Vice President

Robert Segal, M.A., President / CEO

Advisory Board

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, is chief operating officer of the California Community Foundation, responsible for the development, marketing, administrative, grantmaking, civic engagement and donor relations functions of the foundation. He also has been leading and managing innovative nonprofit organizations, companies and technology startups.

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 Luskin 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.