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    Meet The Espyr Team

    At Espyr, we’re driven by connection and compassion. Our team is made up of experienced, passionate members from a diverse range of backgrounds who are committed to revolutionizing the way organizations care for their employees.

    Our Leadership Team

    Our leadership team is poised at the leading-edge of employee wellness. Learn more about our leaders, our approach, and how to get connected with us here.

    Rick Taweel

    Chief Executive Officer

    Rick Taweel

    Chief Executive Officer

    We were made for relationship. We were made to connect. Our “stay connected” culture, ironically, does not mean we stay connected with people. Technology is a great tool that helps us get connected, but it is people who we need to stay connected, to stay engaged, and to stay in the game.

    Norman Winegar

    Chief Clinical Officer

    Norman Winegar

    Chief Clinical Officer

    Growing up in a poor community, I noticed the obvious despair experienced by many disadvantaged people. That led me to the clinical social work profession with its values of respect for the dignity and worth of all people and advocacy for social and economic justice. At Espyr, I’m a part of a force multiplier pursuing these objectives. That’s because Espyr touches so many lives in so many different and positive ways. Additionally, I’m grateful to be able to not only impact the lives of individuals and families, but also to help work organizations be more productive, safer, and healthier.

    Manish Patel

    Director of Finance

    Manish Patel

    Director of Finance

    In the 70’s my parents migrated from Uganda to England. The government of Uganda at that time expelled over 95% of Indians and confiscated their properties and possessions. Watching my parents start over, I quickly realized the importance of family and friends - everyone helping each other no matter the situation. Moving to the USA made me appreciate the importance of a solid network. Having a strong support system is not a sign of weakness: it's a sign of strength. The work we do impacts so many people and I am grateful to be a part of such a fantastic team.

    Jeff Joo

    Chief Growth Officer

    Jeff Joo

    Chief Growth Officer

    My career has always been in the healthcare industry. From helping identify familial predispositions to cancer leading to critical research and treatment that changed lives, to providing tools to better manage a patient’s journey and provide health services to the less fortunate, driving better patient outcomes has been the basis for most of my more than 20 year career. But never in mental health until 2019 when I joined Espyr.

    Lauren O'Neil

    Director of Marketing

    Lauren O'Neil

    Director of Marketing

    I always had a passion for health which led me to become a Fitness Trainer and Yoga Teacher in my free time. I have witnessed so many people struggle with anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues throughout my life, and I had a very personal and tragic experience with a loved one. From then on, I was frustrated and angry that getting help was challenging and ineffective in many cases. For me, fitness, health, and therapy are the answer at any given time, but for others, it might be different. That’s why I joined Espyr, to combine my passion with health and marketing. We build awareness around the ‘stigma’ in the workplace and develop individualized solutions to support people’s health and wellbeing by breaking down the barriers for successful outcomes.

    Amanda Yost

    Director of Network Operations

    Amanda Yost

    Director of Network Operations

    I knew fairly early in life that I wanted to pursue a career that allowed me to help people be their healthiest. I’ve been lucky enough to do just that throughout my career, both directly through personal training and group fitness instruction and indirectly through corporate wellness, account management, program oversight, and network operations at healthcare organizations. I’m excited to work with espyr and their fantastic network of mental and behavioral health professionals to serve our clients and members so they can show up as their healthiest selves.

    Sharickah Rogers

    TeleMental Health Manager

    Sharickah Rogers

    TeleMental Health Manager

    I have known since my sophomore year in high school that I wanted to be a counselor. It was in an advanced psychology class, and my first time hearing that there was a profession that was completely centered around helping people. I am who I am today due to the selfless compassion of helping professionals, and so it is an honor and a privilege to be connected with a company that is doing such important and vital work. I think my 16-year-old self would be proud that I have made a career fulfilling my personal and professional aspirations - helping people.

    Jennifer Pinos

    Customer Care Manager

    Jennifer Pinos

    Customer Care Manager

    I stumbled upon the social work profession as a teenager when my grandfather was in hospice. Even though my family's first language is not English, witnessing how the social worker was still a strong source of support and guidance in helping my family navigate this life-changing event in our lives, drew me to the profession. The social work profession has allowed me the privilege of aiding and collaborating with people when it is needed the most and celebrating in their successes. Espyr’s mission aligns with my fundamental beliefs as a social worker while continuing to explore a variety of ways I can influence change and sustain success.

    Mark Evans

    Client Success Executive

    Mark Evans

    Client Success Executive

    Mental healthcare is a necessity, not a luxury. From my early days at a volunteer crisis line, a hospice, and community health screening clinics, to my days in intercultural training and international EAP, most of my career has centered around getting people the help they need. I am grateful for the opportunity Espyr provides me to continue making it easier for people to live their best lives with reliable and high-quality mental health support.

    Lauren Waterworth

    Health Coaching Program Manager

    Lauren Waterworth

    Health Coaching Program Manager

    I’ve dedicated much of my life to swimming competitively and being an athlete.  It has made me appreciate the role a coach can play in someone’s life.  This is what inspired me to pursue a career in coaching and to develop my motto, “I want it to matter that we met”.  My passion is helping others create the lives they want through meaningful change.  I believe this is achieved through connection, education, and intention.  I’m excited to be part of the Espyr team and believe we are building a company that values people and their potential.  

    Elizabeth (Liz) Bonét

    Clinical Director, On-Site Services

    Elizabeth (Liz) Bonét

    Clinical Director, On-Site Services

    Having experienced a mental illness in my family, I wanted to pursue a career in the mental health field so I could do my best to help others. I learned about Employee Assistance Programs through my undergraduate Social Work Consortium. I was very impressed with the logic of helping employees and their families who would then turn out to be better employees to the managers who provided the service – a win-win for everyone! I knew I wanted to be a part of that world. Espyr has been my main place of work for over 25 years. The company has grown into a behavioral health company of which I am very proud to be a part! Helping all reach their potential is why I am at Espyr and what drives me.
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    Our Commitment to Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity

    Espyr is committed to creating a culture that celebrates diversity, acknowledges and challenges individual biases, and fosters an environment of authenticity. We work toward this goal by focusing on business practices which actively promote equity to foster creativity, innovation, and productivity.

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