Pennie Sempell JD
Co-Founder / CEO / Producer
Pennie Sempell, JD brings a deep background in mind-body interventions, mediation and conflict resolution to StressPal. Working in association with physicians and mental health professionals over two decades at a major medical center in San Francisco, she pioneered integrative health coaching with a focus on stress-related disorders, which account for 75% of all doctor visits (pre COVID19). Pennie has authored and produced award-winning multi-media publications and curriculum on social, emotional and well-being topics. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from University of California Berkeley (Psychology) and earned her Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, San Francisco College of Law..
James Monroe PhD
Co-Founder / Chief Science Officer / Course Co-director
Dr. James Monroe brings 30 years experience in clinical psychology, providing clinical supervision and outpatient treatment with specialties in stress-related and anxiety disorders, medical psychology, relationship discord, pain management and evidence-based therapies, with deep subject matter expertise in mindfulness-based Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Cognitive Behavior Therapy. Dr. Monroe has trained doctoral candidates and PhD residents in clinical psychology interventions, and served as a research consultant. He directed the R&D in assuring that StressPal’s measures and interventions have been informed by extensive literature reviews of evidence-based, peer reviewed, controlled research. He earned a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from West Virginia University and an M.A. in Rehabilitation Counseling from George Washington University.
Karen Knecht, MSN, RN-BC, CPHIMS
Director, Clinical Advisor
Karen is an accomplished leader in the fields of healthcare informatics, digital health and healthcare policy with over 30 years of experience working with major healthcare systems to integrate and use advanced clinical computing across the United States as well as in the U.K and Singapore. Karen was most recently the Chief Clinical Officer at emids, an information technology company. Her early career was focused on critical care and was part of a team that opened the Zale Lipshy University Hospital in Dallas as Director of the ICU. She is a Registered Nurse and board certified in Nursing Informatics.
Jay Eisenstock, MBA
Director, Health IT Advisor
Jay Eisenstock has a demonstrated record of managing strategic healthcare partnerships and delivering large-scale mission critical projects on time and within budget. He has negotiated healthcare contracts in excess of $120m annually. Jay served as the national director of provider eSolutions for Aetna, and was recognized by Healthcare Payer News as one of 11 top executives and thought leaders in the healthcare IT industry. Jay earned his MBA from University of Massachusetts, and his Bachelor of Sciences from Rochester Institute of Technology.
Nancy Carteron MD, FACR
Senior consultant in Rheumatology Immunology. Volunteer clinical faculty at UCSF mentoring medical students and fellows. Leading expert in autoimmune disease. Johns Hopkins University (MD), and post-doctoral work at Duke, Stanford, and UCSF. HealthWell Foundation co-founder and board member.
Yael Harris, PhD, MHS
Research and Development Advisor
Dr. Harris is CEO of Laurel Health Advisors, focusing on reducing health disparities through the use of technology to improve access and quality. LHA is currently preparing a report for Congress on the cost effectiveness of telehealth using over 1.5 million encounters across all payer types. She has over 25 years of experience leading research to improve care for vulnerable and underserved communities across numerous federal agencies, and spearheaded efforts in her 16 years working for the Department of Health and Human Services to advance the adoption and use of digital technologies.
Jason C. Goldwater, MA, MPA, PMP
Research and Development Advisor
Mr. Goldwater is the President and COO for Laurel Health Advisors, LLC focusing on health care innovation, health care quality measurement, and health equity. He has been in the field of health information technology (health IT) for 26 years and has led a number of projects on the utilization of health IT for improved health care delivery. Mr. Goldwater has served as Principal Investigator for grants funded by California HealthCare Foundation, Commonwealth Fund and others, as well as serving on a peer-review panel for Health Center Controlled Networks.
Tom Davis, MD, FAAFP
Tom is a nationally renowned expert in value-based care delivery, physician dis-engagement, and career transition. A family physician for over 25 years, angel investor, founder of 6 companies, and co-founder of 12, he is a sought-after consultant, speaker and trusted advisor.
Ricki Pollycove, MD
Dr. Ricki Pollycove has a national reputation for her outstanding work in women’s health and patient empowerment. She is a featured speaker at continuing education courses for doctors, and an author. University of California, San Francisco (MD). Board certified in Gynecology.
MyQuest is a trusted leader in active learning platforms grounded in the evidence-based AFT model (Action-Feedback-Trigger), designed to solve the problems associated with online learning and training for high completion rates, long-term knowledge retention, and skill development.
About Anderson Interactive
Anderson Interactive is an award-winning agency for healthcare organizations. The firm blends public relations, marketing and social media tactics with a heavy dose of digital, broadcast and interactive communication strategies to advance healthcare’s most innovative and market-shaping brands
Director, Data Analytics, Media
Tom brings his dual careers in computer systems development and videography to StressPal. He oversees reporting and media assets. The nature footage for all the mindfulness meditation videos was shot and edited by Tom.