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Jess Franklin joined the Headstrong team in June 2023. In her role as Director of Human Resources, Jess oversees the HR functions to support our business goals. She graduated with a BS from University of Central Missouri and has over 16 years of experience in a broad range of HR specialties including employee relations, talent development, team effectiveness, organizational design, change management, strategy and people leadership. She has an eye for efficiency and values real, authentic conversations and creating environments where all feel seen and heard.

After several years in the financial services industry, Jess was looking to more closely align her personal purpose focused on mental health. She can’t think of a more worthy cause than helping our veterans get the support they deserve, and is thrilled to be part of a team all committed to doing just that. Jess gets energy from breakthrough moments with those she is working with – when something clicks and you see that person activate a new perspective – or even rise to their full potential.

Jess resides near St. Louis, Missouri after returning from 12 years out west in Scottsdale, Arizona and San Diego, California. She is married to Alex, a civil engineer, and they have a young son, Caleb, and dog Kenzie. For fun, Jess enjoys beach or boat time, live music, and sand volleyball. She is a Peloton enthusiast and enjoys tackling organization or design projects in her free time.

Zach Iscol

Zach Iscol

Co-Founder and Chairman Emeritus

Albert Rabil III

Albert Rabil III

Co-Founder and Board Member at The Headstrong Project, CEO at Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors, CEO and Co-Founder at Kayne Anderson Real Estate

David Petrucco

David Petrucco

Co-Founder and Vice Chairman of the Board at The Headstrong Project, Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Backcast Partners

Paul Casey

Paul Casey

Chairman of the Board, Managing Director at Morgan Stanley

Ryan Sparks

Ryan Sparks

Board Member, Treasurer Chief Information Officer at Lennar Corporation, U.S. Marine Corps Veteran

Kyle Carpenter

Kyle Carpenter

Author & Professional Speaker, Washington Speakers Bureau
U.S. Marine Corps Veteran
Medal Of Honor Recipient

Jay Epstien

Jay Epstien

Board Member, Partner at DLA Piper

W. Jameson McFadden

W. Jameson McFadden

Board Member, CEO of Wellington Shields

Libby Leist

Libby Leist

Board Member, Executive Producer, TODAY

Darlan Monterisi

Darlan Monterisi

Board Member, EVP and Global Head of Communications at Playtika
U.S. Marine Corps Veteran

Megan Ortiz

Megan Ortiz

Board Member, President, The Cohen Group

Darryl Rodgers

Darryl Rodgers

US Army Veteran,
Executive Director,
Assistant Market Head & Financial Advisor

Peter Westmeyer

Peter Westmeyer

Board Member, Founder and President at Remedy Medical Properties, Inc.

Jim Wilkinson

Jim Wilkinson

Vice Chairman at McLarty Diversified Holdings &
Executive Chairman of TrailRunner International,
U.S. Navy Reserves Veteran

William Wolfe

William Wolfe

Board Member, Co-founder and Chairman of First Washington Realty, Inc.

Dan Kaepernik

Dan Kaepernik

Chief Executive Officer
U.S. Marine Corps Veteran

Amy M. Williams, PhD

Amy M. Williams, PhD

Chief Clinical Officer

Ed Lord

Ed Lord

Chief Revenue Officer

Matt Kress

Matt Kress

Chief Operating Officer
U.S. Marine Corps Veteran

Randy Baker

Randy Baker

Vice President, Corporate Partnerships
Military Spouse

Lois Slubowski

Lois Slubowski

Sr. Director of Business Operations

Adrienne Gibson

Adrienne Gibson

Sr. Director, Data Science & Technology

Katie Dexter

Katie Dexter

Sr. Director, Revenue Operations
U.S. Army Veteran

Erin Mintmier

Erin Mintmier

Sr. Director, Major Gifts

Austin Courtney Stiffler

Austin Courtney Stiffler

Senior Director of Marketing and Communications

Evelyn Polcari

Evelyn Polcari

Director of Strategic Initiatives

Kathryn Dosch, LPC

Kathryn Dosch, LPC

Sr. Director, Network Clinical Operations

Ned Freeze

Ned Freeze

Director of Corporate Partnerships
U.S. Army Veteran

Anna Crane, PhD

Anna Crane, PhD

Sr. Director, Network Clinical Operations

Kelsey Custer

Kelsey Custer

Director, Data Analytics

Chelsea Lynch

Chelsea Lynch

Director of Major Gifts & Foundations

Courtney Anne Konecny, LCAT

Courtney Anne Konecny, LCAT

Director, Care Coordination

Robin Myers, LMSW

Robin Myers, LMSW

Director, Clinical Systems

Todd Townley

Todd Townley

Director, IT Operations

Marissa Wirth

Marissa Wirth

Product Manager

Renee Rudolph

Renee Rudolph

Manager, Donor Relations & Outreach

Noelle Melton

Noelle Melton

Clinical Care Coordinator
Military Spouse

Kristin Meisner

Kristin Meisner

Clinical Care Coordinator