The Support Network’s Ambassadors help engage and expand The Support Network community, and extend operational capabilities. Ambassadors are appointed to strengthen the organization’s capacity to transform student mental health and well-being.
Anja Burcak is a writer with a passion for mental health advocacy. Her essays and articles have been featured on her personal mental health blog and sites such as The Mighty, BP Magazine, and Yahoo. She has created various types of content to educate the public about stigma and mental illness, including vlogs, podcast episodes, and social media campaign posts.
Being diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder during college has given her insight into the struggles many college students battling mental health conditions face. At UNC, Anja became involved in Rethink, a campus organization committed to changing the way we think and talk about mental illnesses in our community. As a social media manager for The Support Network, she hopes to create content that connects to students and helps to normalize the conversations around mental health and well-being.
Anja wishes to create more open, honest conversations about mental health, fighting stigma one conversation at a time. She graduated from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a BA in Biology and a BS in Psychology. Anja currently is involved in victim advocacy and suicide prevention research.
Bobby Dishell is a student at the University of Colorado Law School in the Tax Emphasis Program. Upon graduation, he hopes to work on public-private partnerships, real estate, and public financing. Bobby co-founded the Wolverine Support Network during his time as Student Body President at the University of Michigan. After his time at Michigan, Bobby spent two years in Baltimore as a Teach for America Corps Member where he was a founding member of Happy Teacher Revolution and currently serves on their advisory board.
Bobby is passionate about mental health, peer support, and community development. Bobby's leadership and work have been featured in Endzone (#6 NY Times Best Selling Book), Wall Street Journal, ESPN, Education Week, Detroit Free Press, GQ, Forward, and other publications.
Kelly Davis is the Director of Peer Advocacy, Supports, and Services at Mental Health America (MHA) where she works to promote the expansion of peer support throughout health care. She also leads MHA’s Collegiate Mental Health Innovation Council, which is dedicated to highlighting and expanding student-led programs that fill gaps in traditional services and supports on campus.
Kelly is passionate about empowerment, civil rights, positive psychology, peer support, and trauma-informed care. She has spoken about her lived experience at the Obama White House and on NBC Nightly News and has been featured in the Mighty, Mashable, University Business, Recovery Campus, and Yes! Magazine. She is a member of the advisory council for the Well Being Trust and is on the National Youth Advisory Council for Doors to Wellbeing, where she helped lead the first national youth-run, youth-focused mental health conference and developed a three-day youth empowerment training curriculum.
Caylin is serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA in North Carolina before beginning her Masters in Public Health with a focus on health equity, social justice, and human rights. In her current role, she is an advocate for families who have recently experienced homelessness. As a VISTA she connects families to community resources such as mental health workshops, art therapy, single parent support groups, nutrition classes, and conversations on the unique experiences of this population. In the future, Caylin is interested in exploring the relationship between social determinants of health such as housing, the environment, and education level on a person’s overall well-being.
In the past Caylin has worked in development for several organizations including The Ecology Center, The Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice, and The Community Enrichment Project. Each of these nonprofits seeks to amplify the voices of those not often heard, whether it be environmental activists in Detroit or students in the often-overlooked Wards of the District of Columbia. Caylin is interested in holding space for those who are typically overlooked or silenced which has led her to The Wolverine Support Network.
In this role she is excited to research new ways to bring mental health to the forefront of people’s minds, to engage in conversations on how to advocate for students in college and to learn more about others’ college experiences.
Lizzy is a Privacy and Data Public Policy Manager at Facebook. She previously was a Product Manager at Facebook and a data scientist prior to that. Lizzy was a founding director of Wolverine Support Network at the University of Michigan, focusing on leader development. She also served as Chief Programming Officer for the Central Student Government and on the Panhellenic Association's Executive Board. In high school, Lizzy served as a Leader in Harvard-Westlake's Peer Support program.
Having suffered from a major depressive episode upon entering college, Lizzy's focus is on making sure all students have a community from their first day on campus to after graduation. She has focused on community building in both her personal and professional career, being involved with program development for the Facebook Rotational Product Manager program and serving on culture committees to improve mental wellbeing in the workplace.
Sam is an Associate Principal on the Business Operations team at Via, a transportation technology company aiming to enable accessible and sustainable transit across the world. Previously, he worked as an Investment Banking Analyst at Citi and also spent a short time at UT Southwestern Medical Center, working in clinical research for the Center for Depression Research and Clinical Care. Sam has been passionate about mental health from a young age and is inspired by his mother, who is a psychiatric social worker. He studied Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) and Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and had the opportunity to complete research on anxiety disorders as an undergrad.
Having experienced his own mental health issues and seen too many friends struggle with similar challenges, Sam is committed to eliminating stigma surrounding mental health and improving peer support. He is passionate about growing The Support Network’s reach and ensuring that all students have the resources to overcome their struggles with mental health.
Max Rothman is a Relationship Manager at Wells Fargo in their Commercial Real Estate Banking group. He graduated from The University of Michigan with a BA in Economics and a minor in Business. He spent the majority of his undergraduate career working on mental health advocacy through the Wolverine Support Network (WSN), serving as a director for three years and as a leader in the organization’s inaugural semester. Following graduation, Max co-founded and sat on the board of directors for TSN where he worked to expand the organizations model to schools nationwide.
Max has served as a member of various mental health organizations including Athletes Connected, Mental Health America’s Collegiate Mental Health Innovation Council (CMHIC), and Co-Chair of the Central Student Government Mental Health Task Force (MHTF). He helped identify problems related to campus climate and resources at Michigan, and co-authored a report that made 13 recommendations towards holistic mental health improvements. For his work, Max received the 2018 Jed Foundation’s Student Voice of Mental Health Award.
Cheyenne Stone is a Corporate Recruiter for Uber living in Chicago, where she focuses on hiring top talent to ignite opportunities in cities across the globe. Prior to Uber, she received her BA in Psychology and Women's Studies from the University of Michigan in 2016, and her Master's of Management from the Ross School of Business in 2017. At the University of Michigan, she was part of the inaugural cohort of Support Group Leaders of Wolverine Support Network, moved into the Director of Marketing role, and ultimately was the organization's Executive Director for the 2016-2017 school year. She was also part of the school's Pompon Dance competition team in 2012 and 2013.
Through her work with Wolverine Support Network, Cheyenne developed a passion for community and building connections. Cheyenne considers herself a community builder in both her personal and professional lives, and is extremely passionate about ensuring students and young adults feel at home on their campuses and in their cities. After a major spinal injury came to its pique in 2014 that shifted the course of her life, she has made it her mission to be an advocate for holistic wellness and mental health, while working to ensure she brings kindness and inclusivity to all of her interactions.