STEFANIE LYN KAUFMAN (SHE/THEY) - executive director
Stefanie Lyn Kaufman is a queer, disabled, autistic & mentally ill community organizer and graduate from Brown University, with two BA's in Medical Anthropology and Contemplative Studies. In 2013, they founded Project LETS after the suicide of Brittany Marie Petrocca; and living with their own neurodivergent experiences. Stefanie approaches their work with various lived experience, including: psychiatric and physical disability, sexual assault, and suicide; and from an anti-oppressive, disability justice framework. Stefanie focuses on the big picture with LETS - strategy, funding, program and curricular design, & team development. They spend much of their energy on maintaining healing and staying grounded in the present moment through tools like baking, crystals, watercolor painting, research-for-fun, hot showers & hot cocoa. They are invested in and committed to disrupting multiple systems which disproportionately discriminate, harm, and kill mentally ill and neurodivergent folks worldwide.
YEMA YANG (she/her) - graphic illustrator
Yema Yang is a junior at Brown University pursuing an independent concentration in Medical Anthropology of Mental Health. She has lived experience with Generalized Anxiety Disorder, orthorexia, and panic attacks. Yema has carried fear and anxiety with her since she was young, but it was only when she found LETS that she was able to really push through her fear and instead act out of love. Since joining, she has been filled with agency, courage, and hope by advocating for herself and her neurodivergent peers. With this newfound love for fighting the good fight, Yema dreams of fully supporting and returning power to those with mental illness.
ALICIA HOWELL (SHE/HER) - intern & blog writer
Alicia is a current Mindfulness Studies Grad student at Lesley University. She has a B.A in Sociology/Anthropology from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. She is a divorced single mother of three. She dispatches first responders/mental health providers to locations to provide clinical support regarding crisis/traumatic events across the country for an Employee Assistance Program (EAP). Alicia uses mindfulness based stress reduction techniques to aid her lived experience with racism, ADHD, sexual assault, avoidant personality disorder/social anxiety and NVS/PTNS (post traumatic narcissism syndrome). She advocates for the education of mental health in ethnic communities and mindfulness based stress reduction techniques for people of color.