Meet Our Team
Bill GerlachCEO & Co-Founder
Bill started at the bottom as a support representative in the health care industry and in eight years worked his way up to top senior sales representative and Vice President of Sales. He assessed and reprogramed the operations and sales efforts of struggling health care facilities nationwide.
Bill holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business.
After working with pain management and addiction centers, and experiencing first-hand drug addiction among family members, Bill noted that clients were waiting days, even weeks to see a therapist, when often they just need someone to talk to. A frequent user of Uber, Bill realized that mobile app technology could immediately connect peer counselors to people experiencing an emotional crisis, struggling to stay clean and sober or simply wanting to talk. HereNow Help was born.
Bryan GrayCOO & Co-Founder
Bryan has 15 years’ experience as a business consultant, Chief Marketing Officer, Chief Operating Officer, and Chief Executive Officer in technology startups including co-founding Swoonbox, Inc. He specializes in leadership development, building strengths-based teams and producing exponential growth through innovative and disruptive marketing strategies.
Bryan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Carnegie Mellon University.
Bryan is equally passionate about his family, basketball, golf, art, reading and traveling.
Lester LeongCTO & Co-Founder
Lester is the Co-founder and Chief Technical Officer at Swoonbox, an event-based dating app that leverages events to bring individuals together outside of their smart-phone screens. He began writing software at age 12, and now has 10 years’ experience building full-stack scalable systems for large and small companies.
Lester holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and Biology.
Lester’s passion is for culture and technology and the ways in which they interact.
Nancy French-GerlachCFO & Co-Founder
Nancy is the former Chief Operating Officer of the Indirect Tax practice and Marketing Director of Americas Tax practice of a “Big Four” accounting firm, and the Operational Excellence Director of a global manufacturing company. Also, as an Executive Coach she helps executives become culturally competent and inclusive leaders.
Nancy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting.
Since the loss of her son to drug addiction, Nancy has dedicated her life to eliminating the shame of addiction and mental illness.
Shannon GreenDirector of Customer Support
Shannon has 7+ years' experience managing customer support and sales for a global technology company. She prides herself on building and maintaining relationships, problem solving, product knowledge, patience, and taking a proactive approach when it comes to training clients.
Shannon holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication and Journalism.
Shannon loves spending time with her family, experimenting in the kitchen, yoga, and all Wisconsin sports. She has many family members who have struggled with addiction and tragically lost her mom in 2017. HereNOW Help is a true passion project that she knows will save lives.
Pasha DashtgardDirector of Counselor Training
Pasha has 12 years’ experience providing mental health and drug and alcohol counseling services. He also has experience recruiting and training phone volunteers in crisis counseling.
Pasha holds a master’s degrees in mental health counseling and a master’s in education from Columbia University. He is currently completing his doctoral dissertation in psychological science at the University of California Irvine.
While at the University of Amsterdam, Pasha published research on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and resiliency. For the State of California’s Public Health Department, he researched treatment of mental illness within the criminal justice system.
Dr. Sarah French BrennanDirector of Client Research
An anthropologist, Sarah has researched, reported and presented at professional conferences worldwide on LGBTQ and immigrant issues. These include the challenges these populations experience in seeking help for mental health, addiction, social and family problems.
Sarah holds a PhD degree from Columbia University.
Having recently experienced the personal loss of a cousin to drug addiction, Sarah is dedicated to applying her research and writing skills to better understanding and treating the addiction epidemic.
Mary Anne FrenchDirector, Human Resources
Mary Anne brings 36 years of experience in Public Health, including more than 12 years as a Program Manager of a two million dollar a year federally funded program. She also has direct experience counseling pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women.
Mary Anne holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Masters degree in Health Education from Florida State University.
Due to the loss of her nephew to drug addiction, she is dedicated to focusing a light on the opioid addiction crisis in our communities.
Dr. John N. BrennanBoard Member, Advisor
As a licensed psychotherapist, John provided individual and family therapy to the families of emotionally disturbed children for 10 years. During this time, he conducted research that proved the effectiveness of his innovative approach to counselor training.
John holds an Ed.D. degree from the University of Rochester.
After completing his doctorate, John went on to found and manage a multi-million-dollar international sales training company. Clients included Volvo, Kodak, Gannett, the Prudential and Microsoft.
John is active in Alcoholics Anonymous and has 27 years of sobriety. He also provides emotional support to his brother, who has struggles with schizophrenia.