Our mission is simple:

No one should have to go through this alone.

Parenting a struggling teen is hard. From finding the right resources, to learning how to vet programs, to connecting with others who have been or are still on this journey.

We are here to change that.
Let’s put the power back in your hands.

Ending the stigma around
mental health struggles.
Our teens are struggling and we
are not afraid to talk about it.

Being a teenager is tough. Navigating a global pandemic for the past 3 years has only made it harder. As our teens struggle, we as parents, also struggle. Talking to friends can be really helpful. But talking to other parents and caregivers who are experiencing similar challenges is invaluable.

Connect here with others and find new strength.

What you get as a member:

A community for you

We want to be THE reliable resource for you.


Founder + CEO

Jeff Zawadsky

Jeff is our founder and CEO. He is a parent who has been on the journey and wanted to build this platform because he was convinced it just shouldn't be so hard.

Jeff is a serial entrepreneur and spent most of his career in private equity. Jeff also served on the board of one of the largest providers of adolescent behavioral health services for 7 years. A graduate of Princeton and the Harvard Business School, Jeff has led and run multiple funds and companies. He speaks fluent Russian after living in Russia for a number of years. Jeff now lives in the Bay Area with his sons.


Katharine Weymouth

Katharine is our Chief Operating Officer. A former attorney, Katharine spent most of her career in advertising and publishing over 17 years at The Washington Post, including 7 as Publisher and CEO.

Katharine serves on the Boards of a number of public companies and two non-profit organizations. She has three children and is also a parent who has been on this journey. Katharine graduated from Harvard and from Stanford Law School. She lives in Washington DC with her three dogs.

Read Katharine's op-ed:

A parent's perspective on the 'troubled teen industry'

Chief Clinical OFFICER

Elizabeth J. Siliato

Liz is our Chief Clinical Officer. A current licensed psychotherapist, Liz has spent over 14 years focusing on the child and adolescent population, particularly acute intensive and crisis services.

Most recently, she served as an Executive Director for a large non-profit organization providing behavioral health services to numerous communities. In addition, Liz regularly works as a consultant and coach in the mental health space. Liz graduated from Lafayette College and her M.A. in Counseling Psychology from the University of San Francsico. She is a proud Phillips Academy Andover alum and lives in the Bay Area and Hawaii.


Our values: C-A-R-E

C = Courage

It takes tremendous courage to recognize that your teen is struggling and that you, alone, cannot make it better. It takes courage to reach out and seek help. Acknowledging something is scary, and doing it anyway, that's courage. And we admire it.

A = Authenticity

Authenticity is at the heart of everything we do here. We believe in being vulnerable, genuine, and honest: we may not have all the answers and we're ok with that. Life isn't perfect and we are here for all of it with you.

R = Resilience

Resilience is born of facing a challenge and rising to meet it. That is what we do as parents and guardians every day. There is no handbook, but we do our best to find the right path. It may veer here and there, but we forge ahead.

E = Empathy

Empathy deserves its buzzy status. Our capacity to perceive and resonate with others’ suffering allows us to feel and understand their pain and respond with compassion. In doing so, we reduce our own stress. So we listen. We support. And we build trust.

Our board

Our board brings a wealth of experience and expertise.
We are a group with passion to re-shape what healthcare looks like.

Dr. Matthew Biel

Chief, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
MedStar Georgetown University Hospital

Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Pediatrics
Georgetown University School of Medicine

Brooke Coburn

Founding Partner
Capitol Meridian Partners

Former Deputy Chief Investment Officer
The Carlyle Group

John DeRose

VP Head of Services
Hybrid Work Solutions, HP

Former GM & VP
The Americas, Poly

Stephanie Lehman

CA Democratic Party

Clinical Social Worker

Nancy Lublin

Crisis Text Line

Former CEO
Do Something.org

Dress for Success

Dr. BJ Miller

Founder & President

TedX Speaker

Dr. Michael Rich

Founder & Director
Digital Wellness Lab

Harvard Medical School

Boston Children’s Hospital

Diego Rodriguez

EVP, Chief Product Officer

Global Managing Director

Board of Overseers
Harvard University

Founding Faculty Member
Stanford D School

Kunal Sarkar

Investor, Advisor

Former CEO and Co-founder

Dr. Irene Sung

Chief Medical Officer for Behavioral Health (Ret)
City of San Francisco

Sean White

Chief R&D Officer

Tech for Global Good

Consulting Team Members

Brian Oblinger

Brian has spent over 20 years building communities online and in-person for a wide range of companies - from Autodesk to Sony PlayStation. Brian is proud to help the team at Togetherly build compassionate and fulfilling experiences for parents of struggling teens.

Jana Frieling

Jana is a creative leader and designer with deep expertise and experience in shaping brands, bringing new products and services to life.
She's working with the Togetherly team to re-imagine how we can better support parents and their children through mental health struggles.

Caterina Rosander

Caterina Rosander

Caterina is an experienced builder of communities with a passion for the mental health space. She is Director at Oracle leading Americas GTM, Gobal Healthcare, and AI Initiatives between partners, people, products, and communities. Caterina is excited be working with the Togetherly team to help build our wellness community.

Josh McAdama

Josh MacAdam

Josh is an entrepreneur and leader in building human-centered product and engineering teams.
He led IDEO’s Digital Design group (d.shop), and founded and led multiple venture-backed companies in travel, e-commerce, and CRM. Josh lives in sunny San Diego where he helps run obvi design co.

Ariana Bernstein

MSW, San Franicsco State University

Our institutional partners
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