Press Release: Mantra Health Expands Leadership Team With Five New Vice Presidents

  • Mantra Health recruits VPs from Noodle, Tempest and NOCD, the #1 telehealth provider of OCD treatment. 
  • New hires include Yiwen Looi as VP of Marketing, Hunter Davis as VP of Engineering, Allie Schwartz as VP of People, Alex Xu as VP of Virtual Care Operations, and Kelly Carleton was promoted to VP of Program Success.
  • The new leadership team joins Mantra as the company continues to expand its footprint to provide the most clinically-informed virtual mental health program to college campuses nationwide.

NEW YORK, June 9, 2022 Mantra Health, the preeminent digital mental health clinic focused on young adults, today announced several new additions to its leadership team, adding Yiwen Looi as VP of Marketing, Hunter Davis as VP of Engineering, Allie Schwartz as VP of People, Alex Xu as VP of Virtual Care Operations, and promoting Kelly Carleton to VP of Program Success. Collectively, they bring several decades of collective experience in digital health and education technology, and will augment Mantra Health’s brand awareness and fortify its relationships with schools and mental health professionals.

This all-star leadership team joins Mantra Health during a moment of significant development. Mantra Health’s growth has skyrocketed since its debut in 2020, and its high-quality virtual counseling is now available to over 500,000 students across 52 colleges and universities ranging from Ivy League institutions to community colleges. 

As a result of college counseling centers adopting Mantra’s evidence-based, collaborative approach to support students with increased access to care, students have achieved positive clinical and academic outcomes. In fact, in a recent quarterly patient NPS survey, 81% of students stated that Mantra made it easy for them to manage their mental health, 68% of students attribute Mantra Health’s services to improved academic results, and ultimately 70% of participants credit the services to helping them stay in school. 

“It’s a great privilege to be part of an organization that is committed to not only improving the mental health of 20 million young adults attending postsecondary schools but also has a deep focus on the mental health wellbeing of its own workforce,” said Allie Schwartz, VP of People at Mantra Health. “Mantra practices what they preach, and I’m happy to be spearheading the cultivation of human connection and well-being with all employees in-person and remote.”

All of Mantra Health’s new Vice Presidents bring invaluable experience from the nation's leading digital health, digital wellness, and edtech companies. At Mantra, they will be responsible for many aspects of how higher education institutions, counselors, and students experience Mantra’s clinical excellence and white-glove patient services:

  • VP of Marketing, Yiwen Looi and VP of Program Success, Kelly Carleton are leading Mantra's go-to-market functions. They will be focused on driving greater awareness of Mantra Health’s mission and services, and ensuring that each of Mantra’s institutional partners receives a high quality of patient service and clinical care. Yiwen brings almost 13 years of marketing leadership experience from the edtech ecosystem. Prior to joining Mantra, Yiwen was the VP of Marketing at Noodle, the nation’s fastest-growing online education network. Kelly was promoted from within Mantra Health and has been instrumental to Mantra’s success thus far. Prior to her promotion, Kelly was Mantra’s Clinical Operations Director, running everything from care navigation to provider recruiting and university partner management. Before joining Mantra, Kelly was the Project Manager of the Behavioral Health Integration Program at Montefiore Medical Center.
  • As VP of Engineering, Hunter Davis will evolve and fortify Mantra’s engineering stack and scale the engineering team as the company accelerates its technology investment. Hunter’s work will ultimately facilitate collaboration with Mantra’s school partners and deliver quality mental health care to students at every stage of their care journey. Hunter brings over 18 years of engineering leadership experience. Before joining Mantra Health, Hunter was the Director of Engineering of RealSelf, the medical aesthetics industry digital marketplace.
  • As VP of Virtual Care Operations, Alex Xu will build and retain a nationwide network of providers specializing in young adult mental health care, while creating the best end to end patient experience with care navigation. Prior to Mantra Health, Alex was the VP of Network Operations at NOOCD, the #1 telehealth provider of OCD treatment. Before NOCD, Alex was at Lyra Health, the leading workforce mental health solutions provider for employers. Alex also had operations leadership roles at Uber and ofo, an international bike-share platform.
  • As VP of People, Allie Schwartz will build Mantra Health as the premier place to work in the mental health industry. She’ll also be responsible for creating connections within the company’s hybrid remote workplace as it continues to scale this year. Allie brings over 15 years of human resources leadership; most recently she was the VP of People at Tempest, the digital alcohol recovery program.

“We’re thrilled to have such a high caliber of professionals joining the Mantra team and helping to strengthen our go-to-market strategy and enhance the experience for our university partners and patients,” said Ed Gaussen, CEO and co-founder, Mantra Health. “Their combined experience and deep understanding of the latest innovations in education, technology and healthcare is essential to Mantra’s rapid expansion and to ensure Mantra’s services are available to all colleges and universities as we continue to combat the campus mental health crisis.”

In January, Mantra Health closed a Series A fundraising round. Among other goals, the capital injection was meant to enable Mantra to quadruple its headcount over the next year across all aspects of the business from product development to go-to-market and clinical operations. 

About Mantra Health

Mantra Health is a digital mental health clinic on a mission to improve access to evidence-based mental healthcare for young adults. Through augmenting high-quality clinical services with software and design, we're on a mission to improve the mental health of over 20 million university and college students through partnerships with higher education institutions and health insurance plans. As of Spring 2022, Mantra’s program has been deployed across 52 campuses with over 500,000 students including Penn State, MIT, Cornell, and Miami Dade College.

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