Our Story

Back in 2013, Gabrielle Magid, then a student at The University of Florida, noticed that despite free counseling being offered on college campuses, students weren’t going. Some didn’t want to be judged. Others didn’t know where to go.  So students struggled alone and in silence.  

It wasn’t any better in the real world with the added stress of “adulting”– young professionals struggled, too. Back then, just talking about the subject of mental health was brave. Then it became trendy. But we needed more than talk. We needed to connect. We needed action and advocacy. 

Stronger Than Stigma® was born. And it’s growing. From college campuses and beyond, we are joining forces, sharing ideas and supporting one another like never before. 

Our Mission

Our mission is to empower, inspire, and support those struggling with mental health issues. We’re also here for the people who care about them. If we can start the conversation that normalizes these struggles and makes reaching out for help less intimidating, then we can encourage more people to help themselves.

Our Vision

We want to live in a world without stigma where asking for help is considered a strength and not a weakness. Our goal is to make this a universal truth: There is strength in asking for help. Do it.

Meet Your Team

We are a group of passionate individuals committed to accomplishing our goal. We want everyone to feel supported by Stronger Than Stigma® and we consider ourselves ambassadors to this network.  Welcome aboard. Everyone is a valuable part of this organization and we are here to make you feel that way.

Meet The Board Members

Kelsey Dunn

Board Member

I am a former middle school teacher turned health/fitness coach and mentor. Also, I am a high school soccer coach. I love to travel especially to Maui. I am passionate about helping others become the best version of themselves.

Courtney Ginsburg

Board Member

I am originally from Boca Raton, FL. I graduated from the University of Florida with a Masters and Bachelors in Accounting. Currently, I work for PricewaterhouseCoopers in the tax department as a CPA. Aside from accounting, something that is very important to me is mental health awareness. My older brother Bradley was suffering from depression, unbeknownst to any friends and anyone in my family. He ended up taking his own life, something that could have been avoided if he was more aware. I believe that talking about mental health issues is very important in our society today, and I want to be part of the conversation. I'm stoked to be part of Stronger Than Stigma and spread the mental health awareness message to help people like my brother.

Pressley Martin

Board Member

I work as the marketing director for Martin Home Exteriors during the week, handling advertising, content creation, and all tech within the office. I was drawn to STS because the mission hits very close to home and is a topic I am passionate about. Mental health is such a widely misunderstood topic as a whole, and I want to live in a world where people feel comfortable opening up about their struggles and receive validation from their peers when they do.

Joshua D. Krafchick

Board Member

I graduated from Florida State University with a B.S. in actuarial science and a minor in business. I am an independent financial advisor. The reason I joined STS is to make a difference so that we can empower those who struggle with mental health. I am involved with Jacksonville Area Golf Association, Beaches Rotaract, Jacksonville Seminole Club, & Mackenzie Academic Resource Center. I enjoy playing golf, basketball, beach cruising, live concerts, travel, and giving back to the community.

Gabrielle Magid

Founder & Executive Director

Gabrielle Magid is the Founder and Executive Director of Stronger Than Stigma, Inc. A graduate of the University of Florida, she is a social entrepreneur who is passionate about using business for social good. She's a published author in national publications: The Forward, New Voices Magazine, and Hillel International's College Guide Magazine. Gabrielle has also been a featured speaker for Leadership Jacksonville, Youth Leadership Jacksonville, UF Hillel, Hillel International, The Jacksonville Jewish Center Sisterhood/Re:mind, the Bolles School, and Rotary. She was a keynote speaker at WashU in St. Louis, Missouri. Most recently, she gave a TED talk at TEDxFSCJ. In addition to her work, Gabrielle is a member of the Community Advisory Board of WJCT, Jacksonville's NPR/PBS affiliate. You can also see her perform regularly as a member of the Mad Cowford Improv Comedy Troupe.

Andrea Alonso-Rutenberg

Founding Board Member

I volunteer as the executive assistant for STS. I’m a language interpreter (Spanish) and a student pursuing a degree in Community and Public Health. I’m married, I’m a foodie, and I love high intensity workouts and arts & crafts. I think this work is important and I’m working to support the people I love who struggle.

Our Founders

Gabrielle Magid

Founder & Executive Director

Harrison Joseph

Founding Board Member

Skylar Warmund

Founding Board Member

Allison Buenaga

Founding Board Member

Our Advisory Council

Maureen Baker

Leonard Magid, Esq.

Kevin Monahan

Michelle Pargman, LMHC

Nadia Ramoutar, Ph.D.

Deborah Reid, Esq.

Steve Sherman, CPWA, CRPC

Kent Wenger, MD