Who We Are

Healthcare providers have been overwhelmed with the unprecedented experience of providing care during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many have been working increased hours, days and nights, with increased exposure and risk for themselves and their families. Roles and policies are changing at high rates, and they are witnesses to tremendous human suffering, grief, and unprecedented loss of life.

These stressors have a substantial impact on the mental health and wellness of healthcare providers. Despite this, healthcare workers are not getting the help they need. There just isn’t enough time in the day to find a therapist who can see them and who takes their insurance. Although employer resources are often available, there also exist widespread concerns that the stigma for reaching out for help could have career consequences.

We started The Emotional PPE project with these barriers in mind. Any worker in a healthcare related field that is impacted by the COVID-19 crisis is welcome to contact any of the volunteer licensed mental health practitioners in our directory. Each of these experienced therapists is dedicated to providing free sessions. No insurance. No cost. Just a trained professional to talk to.

The Emotional PPE Project. We've got you.

Emotional PPE Board of Directors

Ariel Brown, PhD
Board President & Founder

Associate Director, Medical Science,
Sage Therapeutics

Ariel is a neuroscientist who has done research on the brain in ADHD and bipolar disorder, and helped develop the first drug approved for postpartum depression. She started The Emotional PPE Project merely by asking a friend “how can I help?” and by tapping into the goodwill of her personal and professional network. Apart from her working life, Ariel is also mom to 2 hip children and a connoisseur of pop music.

Daniel Saddawi-Konefka, MD, MBA
Board Director & Founder

Program Director, Anesthesia Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School

Dan is a practicing critical care physician and anesthesiologist at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He is the Program Director of the Anesthesiology Residency at MGH and oversees 80+ resident physicians. He is devoted to the wellbeing and mental health of his trainees. He is the proud father of four awesome kids, married to an incredible woman, and enjoys woodworking.

Hannah C. Kenny, MA
Board Vice President

Entrepreneur in Healthcare

Hannah is an entrepreneur in the field of healthcare services and a masters level gerontologist. She currently resides in the NY Metropolitan area. She began her career in San Francisco as a program manager for tech startups in San Francisco. She is the mother of 3 wonderful, creative children, has volunteered in hospice and has a pretty decent vegetable garden.

Kate Zeghibe
Board Treasurer

MBA Candidate, Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth

While Kate is currently earning her MBA in Hanover, NH, she has managed biotechnology projects and programs with over $100 million in value for the past eight years. A mental health advocate and former mentor with Minds Matter Boston, she oversees business operations and finances for The Emotional PPE Project, Inc.

Jean Kung, M.Eng, MBA
Board Secretary

Senior Program Manager, Blueprint Medicines

Jean is a Program Manager at Blueprint Medicines and has over a decade of experience in the life science industry. Jean currently resides in the Boston Area and was involved in the early stages of The Emotional PPE Project, Inc.

Nick Ceriello
Board CTO

Technical Director, Ezepo

Nick is currently the Technical Director of Ezepo, a SaaS platform for marketing compliance based in San Francisco. While searching for opportunities to employ his skillset helping others he found a perfect fit with The Emotional PPE Project, Inc. Nick is a happily married father to three wonderful dogs and currently resides in New Hampshire.

Dr. Caroline Fenkel, LCSW
Board Director

Executive Director, Center for Families

Dr. Caroline Fenkel, LCSW has over a decade of experience in healthcare with expertise in program development, start-ups, mental health care, leadership, finance and social work. She is a licensed clinical social worker as well as the executive director of a national mental health service provider for adolescents.

Jill Fieleke, RN, CNM, PMHNP
Board Director

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Jill is a practicing Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who cares for many health care workers and mental health providers within her solo practice. Prior to this career she was a Certified Nurse Midwife who worked in community health centers, as well as urban and suburban hospitals. She has been an advocate for comprehensive, holistic, community based mental health care for individuals and families for over 20 years. Jill is the mother of two young adult children, and is enjoying the freedom and creativity that come with an empty nest.