GenMH team: the heart and soul of the organisation

The GenMH team is happy to meet you! 

We have all been brought together by our passion for global mental health, and have a shared ambition for Generation Mental Health's mission.

Jackee Schess - Founder, CEO (she/her)

Jaclyn Schess is a mental health researcher and aspiring economist from Syosset, New York. She received her BA in economics and certificate in Global Health Studies from Yale University in 2018. Jaclyn has had research placements with Sangath Community NGO in Goa, India and Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research in Brisbane, Australia and collaborated with the World Health Organization.  Like many, Jaclyn is inspired by her lived experience to work in the mental health field. In college, Jaclyn served as President of Yale Model Congress, a non-profit which offers civic education to prepare young people to be involved members of their community. Jaclyn takes this experience to her role at GenMH.


Jaclyn now serves as a Pre-doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Michigan to health economists Tom Buchmueller and Sarah Miller investigating the impacts of early life health interventions on long-term health and economic outcomes.

To discuss all things Generation Mental Health, contact Jackee:


Lydia Bennett-Li - Chief Marketing Officer (she/her)

Lydia is an undergraduate student of International Development at the University of Sussex, Brighton, United Kingdom. Lydia has had numerous placements in international development including in South Africa and in India. Her most recent placement has been a research year with Sangath Community NGO working on alcohol use disorder interventions. She was actively involved in developing messaging for a mobile-based intervention for hazardous drinking. She has also led a study investigating the implementation of alcohol policies in Goa.

Lydia is passionate about GenMH's vision to create accessible placement opportunities for people of all backgrounds, and is keen to transfer the learnings from her own experiences, to the development of GenMH!

Sonali Kumar - Chief Development Officer (she/her)

Sonali is a mental health researcher and aspiring clinician from Mumbai, India. After completing her B.A. in Psychology & English from Columbia University in 2015, Sonali has had placements at Columbia Psychiatry, Sangath, the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS). She also recently completed her position as Program Manager at The Foundation, where she managed their scholarship and mentorship program for low-income students from Kashmir. Sonali's research work has focused on the impacts of stigma on affected family members in households with alcohol dependence, as well as in domestic violence, adolescent mental health, and suicide prevention. Sonali is now undertaking her MSc in Global Mental Health at King’s College and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in London.

To discuss partnering with Generation Mental Health, contact Sonali:

Team Members

Anastasia Onyango - Chief Compliance Officer (she/her)

Anastasia Onyango is an undergraduate student at Harvard College concentrating in statistics with an intended minor of Women, Gender and Sexuality studies. Anastasia hopes to combine her growing technical skills with her understanding of cultural norms in order to expand access to and elevate health systems around the world. Currently serving on the executive board for the Foundation of International Medical Relief Harvard Chapter, Anastasia has helped spearhead fundraising efforts and awareness events that have increased access to maternal and pediatric care in Latin America. Most recently, she has interned with Sangath, an NGO in Goa, India that specializes in mental health care.


Anastasia sees Generation Mental Health as the needed catalyst to transform mental health discourse, policy, intervention and medical care across the world.

Liz D'Amelio - Chief Research Officer (she/her)

Liz D'Amelio is a mental health professional based in the United States. She received her Bachelors in Anthropology from Western Washington University in 2014, focusing on International Development Studies through Rangist and Thammasat Universities in Thailand. Liz has worked on projects in the United States, Bangladesh and Myanmar focusing on the rights of persons with developmental disabilities, women's leadership education, gender-inclusive income-generation, and maternal & childhood nutrition. This fall, Liz will graduate from her Master of Social Work program. Her current clinical focus is serving survivors of torture in the Boston area.

Liz is passionate about bringing a social justice perspective to the team and developing a fellowship program that accessible, diverse, inclusive and sustainable.

To discuss all things capacity building, contact Liz:

Payal Mehra - Marketing Team Member (she/her)

Payal has an undergraduate degree in Economics from New York University. She has marketing experience across multiple industries and is currently a Digital Marketing Specialist at Gartner L2, focusing on Consumer Packaged Goods.

While studying at NYUshe took coursework related to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Studies and the Economics of Developing Countries. Payal is passionate about increasing awareness of global mental health issues and is excited to leverage her digital marketing background to support GenMH’s vision.

Kelli Martin - UMich Campus Chapter Lead (she/her)

Kelli Martin is a Junior at the University of Michigan Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy studying Health Policy. Kelli has served as a Legislative Intern at the United States House of Representatives for Congressman Donald Norcross, where she focused her work on healthcare policy. She is also a member of the Kappa Alpha Pi Pre-Law fraternity at the University of Michigan. In addition, Kelli is passionate about education access and works as a tutor with Students Empowering Education, helping low-income students with college access. Kelli is specifically interested in the intersection of social justice and health.

Kelli is very excited to be a part of the Generation Mental Health team and develop the first on campus chapter at the University of Michigan. To get involved at UMich, get in touch with Kelli at!

GenMH Blog Team


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Matthew Jackman - Blog Writer (he/him or they/them)

Matthew lives with Bipolar Affective Disorder (as defined by Psychiatry), is a sibling caregiver to his younger brother and sister who live with enduring psychosocial disabilities, and has lost his mother to suicide, and consequently his grandparents due to stigma. His experiences of distress and service use drive his passion for global social change in mental health. He is a global mental health advocate promoting human rights, social justice and lived experience as an academic science from a public health worldview. Matthew is a trained social worker having worked across counselling, case management, group therapy, community development, social research, social work policy and personal and systems-level advocacy partnering with a range of marginalised and disadvantaged communities focusing on mental health. 

Matthew is a writer for the GenMH Blog and manages the 'Lived Experience' category which aims to draw attention to and discuss the importance of including the voices of those with lived experience, in the field of global mental health. 

Katriona Goodsell - Blog Writer (she/her)

Katriona Goodsell completed her Bachelors Degree in Psychology at the University of Plymouth, England in 2017. After taking 2 years off and working in various mental health settings across Asia, she is now studying part time at University of Glasgow for a Master's in Global Mental Health.


Katriona's main love is being out in the field, whether that's in the UK or abroad, and devising group therapy to those in need. Having worked in India, Sri Lanka and Indonesia, Katriona is looking forward to continuing her work with individuals in the mental health sector, and being able to expand her knowledge of different countries, cultures and religions in the process.