FOUNDER & Executive Director
Kat Dolan is a performance poet and mental health advocate who has found her passion & purpose in writing and performing original poetry to help increase mental health awareness and understanding. Kat founded Out of Your Mind to foster a creative space to eradicate social isolation and reframe mental illness as a Mental Opportunity.
Director of Development
Jeffrey Scott currently runs Metamorphic consulting where he works with companies in fractional CEO and CFO roles providing executive leadership and business development services for early and mid-stage social enterprises to help them grow, scale and reach impact.
Director of Outreach & Marketing
Ryan Thomas is a Winston-Salem transplant by way of Virginia Beach, with a quickly-growing love for the state, its natural beauty, and its hard-working people. A long-time writer and word devotee, Ryan recently gave up his professional career as an editor to work with his hands, and currently builds custom furniture with a company of talented and motivated folks. You could most likely find him in the woodshop, on the golf course, reading (or writing (lol!)) a book, or drinking a beer with the people he cares about.
Director of Grant Research
Athalia Whitworth is an Appalachian resident and contributor to the High Country since putting down roots in Boone in 2007. She owns Cirque Appalachia and has energized the community through circus arts. Athalia has been with Out of Your Mind since day one because she believes that a better framework for peer support is necessary in our communities.
Sean Townsend is a language artist and photographer bred in Alexandria, Virginia. After graduating from James Madison University with an English degree, Sean began working as a communications, marketing, and brand guru for associations and non-profits. He currently lives in Winston-Salem, where he is writing his first book of poetry and hosting a weekly writing workshop.