About us

The Alive + Well Foundation

501c3

Making a Difference Together.

Welcome! The Alive and Well Foundation (AWF) is a 501c3 non-profit charitable organization. Our vision is to help create a world with mental health for all.  Our motto captures this: “It’s better to put a fence around a cliff rather than an ambulance or a hearse at the bottom (Joseph Malins, 1895).”  

 

With prevention at the heart of what we do, our urgent mission is to help create mentally healthy communities, families, and individuals, with a particular focus on those at greatest risk. 

 

All of our work is aimed at addressing the root causes of mental health issues. Drawing inspiration from Henry David Thoreau’s quote, “There are a thousand hacking at the branches of the problem to one who is striking at the root,” we strive to promote and support practical, evidence-based approaches toward creating a world without mental illness. Until then, we are committed to ensuring that those who struggle, regardless of their ability to pay, receive the help they need because we believe everyone’s mental health matters.  

 

Join us in our mission to make a positive impact. Together, we can work upstream, ensuring no one is left behind. Your contribution will empower individuals and families to help themselves while assisting those struggling. We prioritize evidence-based care and ensure transparency and accountability in all our endeavors.

             

                              (The Alive+Well Foundation was founded by Dr. Galen Cole)


Leadership

A+W Foundation

Caroline


Board President

Caroline McInerny, MBA, brings her expertise as an accomplished Investment Advisor to the role of Board President at the Alive and Well Foundation. With a focus on disciplined financial planning and diverse investment strategies, Caroline's leadership ensures the foundation's financial health and stability. Her MBA from Vanderbilt University adds an extra layer of financial acumen, enabling her to make sound decisions to further the foundation's mission. Beyond her professional achievements, Caroline's commitment to her community shines as she actively supports various initiatives, making her an invaluable asset to the Alive and Well Foundation's success.

Jason


Executive Director

Jason Bussey, MA, LPC, is a counselor, psychotherapist, and certified life coach. While many psychotherapists and coaches focus on dysfunction and abnormal behavior, Jason relies on evidence-based practices in Trauma-Informed Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TI-CBT) and Couples Therapy.


Advisory board

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Emelia Hartford


A versatile and multi-talented force in both the entertainment and automotive industries. As a SAG-AFTRA Actress and iO West Improv Alumna, Emelia's star has risen on the big screen, making appearances in Netflix and HBOMax films, with her highly anticipated role in Sony's "Gran Turismo" hit theaters in Summer 2023. Emelia's on-screen prowess extends to her hosting talents, where she has graced the screens of Discovery, Netflix, and Chevrolet's national commercials and documentaries. Recently, she was announced as a featured host of "Super Turbo Story Time," an all-new adult animated series from MotorTrend Group.

But her accomplishments don't end there. Emelia's automotive journey is just as remarkable. As a record-breaking performance car builder and driver, she has defied norms, building a world record-breaking new-generation Corvette with one of the highest horsepower engines, beating major automotive companies to boast one of the world's fastest C8 Corvettes.

Challenging stereotypes in a male-dominated industry, Emelia has become a leading woman in the automotive world. Her YouTube channel, with over 1.8M followers, showcases her building and racing a diverse range of cars, generating an impressive 100M+ views.

Emelia's unique blend of talent, charisma, and passion makes her an inspiration to many. As an Advisory Board Member, she uses her platform to raise awareness about mental health issues and advocate for those facing challenges. Her personal experiences and empathetic approach make her a powerful voice in the cause.

Christopher L. Kimbrell


Chris Kimbrell is the founder of Frontline Focus Foundation, a non-profit engaged in integrated holistic wellness support for our veterans and first responders. Throughout his own healing process, Chris found that bridging the practice of meditation teachings with the unification of psychedelic medicine is the key to a profound and sustainable healing journey.

Chris currently operates a boutique-style life coaching practice crafted from his experiences and studies of natural medicine and mindfulness training. His own transformation and healing journey has taken him to Peru, Mexico, and Costa Rica to work with ancient healers and leaders in the psychedelic industry. A pivotal experience with Accelerated Mind Performance through Veterans Path has led him to become a student and trainer in the teachings of mindfulness and meditation.

As a retired Navy SEAL with over 12 combat deployments and 19 years of service, Chris knows firsthand the importance of community. His vision is to build a holistic healing facility where individuals can receive state-of-the-art whole-body and mind healing modalities. Pairing with it, a nationwide peer community connection platform that will be maintained through an industry-leading social wellness network of others that share the path towards healing and wellness. Creating community is the link Chris envisions for the long-term success of this emerging field of mental health and healing.

Chris is the father of two special miracle children, married to his best friend and grade school sweetheart, and can often be found connecting with people from all walks of life. He recently received alumni status through the Program in Leadership Development at Harvard Business School, holds his bachelor's degree in Strategic Studies and Defense Analysis from Norwich University, and continues to sharpen his skills through programs such as Veterans Path - AMP dojo and the Being True to You course in Transformational Coaching.

Christopher's insights and expertise make him an invaluable asset to the Alive and Well Foundation's Advisory Board. His dedication to the foundation's cause and his exemplary leadership are vital components of driving positive change and supporting mental health initiatives in communities.

Dr. GALEN COLE


Galen Cole is the Founder of the Alive+Well Foundation. He is a master of public health, a licensed and board-certified professional counselor, a nationally certified counselor, a nationally certified hypnotherapist, and an American Board Certified Psychotherapist. He has an extensive background in Sports Psychology. He has also been designated as a World Certified Psychotherapist (WCPC) by the World Council of Psychotherapy in Vienna. Galen’s private practice (www.galencole.com) consists largely of treating executives, celebrities, and professional athletes and their families. Learn more about Dr. Cole at https://www.galencole.com/about

Tim Worley


A former American football running back, has made significant contributions to both the sport and the field of motivational speaking and life skills consulting. Having played for the Georgia Bulldogs in college and the Pittsburgh Steelers and Chicago Bears in the NFL, Tim's impressive career in football laid the foundation for his subsequent ventures.

As a high school football All-American and track star, Tim's athletic prowess was evident from a young age. His collegiate journey at the University of Georgia saw him excel as a running back, achieving impressive statistics and earning All-American honors. After being selected in the first round of the 1989 NFL Draft by the Steelers, Tim showcased promise in his rookie season but faced challenges in subsequent years.

After retiring from the NFL, Tim's dedication to personal growth and helping others led him to a new path. Today, he is a John C. Maxwell-certified Speaker and Life Skills Consultant, as well as a certified Human Behavior Consultant. His motivational speaking engagements span various sectors, including amateur sports, professional sports, corporate, leadership, ministry, and youth sports leagues. As part of K-LOVE / AiR1 Radio's "Dare to Dream" school assembly program, Tim inspires thousands of individuals across the country.

Additionally, Tim co-founded Worley Global Enterprises and continues to lead the divisions of Motivational Speaking and Marketing Communications Consulting.

Tim's dedication to the betterment of mental health and overall well-being aligns perfectly with the mission of the Alive and Well Foundation. As an Advisory Board member, his experience as a leader and influencer, both on and off the field, adds tremendous value to the foundation's efforts in supporting mental health initiatives and substance abuse recovery.

Ariel Tweto


A renowned television personality, private pilot, and philanthropist born and raised in Unalakleet, Alaska, Ariel's unique upbringing and experiences have shaped her into a resilient and compassionate individual, qualities that she brings to her role on the board. Ariel first gained public attention through her appearances on the reality TV show "Flying Wild Alaska," which showcased her family's life and aviation business in Alaska. Her passion for aviation led her to earn her pilot's license in 2012.

Ariel's contributions extend beyond the realm of television and aviation. She is a dedicated advocate for mental health and suicide prevention, particularly among teens in Alaska. In response to the high suicide rates in her home state, Ariel co-founded "Popping Bubbles," a charity that encourages young people to pursue their dreams and provides them with resources to combat depression. In addition to her philanthropic work, Ariel is also an accomplished actress and producer. She has produced several shows, including the short film "Francis" (2010), "Flying Again" (2016), and "The Pipeline" (2018).

As a member of the Alive and Well Foundation's Advisory Board, Ariel brings her diverse experiences, passion for mental health advocacy, and commitment to making a positive impact. Her dedication to the cause and her unique perspective are invaluable assets to the foundation as we strive to promote wellness and support those in need.


Board members

Carley O’Neill

Priscilla Cole


Team members

A+W Foundation

Jason Bussey

Executive Director

Michele Hughes

Controller

Abe Lim

Director of Development

Shanae Benito

Project Manager

Josh Cole

Director of Communication

Nicholes Cole

Business Development

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