Small team. Big hearts.

We absolutely love what we do.

Iuri Melo

Iuri Melo (Co-Founder) has been a Licensed Therapist for over 20 years. He's seen thousands of people like you. He's published two books (Mind Over Grey Matter -&- Know Thy Selfie), one of which was a best-seller. He's won awards for his therapeutic work with individuals, and is just a hell of a guy! SchoolPulse is his latest invention (co-founder), and his vision is to inspire youth and young adults everywhere to live deeply and to suck out all of the marrow of life.

Iuri is married to an amazing woman, and has five extraordinary children.

In his own words: "I adore people; I'm hopeful about people. I'm always amazed at people's ability to grow, adapt, and expand into better living & thinking. My goal is to inspire deep positive change, and deep positive change always begins with bettering our own psychology, and that's what SchoolPulse is all about."

Iuri Melo

Colby Jenkins (CEO) is a combat veteran and U.S. Army Special Forces Green Beret, has worked on Capitol Hill for the U.S. Senate and Pentagon. He has taught as an adjunct professor at George Washington University's Graduate School of Political Management and worked at Google Headquarters as a program manager.

Colby has served as the director of operations for the Pentagon's Silicon Valley Innovation Office, known as the Defense Innovation Unit. Most recently, Colby served as the Director of Dixie State University's Atwood Innovation Plaza. Outside of his day job, Colby continues to serve in the Army Reserves as a Colonel assigned to the Special Operations Command-Pacific.

In his own words, "How often can someone go to work and truly make the world a better place? That's what attracted me to and excites me about being on the SchoolPulse team. Each day we have the opportunity to build and strengthen lives. It is truly amazing!"

Linda Canales

Linda Canales (Operations) enjoys taking challenges head-on and helping others to create and build great projects and tell their stories.

She has worked in a variety of industries–from radio production to higher education to academic advisor to film production to marketing–always striving to help her teammates thrive and reaching company goals. She enjoys learning and acquiring new skills. She studied Information and Communication Sciences, specializing in organizational communication and video production, and graduating with honors.

In her own words, "I am very happy and excited to be part of this noble project. I believe SchoolPulse tackles the accessibility issue that many communities face when it comes to mental health services. It is my goal to help SchoolPulse be reachable for everyone because it is the best mental health service out there and everyone should be able to access it."

Samantha Ercanbrack

Samantha Ercanbrack (Design) loves to apply creative thinking and great aesthetics to her design work as SchoolPulse. Samantha recently graduated from Dixie State University where she studied Digital Design and Branding.

Before SchoolPulse, Samantha worked as a freelance designer with companies like UCAP, Intermountain Insurance, and Financial Educators and she has won awards for her work in Advertising Design. Samantha is grateful to be a part of the SchoolPulse team, a team that she feels is helping make a meaningful impact in the lives of countless different individuals.

When Samantha is not designing for SchoolPulse she can be found spending her weekends exploring the American Southwest with her husband.

LBC

Justin Lund (Doer) is an accomplished doer and entrepreneur, having instigated and helmed several successful ventures in business services, finance, marketing, and social impact.

With innate creativity and a battle-tested ability to scrutinize the challenge at hand, Justin is a sought-after strategist and problem-solver – often the moving force behind lightning-strike moments of profound operational shifts.

He has bootstrapped ideas into hundred-person enterprises with acute attention to three details: relationships, reason, and results. Above all, Justin is a devoted husband and father to four energetic teens, with whom he enjoys traveling and discovering the far corners of the globe every chance he can get.

Garrett Walpole

Garrett Walpole (Sales) is a proud husband and father, has enjoyed a satisfying career managing sales teams for some of the biggest names in the home automation space.

He has hired and trained hundreds of employees at companies such as ADT, AT&T, DirecTV and Vivint Inc. Most recently, Garrett managed an amazing team at Easy Storage Solutions where he enjoyed seeing both employees and customers flourish.

Garrett is fluent in Spanish and serves in his church and community. He strives to live the mindset of a quote he heard while listening to a live seminar given by Michigan Football Coach Jim Harbaugh: Jim learned at a young age to appreciate every aspect of life with a glass half full mentality. Daily, Jim's father would ask him and his siblings, "Who could possibly have it better than us?", from which the young kids would emphatically yell, "Nobody!"

Wil Bangerter

Wil Bangerter (Legal) is a licensed Attorney and is proud to reside in St. George, Utah. He is one of the founding members of SchoolPulse and has a strong passion for entrepreneurship and for solving complex problems. Wil is grateful to have served as a Volunteer Service Missionary in São Paulo, Brazil. Upon returning home from Brazil, he became certified as an Emergency Medical Dispatcher where he worked as an EMD for nearly two years responding to critical emergencies over the phone.

Wil attended Dixie State University where he obtained a Bachelor Degree in Accounting and was awarded the IMA Top 5 Accounting Student Scholarship and Award.

He is licensed to practice law in the State of Utah after earning his J.D. from Brigham Young University - J. Reuben Clark Law School. He was recently honored by Dixie State University faculty to appear on the Honor Wall at the Udvar Hazy College of Business. As SchoolPulse has grown, Wil has enjoyed the priceless fulfillment that comes as lives are touched and strengthened by SchoolPulse.

Trent Staheli

Trent Staheli (Co-Founder) loves to code and solve problems with software. He can be found coding with his kids at weekend events and 24-hour code competitions. His post-graduate studies consist of e-Commerce, TEL and Entrepreneurship from Universities throughout the UK.

Trent is married to Mary Poppins, and has three practically perfect children.

In his own words: "I love that I can sit down at a computer and build a web app that solves a need. SchoolPulse is one of those apps and I'm so happy I can share Iuri's content with the world through the simple medium of text messaging."

Positive Interaction Team (PIT)

Stacy Hardy

Stacy Hardy (PIT) currently has two graduate degrees, one in Educational Counseling and the second in Education Administration, and is now working on a third. She has spent the last seventeen years as a school counselor, working with elementary and secondary-aged students.

Having grown frustrated with the lack of resources available to students, Stacy has returned to higher education to gain a graduate degree in social work. SchoolPulse is a dream come true for school counselors and joining the SP team is a natural step for Stacy.

Her experience in school counseling has been invaluable as she works with SchoolPulse to serve the most vulnerable and promising humans: students.

Katy Lee

Katy Lee (PIT) is a long-time resident of southern Utah. She relishes in the heat, beauty, and adventure that comes from living in the desert. Art, family, and helping others are what bring the most passion and richness to her life. Katy is a childhood sexual abuse survivor.

In her own words, "Growing up came with a lot of challenges because of this, especially in my scholastic endeavors and activities. From my own firsthand experiences, I have gained a desire and gift to help struggling teens see their self-worth. Working in residential homes and years spent being a proctor parent gave me opportunities to learn, teach and help children, even from the most difficult walks of life, to succeed.

For the past couple of years, I have been in training with SchoolPulse and have been blessed to be able to continue my learning. There is a tremendous amount of fulfillment that comes from texting with these amazing teens (sometimes even their parents and teachers) and assisting them during their times of need. Then witnessing, through text, their personal growth."

Dallas Keate

Dallas Keate (PIT) joined the SchoolPulse team to provide support for high school students during the most exciting and challenging time of their lives! Dallas is the oldest of six children, and has always strived to be a good example, providing my younger siblings with advice as they go through what he went through!

In his words, "With SchoolPulse I'm able to be there for those that are going through the same challenges I've experienced. During high school, I attended group therapy and was amazed at how much the counselors and therapists changed my life for the better!"

Since then Dallas has been studying and working to achieve his goal of becoming a licensed therapist so he can continue to help others throughout his career! Dallas has experience observing and assisting with addiction recovery programs, and counseling clinics, and has revieved various certificates over the years.

Ryan Villanueva

Ryan Villanueva (PIT) chose to be a part of SP because he shares the vision of assisting students through the use of technology. This enables them to have someone listen to them whenever they need to express their emotions or thoughts.

We can function as an extended support system and provide additional resources to help them cope, perform, and socialize better.

Ryan is a university lecturer handling Psychology courses and a Ph.D. Counseling candidate specializing in School and Community Counseling. He is also the resident counselor and mental health associate at Kajae Augmentation Services. Ryan also loves art and crafts, karaoke, nature, and dogs!

McKenzie Stewart

McKenzie Stewart (PIT) has loved her experience working with and teaching youth. SchoolPulse is a beautiful opportunity for her to connect with students in a unique and meaningful way.

She is passionate about learning, respect, health, and kindness.

McKenzie is studying Psychology and Family Science Human Development at Utah Tech University.

Kaela Unruh

Kaela Unruh (PIT) was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. She is currently finishing her undergraduate degree in the music therapy program at Utah State University. She has always had a passion for music and for people, so she was ecstatic to find a field that combines both.

She loves to travel and loves working with youth, and has spent three years leading humanitarian youth groups with HumanitarianXP to countries in Central America and Europe. These experiences have helped prepare her to work in the PIT and have deepened her love and respect for teens and adolescents.

She understands the importance of emotional competence and resilience, and is passionate about validating the full spectrum of emotions involved in the human experience.

Mark Dimor

Mark Dimor (PIT) worked in the pharmaceutical marketing and advertising world for over 20 years before starting his own company The BioContinuum Group. Which he opened from his home in 1993. The primary focus of BCG was medical education for physicians and nurses though programs developed to improve the delivery of better patient care.

In 2009 Donna, his wife, was diagnosed with Stage IV cancer. He closed BCG and became the primary caregiver while doing consulting. In 2011 when Donna died he began his grief journey and work. Reading and writing extensively about love and loss. Mark self published "Donna, A Memoir of Love and Loss" Documenting his 30+ years married to his wife Donna and her passing.

Mark became an an active volunteer as a way to return to the community the support he received and benefited from following Donna's death. Among those organization were the hospice where Donna was admitted and passed in. He also volunteered with the 9/11 National Museum and the 9/11 Tribute Museum.

In early 2020 looking for other volunteer opportunities he joined, trained, and became a crisis counselor with Crisis Text Line. Since March 5, 2020 Mark has completed over 1,700 conversations with adults, teens, and children. He learned first hand the mental health crisis America faces and has become a vocal advocated for suicide prevention, deaths of despair, grief, and loss.

Being part of SchoolPluse has brought much understanding to the mental and emotional needs of todays youth and how being there to listen and most of all hear them can made a difference. At the heart of our humanity is connection.

Christine Campbell

Christine Campbell (PIT) enjoys speaking to new people, meeting others where they are, and employing empathy and compassion to help them rise to the challenges they may be facing. She believes that by working together, there are few issues that cannot be successfully resolved.

She has worked in a variety of industries - from preschools to higher education to oil and gas to software to Human Resources–finding great reward in seeing her teammates and companies thrive and reach their goals. She currently works as a private school Teacher while volunteering her time to Crisis Text Line and SchoolPulse.

Christine studied Psychology and Sociology as an undergraduate and later went on to specialize in Industrial Psychology and Human Resources. , focusing on training, employee engagement and organizational productivity.

In her own words, "I am captivated with the mission of SchoolPulse and the collective vision of our stakeholders. I have always lived life by 3 Ts: 'Trust your Training and your Team.' Meaning: if you execute on the principles you've been taught and believe in your teammates (personal or professional), you can't go wrong. SchoolPulse has tremendous strength in these areas and is using them to provide mental health services in an approachable way. I would love to see SchoolPulse available as widely as possible because it closes the gap neatly between need and mental health service, in a friendly, reliable format. I know we will see that growth and look forward to it."

Elizabeth Ledesma Santana

Elizabeth Ledesma Santana (PIT) is a native of Utah and resides in Sunny St. George. She is currently on a graduate journey with the University of Utah in the Masters of social work program.

She is a yoga fanatic, nature-obsessed, service-oriented girl. She joined SchoolPulse to help change high schoolers lives. In addition, she wants to help parents and school staff understand the need for life-saving/life-changing platforms like SchoolPulse.

Elizabeth is fluent in Spanish and currently learning French. Her experience includes working with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, homelessness, substance abuse patients, college students, and children.

Gabriela Perez

Gabriela Perez (PIT) decided to work at SchoolPulse because the company provides accessible and quality help to students. Gabi believes that all students need and deserve support as they work towards achieving their unique goals.

Gabi is a senior at Utah State University. She is studying music therapy, and looks forward to her future career as a therapist.

Gabi and her husband currently reside in northern Utah. They enjoy spending time with their dog, watching movies, camping, and reading.

Kristen Milne

Kristen Milne (PIT) resides in Rigby, Idaho where she and her husband Clint, have two kids. She loves art, outdoors, and spending time with family.

Kristen is currently pursuing a degree in Marriage and Family Studies at BYU-Idaho. She loves the fulfillment that comes in helping others and the positivity that it brings along the way.

Courtney Cramer

Courtney Cramer (PIT) is studying at West Texas A&M to get her Master's degree in counseling. She and her husband, Kyle, have 2 beautiful daughters and a son. Courtney's passion in life is to help others live their lives more fully and in the process find joy and purpose.