Our Story 

Stacy’s daughter suffered from diagnosed depression and anxiety as well as dealt with an eating disorder. They only became aware that she was struggling with her mental health in October 2013 and lost her to suicide a year later at 17 years old. The family was unfamiliar with the mental health field and struggled to find her help.  From battling to find the right therapists and full time intensive programs, they found that there were few programs and even fewer available therapists.  In addition, the learning curve to access help was very steep.

Susan has had several family members and close friends in the community who have suffered from mild to moderate anxiety and depression. The difficulty in getting access to appropriate youth oriented help, in a timely manner and the expense of mental health in the US inspired Susan to focus on a solution. 

The goal of SafeSpace is to provide young people with early access to mental health care and support. SafeSpace centers will be designed for youth by youth to provide early intervention and care by licensed therapists and psychiatrists.  The SafeSpace approach leads to youth feel heard and in charge of their path to mental wellbeing.


Board of Directors

Stacy Drazan Co-Founder Stacy worked in sales and sales management with two software companies. She worked with both companies from the startup phase through the IPO. She became a full time mom after having 2 daughters. She volunteered and was instrumental in fundraising for their schools and several nonprofits in the local area. Stacy's younger daughter, Shelby, was diagnosed with depression and anxiety in 11th grade. The family struggled to find resources to help Shelby. Their numerous medical contacts and resources were not adequate to meet her needs. Crushingly, Shelby died by suicide at 17 years old. Stacy is passionately committed to helping other young people and their families fight mental health difficulties through early access to youth appropriate, outcomes based mental health services.

Stacy Drazan

Co-Founder

Stacy worked in sales and sales management with two software companies. She worked with both companies from the startup phase through the IPO. She became a full time mom after having 2 daughters. She volunteered and was instrumental in fundraising for their schools and several nonprofits in the local area.

Stacy's younger daughter, Shelby, was diagnosed with depression and anxiety in 11th grade. The family struggled to find resources to help Shelby. Their numerous medical contacts and resources were not adequate to meet her needs. Crushingly, Shelby died by suicide at 17 years old. Stacy is passionately committed to helping other young people and their families fight mental health difficulties through early access to youth appropriate, outcomes based mental health services.

Susan Gordon Bird Co-Founder Susan has over 20 years experience as a worldwide sales and marketing executive in the Software industry. She has taken three companies from under ten million in revenue to over 150 million in revenue. In an executive capacity, she has also overseen operations, technical support and customer service.  Ms. Gordon helped lead three companies through the IPO process.  Susan has several family members and young friends in our community who have suffered from mild to moderate anxiety and depression.  They have inspired Susan to focus on a solution to make it easier for youth with mild to moderate mental health issues to get help.

Susan Gordon Bird

Co-Founder

Susan has over 20 years experience as a worldwide sales and marketing executive in the Software industry. She has taken three companies from under ten million in revenue to over 150 million in revenue. In an executive capacity, she has also overseen operations, technical support and customer service.  Ms. Gordon helped lead three companies through the IPO process. 

Susan has several family members and young friends in our community who have suffered from mild to moderate anxiety and depression.  They have inspired Susan to focus on a solution to make it easier for youth with mild to moderate mental health issues to get help.

Liesl PIke Moldow Director of Development Liesl Moldow is a graduate of Stanford '87 and Harvard Business School '93.  Liesl spent 4 years in sales for MCI Telecommunications.  In 1993, Liesl joined US West Telecommunications in their multimedia group in the US and in London.  Liesl joined TCI Cable as a part of their Interactive Ventures group.  She then worked for HomeStore.com in new business development. Liesl is a mother of 4 and experienced anxiety and depression as a 15 year old.  She is determined to help other young adults develop tools and coping mechanisms to manage their own difficulties. 

Liesl PIke Moldow

Director of Development

Liesl Moldow is a graduate of Stanford '87 and Harvard Business School '93.  Liesl spent 4 years in sales for MCI Telecommunications.  In 1993, Liesl joined US West Telecommunications in their multimedia group in the US and in London.  Liesl joined TCI Cable as a part of their Interactive Ventures group.  She then worked for HomeStore.com in new business development.

Liesl is a mother of 4 and experienced anxiety and depression as a 15 year old.  She is determined to help other young adults develop tools and coping mechanisms to manage their own difficulties. 


The Team

Chris Tanti  CEO Chris Tanti has an eclectic background though in the last 24 years has worked in the area of mental health, starting his career as a clinical social worker then moving into senior management positions. He has managed services across the community, government and private sectors. Most recently, as the founding CEO of Headspace Australia, he focused his attention on the roll out of headspace overseeing the establishment of more than 90 centres, eheadspace and an important suicide and prevention and post vention program schools. He is currently an advisor to a number of start-up mental health technology platforms and on the Board of two companies located in the US and Australia focussed on the social and emotional well-being of the community.

Chris Tanti 

CEO

Chris Tanti has an eclectic background though in the last 24 years has worked in the area of mental health, starting his career as a clinical social worker then moving into senior management positions. He has managed services across the community, government and private sectors. Most recently, as the founding CEO of Headspace Australia, he focused his attention on the roll out of headspace overseeing the establishment of more than 90 centres, eheadspace and an important suicide and prevention and post vention program schools. He is currently an advisor to a number of start-up mental health technology platforms and on the Board of two companies located in the US and Australia focussed on the social and emotional well-being of the community.

Tom Tarshis, MD, MPH Clinical Director Dr. Tarshis is the president and initial clinician and director of the Bay Area Children’s Association. Dr. Tarshis is a board-certified adult, adolescent and child psychiatrist and serves as adjunct clinical faculty at Stanford University in the department of psychiatry. Dr. Tarshis is a community volunteer, parent of three children and formerly worked at homeless shelters and community clinics in underserved areas. Dr. Tarshis coaches multiple sports teams and provides education on anti-bullying for schools and other organizations. Tom is the author of the book "Living with Peer Pressure and Bullying", written for teens.

Tom Tarshis, MD, MPH

Clinical Director

Dr. Tarshis is the president and initial clinician and director of the Bay Area Children’s Association. Dr. Tarshis is a board-certified adult, adolescent and child psychiatrist and serves as adjunct clinical faculty at Stanford University in the department of psychiatry. Dr. Tarshis is a community volunteer, parent of three children and formerly worked at homeless shelters and community clinics in underserved areas. Dr. Tarshis coaches multiple sports teams and provides education on anti-bullying for schools and other organizations. Tom is the author of the book "Living with Peer Pressure and Bullying", written for teens.