About Us

Robyn Hussa Farrell
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Sharpen

 

Robyn Hussa Farrell, MFA, E-RYT co-founder and CEO of Sharpen, has spent the past 15 years collaborating with state agencies, educational systems, public health and psychology researchers to build and deliver evidence-based programs for K-12 schools and communities. In her role, Robyn is responsible for building collaborative partnerships and developing programs that deliver powerful prevention content into communities across the U.S.
 

As part of her work in population health and prevention, Robyn built mindfulness, stress reduction and yoga-based programs for patients struggling with a variety of mental illnesses. Robyn’s experience working in treatment settings and with researchers in schools led her to scale her community-based programs by adapting them into video-based modules and a series of documentaries on mental health and educational initiatives. Many of Robyn’s programs have been implemented by the award-winning non-profit, Mental Fitness, which delivers content and resources to K-12 schools.
 

A leader in the mental health and wellness provider community, Robyn is a member of the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED) and The International Association for Eating Disorders Professionals (IAEDP), as well as a certified trainer for NAMI NH CONNECT Suicide Postvention program. Since 2013, she has proudly served on the Behavioral Health Task Force for United Way of the Piedmont and directs the Suicide Prevention Initiative for Spartanburg county. Robyn served as the Resilient Schools mindfulness trainer in Spartanburg and Columbia Resilient Schools initiatives, is a Founding Member of the Eating Disorder Recovery on Campus in Boston, was on the advisory committee for Way to Wellville/Rethink Health Community Engagement and Listening Campaign, served as SC Youth Suicide Prevention County Coordinator through the SC Department of Mental Health, was appointed to the Spartanburg County Adolescent Behavioral Health evaluation committee for Mary Black Foundation and is a Community Advisory Board member for Spartanburg School District Consortium, Office of Adolescent Health CDC grant committee.

Robyn has presented at more than 50 national medical and educational conferences and has received:
 

  • 2007 Drama Desk Award

  • 2010 Champion in Women’s Health award, Wisconsin Women’s Health Association

  • 2014 Peace Award, Converse College

  • 2017 Breakfast Business and Professional Women of Spartanburg, Finalist Award

  • 2017 Women of Distinction Award, Girl Scouts of SC Mountains to Midlands

  • 2017 Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award

Tim Farrell

Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer

Sharpen

 

Tim Farrell, co-founder, and COO of Sharpen Health is responsible for content development and overall operations. As an award-winning New York City news producer, he specializes in multimedia content creation and documentary filmmaking, with an emphasis on journalistic-style stories of hope and healing.

 

Prior to his work with Sharpen, Tim co-founded White Elephant Enterprises, a production company focusing on documentary film and large-scale community engagement initiatives. Tim directed the documentary coverage of the public art initiative “Seeing Spartanburg in a New Light” and co-Directed the award-winning installation, “Video Village”, funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies. For their leadership on that project, Tim and his wife received the 2018 Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award from the City of Spartanburg, South Carolina. In both 2009
and 2011, Tim traveled to Nepal to film a documentary project called “The Walking Hospital”. The film featured a small group of medical professionals bringing care and treatment to remote villages with no access to western medicine. As a result of his production experiences and projects, Tim has a unique ability to engage viewers in personal stories that can be used to create change.

 

Prior to his work in community storytelling, Tim served as Senior Political Producer at New York City’s NY1 News. He had the opportunity to cover many decade-defining events, such as the Inauguration of President Obama, the funeral of Nelson Mandela, and the destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy. For his team’s coverage of the 2008 presidential campaign, NY1 earned the Associated Press award.
 

Tim received a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from NYU and Temple University. He is a volunteer mentor for the Emory University StartME Spartanburg program, and a Community Task Force board member for Upstate Warrior Solution serving veterans and their families. He currently lives in Spartanburg with his wife Robyn.

 

Tim’s Achievements Include:
 

  • 2018-present Behavioral Health Task Force, United Way of Piedmont

  • 2015-present co-Director Northside Initiative documentary film coverage, PurposeBuilt Communities

  • 2015-2019, Co-Director Way to Wellville documentary film coverage, Hiccup / Esther Dyson

  • 2015-2018 Way to Wellville Communication Task Force

  • 2015-2017, co-Director Seeing Spartanburg documentary coverage and Video VillageBloomberg Philanthropies

  • 2017-2019 StartME Spartanburg mentor, USC Update and Emory Northside Development Group

  • 2019- present co-Director, Community Journalism partnership, Wofford College

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