Our team has over 75 years of experience in medical technology and behavioral health treatment and research.


Robyn Hussa Farrell, CEO and co-Founder spent 15 years working with researchers in public health and psychology to build and deliver evidence-based programs to K-12 schools across the U.S.


Tim Farrell, COO and co-Founder is an award-winning NYC producer and specializes in multi-media content creation of powerful documentary and journalistic style stories of hope and healing.


Bryan Dennstedt, CTO, an accomplished C-suite executive with over 20 years of exemplary achievement in the field of Information Technology. He is a Partner, Chief Technology Officer (CTO/CIO) at TechCXO.

Kent Elmer, CFO has been in the tech space for over 20 years. He is the founder of TechCXO in Atlanta.

Myrna Padilla, Founder, Mynd Dynamic Team. Myrna heads the development team that is building the Sharpen platform. Their mission is to use technology to empower the most vulnerable women to join in the world’s fight against human trafficking and modern day human slavery.

Brian Painter, Engineer,  the original developer of Sharpen 1.0 and has worked with Tim and Robyn Farrell for over 5 years on various projects.  He holds an MBA in Business Analytics from Clemson University and is currently Systems Engineering & Analytics Manager at Tindall Corporation.

Amy Parrish / Rhythm Communications, PR for Higher Education

Brian Reed, Director of Business Development for Higher Education.  Brian has extensive marketing experience in the tech sector, specializing in strategic partnerships and support services to higher education.

Team Leads:


Sharpen Colleges, Brian Reed, formerly with Blackboard and Pearson


Sharpen Family, Paige Stephenson and Heather Witt, United Way of the Piedmont


Sharpen Founder, Charlie Banks, Venture Carolina and Paul Clark, Venture South


Sharpen Schools, Dr. Greg Firn, Superintendent / learning management software consultant


Sharpen Warrior, Dr. Craig Burnette and Charlie Hall, Upstate Warrior Solution


Medical Student Mental Health, Dr. Natalie FadelDr. Lindsey Ridgeway and Dr. Alexis Stoner, Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine



Diana Keough, Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist and digital media entrepreneur.

Greg Swayne, Greg has been a pioneer in e-health since its infancy when as a medical illustrator, he created the idea for and co-founded A.D.A.M.

Laura Lees, PsyD, CEDS, has known Robyn since 2006, is a founding member of Mental Fitness, an eating disorder specialist and board member of Wisconsin Psychological Association. 


Rahul N. Mehra, MD, CEO & Chief Physician Executive, National Center for Performance Health.