We are passionately committed to revolutionizing
access to effective behavioral health therapy
Chief Executive Officer
A seasoned software developer and veteran healthcare executive with more than 25 years experience leading healthcare and IT companies. Bob most recently served a tenure as CIO for a leading Florida medical group where he helped grow the company from $20M in revenue to nearly $1B over six years. Bob is a co-founder and managing partner with the Center for Neurosomatic Studies in SW FL.
Chief Science Officer / Founder
Creator of TAO, Dr. Benton is a retired Professor Emeritus and a former counseling center director. She is the Vice President for Practice for the Society of Counseling Psychology (Division 17) of the American Psychological Association and has been a psychologist and mental health care administrator for 22 years and a former President and President Emeritus of the Academy of Counseling Psychology.
Client Engagement Manager
As our Client Engagement Manger, Alex will probably be your first interaction with TAO! She has a Masters degree in Aging and Neuroscience, a bachelor’s and strong background in business, and a love for working with people. She has done research in the field of psychology and neuroscience and has a passion for mental health. Alex is a graduate from the University of Florida and University of South Florida. Because her skill sets and passions are utilized at TAO, Alex expresses that she has found the perfect job for her. She also loves working out and adrenaline-inducing sports.
Information Technology Director
Over two decades experience providing systems engineering and technology support in mental health, higher education, and aerospace industries. He started his career in the United States Marine Corps and subsequently has worked for world class organizations such as Yale University and SpaceX.
Client Engagement Manager
Over 15 years experience in sales, management, business development and fundraising. Shelly has worked with clients across multiple industries including healthcare and education. She recently held a Development Office position at St. Petersburg College Foundation with a main focus on fundraising. She holds a Masters Degree from the University of South Florida.
Executive Assistant, Human Resources, Travel Planner and Moral Support Extraordinaire. Christina is the enthusiastic right-hand woman to the President and CEO in the St. Petersburg office. With a Masters in Applied Positive Psychology, she is passionate about mental health and generally being a total psychology nerd. Lover of the outdoors, health and wellness, gardening, travel and the warm Florida weather!
Yueng De La Hoz
Computer scientist with a focus in machine learning. He is in charge of developing machine learning algorithms for the Tao Connect platform. He finished his undergrad in Electronics Engineering, then switched to computer networks in his first master, and now he is almost done with his Phd in Computer Science and Engineering. He loves all things related to machine learning specially deep learning applied to computer vision problems.
Client Engagement Manager
Tyler brings a lifelong passion in making a positive impact on people’s lives. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Sport Management with a minor in Business Administration from the University of Florida. Tyler utilizes his experience in sports sales and relationship building skills to make the implementation stage of TAO a pleasant and joyful experience. Loves sports, nature walks, assisting conservation efforts, and enjoying life!
Graphic Designer, Illustrator, and 2D Animator for TAO Connect, Danielle has enjoyed creating and drawing ever since her early childhood. Her skill sets include illustration with both digital and traditional media, design layout, visualizing and creating concept art, creating and animating 2D characters, photography, writing, and composing music. Danielle greatly values that her work and passion for art and design can be used to assist others in improving their quality of life.
Katie Mahan is a licensed professional counselor and formerly telehealth coordinator at the Student Counseling Service (SCS) at Texas A&M. After selecting TAO from among various platforms, Katie facilitated the initial implementation process, including helping staff become comfortable with the technology and the low intensity-high engagement modality, determining what paperwork and documentation was necessary for TAO enrollees, and how to market TAO to students. Katie left her role at Texas A&M in March 2017 to relocate to her home state of Virginia and has joined the TAO team as a clinical consultant. Her familiarity with typical barriers for both clients and clinicians can help other campuses determine how to effectively and efficiently begin using TAO to benefit their students.
Technical Project Manager
Fledgling software developer with a focus on data science. Passionate about social justice, computer science, and the intersection between the two. His lifelong mission is to effect positive social change by solving problems with technology.
Client Success Manager
Business Development Coordinator with more than 20 years of experience. Susan is an entrepreneur business owner and most recently the Director of Communications with TruVitals, Inc. a startup developing a Zero Contact Vital Signs Monitor to the veterinary market. She brings a diverse skill set that includes being a licensed pyro technician.
Client Engagement Associate
Juan graduated in May 2017 from the University of South Florida Saint Petersburg with a Bachelors in Psychology and minor in Leadership and Entrepreneurship. He loves meeting new people and is passionate about helping others achieve their dreams in their lives. He believes having good mental health is a key to succeeding in life!