The ShareYourself Team

 
 
  Stu McGowan

Stu McGowan

Founder/ceo/benevolent overlord

Stu has been a serial entrepreneur since age 7, when he started his first business selling artists' kneaded erasers to his elementary school class, repackaging them as the cool alternative to regular old pink erasers. Since then he's started numerous companies, all with a social mission attached, including: The NoodleHead Network-creating and marketing videos made by kids, for kids, ShoeLess Konstruction - teaching kids and young adults how to renovate dilapidated buildings and renting them as affordable housing. He retired 3 years ago right after he turned 50, and founded ShareYourself.org, his most ambitious venture yet. He's super excited about helping others start their own socially responsible ventures

Stu@shareyourself.org

  Lauren McKenna

Lauren McKenna

user support & service aka house mama

With her professional experience in community support and her long-standing relationship with SYS since it was just a mere seedling, Lauren serves as the resident house mama for the SYS platform users. This entails being the support line for all SYS users whether it be questions, complaints, challenges, ideas and/or feedback as well as serving as the liaison between the users and the rest of the SYS company.

Lauren is also a massage therapist, women’s facilitator and has a long-standing relationship with the food industry, from cooking to counseling. She loves exploring new places, playing in her cabin kitchen, flea markets, and rising before the sun is up to spend time on whatever it is she is self-studying.

Lauren@shareyourself.org

 
  Lam Phan

Lam Phan

Chief Operating Officer

Lam Phan aka LamP joined the SYS team to manage the day-to-day operation and function of ShareYourself.  In this role, he keeps track of all the moving parts, collaborate with all involved parties, and do whatever necessary (as long as it doesn't cause harm, of course) to bring the SYS mission to fruition.  A social worker by training and a firm believer in the power of community and individual impact, the SYS goal and mission is one that he can solidly stand behind.  

When he's not working, he enjoys an active lifestyle (running, hiking, biking, kayaking, etc) as well as traveling, to see the beauty of the world.  A food lover, he is known to never turn down food.  

Lam@shareyourself.org

  Chris Lewis

Chris Lewis

CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER

Chris is a veteran full-stack web developer with a knack for minimalistic solutions and thoughtfully crafted code. With a degree in philosophy and an unquenchable addiction to travel, he brings a diverse array of experience to any project. Besides launching GeoPeeker, a web app used by Fortune 500 companies including Google and Amazon, he's served as a technical coach for numerous start-ups in Paris, and worked with the Alzheimer's Association to modernize their national web infrastructure. Chris has enjoyed crunching code for over a decade at Bluehouse Group, where he currently oversees technical operations.

When he's not behind the keyboard, chances are good that you'll find him thoroughly unplugged somewhere, holding a book, writing a short story, or sweating out the ones and zeros in a hot yoga studio.

Chris@shareyourself.org

 
  Benjamin Evans

Benjamin Evans

Chief Design Officer

Benjamin Earl Evans is an award-winning maker of useful, curious, and beautiful things. Originally born in London, he uses Design thinking to help startups create more inclusive products and services.

For the past year, Benjamin has been mentoring entrepreneurs in lean startup, design-thinking and designing interfaces for the world’s top brands. In addition to his work as a mentor and designer, Benjamin is an advisor and investor in numerous startups.

Ben@shareyourself.org

  Gabe Koss

Gabe Koss

TECHNICAL NINJA

Gabe Koss is a full stack engineer and project manager with experience working on organizing platforms and large scale web application projects. 

When not slinging code you can usually find Gabe lost in the woods of Vermont or huddled over his desk painting.

Gabe@shareyourself.org

 
  Alison Sinton

Alison Sinton

  Emma McGowan

Emma McGowan

CONTENT CURATOR

Emma McGowan is a veteran blogger and PR professional who has been writing about and working with startups for more than six years. She’s a mentor for the woman-only incubator, Monarq, has written for international websites, and does everything from editorial to PR to content marketing. She also loves sewing, embroidery, and reading as many books as possible.

emma@shareyourself.org

 

 

 

 

 

WEB DEVELOPER

Alison is thrilled to join the ShareYourself team as a full-stack web developer. Channeling her passion to find a cure for Alzheimer's disease, she's been part of the Operations team at the Alzheimer's Association since 2013. She also serves as the Director of Partnerships for DC Web Women, collaborating with like-minded organizations and groups to support the tech scene in DC and help make a positive impact on the community. When she's not coding or volunteering, you're likely to find Alison running, walking or hiking the trails around DC.

Alison@shareyourself.org