Founder & CEO
VP & Director of Clinical Programs
Partner & CCO
VP of Business Strategy
Director of Campus Programming
UX and Technology Director
Director of Campus Partnerships
Joe Conrad is a creative entrepreneur and a digital health pioneer and he believes that the power of innovation and technology can solve any problem. He is the Founder and CEO at Grit Digital Health –– a team of specialists in behavioral health, wellness, technology and marketing committed to transcending barriers like stigma and access to help people get the support they need, when and how they need it.
Joe and his team are the creators of Man Therapy, an innovative and award-winning campaign that uses humor to engage working-age men and an immersive, entertaining, digital experience where therapy actually happens. In 2016 Grit Digital Health launched YOU @ College, a personal and customized well-being portal that helps students navigate life and campus.
Since 1990, Joe has led the charge at Cactus, a purpose-driven branding and creative agency with the mission of growing brands that help people thrive. Cactus has developed a reputation of one of the nation’s leading social marketing agencies by leveraging power of branding, creative and technology to make meaningful work that makes a huge impact.
The Grit Digital Health and Cactus teams have worked on a wide range of national initiatives including mental health, suicide prevention, crisis intervention, marijuana education, tobacco cessation and prevention, grief counseling and student wellness. His team’s work has received recognition in the One Show, Cannes, Ad Age Probono campaign of the year, Obies, Webby, and Best of Show at SXSW in 2006.
He gets gritty by putting his talents to work everyday on issues he believes in and co-creating solutions with a talented group of passionate people. Joe gets his inspiration from his wife Erin and their three children Jordan, Mikayla and Jackson.
Doug has a track record in business that is fueled by efficiency and strategy. As a result of his data-driven perspective and passion for education, Doug’s professional history intertwines StorageTek, CollegeInvest and the Colorado Hugh O’Brian Youth Foundations. In Doug’s eyes, sharing information in an efficient way is about more than utility—it also enables people to make decisions that can have meaningful outcomes for them.
First discovered his grit when the importance of wellness became a family matter and re-discovers it between volleys on the tennis court.
Norm’s professional background is a kaleidoscope of fine art, writing, art direction and design. With experience in the fields of branding and communications, one of Norm’s passions is working on technology-driven ideas and products that connect people in positive ways and ultimately make the world a better place to live, work and play. It’s a passion driven by the honesty and inspiration instilled in Norm by his wife, Dawn and two children, Kaya and Grayson.
He brings his grit to work in the form of compassion and the kind of strategy that proves creative individuals are some of the best problem-solvers.
Andrew savors the journey as much as the destination. Having traveled through more than 15 countries and more than 20 states, he knows that getting there is half the fun. It’s that joy of exploration that guides Andrew’s user-centered approach to digital. With a background in design and code, he lets research and brand strategy lead the way, creating digital experiences that foster curiosity and deep engagement.
His gets gritty by using curiosity like a compass to both uncover fresh and ensured ways to enhance digital experiences and to explore cities from the seat of his bike.
Frank knows that health is two-fold— that the mind follows the body and body follows the mind. For that reason, he welcomes physical and mental challenges. Drawing on nearly 30 years of experience in sales within the pharmaceutical industry and his understanding that mental health is unique from person to person, Frank believes that there is a resource to overcome every challenge. Whether it’s by stewarding authentic relationships, embodying the brand or implementing specialized outreach tactics, Frank has a knack for getting resources to the fingertips of consumers.
Found his grittiness in the United States Marine Corps. As a young soldier he traveled the world, developed his Grit and became a leader of Marines. As a veteran, his passion is helping Veterans draw upon their military experiences to thrive.
You haven’t seen true optimism until you meet Paige. Her positive attitude and passion are an asset to every project, inspiring everyone around her to up their game. Paige thinks holistically while working from the details up, setting everyone up for success. Plus, she’s had an aptitude for organization since she started color sorting her M&M’s at age 3. As a leader, she spearheads projects by always including her colleagues in the conversation, as well as developing processes to improve experiences.
You can tell she’s got grit because with honest intrigue and optimism, Paige strives for compassion in all endeavors.
Nolan’s uncanny ability to connect with others stems from his genuine curiosity for each individual’s life journey. He is fulfilled by helping others with their own unique and evolving challenges. Professionally, he has implemented solutions with non profits, corporations, and large organizations as well as worked with university personnel and athletes. Nolan has consulted with companies to drive functional and financial efficiencies through innovative technology. Ever important in a tech-dependent landscape, Nolan strives to deliver experiences around comprehensive well-being to college students through their now native language, technology. He believes that reducing the stigma around mental health on campuses will have an inevitable impact on the society of tomorrow.
He's got grit because he believes that instead of waiting for one’s boat to come, you should swim to it. This ideology stems from his athletic career as an NCAA All-American Swimmer and Olympic Trial Competitor, an experience that has largely fostered resilience in his professional career.
Nathaan is passionate about people. This passion has led him to an enriching career as a clinical psychologist, filled with a number of twists and turns working across a variety of settings. Nathaan is an active traveler and athlete - these aspects of his life have inspired him to think beyond the traditional confines of mental health care. He strives to find innovative ways to expand the reach of mental health services to improve the lives of others. While Nathaan is fascinated by all areas of psychology, his passion lies within the positive psychology movement working specifically in preventative behavioral health.
You can tell he has grit because he's always ready for an adventure. It might be starting a spur of the moment soccer game in the office, striking up a meaningful conversation with a stranger in the elevator, or leading a backpacking trip; regardless, there's rarely an adventure he turns down. Nathaan is continually inspired by his wife, son, family and friends.