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We create a safe space for people who have dedicated their lives to serving others.

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Our Mission

Our mission is to promote the highest levels of professional excellence among individuals and organizations. Our safe and anonymous, structured Dugri framework helps healthcare workers, first responders and military veterans increase wellness while decreasing stress and burnout.

Dugri meets this moment of global pandemic, mass resignations and overwhelmed mental health systems with a solution that is battle-tested and built for the workforces of today. The app launches first with communities that shoulder the bulk of the burden of this global crisis.

Our Vision

The need to be heard, validated, and supported by a fellow human is deeply wired into our being. We know that peer-to-peer, anonymous communication within compassionate communities can positively transform our society. Dugri strives to empower individuals and communities to re-learn how to listen and exchange emotional experiences in a compassionate, non-judgmental way.

Dugri currently offers two communities: health care workers and military veterans. If you would like to bring the Dugri model to your community, contact us.

Principles and values that guide us

  • icon dugri whiteHelping people get real with themselves and with each other helps everyone.
  • icon dugri whiteBased on a foundation of trust. We are here for each other; we have each other’s back.
  • icon dugri whiteEveryone has a story to tell and a need for support, free of stigma and judgment.
  • icon dugri whiteThere’s an opportunity to harness personal and professional stress and manage it as a vehicle to excellence.
principles that guide us

Our Team

Our team brings together extensive global expertise in science, medicine, psychological trauma, disaster response and technology, to deliver a “peer to peer” resiliency model for individuals and organizations. We began with frontline medical teams and first responders at the dawn of the COVID-19 global pandemic.

Yotam Dagan

Yotam Dagan, MA, MPA

President, Chief Dugri Officer and Founder

A global expert in trauma and resilience, Yotam developed a resilience training model for first responders which serves as the foundation for the Dugri app. This protocol, which Yotam coined ‘Operational Stress Management,’ has been used by organizations including the US government, FEMA, and the Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI). He has worked in multiple disaster zones, training emergency healthcare professionals after traumatic events such as the Boston Marathon attack and the Parkland, FL and Stoneman Douglas school shootings.

Jonathan Lewis

Jonathan Lewis, MD, PhD

Chairman, CEO and Founder

Jonathan served for 10 years as a Professor of Surgery and Medicine at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City and is a fellow of both the Royal College of Surgeons and the American College of Surgeons. Since 9/11, Dr. Lewis has helped contribute to caring leadership, crisis leadership and peer support initiatives, with the NYPD and FDNY and the Combat Wound Initiative Program of the Congressional Jackson Foundation.

Kate Driscoll

Kate Driscoll

Chief Product Officer

Kate has over 20 years of experience leading teams in the planning, delivery and marketing of innovative digital products shaped by customer insights.

Adam Kenger

Adam Kenger

Chief Technology Officer

Adam brings over 20 years of engineering and architecture experience, helping companies and teams of all sizes solve technical problems while providing vision and guidance towards future growth.

Wendy Wright

Wendy Wright

VP Finance

Wendy has over 30 years experience working with business leaders in both public and start-up companies on strategic planning, financial planning and analysis, financial systems, and business operations.

Murray Brennan

Sir Murray Brennan

Founding Board Member

Sir Murray is an oncologic surgeon-scientist, an experienced global health policy leader and an exemplar of compassion and empathy. He has held multiple global leadership roles and is Chairman Emeritus of Surgery at Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York City.

Caroline Popper

Caroline Popper, MD

Entrepreneur and Co-Founder of Popper & Company

Caroline is a physician focused on addressing inefficiencies in health care by helping life science companies develop and commercialize new technology. She has managed a wide spectrum of diagnostics, device and drug discovery businesses in both Fortune 500 and start-up settings, at amongst others, Becton Dickinson, bioMerieux, and MDS.

Advisory Board

Highly experienced professionals serve on our steering committee to advise product development and drive Dugri’s mission.

Cailin Brodel

Captain Cailin Brodel, RN

Nurse, certified EMT

Cailin is the first female firefighter Captain in the Bayonne, NJ fire department. She is an Operational Stress Management resilience trainer, on behalf of the Urban Area Security Initiative (FEMA), NJ.

Lisa Dion

Lisa Dion, MSN, RN

Nurse Manager of CT Children’s NICU

Lisa has 30+ years of nursing experience, caring for and serving patients and their families in multiple roles, including ICUs. She has also served in several governance roles including hospital Ethics Committees.

James Pruden

James N. Pruden, MD

Leader of St. Joseph’s Health

James has extensive experience in Emergency Medical Services, as well as disaster medicine, and someone who has experienced COVID-19 on both sides of the endotracheal (breathing) tube. He has worked in Emergency Preparedness for over 23 years.

Julie Mirkin

Julie Mirkin, RN, PhD

Hospital Executive

Julie is an award-winning executive with expertise in leading all aspects of Clinical and Hospital Operations. She has spent her career enhancing patient outcomes through evidence-based practice and staff engagement.