We create a safe space for people to connect and get relief.
Our mission is to promote the highest levels of professional excellence among individuals and organizations. Our safe and anonymous, structured Dugri framework helps employees increase wellness and workplace resilience while decreasing stress and burnout.
Dugri meets this moment of the global pandemic, mass resignations, and overwhelmed mental health systems with a solution that is battle-tested and built for the workforces of today. After serving medical teams and first responders, we are here to serve your employees and organization.
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: healthcare workers and military veterans. We know that the benefit of supportive peer connection is universal. As we see the need dramatically rise in other industries, we will be opening up new communities. If you would like to bring Dugri to your employees, contact us.
Principles and values that guide us
- Helping people get real with themselves and with each other helps everyone.
- Based on a foundation of trust. We are here for each other; we have each other’s back.
- Everyone has a story to tell and a need for support, free of stigma and judgment.
- There’s an opportunity to harness personal and professional stress and manage it as a vehicle to excellence.
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, MA, MPA
President, Chief Executive Officer, and Founder
A former Israeli Navy SEAL Commander, combat team leader, and chief instructor; Yotam is also a certified clinical psychologist and a global expert in trauma and resilience. His work has focused on developing the strength and emotional resilience of his teams- building the fighting capacity of soldiers on the battlefield, developing their leadership skills, and caring for their wellbeing. Yotam developed a resilience training model for first responders which promotes mission excellence by furthering emotional wellness. This model serves as the foundation for the Dugri app. He has worked with the US government, FEMA, and the Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI), as well as in multiple disaster zones such as the Boston Marathon attack and the Parkland, FL, Stoneman Douglas school shooting.
Jonathan Lewis, MD, PhD
Executive Chairman 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. Dr. Lewis has founded and developed multiple companies in the biotech and medical fields, developing groundbreaking Cancer treatment solutions. Since 9/11, Dr. Lewis has helped contribute to caring and crisis leadership and peer support initiatives, with the NYPD and FDNY and the Combat Wound Initiative Program of the Congressional Jackson Foundation.
Steven Konstadt, MD, MBA
Chief Operating Officer
A medical leader and turnaround Chief executive, Dr. Konstadt orchestrated a complete turnaround of the Department of Anesthesiology at Maimonides Medical Center. Under his leadership, the department dramatically improved its revenue, patient safety record and satisfaction scores, its operational efficiency, and surgeon satisfaction. Leading his department through the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Konstadt demonstrated caring for the wellness, as well as the personal safety of his team, as they struggled to provide care to waves of sick patients.
Sir Murray Brennan, GNZM
Founding Board Member
Sir Murray is an oncologic surgeon-scientist, an experienced global health policy leader, and an exemplar in compassion and empathy. Dr. Brennan is Chairman Emeritus of Surgery at Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York City and he has held multiple global leadership roles, including Director of the American Board of Surgery, Vice President of the American College of Surgeons, Chairman of the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, and President of the Society of Surgical Oncology. He is the most cited surgeon in the world and has trained generations of medical leaders with an emphasis on rigorous science, the highest level of professional accountability, and compassionate care.
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.
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 toward future growth.
Wendy has over 30 years of experience working with business leaders in both public and start-up companies on strategic planning, financial planning and analysis, financial systems, and business operations.
Director of Sales and Business Development
Suzanne has over 20 years in sales and management experience working with business leaders in high tech, finance, healthcare, and communications. Her passion is finding solutions that meet the needs of her customers.
Maria Hilger, RN, BSN
Account Director and Customer Success
Maria has over 18 years of healthcare experience working with hospitals, physician groups, health communities, and medical companies as a nurse, medical writer, and marketing strategist.
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.
Highly experienced professionals serve on our steering committee to advise product development and drive Dugri’s mission.
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, MSN, RN
NICU Nurse Leader in New England
Lisa has over 30 years of nursing experience, caring for and serving patients and their families in multiple roles in the ICU setting. She is currently a nurse leader, passionate about supporting her teams during these challenging times.
James N. Pruden, MD
Leader of St. Joseph’s Health
James has extensive experience in Emergency Medical Services, as well as disaster medicine, and is 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, RN, PhD
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.