We create a safe space for people who have dedicated their lives to serving others.
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.
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
- 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 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, 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.
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 towards future growth.
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.
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, 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
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 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, 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.