We are scientists, researchers, health care clinicians, and digital and gaming experts who are passionate about helping people improve their mental health and well-being to live their best lives. We bring our unique expertise and areas of knowledge together to challenge ourselves to think differently and to create new approaches to emotional health that are accessible and highly effective.
Tomer Ben-KikiCo-Founder & CEO
Tomer is an experienced entrepreneur, leader and product visionary whose expertise lies in successfully steering companies from inception through rapid growth. Previously, Tomer was the Co-Founder and CEO of Oberon Media, a leading casual gaming company that provided its platform to some of the world’s biggest brands, including Microsoft, Yahoo and Sprint. Prior to Oberon, Tomer was the Co-Founder and President of RichFx, an e-commerce startup that provided visual merchandising technologies to top retailers. He graduated cum laude from Tel Aviv University with a B.Sc. in Computer Science, and served as an IDF officer for seven years.
Ofer LeidnerCo-Founder & President
An experienced entrepreneur, Ofer brings to Happify his expertise in developing and delivering significant strategic partnerships and other opportunities that drive rapid, healthy growth for technology companies on a global basis. Ofer co-founded and built several digital media businesses, most recently iPlay/Oberon Media, a leading casual gaming company and he has also served as Co-Founder and President of Gate42 Technologies, a software startup in the customer relations management space. Earlier in his career, he served as an investment manager at an early stage seed fund and as a management consultant in the strategy practice of Trigger Management Consulting, a leading firm in Israel. Ofer holds an MBA in Finance and a B.A. in Economics and Information Technologies, both from Tel Aviv University.
Rick HeldChief Experience Officer
Rick is responsible for leading Happify’s consumer experience and growth strategy including analytics and reporting. By applying data-driven behavioral insights and consumer marketing best practices, Rick helps Happify deliver unmatched rates of activation, engagement and retention. Prior to Happify, Rick was the President of Make The Web Better, LLC, a consumer software company that built, marketed and delivered fun, easy-to-use, family-friendly search monetization products. Previously, Rick was the Vice President of Affinity Direct, LLC, the fourth largest federal student loan consolidation company in the US. Rick has a Bachelor’s degree in Consumer Affairs in Business from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Ran ZilcaChief Data Science Officer
Ran is an entrepreneur, research scientist, author, and practitioner who has dedicated his professional life to the advancement of human happiness. As an entrepreneur, he pioneered the use of digital platforms to deliver psychological interventions, and was the first to release mobile apps based on positive and clinical psychology. His work at Happify focuses on the development of Artificial Intelligence mechanisms that enhance and support human well-being, and on the incorporation and utilization of algorithmic approaches and models. Ran’s experience as a data scientist spans close to 30 years working at industry and government organizations, collaborating with leading research labs, and heading various entrepreneurial endeavors. He is also the author of Ride of Your Life — a Coast to Coast Guide to Finding Inner Peace, describing his 6,000-mile solo motorcycle ride of personal transformation.
Acacia ParksChief Scientist
Acacia's research focuses on self-help methods for increasing happiness via books and digital technology, with an emphasis on objective/observable outcomes such as physical health indicators. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Reed College, and her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, where her graduate research helped build the foundation for research on bringing happiness interventions to the general public. She regularly publishes articles in scientific journals, has edited three books, and is also Associate Editor at the Journal of Positive Psychology. Prior to joining Happify full-time, Acacia was an Associate Professor of Psychology at Hiram College.
Nancy OlikerHead of Enterprise Marketing
Nancy brings over 20 years of health care marketing expertise and a passion for building new marketing capabilities that support rapid growth. Prior to joining Happify, she spent 15 years in various marketing leadership roles within UnitedHealth Group including creating UnitedHealthcare’s national Medicare education platform, Medicare Made Clear, and building the marketing infrastructure to support its Group Medicare business that tripled in size, becoming the dominant market leader in less than 5 years. Nancy graduated with an M.B.A. in International Business from George Washington University and also holds a B.S. in Marketing and B.A. in French from Kansas State University. She is a current Board Member of the American Heart Association of the Twin Cities.
Tiffany SunHead of Content Strategy
Tiffany serves as editor-in-chief of Happify, overseeing global content strategy and development across Happify’s different engagement channels. She works with leading experts in the U.S. and internationally in the fields of positive psychology, cognitive behavior therapy and mindfulness-based stress reduction to identify and develop meaningful new experiences for Happify users. Previously, Tiffany was the managing editor of Oprah.com and oversaw online content and products for O, The Oprah Magazine. She also managed digital extensions to the Martha Stewart Living brand and developed editorial programming as a senior editor at MarthaStewart.com, and has held several editorial roles at Hearst Magazines. Tiffany graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Psychology.
Chris WasdenHead of Pharma
As Head of Pharma, Chris is leading the effort to bring Happify’s digital emotional health platform to the pharmaceutical and healthcare industry. Recently he was a professor at the University of Utah and served as Executive Director of the Sorenson Center for Discovery & Innovation, a digital health game incubator. Prior to that, he was the Global Healthcare Innovation Leader at PwC where he led digital health innovation across all sectors. Chris is an internationally recognized speaker, thought leader, and author of two books: Tension: The Energy of Innovation, which outlines Innovation Lifecycle approach; and Solving for Why, which provides the “how to” of creating a culture of innovation. He is a named inventor on 12 issued patents and has been a leader in 10 large corporate and small new venture startups. He holds a EdD in human and organizational learning from George Washington University, an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School, and bachelor degrees in accounting (BS) and Asian studies (BA) from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.
Patrick BurkeHead of Healthcare
Patrick leads the healthcare segment for Happify Health, where his focus is to bring Happify's digital mental health and well-being platform to employers and health plans. After more than 25 years with Aon Hewitt, he joined the Happify team because of his firm belief that organizations that work to improve emotional health will excel. At Aon, Patrick led innovation, product strategy & distribution for their Retiree Health Solutions division. He was responsible for innovation, emerging solutions and go-to-market efforts. Patrick has worked with Fortune 500 companies across all industries, focusing on delivering results, client satisfaction, retention, and product innovations. He is also the founder of YourOwnHow and educates people on how to become—and stay—physically active in their communities. Patrick has a B.S. in business management from Purdue University.
Murray ZuckerMedical Director
As a psychiatrist with a background in academia, large group practice, and health plan clinical executive leadership, Dr. Zucker brings expertise in medical behavioral integration, patient engagement and adherence, health behavior change, and new technologies in diagnosis and treatment. Prior to Happify, he was Senior Medical Director of New Product and Innovation for Optum where he spearheaded the formation of a telebehavioral service and was part of the team bringing innovation to this sector including peripheral monitoring, digital programs for increased adherence to medication and treatment, and patient education and choice. Previously he served as Optum’s Western Regional Medical Director, and prior to that as Medical Director for Tricare – Western Region with Health Net where he gained experience with large government contracts and coordinated with the VA and DoD. Dr. Zucker received his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, his M.D. from the University of Rochester, and completed his psychiatric residency at UCLA.
Emil KurtisiSenior Vice President of Market Solutions and Implementation
Emil oversees market solutions and implementation of Happify's enterprise healthcare and DTx verticals. He works closely with internal and external stakeholders to establish solution strategies and drive execution from solution design through commercial launch and implementation. Emil joined Happify from Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of NJ where he spent seven years working in various impactful roles, starting in corporate finance, office of the CEO, and chief of staff, to head of commercial sales & marketing, and finally Director of Specialty Products and Services. Prior to that, he worked for Eaton Vance as an equity portfolio analyst. In addition, Emil also held multiple positions at Prudential Financial in their commercial real estate and financial reporting divisions. He holds an M.B.A. from Rutgers University and a B.S. with honors in Finance from Seton Hall University.
Hillary GarrisVice President of Finance
Hillary serves as Happify Health’s Vice President of Finance and has a track record of working with companies during periods of rapid growth and transformation. Prior to joining Happify, Hillary led finance and operations for several software and digital technology ventures including Piano Software and Talent Inc. She also spearheaded Anheuser-Busch InBev’s equity listing on the NYSE and was a member of the company’s Better World Council. She began her career researching and investing in technology companies as part of Oaktree Capital’s Emerging Markets group. She holds an M.B.A. from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business.
Technology can be harnessed for good. It’s what we use. It’s where we go. And it’s through technology that we can deliver mental health and wellbeing tools at scale to make a difference in the world.
CO-FOUNDER & CEO