We know the fight for mental wellness — and we're ready to be in yours with you.
reaching out takes strength you may not feel like you have. We also know you’re braver than you think.
It was 2020 when a generous donation came in with a directive: make mental health a priority in the New Albany community.
A handful of community members heard the call. Sarah Underhill and Diane Herman were two of them. They founded Wellbeing Connection because they believed in the power of connecting people to resources that help them thrive, not just survive. And because, for Sarah, it is a chance to look deeply at her own lifelong journey with mental illness and addiction.
It’s our own personal struggles that keep each of us 100% dedicated to supporting you, even on your toughest days.
Sarah Underhill (she/her)
Motivated by her late father’s philanthropic work, Sarah embraced the chance to build the organization she’d always needed. Her passion for creating a community-wide safe space for sharing has grown with each brave, personal story she hears from others. Sarah works to create a network of organizations, care providers and partners to support us all.
Amy Barnes, Ed.D. (she/her)
Amy’s mission to help lessen the depression and anxiety she saw in her OSU students drew her to WBC’s mission to support those with mental illness. Her leadership comes after years as a long-time volunteer with New Albany schools where her husband teaches, and her son and daughter are students. As Board President, Amy brings her specialties in organizational leadership, strategic planning, diversity and inclusion and much more to our community.
Sharon Fancher (she/her)
Sharon believes that we draw strength from one another and through access to resources, so when she moved to New Albany in 2018, she partnered with the schools to start the Mothers of Teenagers (MOTs) group. As a grounding force on the board, Sharon is a facilitator of WBC initiatives and manages our social media. With a master’s degree in counseling psychology, Sharon’s mission is to remove the stigma surrounding mental illness.
Jack Caudill (he/him)
A personal passion to help others with their mental health makes Jack the perfect fit as a WBC intern. Ask his friends, and they’ll tell you he’s a good listener and great problem-solver. As a senior seminar intern, Jack used these talents—and more—to amplify the voices of teens who struggle with their mental health as he does. Once Jack turned 18, we asked him to join our board so we have a teen's perspective on our board.
André Mershad (they/them)
Director of Teen Connection
A New Albany native has a deep passion for community wellness and sustainability. After graduating from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies, André moved back to New Albany in order to be close to family, and give back to their community. With a background in education and event planning, André plans to program events and teach workshops that cater towards the wellbeing of the teen community in New Albany, through a sustainable lens.