To advance the use of movement and exercise for better mental health in our community.
When it comes to exercise, people encounter many barriers.
When it comes to exercise, people encounter many barriers. The financial barrier certainly can be one of them. Working with a personal trainer is oftentimes financially unaffordable to many. Same with attending group fitness classes. Sometimes a person is in need of the proper clothing or shoes for exercising or working out, but again, it is not within their budget.
Similarly, for many people who are struggling with their mental health, seeing a therapist on a regular basis is something that they can not financially afford. Or, if they do end up seeking treatment, it leads to increased financial stress in their lives.
The Well Being Foundation is recognized by the IRS as a tax-exempt 501(c)3 organization. Its purpose is to eliminate financial barriers in order to ensure that all of our clients can get the help they are looking for, and be able to take full advantage of the fitness and exercise aspect of our programming that is there primarily for the betterment of their mental health.
We want to provide everyone with and equal opportunity to get help, get active, and get well.
"The Foundation has helped me start exercising regularly which is important for everyone."
Board of Directors
Ben Davidson, MD
I’m a family physician in West Michigan. I migrated here from Australia and live in Grand Rapids with my wife and two young daughters. I met Brendan when he shared his passion for movement as a component of mental health treatment with a group of resident physicians. I see the huge burden that mental illness creates amongst my patients, and I’m “all in” with the model that Brendan and Tim use to provide care.
I also see the struggle and loss caused by the cost of health care. To see patients unable to look after their mental and physical health due to cost is heartbreaking. A little bit of help can go a long way, and The Well Being Foundation will provide this help in a life changing way.
Mike Schuler, Ph.D
I have worked with Brendan & Tim since the inception of The Well Being and have seen how invested they are in the business of helping the members of our community. Early on they coordinated the Rx Run with great success. It is apparent to me that with the The Well Being Foundation they are ready to make further impact with the health and wellness in our community, especially those in most need of these services.
I work as an organizational development & leadership consultant. I live with my wife and three children in Belmont, Michigan.
Jarrett McCartney, JD
I became close friends with Brendan during my first career as a social worker. We worked together at a community mental health agency back in the 2000s and shared a passion for improving the quality of life for recipients of mental health services.. My second career as an attorney began in 2011 when I opened a practice specializing in the representation of individuals with mental health related disability claims.
The benefit of including exercise as a vital component of mental health treatment is something I have experienced first hand. I don’t believe I would have survived law school without using regular exercise to supplement my own mental health treatment.
I now reside in the Detroit area where I am originally from. I enjoy any form of live entertainment, especially sports and music.
I’ve had the opportunity to watch The Well Being evolve from a novel concept to a successful enterprise,
and appreciate the need to make its unique program available to the widest possible community.
Reducing barriers to effective, healthy, proven alternatives to traditional mental health treatment is a
goal everyone can get behind. As we continue to move through an increasingly challenging world, I am
thrilled to be part of this vital program, enhancing opportunities for individuals to overcome obstacles
and become their best selves with the support of a caring community.
I currently reside in Lansing, having relocated here after 20 years in Grand Rapids. I enjoy theater, live
music, reading, being on or near water, and walking my beloved dog Porkie.
Tom McDonough, MBA
I've known Brendan personally for a number of years and when he first introduced me to the Well Being as a concept, I was immediately interested in learning more about their approach. Over the years as my exercise regimen has waxed and waned, I've become invested in the belief that my personal mental health is always positively impacted when I am active. When asked to join the board I was excited to learn more and see how I can contribute to the growth and success of the organization.
While I am a native Michigander, I've recently returned from 25 years out of state, mostly in California working in the tech industry for a number of startups and well-known companies such as Intel, Oracle, and Technicolor.
I believe in the mission of The Well Being.
The benefits of exercise as it relates to mental health is critical to everyone being their best in whatever role they have in life.
The work that The Well Being does is inspiring and the opportunity to serve on The Well Being Foundation Board is an honor.
I am co-owner of Grand Rapids based LEAD Marketing Agency and enjoy spending time with my wife, two children and friends as much as possible.