Diversely Geek is a Non-Profit Organization operating under the wing of Diversely Geek aka The Diversely Me Foundation. We are a self-care and mental wellness organization, that promotes mental wellness, self-care, inclusion, and positive self-identity and healthy connections through our research and projects. We have established an infrastructure that supports and empowers fans across the globe to “Embrace and Express their Inner Geek as a credible source for establishing positive self, self-identity, mental wellness and building healthy connections by engaging in positive fandom passions and healing hobbies.
We promote positivity unity and an understanding of diversity for fans who have a dream and need guidance to pursue thor self-care, self-belief, self-acceptance journey’s through our numerous fandom oriented initiatives, events, projects and media platforms.
Working with fans, 1 to 1 or through workshops, mentorship, speaking engagements, panel discussions, and more, Diversely Geek/The Diversely Me Foundation has helped fans bridge gaps in connection, communication, self care and mental health. We follow a nurturing, and supportive philosophy to build tools to navigate your personal journey. From self reflection to, self-evaluation, and self-belief to self-acceptance and finally to confident self-identity.
The Diversely Me Foundation (DMF) is a global non-profit organization whose work and projects are supported by our parent company Diversely Geek
The priority platforms of the Diversely Geek model are implemental to all projects developed by The Diversely Me Foundation, including our fundamental principle and ethos:
Hello and Nanoo Nanoo, my name is Neisha T Mulchan APRN FNP-C, and I am a board certified Family Practice Nurse Practitioner, as well as an avid mental wellness advocate, clinical researcher and author. With 28 years experience in health care, I've had the privilege to work in multiple sub-specialities and have extended training in Neurology, Behavioral Sciences, Holistic Health, Self-Care & Mental Health research. I've also had the opportunity to work as a volunteer provider for a small rural hospital for the uninsured in India.
Because of my strong passion for promoting Mental Wellness and Self Care my Family and I founded DiverselyGeek.org and The Diversely Me Foundation, a Social Media based nonprofit promoting mental wellness, self acceptance Inclusion and self-care. I have extensive hands on experience developing SM platforms, podcasts, webinars and live shows that educate marginalized send at risk communities on mental health and self-care & frequently asked to speak and host panel discussions focused on mental health.
I'm a strong believer in “the transformative nature of our favorite positive fandom passions.” A belief that became the foundation of my Masters thesis, the infrastructure for a self-care book series and founding a non-profit organization, hosting wellness workshops, talks, and over 50 panels across the country and globe. After seven years of dreaming it, and much research, our organization submitted my postulate, ideate and theory, to the National Institute of Health, Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences, which was accepted and published in December 2019.
As I’m sure you may have guessed, I am a very proud nerd-geek, love the Sci-Fi, Fantasy genre, history, and the creative/engineering arts. I play Dungeons and Dragons, love to travel, explore and adore theme parks. All Of Which has helped me know more about me and why medicine is indelible to my being.
Jonathan Panarello is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) working and living in Tampa, Florida. He grew up in Montreal, Quebec, Canada where he studied nursing at John Abbott College and worked in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit for six years. He went on to graduate his Bachelors of Science Nursing at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia where he graduated with distinction and on the dean’s honors list. He graduated from his Master of Nursing, Nurse Practitioner Adult stream from the University of Toronto. He is certified as an Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner through the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. He currently works at a major cancer center in the department of blood and marrow transplant and cellular immunotherapy caring for patients with cancer of the blood and lymphatic system.
He moved to Florida in 2017 as this was a longtime dream of his husband and himself and spends his spare time visiting Walt Disney World, Universal Studios or traveling the globe! Being close to these parks is of high importance to him as he is an avid lover of anything Disney, Stitch and Harry Potter. These characters were huge influences on him and are what started his love for fandom and allowed him to embrace his inner geek.
As an APRN in oncology, Jonathan uses his love for these fandoms to bring a little light into the dark days these patients are facing. He carries a Golden Snitch on his ID badge as a conversation starter to distract his patients from their sickness. In the Harry Potter series, catching the Golden Snitch wins the game and therefore this Snitch symbolizes a win against cancer, whether big or small. On the holidays this changes to other characters such as a skeleton Stitch on Halloween or Harry riding his broomstick. Patients and staff alike love these gestures and point them out every day expressing their love for the fandoms.
He is a supporter of the LGBT community, has volunteered at the St. Petersburg and Tampa pride festivals. He is an amateur of the arts, passionate about science, caring, loving and cares for patients as if they were his own family. He is thoroughly excited to share his knowledge of self-care practices as they relate to the fandom world with you all
Ian is a fulltime Mental Health Counselor as well as a volunteer board member for Diversely Geek and the LGBTQ center in his home town. He is an avid, and I mean avid fan of the Harry Potter series, which is how he met and became fast friends with Neisha, years before DG was even formed. He is also a huge geek and loves to challenge the status quo of nerdom, especially when it comes to understanding the brevity of mental health.
Satish is the jack of all trades when it comes to convention and merchandise management. Running booth set-up, logistics and inventory tracking for donated collectibles from which DG is able to fundraise to keep their projects going. He has a background in technical support, customer service and care in the airline industry and luckily a lot of geekiness! He is an avid anime fan and online video gamer with a very active stream. He has made amazing friends and connections through his geek past times which of course made him the perfect person to be the face of DG when GeekMom is away.
Mollee got her start in the Internet space in 1995. She co-created the web’s first online interactive pregnancy calendar. Over the next year, the pregnancy calendar became such a hit and popular tool that it was featured on CNN as a “Website of the day” and in Yahoo Magazine as an innovative “Don’t Miss” tool. She headed to Northern California in 1997 and in 1998, joined the staff of BabyCenter.com. Over the next three years, she created one of the web’s most popular online communities. BabyCenter went on to win repeated Webby awards. She left BabyCenter in July 2001 to launch Pregnancy.org.
Frustrated by the lack of human interaction, empathy and compassion in the pregnancy and parenting space, Pregnancy.org launched September, 2001. It provided a space for those wanting and needing to connect with similar circumstances. The site empowered them and gave them the tools and information they needed to create and maintain a healthy lifestyle in their journey to parenthood and beyond.
Since 2015, She's focused much more on information architecture. Her expertise spans creating innovative strategies and taxonomy solutions for small businesses and enterprise-level corporations. With more than 20 years of experience as a visionary cross-functional entrepreneur, her deep-seated expertise allows her to immerse herself into any business situation. She believes that our only limitations are the ones we put on ourselves and that anything is possible. Oh yeah, and she's a huge Star Wars, Doctor Who, and Star Trek fan, and all things nerd.
Hi! I'm Astrid Yedimar Almodovar Perez. I'm currently trying to figure out life so I wear many hats from Geek to Dapper Fashion lover to mental health advocate! I like to think of myself as a very lovely friend and human and someone people can count on for any adventure knowing I'm full of curiosity to do fun things and learn new things too. For years I have dealt with a lot of mental health issues from PTSD, Depression and Anxiety to Borderline Personality Disorder which have made my life journey quite the rollercoaster. Knowing the dark parts of mental health for myself I always try to put into the world the opposite of that and share joy and hope to others. Even small actions for myself like dressing up that bring me joy and confidence or making bows for someone inspired by their favorite movie, character or even season! Lover of vintage and pin up fashion, Disney, Harley Quinn, Harry Potter ( a proud Gryffindor) and lots of tiki! Working with Diversely Geek has been the best way to mix all my likes and passions, and putting those small actions into becoming something bigger and meaningful when spreading the hope in the journey.
Diversely Geek Announces the Launch of the The Diversely Me Foundation
An organization dedicated to empowering fans on their journey to establish positive self-identity, self-care planning, self-acceptance, healthy connections and inclusion engaging in their positive fandom passions and healing hobbies
Established June 27th 2021
Diversely Geek was established 10 years ago as a small ragtag group of Harry Potter fans who had met on the grounds of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Orlando. Everyone had a story of how the fandom had changed their lives for the better in more ways than they could express. It was this pure love for fandoms and a communal awareness of how those fandom messages had influenced their paths, choices and relationships that really struck a chord. And the Diversely Geek ethos was born from the awareness that having a connection to supportive, strengthening, nurturing fandom or hobby could actually be a medium for connecting to our own truth, our identity and worth.
Diversely Geek (DG) has since become a non-profit organization that spreads a message Promoting Positivity, Unity and Diversity through fandom, committed to improving pathways for fans of all genders, races, cultures and social standings to connect to their Inner Geek and to learn how to Express that in their daily life as a resource for self-awareness and self-actualization. They have developed models to bring together fandom,STEAM, innovation and creativity to empower the fan to engage in their mental wellness and self-care journey.
The impetus for the founders to form this organization was the loss of Ms Mulchan’s brother to the latent effects of mental illness,one being substance abuse. After he passed in 2010 the devastation was only curtailed by her wish to affect change, to guide under-represented gender and race communities to acknowledge the ravages of mental health. To embark on a journey to understand and accept those dealing with chronic debilitating mental illness. After the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting the commitment became more of an edict and drive to help the child before it was too late.
The Diversely Me Foundation was created to be the grassroots wing of the DG family ethos and mental wellness research initiatives. Over the last 7 years the DG team has quietly served the community; fundraising; guiding new start ups, and new fan nonprofits, teaching positive messaging and how to build and sustain healthy platforms, as well as supporting fans through mentorship and funding. As the research evolved, we received approval of our theory, Known as an”Ideate” from the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research wing of The National Institute of Health. Hallelujah, we’d made it scientifically “ Cool to be a Geek.” Nowit was time to advance our work and launch programming and projects that fans could easily access and join.
Founder and CEO: Neisha T Mulchan APRN, FNP-C CO-Founder Jyoti Ramdat, Communications Director