The 1N5 Team


  • Nancy Eigel-Miller

    Founder and Executive Director

  • Christine Browner

    Program Manager

  • Beth Dulle

    Operations Manager

  • Erin Horn

    Youth Programs & Training

  • Brandi Hamilton

    Social Media Manager

  • Abby Messner

    Grant Writer

  • Tarin Cook

    Community Program Manager

  • Kelsey Nihiser

    Program Manager

  • Liz Wells

    Social Media Assistant

  • Jessica Hartley

    Development Manager

Nancy Eigel-Miller

Founder and Executive Director

NANCY EIGEL-MILLER – Founder and Executive Director
Nancy founded the James W. Miller Memorial Fund in 2010 after losing her husband, Jim, to suicide in 2008. She spent her career in the marketing/market research arena but felt compelled to foster education about the mental health crisis among our youth population. Her mission is to normalize conversation about mental illness, especially among the area’s youth.

Phone: 513.607.7434

Favorite 1N5 Project: Working in the schools
What you like most about 1N5: All the people I meet; the passion for the work; the youth and working with them
Wish for 1N5: We are in all of the schools in Greater Cincinnati

How you start your day: Meditating
Favorite Sport:  Xavier University Basketball
Super Power You Wish You Had: Time Travel

Family: Two amazing daughters, Elizabeth who lives in Philadelphia working in the juvenile defense arena and Kate who lives in NYC and works in the fashion industry.

Christine Browner

Program Manager

Christine joined the team in June 2020. She comes to 1N5 with a background in rare disease, domestic violence, sexual assault, and substance abuse advocacy. Through personal and professional experiences, Christine has developed a deep passion for issues surrounding mental health.

Phone: 513.382.6095

Favorite 1N5 Project: The #iam1N5 project. I am inspired by every person who shares their story and struggles. I learn something each time.
What 3 words best describe 1N5: Committed, Collaborative and Community-focused
What is your hope for the future regarding mental health:  That every state recognizes the importance of supporting our children’s mental health with legislation that requires mental health education within schools.

How do you handle a bad day: I  go for a run. It never fails to turn my mood around.
First Concert: Bruce Springteen back in the 80’s.
Super Power You Wish You Had: Teleportation. I would love the ability to move instantaneously from one location to another.

Family: My husband, John, and I live in Cincinnati with our five children ages 15-22. We love to travel, cook, and ski together.

Beth Dulle

Operations Manager

BETH DULLE – Operations Manager
Beth joined the 1N5 team in March 2019 . Beth’s experience with organizational systems helps the 1N5 team streamline operations.  Her passion for stopping the stigma and educating people about mental illness was spurred by the loss of her son, Brogan, to suicide.

Phone: 513.814.3007

Favorite 1N5 Project: Educating people by providing resources for mental illness and mental wellness.
What you like most about 1N5: How we approach the difficult subject of mental illness with hope and positivity
What makes you proud about 1N5: We don’t often have to deny a request for help from the community because our team works so hard and so collaboratively.

How you start your day: Coffee, coffee and more coffee
Bucket List Item: Hiking the Camino de Santiago
Super Power You Wish You Had: Invisibility

Family:  Married with 5 sons, 1 daughter,  4 bonus daughters, an amazing grandson and my pup, Doofenshmirtz.

Erin Horn

Youth Programs & Training

ERIN HORN – Youth Programs & Trainings
Erin joined the team in June 2018 after spending five years as the business teacher at Turpin High School. Erin’s passion for educating youth shifted focus after she lost her brother to a years-long battle with severe depression, anxiety, and substance abuse.

Phone: 614.348.5319

Favorite 1N5 Project: I don’t think I can pick a favorite! Any project where I get to learn and work with people is my favorite!
What you like most about 1N5: I love knowing that the work we do truly helps people feel less alone.
Your hope for the future of mental health: I hope that every parent is able to learn how to have a conversation with their kids at a young age about what they are feeling and that voicing your feelings shows strength not weakness.

How you start your day: With a LARGE cup of coffee!
Self-care practice you are currently trying to make a habit: Trying to incorporate more mindfulness into my day. 
Super Power You Wish You Had: I would love to teleport. I find a lot of strength when I am able to connect with friends or family so being able to teleport would allow me to do this super easily and in-person.

Family: I grew up in Columbus, Ohio and I have three siblings. We lost my younger brother to his mental health condition in 2016, which is when I started volunteering with 1N5. My husband and I met in college and we’ve been married for 10 years. We now have three little boys (6, 4, 1) that keep us busy, happy, and exhausted

Brandi Hamilton

Social Media Manager

BRANDI HAMILTON – Social Media Manager
Brandi spent 13 years in wellness management and the public health arena, including seven years as Assistant Director of the University of Cincinnati Campus Recreation Center. Brandi is passionate about helping others live a healthy life and achieve a state of optimal physical and mental wellbeing. Brandi also has professional experience in photography, marketing, and graphic design, and currently serves as the Social Media Manager at 1N5.

Phone: 513.814.3007

What you like most about 1N5: I love the work we do in the community, and as the Social Media Manager, I get to hear first-hand from our followers how our work has changed, and in some cases, saved lives.
Your favorite 1N5 project: I love the concept of the Youth Mental Health Innovation Challenge where we connect outstanding youth innovators with local professional mentors to help them solve mental health challenges in their communities.
Your hope for the state of mental health: I hope within the next couple of years that mental health education will be required at the state level for all grade levels and I believe that 1N5 stands apt and ready to guide schools in making the transition in a practical, sustainable and meaningful way. I also hope the need for education on the transition for students from high school to college is implemented either for upperclassmen in high school or as part of the college admission and onboarding process.

If you could snap your fingers and become an expert in something, it would be: Special Education
How you spend your spare time: What’s spare time? (lol) When I get the chance to have some me-time, I enjoy long outdoor walks around the neighborhood or park and grabbing dinner + wine with friends.
Super Power You Wish You Had: To clone myself. Then I would have spare time.

Family: I am the mom of three children: an 8 year old boy, a 3 year old boy and a 4 month old girl. My 8 year old is a super witty, uber competitive lover of all sports who lives with fairly severe ADHD. My 3 year old is an incredibly funny and strong stage IV childhood cancer survivor and has recently been diagnosed with ASD, which our family is currently leaning to navigate. And my baby girl, Willow, is the happiest, easiest-going baby you’ll ever meet. She brings a new joy to each day that I never knew I so desperately needed.

Abby Messner

Grant Writer

Abby Messner – Grant Writer
Abby joined 1N5 as our grant writer in November 2021 but has been a huge supporter through her work on the 1N5 Spring4Life Committee since 2016.  Her love of writing and passion for mental health led Abby to her role as our grant writer.

Phone: 513.814.3007

What do yo like about working at 1N5: I love 1N5’s mission and the fun and inspiring people who call this place home.
What 3 words best describe 1N5: Bold, Life-Saving and Mission-Minded.
What is your favorite project at 1N5: Sources of Strength. My daughter was asked to be a student leader for this program when she was at Mariemont High School so I was able to see it in action.

Super Power You Wish You Had: To be able to fly.  It would be freeing.
If you could snap your fingers and become an expert in something, what would it be:  A relationship expert so I would always know hot to give the people in my life what they need…Maybe that should be my superpower.
What is your perfect vacation: The perfect combination of beaching, hiking, yummy food, and game nights with my family and closest friends. 

Family: I’m married to Jay and we just celebrated our 25th anniversary. We have two daughters, Sydney and Avery, who are both students at the University of Cincinnati, and one sweet little rescue dog named Otis.

Tarin Cook

Community Program Manager

TARIN COOK – Community Program Manager

Tarin holds a Masters Degree in Social Work and is a Licensed Social Worker. She brings experience working with young people in the mental health, foster care, and juvenile justice systems. Throughout her professional years, Tarin has seen the impact that suicide/suicidal ideations have on young people in our community and is a passionate advocate for creating more safe and mental health friendly spaces in our community. 

Phone: 513.814.3007

What do you do at 1N5: Collaborate with community partners to aid in reducing the stigma associated with mental illness while providing education and training to aid in prevention of youth suicide.
What do you like most about 1N5:  The vast opportunity to collaborate and connect with a variety of schools/school districts as well as organizations of every facet which, in turn, makes more safe spaces for people in our community living with mental illness.
What is your favorite project at 1N5: Recharge & Reconnect! Adults or professionals in young people’s lives are often the gatekeepers to spot signs of a crisis. By helping support them to be at their healthiest, we are also helping the young people.

If you could trade places with anyone for a day, who would you choose: My dog.  He sleeps all day, doesn’t pay rent, and gets free food.  Sounds like the life to me!
What’s your favorite sport to watch and which team do you root for: Cincinnati Cyclones Hockey
Who is one artist that you are embarrassed to admit you like?  Look, Justin Bieber puts on a great concert.  I can’t help it!

Family:  I currently live in Madisonville with my dog Zeke and 72 plants. I enjoy spending time with my family, who all live in the Greater Cincinnati area as well.

Kelsey Nihiser

Program Manager

KELSEY NIHISER – Program Manager

Kelsey joined the team in June 2022 after working in local non profits for the arts and art education including the Contemporary Arts Center, the Baker Hunt Art & Cultural Center, and the Art Academy of Cincinnati. Her work in creative communities and her personal journey fostered her passion for mental health advocacy.

Phone: 513.814.3007

What do you do at 1N5: I work as a resource and connector, primarily in local schools, for students, school staff, parents and caregivers on youth mental health and mental illness.
What do you like most about working at 1N5: It’s a really energizing team, with people from various fields and backgrounds that all bring something different in terms of ideas and approach. It makes for great opportunities for collaboration and learning.
How did you first learn about 1N5: I worked with 1N5 when I was at the AAC, and was blown away by their generosity and openness to providing resources and programs, especially as we navigated the COVID-19 pandemic.

How do you like to start your day: I’m a big proponent of a morning ritual. During the week that includes a brief workout, walking the dog, and a warm cup of coffee while listening to podcasts.
What energizes you outside of work: I love everything about hosting friends, whether it’s a really casual hangout on the porch with bourbon or an elaborate, multi-course meal made from scratch, it restores me to build that connection and make people feel at home in my space.
What is your guilty pleasure: I have no regrets or shame about this, though I do try and limit my monthly intake- I love Taco Bell.

Family: We hail from the Hocking Hills, and I grew up in the Logan/ Lancaster, OH area. I’m one of three; I’m the middle child with an older sister and a younger brother. I met my partner, Josh, while working at the CAC.

Liz Wells

Social Media Assistant

LIZ WELLS – Social Media Assistant

Liz joins the 1N5 social media team with professional experience in Photography and Fitness. Holding a Masters Degree in Exercise Science she understands the importance for physical fitness but believes mental wellness can be a missing piece for some physically strong individuals. The correlation between mental and physical wellness is Liz’s passion and she intends to help people of all ages, backgrounds, and ethnicities encounter both. 

Phone: 513.814.3007

What do you do at 1N5: Develop content for social media accounts and newsletter
What do you like most about working at 1N5: The supportive and passionate team I get to be around. I’m new but I can already tell it’s a strong group of women with a passion to share to the community. I’m positive that the same passion for mental wellness in the community trickles down into the work environment as well.
What is your favorite project at 1N5: I’m new but I think the Warrior Run is something I’m really going to enjoy 🙂 Also, anything with youth. I see the need in my own children to take care of themselves mentally and am excited for the tools I am going to learn through this organization.

If you could snap your fingers and become an expert in something, what would it be: Singing. Can I just be Adele already?
What energizes you outside of work: If I go for a jog or take a fitness class in the morning (even when I don’t want to) I become a new person and am ready to tackle anything that day.
What makes you smile: Good food and good friends. Also the little smiles that greet me at home everyday.

Family:  I’m surrounded by boys! My husband and I have been married for 15 years and we have four sons. Our older two boys were adopted from Ethiopia and our younger two are biological. They are some of the most handsome, unique,  fun, and wild bunch of boys you’ll ever meet and they are all very different. We spend a lot of our time together enjoying nature, eating good food, and hanging out at sporting events.

Jessica Hartley

Development Manager

JESSICA HARTLEY – Development Manager
Jessica joined the 1N5 team in March 2022.  After graduating from Gordon College with a degree in sociology she worked in community mental health as a case manager for adults living with mental health conditions. Jessica spent the next several years as a home educator before being drawn back to non-profit work through volunteering at IPM Food Pantry, where she ultimately became the Director of Community Engagement and Giving. Jessica brings a passion for strengthening mental wellness to 1N5, where she serves as the Development Manager. When not at work, Jessica can usually be found on the softball field at Turpin High School, on a trail somewhere, or spending time with her family.

Phone: 513.814.3007

What do you like most about 1N5: I love the positive work environment and the supportive team atmosphere, but more importantly, I am extremely proud to be part of an organization where everyone is working so hard to make an impact upstream.
What are three words to describe 1N5: Powerful, purposeful, and authentic
What is one self-care thing you’re currently trying to make a habit?  Slowing down to get more rest and sleeping better; sometimes it feels like there aren’t enough hours in the day for rest, so I am trying to make it a priority.

How you start your day: Hot coffee and a long run
What energizes you outside of work: Definitely coaching high school softball. The student-athletes I work with inspire me and keep me young. I love sharing my passion for the sport with them and supporting them through the ups and downs of being a teen. It is so rewarding to watch young athletes grow into adults during their high school years and to be a small part of their character development.
What is one thing you want to own but don’t: A cabin in the mountains

Family: My husband Steve and I live in Anderson with our four children, Austin, Abby, Ella and Molly (ages 12-20), and two dogs. You can almost always find us in a gym or on a field somewhere with our active kiddos.


  • Acadia Morgan

    General Intern

  • Lily Garvin

    General Intern

  • Nihal Ahmed

    Graphic Design Intern

  • Meghan Mays

    General Intern

  • Emmet Matthews

    Video Intern

Acadia Morgan

General Intern

Hello! My name is Acadia Morgan and I’m a fourth year student at the University of Cincinnati working towards a degree in Finance. I have a special place in my heart for mental health awareness and helping others which is why I love working for 1n5! I spend my free time hanging out with friends, watching my latest netflix show obsession, and doing puzzles! I’m excited to aid in the process of stopping the stigma, and starting the conversation.

Lily Garvin

General Intern

Hi, my name is Lily Garvin and I am a third year student at the University of Cincinnati studying Neuropsychology with a minor in Integrative Health. I hope to become a clinical psychologist in the future, which is one of the reasons why I am so passionate about mental health. One fun fact about me is that my favorite meal to make is avocado toast, and I have it almost everyday.

Nihal Ahmed

Graphic Design Intern

Junior Graphic Design and Illustration Major at Xavier University. My passion for design and mental health awareness among young people lead me to 1N5, where I’ve had many phenomenal learning experiences, designed for a myriad of important projects, and met the most amazing team of people who share the same goals of “Stopping the Stigma and Starting the Conversation.”
Fun Fact: I have a minor in music — I play guitar for Xavier University’s Jazz Orchestra and for the Xavier Singer’s Band.

Meghan Mays

General Intern

Hello! My name is Meghan Mays! I’m a senior at University of Cincinnati studying psychology with certificates in Deaf Studies and Pre-Art Therapy. My goal for the future is to be a clinical therapist. I have been passionate about mental health for years so I am very excited to be working with 1N5! A fun fact about me is that I am a very big nerd about Marvel and my favorite superhero is Spiderman!

Emmet Matthews

Video Intern

My name is Emmet Matthews and I am a Senior at Xavier University. I am studying to graduate with a degree in Digital Innovation, Film and Television. I am from Connecticut but now reside in Cincinnati, Ohio. I love what 1N5 and the team does and I want to spread 1N5’s great message through creative vision.


  • Tristan Vaught

  • Hope O’Brien

  • D. Lynn Watts

  • Patrice McDowell-Brown

Tristan Vaught

Currently, Tristan N. Vaught, M.A. is the CEO and Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging Facilitator of Tristan N. Vaught Consulting, LLC, the co-founder of Transform Cincy (, and professor of Queer and Trans Studies at the University of Cincinnati. Before COVID 19 changed the landscape of our world they were the inaugural director of education and training and interim executive director for 18 months for the Living with Change Foundation. Previous to this role, they held positions as the founding director of the LGBTQ+ Center at IUPUI, the interim director and first program coordinator of the LGBTQ Center at the University of Cincinnati.

Tristan, originally from Buck Creek, Indiana (a small farming community outside of Lafayette), is a first-generation college graduate. They graduated with honors from the University of Cincinnati in 2011 with Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. In December 2015, they completed a Master’s degree in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from University of Cincinnati with research centered around the effectiveness of LGBTQ+ educational ally workshops in higher education and beyond. Tristan’s advocacy and education work focuses on intersecting identities and how they impact individuals’ lived experiences. They enjoy working with schools, businesses, non-profits, organizations, and surrounding communities to provide tools to help create equitable and inclusive spaces of belonging. The most interesting thing about them though is that they are a bourbon snob and love to write poetry in their spare time.

Hope O’Brien

Dr. Hope O’Brien earned her Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience with Honors Distinction for Research at the University of Rochester (NY) before completing her Medical Doctorate at University of Cincinnati.  After a year of study in adult medicine at The Christ Hospital, she completed residency training in Adult Neurology at University of Cincinnati.  She then studied Headache Medicine and was recruited to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center as faculty.  There she directed the Headache Fellowship Program, training other doctors in the practice of headache medicine.  She also established the Young Adult Headache Program that serviced late adolescents and young adults using a multidisciplinary approach to headache management.

Her research endeavors and unique practice, serving both pediatric and adult patients, earned national and international acclaim.  In 2018, she completed an Executive MBA at Xavier University.   She has been appointed to several expert committees, with leadership roles in the American Academy of Neurology and American Headache Society.  She is on the accreditation committee of the United Council of Neurological Subspecialties and is on the Medscape/AHS Advisory Board Migraine Center of Excellence. She is board certified in Neurology and Headache Medicine and is founder and CEO of Headache Center of Hope.

D. Lynn Watts

Professional Experience:

A strategic thinker with exceptional leadership and communication skills, Lynn is Founder and Chief Inspiration Officer of Learn, Lead, Live. An accomplished speaker and thought leader specializing in Culture, Equity, Inclusion, Associate Engagement and Racial Healing. Compelling platform skills on podcasts, as keynote speaker, panelists, and facilitator. Dynamic communicator with an artful ability to engage groups as large as 2K and as intimate as 6-8 people. Lynn is a people development leader with outstanding and varied experiences in corporate, non-profit, ministry, and outdoor adventure opportunities. Lynn earned B.A. from Mount St. Joseph University and M.Ed. degree from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. Lynn capitalizes on her 15-year career in technical sales with IBM and Microsoft to address everyone from the C-suite to front line Associates as a subject matter expert sought out by organizations to lead and transform employee engagement.

Works featured in the NY Times and Soapbox online media. Committed learner receiving Harvard Kennedy School certificate in Leadership, Organizing, and Action: Leading Change in June 2020


Cultural Intelligence coaching, training, and consulting

Inclusion, Equity, and Implicit Bias training and instructional design

Leadership Development

Facilitation and Strategic Planning

Outdoor Ropes / Adventure Facilitator


Contact Information


Patrice McDowell-Brown

As Executive Director to Preston Brown Foundation, Inc., a 501c3 non-profit, Patrice provides leadership to initiatives that empower vulnerable youth to enhance their life trajectory, by optimizing their mental, physical, and financial wellness. She is actively engaged in the Greater Cincinnati community as a youth mental wellness advocate.

In response to the global trauma of the Covid19 pandemic, in June 2020, she became certified, by the National Council of Mental Wellbeing, as a Youth Mental Health First Aid instructor. The nationally recognized, evidence-based course teaches adults how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders in youth.

She holds a B.A degree from the University of Dayton, master’s degree from the University of Phoenix, and DE&I in the Workplace certificate from the University of South Florida. Patrice also has over 25 combined years of corporate sales, human resource, and training experience.

She resides in Cincinnati with her husband Michael. They have two adult children, Paige and Preston. Contact Patrice