Our Story

Learn about our founders, our team and our mission.

We wanted to help more people. We were troubled when anxiety sufferers couldn’t schedule appointments due to a shortage of psychologists and therapists that provide the treatment that really works for anxiety.

So, we developed a new program from the ground up. For the past four years we’ve been crafting our lessons to be personal, encouraging, impactful, and based on the fundementals of CBT, which can be truly life-changing. Because, at the end of the day, we all just want to learn to live."

– Dr. Russ

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The Leadership Team

Within our group you’ll find data geeks, health experts, highly creative researchers and storytellers with a passion for translating key concepts into relatable human stories.

Dale Cook

Co-founder and CEO

As Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Dale is the driving force behind everything that keeps us on track and growing. His nearly 20 years in consulting in small and large business operations and relationship management have given him insight into delivering a great experience for our members.

Before getting his MBA at the University of Chicago, Dale scaled some of the highest mountains in the world, including Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Kenya in Africa. Outside the office, you can find Dale playing soccer or guitar with his young son or mountain biking around any number of Minnesota’s great lakes.

Dr. Russell Morfitt

Co-founder and Chief Psychology Officer

Dr. Russ started his professional career as a mechanical engineer but soon realized that his calling was to help others suffering from some of life’s most challenging problems. After completing his PhD in Psychology at the University of Minnesota, he spent the next 20 years doing clinical work at a regional hospital and in his own thriving private practice. As Co-Founder and Chief Psychology Officer, Dr. Russ is passionately committed to bringing the benefits of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to everyone who needs it.

When he’s not breathing life into our online Programs or speaking to groups about depression, anxiety and other problems, he’s helping his kids raise their sheep and performing dazzling trampoline flips in the fields of Minnesota.

Donald J Bouchier

Chief Technology Officer

DJ has been developing custom software applications for over 20 years, including 10 years as a successful independent software consultant. Through his various roles at companies ranging in size from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies, he has worked with business leaders to build long-term technology strategies while managing teams of developers. He has a passion for technology, particularly with enterprise systems, and inspires his team to think about beauty and functionality. In his current role, DJ oversees all things tech, including software development, technical support, and technical infrastructure.

Terryn Lawrence

Director of Operations & Partnerships

Terryn has spent her career focused on consumer-oriented products and innovations. She has worked in a variety of marketing, sales and client service roles with Fortune 200 companies. Terryn is passionate about mental health and giving back to her community through service on several charitable and academic boards. She received her BA from Hendrix College and MBA from the University of Arkansas. Terryn is responsible for all aspects of B2B Client Delivery including strategic planning, program execution, and on-going support.

Steve McQuown

Director of Product & Digital Media

Steve has spent more than five years in digital media and marketing, including management of social media initiatives and PPC advertising efforts. Steve is responsible for day-to-day business operations, including leading and supporting the teams responsible for public relations, marketing, digital media, and customer support activities. Steve received his BS from Northwestern University. Steve also acts as product owner for Learn to Live’s ongoing web-development efforts.

Dana Lindaman

Director of Content & Communications

Dana has 10+ years of experience in higher education, including curriculum development, implementation, and assessment. He has published extensively and has deep experience in instructional design and educational technology. Dana is particularly interested in the online or mobile delivery of proven educational content. Dana has an M.A. from Columbia University and a Ph.D. from Harvard University. In his current role, Dana overseas content development for all new programs and works to craft a consistent voice across all media.

Jess Smith

Director of Member Coaching

Jess is passionate about bringing the benefits of CBT to the masses. Her education and experience include counseling and coaching individuals around issues of stress, anxiety and depression. She has an MA in Counseling Psychology from Bethel University. Jess values investing her time in helping others create change in their lives and does so at Learn to Live by guiding and encouraging members as they go through their programs.

Bridget Deering

Director of Client Delivery

Bridget has spent almost a decade partnering with clients to deliver high-quality results in their respective industries. She is passionate about health care, especially emerging innovations that meet individuals’ mental health needs. Bridget earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration from the College of Saint Benedict. In her current role, Bridget contributes to all aspects of service delivery for B2B clients to ensure high engagement and strong member outcomes for our clients’ constituents.

Elise Lindaman

Director of Finance

Elise has worked in various accounting and finance roles in the private and public sphere for over 20 years. She has worked with asset management and capital expenditures as well as international development for academic and corporate institutions in Washington DC, Boston and Minneapolis. In her current role, Elise manages financial reporting and data analysis.

Want Dr. Russ to visit your group?

Dr. Russ speaks to a wide variety of groups about how to address anxiety within the context of life events. Reach out to us at contactus@learntolive.com for more information.