Founder & Chief executive officer
Theo, End Overdose Chief executive officer and full time fire fighter paramedic has had first hand experience with opioid overdose. He himself has battled addiction and has 10 years sober. After losing his Fiance', and many friends to overdose he was determined to help others becoming a firefighter paramedic. After reviving countless lives with Narcan he became determined to share his skills and training with all who wish to have it. Theo has continued to innovate and build the organization with ceaseless fervor. Developing an online training program during the Covid-19 lockdowns with best friend and COO Chris. In its first months of inception, the online program help certify and deliver over 500 Narcan kits to different persons across the united states. Theo continues to innovate and build our programs in order to make Narcan available to everyone who needs it and provide the highest quality training available with the lowest barrier.
Chief Operating Officer
Chris, Los Angeles native and End Overdose COO has worn many hats for the organization over the past 5 years. He helped give our training program a facelift by pushing our training program to follow an evidence based format, helped transform our once in person only training into the now current online program and served as director of the organization years 2018 and 2019. He has found his passion in medicine and working with the underserved. Chris worked for years in the LA County ER before pursuing his childhood dream of becoming a physician. He is now in his second year of a duel MD/MS program and plans on double boarding in Emergency Medicine and Critical Care. He’s also the same guy in our online training videos so check them out if you haven’t already!
Chief Talent Officer
Mike Giegerich, End Overdose's Chief Talent Officer, is extensively experienced in the arts and recovery. After getting sober in 2016 while attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he became a music industry professional and acquired partnership in a public relations agency. His passion for music and harm reduction has now intersected with End Overdose as he's prepared to lead the way on community building through concerts, pop-ups, and more. He hopes to assist in uniting creatives behind the message that we can reduce harm and end overdose together, one exhilarating event at a time.
Outreach manager & Trainer
Hagan has first-hand experience with the opioid epidemic through multiple lenses:
as a heroin addict, as a sober member of AA with over three years of sobriety, as a
friend of addicts actively suffering, and as a professional in the treatment center
industry. Narcan saved Hagan’s life twice, once by paramedics and once by a fellow
addict who had happened to have recently been given a Narcan kit from the
Homeless Healthcare Clinic on Skid Row in Los Angeles. Hagan deeply understands
the importance of End Overdose’s mission, and is committed to helping
implement it. He graduated from the University of Southern California with a B.S.
in Business Administration, and is currently studying to get his CADC in order to
become a certified alcohol and drug counselor.
Nightlife coordinator & Trainer
Damien has multiple years of recovery and management experience. His knowledge is vital to our organization. Damien is End Overdoses Nightlife coordinator having special skills in workflow management as well as logistics, If your event needs testing strips or requires in-person representation Damien is the man behind the scenes putting it all together!
Darcy is a fourth-year undergraduate student at the University of California, Los Angeles, studying psychobiology. With a passion for psychology and research, Darcy plans to pursue a career in psychiatry after completing medical school. She currently works as a research intern with a company called Quit Genius, on top of a fellowship with a UCLA research laboratory that aims to develop and evaluate a cost-effective and stigma-reducing platform to target opioid dependence: a digital therapeutic intervention via a mobile phone application with personalized cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)-based messages and medication reminders. Because of her work with opioid use disorder, Darcy discovered her passion for harm reduction and wants to continue preventing drug-related deaths by working with End Overdose.
After seeing so many people she cared about affected by opioid use, Katie wanted to ensure her community understood the importance of having naloxone readily available as well as recognizing the signs and symptoms of opioid overdose. Prior to co-founding End Overdose, she was a Global Account Director at Telstra, a Global Fortune 500 company. While at Telstra Katie was the US Representative for the company's International Gender Diversity Council. Katie's work experiences range from real estate management to non-profit fundraising.
Leah Schexnayder was born in raised in Pasadena, California. She is now a Los Angeles County EMT and works in the emergency department as an ER Technician. Leah had her first interaction with the severity of the opioid epidemic when she lived on the east coast while in college. Although she grew up seeing addiction in her family, Leah had never seen anything to this extent. Upon returning to California, Leah had many close friends die of an opioid overdoses and was overwhelmed by the frequency of overdose responses in her job. Leah felt a personal responsibility to effect change in her community, as she knew how simple the use of naloxone was. Today, Leah is continuing her education in medicine in order to build her platform and bring awareness to this growing epidemic.
A prominent advocate, speaker, author, and media commentator, Ryan Hampton travels coast-to-coast to add solutions to our national addiction crisis. In recovery from a decade-long opioid addiction, Hampton has rocketed to the center of America’s rising addiction recovery advocacy movement. An alumnus of the Clinton White House, he’s worked with multiple non-profits and national recovery advocacy campaigns. He is now a prominent, leading face and voice of recovery advocacy and is changing the national conversation about addiction.
With content that reaches millions each month, Ryan breaks down cultural barriers that have kept people suffering in silence and is inspiring a new generation of people recovering out loud through his Voices Project.
He was part of the core team that released the first-ever U.S. Surgeon General’s report on addiction in 2016 and was singled out by Forbes as a top social entrepreneur in the recovery movement. Ryan connects a vast network of people who are passionate about ending the overdose crisis in America. He has been featured by—and is a contributor to—media outlets such as USA Today, MSNBC, Fox and Friends, the New York Times, NPR, HLN, Vice, Forbes, Slate, HuffPost, The Hill, the Wall Street Journal, and others.
Ryan has received praise from Democrats and Republicans alike for addressing addiction as a trans-political issue—crossing the political spectrum to build an inclusive coalition focused on solutions. He worked closely with the White House, Senate Democrats, Republicans, and U.S. House leadership, helping craft portions of the historic H.R. 6, SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, signed into law in October 2018.
In 2016, he created the web series Addiction Across America, documenting his 30-day, 28 state, 8,000-mile cross-country trip visiting areas hit hardest by the addiction crisis. His first book, “American Fix — Inside the Opioid Addiction Crisis and How to End It,” was released by St. Martin’s Press in August 2018.
In 2019, Ryan was named by Facebook as an inaugural leadership fellow and created the national advocacy initiative, Mobilize Recovery. Since its inception, Mobilize Recovery has recruited and trained over 2,000 new advocates from all 50 states focused on community-based solutions to end the addiction crisis.
He lives in Nevada with his fiancé, Sean, and their dog, Dollar.
Garrett Hade is a person in sustained recovery from addiction and has worked with a number of national non-profit organizations dedicated to finding solutions to ending the addiction crisis. He is Co-Founder of The Voices Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to shattering the stigma associated with addiction as well as providing on the ground recourses communities hit hardest by the addiction crisis. Garrett has provided recovery education and naloxone trainings to detox and treatment centers, sober livings, and community events nationwide – helping to break stigma and provide effective knowledge to help save lives.
Michigan branch manager
Isabella Benjey is a student working towards a bachelor’s degree in information science. preventing overdoses and raising awareness for harm reduction methods is important to her because she has seen first hand how damaging overdoses are. She reached out and is leading operations in Michigan state and is very excited for the opportunity to help spread valuable information to hopefully prevent future overdoses in her home state.