MINDHEART LAB'S Founders Are Passionate About Autism And Kid's Mental Health Disorders, Data Analysis And Education


Experienced Team With Over 100 Years Of Business, Marketing, AI, Robotics, Animation, Technology And Healthcare Experience


Developing Advanced World-Changing Robot And Robot Software Platform With SDK & API For Partners Development


Core Founding Team

Tony Meador, Founder, Chief Executive Officer


 Grew 2 startup companies to over $10M Sales * Design Engineer / Marketer - Cartoonist / 

Launched voice and data products successfully nationwide in big box retailers - Setup  nationwide sales team and distribution to over 10,000 stores.

Tony developed and marketed the NO.1 Itunes app, Facebook was No. 2 at the  time., Apple Monthly Staff Pick Award. Worked with CEOs from ATT,  RadioShack, Lexmark and Dell.  Tony's projects included Robotics, Automation,  Voice Response, Text-to-speech and large user base applications  servicing over 100M users and 100's of millions of clicks. Tony  holds numerous patents and developed apps for General Motors, Starbucks  Corporate,  Verizon, Sprint and other companies. Tony developed Store of Future AI and Robotics for Dell,  Perpetual Robotics and NEC and developed a million dollar robotics and automation project for Panasonic.

A highly experienced creative and technical operations and corporate development team leader. Proven execution abilities and over 30 years of creating and leading teams of professionals with Fortune 50 companies to new levels of success.  Developed and marketed over 200 large data analytics-enabled apps including many of the successful apps for Verizon and ATT Corporate early-AI CRM voice-response apps.  Developed and marketed the the NO. 1 Itunes App (out of a billion apps - Apple Staff Pick Award), first coupon app for Starbucks Corporate, Buyometrics Store of Future Apps for Dell, NEC and Perpetual Robotics, developed big data analytics/machine learning for both key metrics, increase in leads, lift in ROI, increase in conversions, decrease in ECPA, increase in Customer Transactions. Developed produce with Informational International for Westwolrd Robot project  Patented and marketed one of the first mobile highly secure banking credit card subscription services for a top 3 wireles carriers. Developed the first mobile monitoring system that analyzed data from over 1000 i/o's tied into instrumentation 

Dr. Maureen Dunne, PhD, Co-Founder, President / CLO


  Dr. Dunne has lectured on autism spectrum disorders and digital health technology-related topics at the local, national, and international level. A cognitive scientist and technologist by training, Dr. Dunne has deep industry expertise with over a decade of experience founding, advising, and managing venture-backed cognitive health and education technology startups. A former director of Autism for Easter Seals, Dr. Dunne also spearheaded the Autism and Innovation Initiative funded by the Discovery Partners Institute and private donors where she established strategic partnerships involving world-class corporate, university, private capital and nonprofit partners.     A former Kauffman Foundation/Astia Entrepreneur Fellow, Maureen serves on the C-Suite selection committee of Astia which supports promising high-growth technology startups with an inclusive culture. Dr. Dunne is also a board director for the Mental Health Association of GC, Access to Care (Auxiliary Board), Autism Community Ventures, several technology startups and a college trustee responsible for a $350M budget.     Dr. Dunne was previously named a ‘Founder to Watch’ by Women 2.0 and recently participated in the Nobel Prize Summit for problem-solving discussions alongside top scientists, educators and Nobel laureates.       A lifelong autism advocate, Dr Dunne has been very involved in the autism field, has set up multiple autism scholarships and has been a foster parent to children with autism, including a nonverbal boy she taught to communicate.  She is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors.    Maureen holds Joint BA/MA degrees from the University of Chicago, a Master’s from London School of Economics and completed advanced training in the cognitive/data sciences as a fellow at MIT/Harvard. Dr. Dunne earned her Ph.D. in Cognitive Science from the Division on Medical Sciences from the University of Oxford where she was a Rhodes Scholar 

Cathy Farmer, Co-Founder, Chief Information Officer


 Health IT and Science for over 25 years. Previous positions include: former Chief of Staff IT - Kaiser Permanente (overseeing $250m annually (multiyear planning, quality controls, …), Director of the Technology side of Kaiser Permanente’s website, KP.org for 5 years ( HIPAA Compliant Medical System / Platform) and Director of Digital presence for Northern California’s Accountable Care Network Canopy Health (both UCSF/JMH Joint Ventures) (thru BayHealthDevelopment).  Cathy sits of multiple Boards and Panel groups, including: Organization for Autism Research (OAR) (ASD Scholarship co-chair), Autism Center of Northern California and the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (for Autism).   Cathy has been a lecturer at University of California, Berkeley, Dominican University, Marin, ProgressNEXT, Boston and San Francisco’s DAMA.  For over 8 years, Cathy has been a very active participant in the University of California, Berkeley Startup EcoSystem. She is a volunteer/advisor and judge for Big Ideas and LAUNCH (Haas school of business), Arrow Capital (student run VC firm (overseen thru Bow Capital) focusing on HealthIT.  Cathy is an active Angel Investor at the Berkeley Angel Network (BAN). She is a Venture Advisor UC Berkeley’s Global SkyDeck Accelerator (2012-Present), National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (NSF – iCorps) Mentor (2018-present).  Additionally, Cathy is part of a new Technology Autism Accelerator (blueumbrella.io) as an advisor and advocate.  Cathy has spent most of her life engaged in the autism space with two brothers on the spectrum.  Her father Ed Schwallie, founded Autism Society of Northern Illinois and co-founded OAR, recognized by Charity Navigator as the No. 1 Autism Non-profit.   Cathy has a BA in Computer Science and Math from University of Massachusetts, Boston. She also has certificates from University of California Berkeley Haas (Executive MBA coursework) & Berkeley Law School (Blockchain).  

Dr. Behnam (Ben) Bavarian, PhD, Co-Founder, CTO


 Dr. Bavarian was former  VP of Motorola Cyber Security, considered by industry peers, “The  Father of Finger print Biometrics,” lead projects with Visa and US  Government, Former Chief Professor at UCI, published over 100 papers, in  Intelligent Systems, Robotics & Artificial Neural  Networks.  Lead on USA government projects with Homeland Security for  over a dozen countries for the United States Government and Homeland Security.  Ben developed TeleHealth and remote patient management system and  HIPAA security system for hospitals and clinics.  Designed remote patient management system for Medicare reimbursed with CPT code system. Designed Telehealth / Telepresence system used in 100 VA Clinics. Ben has worked closely with Tony Meador on healthcare, security and other technology projects over the years. Ben is considered by many of his peers as a technology visionary.  Dr. Bavarian is very passionate about developing products for kids with data insights that change the world for kids, their parents, caregivers and others. 

Dr. Rich Geruson, PhD, Chairman, MindHeart Lab / mCARE


  Dr. Geruson’s experience spans CEO roles at Lexmark ($3B), Phoenix Technologies (World Leader In PC / Phone Bios Chips - Over 1 Billion) and VoiceSignal Technologies, and Senior Vice President and executive positions at Nokia, IBM, Toshiba, and McKinsey & Co. As CEO of Lexmark, a multi-billion-dollar imaging technology and solutions company (billion dollar health and education division) with 10,000 employees, he grew device sales faster than at any time in the previous 10 years while simultaneously executing extensive process re-engineering, transforming the business from negative EBITDA and high debt to a positive $303 million EBITDA and a healthy debt profile. 

Dr. Geruson grew a voice-technology startup to be the largest voice technology on major wireless carrier networks, including, Verizon, ATT and Sprint.  VoiceSignal with a 12X Revenue Exit / $200M. VoiceSignal was acquired by $2B Voice and Ai Leader Nuance Communications (the voice technology behind leaders such as Google, Amazon and Microsoft).   

Ed Meador, Co-Founder, Chief Inspiration Officer, Game Designer


Ed is the founder Tony's son, his best friend and the inspiration behind EduPal (the Ed in EduPal). Growing up with ADHD, mental challenges and dual-diagnosis, Ed was addicted to Meth at age 13.  Diagnosed with Schizophrenia at age 19, Ed  ran away from home many times and became homeless, eventually ending up at Skid Rowe in LA. Struggling with the disease, Ed inspired his parents by continuing his education, working with his grand parents to obtain his GED.  Ed was a typical boy playing basketball, soccer and especially playing interactive games, wanting to be a Game Designer. The founder's other son James passed after a brain disorder and his mom diagnosed with Parkinson's, Tony believed he could leverage his technology background and work with his son to change the world for kids and others with brain disorders. Ed's goal is to develop games and tools and to inspire other kids and adults with mental health disorders to become successful and live happy and productive lives.     

Advisory Board Members

Dr. Minda Wilson, PhD, Advisor, UCLA World Health Advisory Board

  CEO of Fluidity Health, Member of the Advisory Board at Pepperdine University School of Education, corporate attorney, specializing in healthcare.  As a recognized expert on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, she consults with clients regarding proper implementation.  In addition, she is a licensed Patent Attorney.  Named by the Los Angeles Business Journal as a 2014 Women Making a Difference Award nominee.years of leadership in delivering innovative technologies to healthcare.   

Dr. Joe Shurman, MD, Advisor, Scripps Health

Diplomate American Board of Anesthesiology, Diplomate American Academy of Pain Management  - Current Chairman of Pain Management at Scripps,  Founder of the Share the Risk model, serves on the Editorial Advisory Board and Viewpoint moderator of the Practical Pain Management Journal, voted by his peers “Top Pain Doctor” in 2007, 2010, 2013, serves as consultant for numerous organizations and considered a national expert on Pain Management trends  

Kevin Harrington, Advisor, Shark Tank Shark, Father of Informercial

 An original “shark” on the hit TV show Shark Tank, the creator of the infomercial, pioneer of the As Seen on TV brand, and co-founding board member of the Entrepreneur’s Organization—Kevin Harrington has pushed past all the questions and excuses to repeatedly enjoy 100X success.

His legendary work behind-the-scenes of business ventures has produced well over $5 billion in global sales, the launch of more than 500 products, and the making dozens of millionaires. Twenty of his companies have each topped $100 million in revenue.

Steve Chambers, Advisor, Former President Nuance

 President of $2B leader Nuance Communications, a voice technology for AI companies such as Google, Amazon and IBM.  High-tech executive specializing in growth strategies and sales & marketing leadership.
Working with an elite team dedicated to, passionate about and inspired by bringing Jibo, the world's first consumer social robot, to market.  Formerly CEO of Jibo Robot for the first years.  Help raise $60 million in funding and worked closely with MIT to develop state of art robot. 

Grant Van Cleve, Advisor, Chairman, Tech Coast Angels

 CEO of Buy It Installed, Inc.,  Current Chairman of TechCoast Angels, former President of TechCoast Angels. Mr. Van Cleve is involved with over 25 start-ups and sits on the board of many companies. 

 Mr. Van Cleve is also involved in real estate development in Eastern Europe and Clean Tech Projects in Africa and the Pacific Islands. division.  

Stephanie Bauer, Advisor, CEO of M3 Advisors

Former Executive for Verizon Wireless   

Stephanie Bauer Marshall, Founder &  Ms. Marshall was one of Business Insider’s “Most Influential Women in Mobile Advertising” for two consecutive years and as well as a “Woman to Watch” by Mobile Marketer.  

Ms. Marshall has a BA in Communications, Legal Institutions, Economics and Government from American University with international experience in trade relations at the Universitie catholique de Louvain in Brussels, Belgium. Ms. Marshall received her MBA from the Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland.

Co-Founding Investor Support Team

Pradeesh Thomas, Co-Founding Investor

   Serves as the Chief Executive Officer for AGES Learning Solutions with over 100 Autism Therapists.  Pardeesh  brings 15+ years of experience in creating and leading educational and  healthcare companies in Special Education and the Autism field. Founder  and CEO of AlphaVista Services Inc., a California based special  education company. Pradeesh led AlphaVista for nine years and built a  company, which includes of 200+ clinicians, serving 50+ school districts  in California and supporting 10,000+ schools.  

Pradeesh  Thomas is also the founder of a special education technology startup  SmartEdTech that MindHeart Lab EduPal will be incorporating into our robots. 

Sally Newson, Co-Founding Investor

 A seasoned marketing executive having run her own ad agency for over 30 years, Story. She is the Founder and Executive Director of non-profit Wellify Teen. Wellify Teen is bridging the gap between teens who need mental  health services and those who receive them.   The free AI app will help  parents screen for mental illness and disorders, educate on the causes  and recommended treatments, and connect underserved populations to  mental health resources available within their own community. Sally  founded MindTank workspaces for innovators and startups.   Sally has a  son that is on the ASD and very active in the autism community.   

Neil Sahota, MBA, Co-Founding Investor

 Member  of United Nations AI Expert, IBM Master Inventor/Watson AI Lecturer, AI  Forbes Contributor, Teacher / Professor / Lecturer - UC Irvine -  Mr. Sahota lived and worked in Ningbo China where he partnered with  Chinese CEOs to create the Leadership Development Program.    His work  experience spans multiple industries including legal services,  healthcare, life sciences, retail, travel and transportation, energy and  utilities, automotive, telecommunications, media/communication, and  government. Moreover, Neil was one of the few people selected for IBM's  Corporate Service Corps leadership program.  

EduPal Robot, Co-Founder, Chief Engagement Officer

  Former VP of mCARE Systems, Healthcare AI Technology to help kids with emotion education and cognitive game therapy.  Considered by industry peers "The Child of AI Robotics," lead projects with AGEs Autism Centers and CHOC Hospital events. Published and provided access to over 100 papers and games, AI emotion, robotics and kid's artificial intelligence. Worked closely with Ed Meador, Founder's son with mental health disorder. Trained in Early Childhood Education to understand the importance of getting a jump start on education and emotion contact at an early age. Educated to embrace a personalized learning environment that will prepare children for emotion for at home and beyond with a Proprietary Robot-To-App Platform Solution App Data Analytics. EduPal's goal is be in every home of every child and to help every autism therapist and hospital staff that needs his help around the world.    

Dr. Sunny Singh, PhD, Co-Founding Investor

 Successful exits from UCLA-Health Initiated Medical Device Company.  Former  President Pirus, former Director for Radobotics, former Medical Device  Engineer for GI Logic, Inc., - Investor/Director Engineer (AI-based  Cancer Detecting).  Master of Science, Engineering Grade 4.0/4.0, Doctor  Of Philosophy, UCLA, Embedded Engineer, Lockheed Martin, President of  CMIT Solutions.  Over a decade of experience in investment, research,  and business services for both ubiquitous enterprises like Intel (where  his work lead to multiple publications on AI-based energy systems),  Qualcomm (where he received an innovation fellowship) and Lockheed  Martin (where some of his systems were used on F-16s).  

Dr. Joe Reinhart, MD, Co-founding Investor

 Associate  Professor & Vice Chair for Research UC Irvine Health, Department Of  Anesthesiology & Perioperative Care - Successful Exit Of Medical  Device / Software Company (Sironis Medical Device) , Founder Of Sironis  Intelligent Medical Software – Former Chief Resident For Loyola  University Medical Center 

 Joe  Rinehart’s path to UCI as a physician, researcher, entrepreneur and  mentor dates back to his early days in high school, where an influential  biology teacher and his father’s IBM 286 computer served as catalysts  for two of his core passions–science and software. 

Support Team

Caroline Bruderer, PR, Event & Social Cause Strategy

  Caroline  hosted and produced her radio show Caroline’s Cause Corner - successful  campaigns for a dynamic roster of clients in entertainment, lifestyle,  consumer products, culinary, technology, travel and non-profit  industries including Grateful Dead, Capitol Records, Warner+Reprise  Records, Virgin Records, Lilith Fair, Tower Records, Legendary Rock  & Roll Photographer Jim Marshall, The Plant Recording Studios,  Discover Los Angeles Tourism Board/dineLA Restaurant Week, Oaksterdam  University, Harvest Cannabis Dispensary, Gap.com, Estee Lauder/Clinique,  and Seagram & Sons. 

Rick Hurd, AR / AI Software / Game Director

 Former Head Development Manager for Method Studios, managing a team of over 50 AR developers.  Developing AR games for Marvel including Spiderman and AR/AI Games for the NBA. Rick delegates tasks to members in production and upholds security standards for projects. Rick manages the MindHeart Labs Development Team, including consolidating design aspects into our working beta printed 3D robot and animation team. Print, Build and Finish physical assets for testing and feature planning.  Design AR experience for future use with our Emotional Intelligence Platform.   . 

Chad Barker, Strategy / Partnership Support

 Former Head of Strategic Partnerships, Google Health, Former SVP of Sharecare, former Strategic Partnerships Intel.  Chad focused his career sourcing, closing, and managing complex alliances, building partner programs/ecosystems, and designing/executing creative co-marketing programs. Through his time at GOOGLE, INTEL, and beyond, he has enjoyed building business relationships, both individually and organizationally, that spark value for all stakeholders.  Former Head of Strategic For Google Adwords. 



 My first job at 20 years of age after graduating from electronics engineering school, cemented my love for discovery and an interest of AI and robots for the future.  I worked at Information International in Culver City, the company that created camera technology, electronics design, scanning and computer animation for Westworld Robots. 

I was fascinated about AI, Robots, not realizing this first job and my son Ed that was diagnosed with Schizophrenia, would inspire the founding of MindHeart Lab and the development of EduPal Robot.   

I never dreamed that I would someday be developing AI intelligent robots that could help kids.  I am so humbled to work with such a smart, innovative and passionate team.   

Tony Meador, Founder, mCARE System, Inc./MindHeart Lab 

Communications, Emotion Context Education And Data!


  • Communications Education With EduPal Touchscreen Give-Kids-A-Voice and Kid's Pain Expression Tablet And Robot Combination

  • Parent Permission-Based Data Emotion Context Data Gathering, Collaboration & Child Report Distribution Platform