KATHERINE PONTE – FOUNDER

Katherine is an advocate and entrepreneur dedicated to promoting mental health recovery and wellness. She is based in New York City and the Catskills. A citizen of Canada, Portugal and the United States and the child of Azorean-Portuguese Catholic immigrants, she was born and raised in one of the most culturally rich, but also the poorest neighborhood in Toronto, Canada where she led minority-focused education initiatives as a young adult. Katherine was first diagnosed with major depressive disorder and then severe bipolar I disorder over fifteen years ago while in graduate school. She is in recovery with the help of a strong support team of family, emotional support animals, friends, a psychiatrist and a psychologist. A first-generation high school graduate, Katherine has a BA in political science from the University of Western Ontario, a JD from Osgoode Hall Law School of York University, and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She is a qualified Barrister & Solicitor, New York Certified Peer Specialist-Provisional, and Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner. She has worked as a lawyer, foreign legal consultant and entrepreneur in Toronto, São Paulo and NYC. She is the founder of Ecostasy, a conscious commerce boutique that supported hundreds of artisans and indigenous peoples throughout Brazil, including the Amazon Rainforest. She also served in the Canadian Air and Militia Reserves. She serves on the Board of Directors for the National Alliance on Mental Illness of New York City (NAMI-NYC). ForLikeMinds was built with invaluable support from her spouse, Izzy Gonçalves. It was inspired by their personal insights and seeks to help people like them in their own recovery journeys.

Katherine's Recovery Journey

O sonho encheu a noite Extravasou pro meu dia Encheu minha vida E é dele que eu vou viver Porque sonho não morre. Adélia Prado

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