Ryan Schmid, Co-founder, President and CEO of Vera Whole Health, is set on transforming our reactive sick care system into the life-giving, life-empowering industry it was meant to be. He believes that health, as defined by the World Health Organization, is a “…state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” And he believes that at the foundation of this new, transformed healthcare system is empathy.

Ryan is also the co-founder of Hope Central Pediatric and Behavior Health and Rainier Health and Fitness, non-profits dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of people in low-income areas.

Ryan earned an M.B.A. at Seattle University and holds a B.S. in Business, with a focus on Entrepreneurship and Management, from the University of Oregon.