Board Members

We are a nonprofit agency, organized for the purpose of helping individuals faced with mental health challenges to overcome their barriers through peer-support, social integration and experiential learning. HELP Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity and all donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.  Our Federal Nonprofit Tax ID Number is: 46-3976280

Jackson Conaway

Jackson is a mental health counselor, with over 25 years of experience in social work, crisis intervention, grief and trauma recovery, life coaching, conflict resolution and disaster relief. Drawing on positive psychology, cognitive-behavioral and spiritual models, Jackson’s counseling technique offers clients a unique, holistic perspective of life skills coaching and problem solving.


Jackson’s academic background is in psychology, religious studies and art therapy. Working with adults, children and adolescents, he counsels clients faced with anxiety, depression, and adjustment or transition, such as divorce, separation, or grief. He teaches social and life skills to individuals with developmental disabilities (autism, Aspergers, Down syndrome), attention deficit disorders, low self-esteem and anger control issues, and has provided residential and in home counseling to youth and families.


Jackson has experience working with people who have been exposed to trauma, abuse and domestic violence. He also works with children, young adults and families who are in crisis, and helps provide stabilization during these difficult times. Drawing on his extensive experiences and training, Jackson is able to integrate his knowledge of emotional, spiritual and mental health issues to help families problem-solve, overcome personal issues, and work toward positive home, school and work outcomes.

Michael Pritchard

Michael is a nationally acclaimed keynote speaker praised by the Wall Street Journal, CNN and Time for his ability to use humor to inspire and educate his audiences on communication skills. Michael Pritchard is a big guy with a warm heart who as one student described him, “truly walks as he talks.”


He began his career on both the comedy stage and as a juvenile counselor in San Francisco’s Youth Guidance Center. In 1980, Michael Pritchard won first place in the San Francisco International Stand Up Comedy Competition as well as winning the prestigious California Probation Officer of the Year.


Drawing from his counseling background, Michael Pritchard began using humor to inspire, teach communication skills, anger management, diversity, conflict resolution and overcoming burnout and stress.


As a result of his work, Michael Pritchard has been featured on CNN, NBC’s “The Today Show”, “The Tonight Show”, CBS “Sunday Morning” with Charles Kuralt, “Time” magazine and “People” magazine.

Hanna Stolarczyk

Hanna has been working in the nonprofit sector as a philanthropic advisor to The Fair Wind Foundation and The Jackson Family Foundation since 2002, reviewing projects and recommending charitable causes to the Foundations’ Boards of Directors.


She is on the Board of Directors of The Jackson Family Foundation and serves as Director and Vice President for HELP Foundation.  She recently became a volunteer staff memebr and Board Secretary for Napa Medical Research Foundation.  Hanna’s passion for social justice and her commitment to building sustainable programs for underserved populations fuel her work in the nonprofit world.


Hanna was born in Poland and moved to California during college to study English.  She holds degrees in linguistics and business administration from San Francisco State University.  Prior to her involvement with the nonprofit world, Hanna worked for several years as Language Consultant and Project Manager for Lucent Technologies.  She currently works part-time as Operations Manager for a San Francisco-based hedge fund, SFG Asset Advisors LLC.

Jose Varela


Jose is a magna cum laude graduate of Saint Mary’s College of California in Moraga. He received his J.D. from the Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley. While at Boalt, Mr. Varela was awarded the Sowell Fellowship in Labor Law and was the Co-Editor-in-Chief of the La Raza Law Journal.


Mr. Varela served as a deputy public defender in Los Angeles and San Diego Counties and continues to be a valued member of our community. As a trial attorney, Mr. Varela has tried cases ranging from misdemeanors to death penalty cases. He is a current member of the California Public Defender Association’s Board of Directors and is a frequent speaker at CPDA training seminars, and is active on many Marin County steering committees.