New Executive Director, New Partnerships, and the Board of Directors Increases to Magnify Voice and Scale Organizational Impact
RALEIGH, NC – March 15th, 2018 – Take This Inc. is taking bold steps to advance its critical mission as the organization announced it has received new funding and expanded its partnerships and board of directors. Additionally, Take This has solidified its partnership with ReedPop and its PAX events through a generous grant from Child’s Play, and also revealed plans for an “Ambassador Program” to train and vet Twitch and YouTube streamers in how to help their audiences deal with mental health issues.
Kate Edwards, also a board member, has transitioned to the executive director role of Take This to infuse her passionate leadership style to push forward the organization’s mission. Edwards was formerly the executive director of the International Game Developers Association (IGDA) from 2012 to 2017. In addition to being an outspoken advocate for game developers and the issues affecting them, she is a 25-year veteran of the game industry.
To strengthen its efforts around fundraising and sponsorship, Take This has also recently added Eve Crevoshay, former vice president of fund development and director of corporate and foundation relations at Girl Scouts of Western Washington. Crevoshay will serve as interim fundraising director at Take This.
Joining the board of Take This is Mike Wilson, who has built a long career in games with executive positions dating back to id Software in mid 90’s and is currently a co-founder and partner of Devolver Digital and Good Shepherd Entertainment. Mike brings a great track record of innovative leadership and a passion for the well-being of indie developers.
The partnership with Child’s Play will help ensure the continuation of the Take This AFK Rooms at all North American PAX events with plans to expand beyond, which serves to provide event participants with a safe, quiet space where they can take a mental health break and get clinical support if needed. Since the introduction of the AFK Room in 2014, Take This has assisted thousands of gamers and industry professionals across the United States.
In addition to the expansion and continued core work of Take This, the new “Ambassador Program” will begin its rollout this year, with more details to come.
As Take This is the leader in championing the cause of mental health awareness in gaming communities, the organization makes these key changes as an explicit sign of its commitment to further evolve and iterate the organization in order to best address the widespread need for mental health support.