Movers & Shakers: Talkspace Expands Its C-Suite; LifeStance Selects New EVP

Talkspace adds chief growth officer

The virtual behavioral health provider Talkspace (Nasdaq: TALK) has appointed Erin Boyd as the chief growth officer of its Enterprise organization.

The chief growth officer role is a newly created one for the New York-based company. Boyd comes to the position from Cigna (NYSE: CI), where she was a solutions and program director for the insurer, leading its behavioral health network.

Boyd has also previously been the senior director of business development and marketing for Glendale, Arizona-based Aurora Behavioral Health System, which is the state’s largest freestanding psychiatric hospital system.


The new C-suite addition isn’t the only one Talkspace has made to expand its leadership ranks. Since June, the company has also hired former Magellan Health Chief Medical Officer Vaun Choudhary and former Eli Lilly Chief Financial Officer Jennifer Fulk to serve as CMO and CFO, respectively.

Founded in 2011, Talkspace provides virtual therapy, psychiatry and counseling services. The company, in June, went public months after agreeing to a $1.3 billion merger with theHudson Executive Investment Corporation, a special-purpose acquisition company (SPAC).

LifeStance Health fills EVP role

The outpatient mental health provider LifeStance Health (Nasdaq: LSFT) has appointed Laura Cervantes as its executive vice president of corporate strategy.


Cervantes has been with LifeStance since 2018, one year after the company was founded. She initially joined LifeStance as its director of national integrations before becoming its vice president of strategic initiatives and integrations, where she headed the company’s national branding rollout and its recapitalization process with the investment firm TPG Capital.

Cervantes was appointed to the vice president position in 2019 and served in that capacity until she was appointed to her new executive vice president position. Before LifeStance, Cervantes was previously an associate for the investment bank Jefferies & Company and a vice president at Bain Capital for its Double Impact Fund.

Based in Scottsdale, Arizona, LifeStance provides in-person and telehealth services to adults, adolescents and children at over 370 locations across 27 states. The company became one of the few publicly traded pure-play behavioral health companies when it made its debut in June on the Nasdaq.

SUD treatment and behavioral health provider names new chief science officer

Alter Health Group, a Dana Point, California-based provider of substance use disorder (SUD) treatment and mental health care, has named Loren Martin as its chief science officer.

Martin will be the lead data scientist of a new Alter initiative in mental health research and treatment analysis. Martin’s research will specifically support a new artificial intelligence model designed by Alter to improve patient care.

Along with his new role with Alter, Martin is a neuroscience professor, chief data officer and research director at Azusa Pacific University.

Founded in 2019, Alter operates two residential centers outside of Los Angeles in Orange County — a rehab center in its home base of Dana Point and a behavioral health center in Irvine.