Who We Are

The Sunny team envisions a world characterized by kindness and meaningful relationships. As humans, we crave closeness, companionship, and community. Study after study suggests that the lack of human connection results in loneliness, which in turn impacts our mental, physical, and social well-being.

A trusted resource

Social connectedness and support has been eroding for decades. Despite daily digital interaction, we are more isolated than ever in real life. That paradox was the inspiration for Sunny. What has been missing is a trusted resource to offer ideas, guidance and tools that promote richer and more meaningful connections with others.

Science-based actions

Sunny presents a menu of small, science-based actions that can be easily accomplished every day. And each act of kindness and caring creates a ripple effect that uplifts others, making our neighborhoods, communities and the world better places.

Sunny gives back

Sunny creates a tangible way to turn the ripple effect of small acts of kindness into greater impact by converting every action logged on the Sunny app into “Sunny Money” — a virtual currency that will trigger donations of up to $1 million to community nonprofits helping people in need. We thank United Way and our growing network of national and local partners for helping maximize the impact of the Sunny universe, and for the amazing work they do every day.

Our Team

Funding and support for the Sunny initiative is provided by the Barnes Family Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization based in Bethlehem, PA. The Sunny platform and app are made free of charge to individuals as a public service.

Dan Barnes

Executive Sponsor

Lisa Cooke

Content Strategy

Steven Crane head shot

Steven Crane

Social Connection/Science

Ruth Fitzgibbons

Marketing / Communications

Denise Holota

Finance and Administration

Jeffrey Hummel

Tech and Ops Advisor

Michael Lawrence

Project Management

Amy Vest

Behavior Design

Devin Michael

Product Manager / Engineering

Board of Directors

Dan Barnes

Executive Chair
Barnes Family Foundation

Walter “Buck” Buckley

Seminal Capital Holdings

Rita DiPalma

MiCa Marketing, Inc.

Todd Sandler

Co-Founder and COO
CRED Technologies

Bryan C. Skarlatos

Managing Partner
Kostelanetz & Fink, LLP