Faces of Menlo

Robb Most, Ph.D. of Mind Games

Before we came to appreciate his photographer talent as an InMenlo contributing photographer, we’d met Menlo Park resident and business owner Robb Most in his role as founder and head of Mind Garden, a publisher of psychological assessments and instruments serving customers in the helping professions – psychological researchers, psychology students, and consultants.

We knew his firm has been hard at work on a COVID-19 related psychological survey. Today Mind Garden released Pandemic Experiences & Perceptions Survey (PEPS), which enables leaders to rapidly collect information on challenges facing their workers during a pandemic. The PEPS was created by Michael P. Leiter, Ph.D., co-author of the Areas of Worklife Survey and the Maslach Burnout Inventory.

“COVID-19 has profoundly impacted the way people work, with implications for employee health, well-being, and work engagement,” said Robb.  “The PEPS is available now to assess employees’ experiences during a pandemic and provide leaders with key guidance for managing through the crisis, leading the organizational recovery, and anticipating future challenges.”

The PEPS provides essential information on:

  • Disruption: See the extent of workflow disruption by area
  • Resources: Identify if and where key resources were adequate to meet demands or suffered critical gaps
  • Risk Perception: Understand employees’ perceived risk as affected by Contact, Control, or Potential Harm
  • Impact on Worklife: including Workload, Control, Reward, Community, Fairness, and Values Congruence
  • Perceptions of Leadership: Employees’ review of Overall Leadership and the Immediate Supervisor

“We’re committed to helping organizations through the COVID-19 crisis and are providing the PEPS at a discounted price,” said Robb. It is available for purchase online (scroll down after landing on the page).

Photo by Chris Gulker (c) 2010

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All Five provides early childhood education in Menlo Park’s Belle Haven neighborhood

Carol Thomson’s “ah-ha moment” arrived when she turned 50. “I decided I wanted to open this type of school,” she said in a classroom at All Five in the Belle Haven neighborhood of Menlo Park. “It took me the next six years to develop the idea and find the right place. We now have classroom […]

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Carol Mayer Marshall talks about getting women elected at Menlo Park Library on March 2

Women make up more than 50% of the country’s population, but make up less than 25% of elected officeholders. Menlo Park resident Carol Mayer Marshall will be at the Menlo Park Library on Monday, March 2, at 7:00 pm to share her ideas behind leading a bipartisan effort to help women get elected or appointed […]

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Dr. Kari Nadeau seeks to end food allergies

Pediatric allergist Dr. Kari Nadeau (pictured center above) understands allergies not just from her medical training but from first hand experience. “I grew up on a houseboat in New Jersey and became allergic to molds,” she says. “That led to terrible asthma attacks. At times, my life was terrible.” As a teenager she began to […]

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Barbara Coll discovers bird photography after a life time of wildlife watching

Growing up in Ottawa, Barbara Coll’s family kept a book about the wildlife they saw. So it was natural for her to keep the tradition going when she got married in 1992 — but with a focus exclusively on birds. “The tally is currently 517 birds, which is five percent of the bird species in the […]

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Menlo Park-based foundation receives key funding to support goal to cure genetic form of epilepsy

Menlo Park- based TESS Research Foundation (TESS) is the recipient of a $450,000 grant from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) Rare As One Project. TESS was selected due to its innovative, patient-led approach to finding a cure and treatments for SLC13A5 Deficiency, a rare genetic epilepsy that causes a lifetime of debilitating seizures that begin […]

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Nak’s Market owner Sam Kurose passes away

Editor’s note: Beloved Nak’s Market owner Sam Kurose passed away at the end of January. The following remembrance is provided by his daughter Tamami Hansen. Seikichi (“Sam”) Kurose was born in Tokyo, Japan, the eldest of four children. He was no stranger to hard work, and from an early age, he worked several jobs while […]

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New paintings by artist Mitchell Johnson on display in Menlo Park in February

Forty two, relatively new paintings by Menlo Park-based artist Mitchell Johnson will be on exhibit in downtown Menlo Park from Feb. 7  to 24. The show takes place daily at 883-1 Santa Cruz Avenue  from 11:30 am to 5:30 pm. “This is a chance for people to view the artwork in person and talk to me […]

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Stephanie Ekoniak gets inspiration from Thread jewelry makers around the globe

In the ’90s, Menlo Park resident Stephanie Ekoniak was in the Peace Corps and later worked in business development in Eastern Europe. But, as she explains, she “drifted from that path, went to business school and worked in high tech.” “So when I found out about Threads,” she continues, “I connected with it right away. […]

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Menlo Park teen Sarah Pistorino selected for San Mateo County Hall of Fame

Teen advocate and volunteer Sarah Pistorino, a senior at Lydian Academy, will be inducted into the San Mateo County Women’s Hall of Fame on March 7 following RISE 2020, the Women’s Leadership Conference, along with three others. The award ceremony will be held at 4:15 p.m. March 7 at Skyline College, 3300 College Drive in San […]

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