Management Team

Shawn Kernes

Co-Founder & CEO
Shawn Kernes is a visionary trailblazer in the tech industry.  

With over 20 years of executive experience in building and leading startups, Shawn is always ahead of the curve while remaining grounded in understanding how to meet the fundamental needs of everyday people through innovative new products.

A highly-driven entrepreneur, Shawn has spent the last two decades building and managing teams using his exceptional expertise in technology, operations, business strategy, business development and customer service.

When Shawn learned that an estimated 30 million Americans aren’t getting the mental health care they need, the idea for LARKR was born. Shawn and his team at LARKR are committed to improving people’s lives by delivering accessible and affordable therapy, using licensed professionals and a trusted modern channel that is available wherever and whenever it’s needed. For Shawn, using the right technology to remove barriers to quality mental health care is a personal and meaningful commitment.

Prior to co-founding LARKR, Shawn was at the helm of exciting burgeoning companies including serving as Senior Director of Product Development at eBay, CTO of StubHub, COO of Cash4Gold, CTO of BeyondTheRack, CTO of Boost Media, CTO of JOIST, and CTO of BuzzMob.

Shawn played an instrumental leadership role in directing these startups, helping the companies grow rapidly and disrupt their industries for the better. His professional passion for innovative solutions has cultivated remarkable success rates, driven by his personal quest to wed the best of technology with the unmet needs of society. Throughout his career, he has earned the confidence and respect of the startup community in Silicon Valley and some of the nation’s leading venture capital firms.

This impressive business career combined with an innate ability to anticipate the world’s evolving needs through intuitively-friendly platforms have catapulted Shawn to the forefront of his industry.

Shawn received his Bachelor of Computer Science from Marist College in 1998.

Chris Kernes


Chris is a highly respected and compassionate licensed marriage and family therapist.

In addition to co-founding LARKR, Chris also serves as Managing Director of Behavioral Health at HealthRIGHT 360, a major non-profit organization, where she oversees the treatment of clients seeking integrated care, and treatment for mental health and substance use disorders. Her responsibilities also include managing various outpatient and residential substance use disorder treatment programs in San Mateo County.

Since 2004, Chris has treated clients in her positions as Director of Clinical Services, Clinical Supervisor at HealthRight360, Clinical Supervisor and therapist at Women’s Recovery Association, and therapist at San Mateo County Mental Health.

Throughout Chris’ professional experience as a therapist, she has received wide praise for her kind, empathic and engaging approach toward her clients. She is known for cultivating a relaxed, warm and trusting environment where her clients feel profound comfort and trust.

Chris’ greatest passion is to help people overcome their challenges through therapy, as their trusted partner.

And at LARKR, Chris’ boundless passion in providing support to those who suffer from mental illness or relationship issues is a dream come true. LARKR’s founding principle of exponentially reaching and helping more people in need of therapy through their online platform is of fundamental importance to Chris.

Everyone deserves hope.
Everyone deserves to heal.
Everyone deserves to find inner peace.

Chris has made this philosophy her life’s mission and is personally committed to helping people cultivate a more meaningful and rewarding future. For Chris, there is no greater joy.

Chris received her M.A. in Clinical Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapy at Notre Dame de Namur University in 2004.

Jon Dabach

Co-Founder & Chief Creative Officer
Jon is a multi-talented designer with more than ten years of experience in user interface (UI) and user experience (UX) design and marketing.

As the UI/UX Designer for LARKR, Jon’s unparalleled creative vision and digital marketing know-how have propelled the innovative technology that serves as one of the driving forces behind LARKR’s groundbreaking online therapy platform.

In 2011, Jon founded Calabasas, California-based Rhino Marketing Group – a cutting-edge design firm that assists businesses of all sizes with attracting more clients through top-level web strategies. With a special expertise in SEO/PPC and Web Design, Jon’s insights have led to the successful growth of numerous client companies.

Jon is also a respected writer and director. Over the past five years, he has written and directed animated content for MTV, VH1, G4TV and other major networks.  

Previously, Jon served as Creative Director for Sotheby’s Real Estate, and as the Creative Director for the Rabbinical Council of California & The Calabasas Shul where he oversaw both entities’ marketing and image. He also spent time working with The Gersh Agency.

Jon received his B.A. in Film, TV and New Media in 2005 from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Approximately 50 million Americans experience mental illness each year, but nearly 60% go untreated. Take a step to end the suffering by seeking help from the comfort of your own home.