Colorado Chapter Board of Directors

Board of Directors
       
       
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Barb Becker, AFSP Colorado Board President

   

Barb has three friends that have lost their children to suicide, and has witnessed her own children losing numerous friends to suicide over their teenage and young adult years.  Barb obtained her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Denver.  She has worked for Arapahoe/Douglas Mental Health Network for the past 8 years and is the Division Director of Community Programs.  Her professional career has included a commitment to work to reduce the number of suicides in her community, as well as fighting the stigma associated with this and with all mental health diagnoses.  She is also a founding member of the Douglas County Suicide Prevention Alliance.

       
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Sue Klebold, Secretary

   

Sue was an instructor and administrator in the Colorado Community College System for more than 20 years, and a project specialist for the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment for five years, before retiring in 2010. Sue has a Masters degree in education and is a survivor of her son's suicide. She is the mother of Dylan Klebold, one of two gunmen in the Columbine High School shootings of April 20, 1999 in Littleton, Colorado.  Since Dylan's death, Sue has worked to raise suicide awareness and support prevention efforts. She has participated in presentations and written about the experience of surviving a loved one's murder-suicide.  She is a member of the Survivor Council of AFSP and a Board Member of the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Colorado.

       
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Laurie Freeman, Treasurer

   

Laurie lost her 19-year-old son in April 2010 and her husband of 32 years in November 2010 to suicide. She got involved in the Out of the Darkness Walk as a subcommittee chairperson in 2011, and became involved in spreading the word about AFSP and suicide prevention. Laurie has made it her mission to speak and educate about suicide prevention and has spoken to graduate classes for therapists about the reality of being a survivor of suicide. She serves as the Client Services Manager for HR, payroll and software support and has been in this field for 23 years.

       
       
       
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Tamara Connell

   

Tamara is an emergency room nurse at Littleton Adventist Hospital, where she sees between one and five patients who have attempted suicide or have shown suicidal ideation during her work day. Three years ago, the Greater Littleton Youth Initiative received a grant from the hospital to work to decrease suicides in Littleton. Tamara participates regularly in the Douglas County Suicide Prevention Alliance.

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Carla Graubard

Carla Graubard

   

Carla and her younger son, Clay, moved from New York City to Boulder, after losing her 17 year old son and Clay’s older brother, Teddy, to suicide in 2009. Carla is an experienced management consultant and has been CEO, COO or GM of established & emerging media companies. Co-founder of Quantum Media, Carla has degrees from the Wharton School/ UPenn and Harvard Business Schools. She is a passionate supporter of ASFP's mission to understand and prevent suicide through research, education, advocacy and outreach. Carla is determined to bring light to the category of suicide called "impulsive suicide," a subject well documented in a NY Times article, "The Urge to End it All." To this end, Carla works as a volunteer in Boulder's public school system & with initiatives at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

       
Shelli James

Shelli James

   

Shelli has worked in healthcare for over 30 years. Currently she is a Quality Improvement Coach working with Primary Care and Pediatric Practices on Systems Transformation. She worked for several years as a Counselor on an Adolescent Psychiatric Unit as well as volunteering on a crisis phone line and counseling pregnant teens.  Shelli lost her ex-husband and father of her two daughters, Doug James, to suicide in 2009. Since his passing, she has been an active member of the South Metro Out of the Darkness Community Walk Committee and passionate about suicide awareness and prevention.

       
Cambrey Johnston

Cambrey Johnston

   

Cambrey became involved in AFSP after losing her dad to suicide in 2008.  She participated in the Out of the Darkness Community Walk and International Survivors of Suicide Day and decided that they were healing experiences that she wanted to help make possible for others.  She joined the AFSP Colorado Chapter Board to dedicate more of her time to suicide prevention and to support mental health research and survivor outreach.  Cambrey is grateful for the opportunity to participate in a cause that is so near and dear to her heart.

       
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Kristin Lopez

   

Kristin earned her Bachelor’s degree in PR/Mass Communications in 2006 from the University of North Florida. She worked for a PR firm where her main client was McDonald’s. She also worked with an automobile marketing firm. She moved to Denver in March 2011 and currently serves as the Childcare Coordinator for Journey Church. She became involved in suicide prevention after the death of her father to suicide in June 2011.

     

 

Beth Pannbacker

Beth Pannbacker

   

Beth lost her son, Eric, in September, 2010 to suicide. She has degrees from Kansas State University and from the University of Illinois and applied her training and skills in public health, research, teaching and management for many years prior to retiring in 2011.  She participated in her first Out of the Darkness Community Walk in 2012 and attended the International Survivors of Suicide day in November of the same year.  She wanted to leverage her skills in the suicide prevention and awareness arena after attending these events.

     

 

Becky Ross

Becky Ross

   

Becky lost her son, Jon David (J.D.), to suicide in July of 2008.  Becky studied broadcast journalism at Kansas State University and Manhattan Christian College, and completed a Bachelor’s degree in Management and Ethics at Manhattan Christian College.  Her career includes more than 30 years broadcast experience and published writings.  Becky’s involvement in lay ministry helps toward her passion of de-stigmatizing suicide in churches and connecting mental health services to spiritual support.  She became an advocate for the AFSP in 2011 at the national level, has attended many survivor support and educational programs, and learned about the local Colorado Chapter at the 2012 ISOS event.