Executive Director, SAVE
SAVE was one of the nation’s first organizations dedicated to the prevention of suicide. Our work is based on the foundation and belief that suicide is preventable and everyone has a role to play in preventing suicide. Through raising public awareness, educating communities, and equipping every person with the right tools, we know we can SAVE lives.
SAVE is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization governed by an all-volunteer Board of Directors and operating under the nonprofit laws of the State of Minnesota. SAVE works at the international, national, state and local levels to prevent suicide using a public health model in suicide prevention; concentrating its efforts on education and awareness. SAVE operates by the guidelines published in the Surgeon Generals Call to Action to Prevent Suicide (1999) and the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention (2012). Over the years, SAVE’s Board of Directors, staff, and volunteers have included survivors who bring a special affinity for suicide prevention, along with other skills, to ensure organizational growth, development and effective management and operational talents to the agency.
Therapist in private practice, forensic psychology, therapist and administrator in hospitals and clinics, administrator in a large social service agency, Executive Director of a national nonprofit agency, international expert in suicide prevention.
I love helping people so psychology was a natural fit for me. I never planned to become an expert in suicide specifically, but having lost many people, including clients, it was an area I was drawn to.
Technology – it is the wave of the future in healthcare.
Building on strengths, having others fill in the gaps and believing that mistakes/errors/failure are part of success. And always making sure people remember that a job is just a job. Family always comes first. Always.
Do it for the right reasons. Too many go into psychology or the helping profession to resolve things in their life. That is not a good start nor a good driver for anyone going into the helping profession.
To be the best that I can be in whatever I do and leave the rest to others who have those strengths that I do not.
Being the one person in the world between their life and their death, and seeing them through to life.
Choosing my career over my life.
Live now, because none of us are guaranteed anything beyond right now.
Are happy, content, giving, kind and compassionate souls who make me remember that life is awesome.
Help at least one person
I can do this.
Be there and be ready.
Leave a penny.
Everything will look and feel different tomorrow.
A Day in My Life:
What do you love most about Your City?
How much people care about others.
Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?
I’m not a big breakfast eater.
What are you doing at:
6:00 AM – Getting up and ready for the day.
10:00 AM – Depends on the day.
12:00 PM – Favorite Lunch spot/meal?
I love a good buffet.
7:00 PM – Playing with my dogs.
11:00 PM – 30 minutes into REM sleep.
What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?
What should everyone try at least once?
Where do you enjoy getting lost?
I hate being lost.
What Else to Know?
I have a Golden Retriever named Reba who was born literally without hips. She makes me smile, she makes me happy, and she reminds me every day that gifts come in all sizes, shapes, and ways.