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Anthony (Tony) Wood
Chair
(Term expires June 2022)

Anthony D. Wood, COO Qntfy, is Founder of #SPSM (Suicide Prevention and Social Media spsmchat.com) the largest and most engaged social media community dedicated to connecting Suicidologists, Crisis Preventionists, Researchers, Social Workers, Psychologists, Psychiatrists, MDs, People with Lived Experience of suicide, Data Scientists, Law Enforcement Officers, Teachers, and Students with the best and latest research related to Suicide and Crisis Prevention worldwide. His work with the social media aspects of Suicide Prevention as a founder of the Social Media Team at the American Association of Suicidology’s Annual Conference earned him the 2015 Roger J Tierney award for Innovation from AAS. His research on the intersection of social media and mental health has been published in AAS, ACM CHI, JSM and CLpsych. As a result of this work, he has become a sought after resource for mental health professionals, private companies and organizations interested in the intersection of new media, mobile data and Mental Health.


Jacque Christmas, MPA, BSW
Secretary
(Term expires April 2023)

Jacque Christmas has worked for the Missouri Department of Mental Health for twenty-six years and has served as the Fatality Review Coordinator since 2008.  In 2012, Jacque lost her 27 year old drug addicted son. Jacque combines her experience as the Fatality Review Coordinator and that of a bereaved mother to support and educate others impacted by suicide and other special circumstance deaths.  Jacque is a certified Question, Persuade, and Refer Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Instructor and facilitates a Re-Energize and Re-Connect Emotional Wellness Workshop series for suicide attempt and suicide loss survivors in Joplin, Missouri. She is a certified Mental Health Recovery and Wellness Recovery Action Planning® Facilitator and uses WRAP® in her own mental health recovery and wellness.  Jacque is a member of the American Association of Suicidology (AAS) and serves on the Impacted Family and Friends Division, Nominating Committee and Awards Committee.  Jacque also joined the advisory panel for Johnny’s Ambassadors in 2020, a not-for-profit focused on educating parents and teens about the dangers of today’s high-THC marijuana on adolescent brain development and suicide.


Don Wright
Treasurer
(Term expires April 2023)

Don Wright is the founder and CEO of Clarigent Health, triangulating mental health metrics from the patient, the clinician, and the company’s proprietary vocal biomarkers technology. This supports earlier detection of risk, continuous monitoring of progress over time, and group-level insights for mental health care organizations. Prior to Clarigent, Don spent the previous decade developing the GeneSight pharmacogenomics product at Assurex Health helping almost two million people get on the right treatment for depression, anxiety, and other psychiatric conditions.

Don is the President of the Suicide Prevention Initiative and Depression Research Foundation. He is also the chairman of Inagene Diagnostics, a pharmacogenomics company specializing in mental health and pain treatment.  He is the chairman of the Hamilton Mill a Cincinnati area startup accelerator and a member of the board of advisors of OhioX, the board of advisors of the Xavier University Master of Science in Customer Analytics Program, the NKU Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, the University of Cincinnati Technology Accelerator for Commercialization, as well as the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Digital Health and Care committee.

Don is the father of three children, Justin (who we lost to suicide in 2017), Abigail, and Samuel.


Jenn Carson
Attempt Survivor/Lived Experience Division Chair
(Term expires April 2024)

Jenn Carson runs the Inland SoCal United Way’s Crisis Helpline, founded in 1968. Jenn holds a B.A. from Baylor University and an M.A. in Counseling from George Washington University. Jenn is a Living Works ASIST (Suicide First Aid) Trainer. Jenn also has lived experience in suicidality as a childhood suicide attempt survivor with Complex Post Trauma (C-PTSD). On CNN, “The Today Show”, NPR and the BBC, and in Marie Claire Magazine and Huffington Post, Jenn Carson has shared her journey from suicidal child to mental health advocate. Before running a crisis line, Jenn was a K-12 educator for 15 years. Jenn is passionate about amplifying voices of survivors to promote collective action—to make life worth living. Jenn was awarded the 2019 Califorinia National Organization of Women Gender Equity Award.


Annemarie Matulis
Impacted Family and Friends Division Chair
(Term expires April 2023)

Annemarie Matulis is the founder of A Voice at the Table, a movement dedicated to the family and close friends emotionally impacted by the suicidal crisis of a loved one. She has been an active AAS and #SPSM member since 2014. A survivor of childhood trauma and adult domestic violence, Matulis has spent 35 years balancing a career portfolio in the public, private and non-profit sectors with focus on the intersectionality of domestic violence, substance abuse and suicide prevention. With decades of experience as a community activist, advocate, and organizer, she is a recognized change agent within public health in Massachusetts. She is a national keynote speaker, an educator, curriculum developer, successful grant writer and manager, a trainer for several modules of suicide prevention, intervention and postvention and a certified facilitator for suicide loss grief support. Matulis co-founded a teen center for youth marginalized and struggling emotionally and received a 2009 National Make a Difference Day Foundation Award from the USA Weekend News/Paul Newman Foundations for those efforts. Matulis is a board member of a local (Bristol County MA) non-profit, sits on the Executive Committee for the Massachusetts Suicide Prevention Coalition, Person of the Year (2012) in her local community, and received a statewide Suicide Prevention Leadership award (2012). She is also the recipient of the International Rotary Club Paul Harris Humanitarian Award for Service Beyond Self. Matulis has produced two documentaries focused on attempt survivors and their impacted families, A Voice at the Table (2014) and Voices Still Unheard (2016). A Voice at the Table received honorable mention at the 2015 SAMHSA Voice Awards. In 2020, she developed the #SoulCareAAS365 Project. She is an Executive Committee member of the Board of the American Association of Suicidology and a member of the Suicide Prevention Resource Center’s (SPRC) Lived Experience Advisory Committee.


Qwynn Galloway-Salazar, M.A.
Student Division Chair
(Term expires April 2022)

Qwynn is a behavioral health professional with a strong passion to serve those that served. She is often quoted as stating “the field of suicide prevention chose her”, after saving the life of a veteran who attempted to die by suicide. That event changed her life drastically, and she vowed to make a difference in the lives of her fellow veterans. Most recently, Qwynn served as the Co-Director for SAMHSA’s Service Members, Veterans, and their Families Technical Assistance (SMVF TA) Center at Policy Research Associates, Inc. (PRA). In her role, she co-led the day-to-day operations of the SMVF TA Center, providing guidance on technical assistance tasks, developing tools and resources, collaborating with Federal partners, and providing technical assistance to states, territories, and local communities working to strengthen their behavioral health systems for SMVF. In the last three years, she played a significant role in designing and coordinating the Governor’s and Mayor’s Challenge to Prevent Suicide Among Service Members, Veterans, and their Families Policy and Implementation Academy’s. This vital initiative has aided states in developing strategic action plans and implementation plans to help reduce suicide amongst the military and veteran population. To date, there has been a total of 35 states and 18 communities that have accepted the challenge! 

Qwynn is an Army Veteran and spouse to a retired combat veteran currently serving in law enforcement. She brings to the field, a combination of 20 years of military and professional experience providing her with the knowledge and abilities to support the needs of the SMVF population. Her background also includes serving as a state project director, a Veteran and Family Advocate, a trainer, a research manager in academia, a state behavioral health program coordinator for the Georgia Army National Guard, and a behavioral health treatment court liaison. In 2009, she assisted the state of Georgia with the development of jail diversion programming for Veterans, which aided in the growth of Veteran Treatment Courts. She also has experience bridging the gaps between criminal justice and behavioral health systems. With this knowledge, she has trained law enforcement and other criminal justice professionals on crisis encounters with the mentally ill to include Veterans. 

Most recently, she took on a passion project, becoming an End-of-Life Doula. It is her goal to work with End-of-Life Professionals and consult on topics related to the needs of Veterans and their Families facing end of life challenges. In her spare time, she serves as a hospice volunteer supporting Veterans and their families. Qwynn sits on the Advisory Board of the Veterans Studies Association. She is currently a doctoral candidate pursuing a degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology with a specialization in Forensic Consulting. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Professional Counseling and a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. 


Judy Albelo
Loss Survivor Division Chair
(Term expires April 2024)

Judy comes to us with more than five years of experience as Vice President and Treasurer of Tony’s Tribe, a non-profit geared towards breaking the stereotypes and stigmas of challenges many children and adults face today, working to support those struggling with the goal of embracing differences, breaking stigmas, working towards suicide prevention, suicide awareness, education, destigmatizing mental illness, and improving self-care and resiliency. Tony’s Tribe was formed after the loss of her son, Anthony “Tony” Garcia in January 2018. Judy is a suicide loss survivor and suicide awareness and prevention advocate who brings a wealth of non-profit 501(c)(3) familiarity to the board, having worked with a number of other groups in that space including Easter Seals and Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Greater Miami.


Pamela S. McKie, MSW
Crisis Services Division Chair
(Term expires April 2022)

Pam McKie is the chief operating officer for The Children’s Home. Pam brings a passion for helping people and making the world a brighter place to the forefront of the agency’s collective conscience. Her years of experience and breadth of knowledge help her lead the daily operations of 30+ programs across four business lines (Best Point Behavioral Health, CoStars, Heidt Center of Excellence and Got Special Kids). Pam provides leadership and oversight for the hundreds of staff that provide services to nearly 15,000 children and families across four states. She also provides guidance and support to the president and CEO, and other senior leaders to ensure the overall health and wellness of the organization including quality and compliance to legal, regulatory and certification standards that govern the agency.

Pam’s three decades of experience in social work include leading initiatives that combat mental illness, youth suicide, addiction and other illnesses. Since joining the organization, she helped facilitate several initiatives including treatment innovations for maternal mental health and the opening of a pediatric mental health urgent care. She has also led the remodel and restructure of agency programs to address the evolving needs and conditions facing children and families, along with implementing a 24-hour crisis line for our most vulnerable families. She has been instrumental in securing grants and other funding to support these and other progressive innovations.

Prior to her arrival at The Children’s Home, Pam was most recently with Assurex Health in Mason, Ohio. There she held two positions: senior director of operations and senior director of corporate responsibility. Pam received her undergraduate degree from the Ohio State University and holds a Master of Social Work from the University of Cincinnati. She is a recent graduate of Leadership Cincinnati (Class 44) and continually serves the community by actively working in several organizations including Grant Us Hope, the Justin T. Wright Suicide Prevention Initiative, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the National Association of Social Workers and as a field instructor for social worker students for the University of Cincinnati.

In her rare free time, Pam is an avid half marathoner who enjoys knocking the miles down in different states.  With many states down, including Hawaii, she is looking forward to Alaska in 2022.


Dr. Kathleen carterMartinez, D.A.A.E.T.S., CRT, CSA
(Term expires September 2023)

Dr. Kathleen carterMartinez, D.A.A.E.T.S., CRT, CSA is a trauma specialist, clinical psychotherapist and Mindful Trauma recovery specialist with 25+ years of experience in hospitals, healthcare settings and multiple disciplines. As a specialist in trauma she advocates for mindful compassionate recovery from personal traumatic events. Dr. Kathleen carterMartinez is a specialist and content expert in trauma, personal traumatic events, compassionate suicide awareness and traumatic losses. She is a ‘self-described’ professional ‘multidisciplinary ball of wax’ driven by a passion to work with mindful compassionate trauma recovery and healing.

Dr. Kathleen carterMartinez, D.A.A.E.T.S., CRT, CSA is a Diplomate with the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress. Dr. Kathleen carterMartinez is a member of ICISF – The International Critical Incident Stress Foundation where they have published several of her articles on trauma, the forgotten collaborator and first responder in residence as well as her article: ‘A Mother’s Grief: I Will Not Leave You’.

Dr. Kathleen carterMartinez holds the following degrees:  Doctoral Degree (E.D.) from Nova Southeastern University in Healthcare/Higher Education. A Master’s Degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Clinical Psychology. A Bachelor’s Degree from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Forensic Psychology and Addictions. An Associate Degree in Law Enforcement where upon graduation she was the ‘first female officer’ on a private industrial police department. She is a graduate of Mountainside Hospital School of Radiology with 15+ years in the field.

At CheyWind Center for Trauma and Healing Dr. Kathleen carterMartinez is an author/consultant/ and trainer whose specialty is trauma, trauma of the crises of suicide and compassionate trauma recovery and awareness.  Her first book is: ‘Permission Granted: The Journey from Trauma to Healing from Rape, Sexual Assault & Emotional Abuse’ about what it means to live in the aftermath of personal traumatic events. Her second book is: ‘Where Do We Come From? Where Do We Go’? is a multigenerational book on how to talk about the loss of those that we love.

CheyWind Center for Trauma and Healing anticipates the release of her third and most compelling book in 2022: ‘Fractured Spirit: The Soft Side of Suicide’ a journey through the emotional & spiritual sorrow that make it difficult for the fractured spirits among us to hold on. By changing the way, we understand this struggle, we strengthen our ability to help others through their pain and our ability to help them to hold on.

Dr. carterMartinez is a member of the American Association of Suicidology and a member of the {IFF} Impacted Family and Friends Division as well.


Tony Coder
Prevention and Public Health Division Chair
(Term expires April 2023)

Tony is the Executive Director of the Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation (OSPF). As ED, Tony leads the charge to support community-based efforts in Ohio to reduce the stigma of suicide, promote education and awareness about suicide prevention, provide training and development, and increase resources and programs that reduce the risk of lives lost to suicide. Prior to joining the OSPF, Tony served as the Director of Programs and Services for the Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities, where he managed Recovery-Oriented Systems of Care, the Statewide Advocacy Network and the Committee to Address Suicide for the organization. He has also served as the Director of State and Local Affairs for Smart Approaches to Marijuana and as legislative director for the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. Tony holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Toledo.


Pata Suyemoto, Ph.D. - Vermont Suicide Prevention Symposium

Pata Suyemoto, PhD
(Term expires September 2023)

Dr. Pata Suyemoto is a feminist scholar, writer, educator, diversity trainer, mental health activist, jewelry designer, and avid bicyclist. She earned her PhD. from the University of Pennsylvania and did her research on anti-racist education and issues of race and racism. She is the co-chair for the Greater Boston Regional Suicide Prevention Coalition and the chair of the Massachusetts Coalition for Suicide Prevention (MCSP) Alliance for Equity’s People of Color Caucus. Pata is one of the authors of Widening the Lens: Exploring the Role of Social Justice in Suicide Prevention – A Racial Equity Toolkit. She has spoken and written about being a suicide attempt survivor, her struggles with depression and is a co-founder of The Breaking Silences Project www.thebreakingsilencesproject.com, which is an artistic endeavor that educates about the high rates of depression and suicide among Asian American young women. She is also a long-time volunteer for Asian Women for Health and is a trainer and wellness coach for the Achieving Whole Health program. Pata is also member of a number of boards and committees including the MCSP’s Executive Committee, the planning committee for the annual Asian American Mental Health Forum, and the Department of Public Health’s Suicide Prevention Community Advisory Board. She is active in the American Association of Suicidology’s Impacted Family and Friends (IFF) Division, the Attempt Survivors/Lived Experience (AS/LE) Division, and the Racial Equity and Inclusion Committee. Her claim to fame is that she rode her bicycle across the country in the summer of 2012.


April Foreman, PhD
(Term expires December 2022)

April C. Foreman, Ph.D., is a Licensed Psychologist serving Veterans as the Deputy Director of the Veterans Crisis Line’s Innovations Hub. She is an Executive Committee member for the Board of the American Association of Suicidology, and has served VA as the 2017 Acting Director of Technology and Innovation for the Office of Suicide Prevention. She is a member of the team that launched OurDataHelps.org, a recognized innovation in data donation for ground breaking suicide research. She is passionate about helping people with severe (sometimes lethal) emotional pain, and in particular advocates for people with Borderline Personality Disorder, which has one of the highest mortality rates of all mental illnesses. She is known for her work at the intersection of technology, social media, and mental health, with nationally recognized implementations of innovations in the use of technology and mood tracking. She is the 2015 recipient of the Roger J. Tierney Award for her work as a founder and moderator of the first sponsored regular mental health chat on Twitter, the weekly Suicide Prevention Social Media chat (#SPSM, sponsored by the American Association of Suicidology, AAS). Her dream is to use her unique skills and vision to build a mental health system effectively and elegantly designed to serve the people who need it.


Jim Byrne
(Term expires April 2023)

The Honorable James M. Byrne currently serves as an independent consultant, senior advisor and independent corporate board member. He was appointed and later confirmed as the Deputy Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs on August 28, 2018. He retired from federal service on February 3, 2020. As the Deputy Secretary, he led modernization initiatives and worked closely with the Secretary as the chief operating officer leading operations of the federal government’s second-largest Cabinet department, with some 385,000 employees in VA medical centers, clinics, benefits offices, national cemeteries, and other facilities throughout the country.

Previously, Mr. Byrne served as VA’s General Counsel, leading VA’s nationwide team of nearly 800 attorneys, paralegals, and staff who support VA’s mission and priorities by providing sound legal expertise, representation, and, as needed, critical problem-solving skills and risk-management advice to the Secretary and other senior VA leaders.

Before arriving at VA, Mr. Byrne served as Associate General Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer at Lockheed Martin Corporation, where he was also the company’s lead cyber and counterintelligence attorney. He served for several years on the board of directors for Pacific Architects and Engineers. Prior to joining Lockheed Martin, Mr. Byrne served in the career Federal Senior Executive Service as Deputy Special Counsel with the Office of the United States Special Counsel, and as both the General Counsel and Assistant Inspector General for Investigations with the Office of the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction.

Soon after the invasion of Iraq in 2003, Mr. Byrne was recalled to active duty for 18 months with the U.S. Marine Corps in support of the Global War on Terrorism. Lieutenant Colonel James Byrne was assigned as the Officer-in- charge of the Marine Liaison Office at the then-National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Mr. Byrne led teams of Marines in DC-metro-area military hospitals and Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Maryland, that were responsible for supporting injured and deceased Marines, Sailors, and their families.

Mr. Byrne has over 25 years of experience in the public sector, including service as a forward deployed Marine Corps Infantry Officer and a U.S. Department of Justice international narcotics prosecutor. Mr. Byrne’s professional honors include several DOJ awards and The Drug Enforcement Administration Administrator’s Award for Exceptional Service. He is also a recipient of the Secretary of Defense Medal for the Global War on Terrorism and several military decorations, including the Meritorious Service Medal.

Volunteering in his community, Mr. Byrne has extensive experience on several non-profit and advisory boards. Until August 2017, Mr. Byrne’s most recent professional engagements included service on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Board and the International Association of Privacy Professionals Board of Directors. For ten years, Mr. Byrne volunteered on the Executive Board of Give an Hour, a non- profit organization that has developed national networks of volunteer professionals capable of providing complimentary and confidential mental health services in response to both acute and chronic conditions that arise within our society, beginning with the mental health needs of post-9/11 veterans, service members and their families.

Mr. Byrne is a Distinguished Graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, where he received an engineering degree and, ultimately, held the top leadership position of Brigade Commander. Mr. Byrne later earned his J.D. from Stetson University College of Law in St. Petersburg, Florida, and started his legal career as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Malcolm J. Howard, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina.


Molly Klote, MD

Molly Klote, MD
(Term expires September 2023)

Mary “Molly” Klote, MD – Director, Office of Research Protections, Policy, and Education, Office of Research and Development, Veterans Health Administration (VHA).

Dr. Klote joined VHA 2.5 years ago and is responsible for VHA human subjects research policy, education, and support to the Veterans Administration (VA) central institutional review board (CIRB). She is also leading the infrastructure efforts for the research enterprise transformation and is serving as the research champion for the electronic health record modernization transition. Prior to this, as an active duty Army Colonel with 30 years of service, she oversaw all human research policy and education for the United States Army through the office of the Army Surgeon General. For the past 12 years her responsibilities over research and human subjects protection policy have expanded to the national stage. During the COVID pandemic Dr Klote led the first in government use of public health authority to set policy to bring together data from VA, Center for Disease Control, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, on the computing platforms of the Department of Energy computers. Recognizing the need for a ready supply of volunteers for the vaccination trials she spearheaded the creation of the VA COVID Volunteer list allowing more than 57,000 Veterans to volunteers to be vaccinated. She designed the Advisory subcommittee on diversity and inclusion in research to support the VA National Research Advisory Council to ensure robust participation of minority and underserved populations in VA research. Dr Klote also served on the policy task force of the American Telemedicine Association where she helps to spearhead efforts to ensure the efficient and effective implementation of decentralized clinical trials. She is a leader in effective, efficient, and compliant policy and education in human subjects research and brings those talents to bear on any problem presented.

At the VHA since October 2018, Dr Klote has led the initiative to implement an enterprise-wide electronic research and innovation committee management tool and has recently completed the roll out at 105 medical centers. Her office is spearheading the development of business intelligence dashboards from the data generated from the electronic platform to support evidenced based decision making in study choice and locations. She has streamlined and harmonized process, forms, and templates for the VHA IRBs and Research and Development Committees. In addition, her office is conducting a systematic review of all research policies and guidance documents to further deconflict information across the system.

Dr. Klote began her Army service through ROTC at James Madison University majoring in computer information systems and earned a regular Army commission in the Military Intelligence Corps upon graduation. She was then accepted to the Uniformed Service University of the Health Sciences where she graduated with the Esprit de Corps award. She trained in Internal Medicine, Allergy Immunology, and Clinical Laboratory Immunology at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. She holds a board certification in Allergy Immunology. As an Army clinician she also conducted research in vaccines and published on immunodeficiency. Dr. Klote has worked at the Office of the Army Surgeon General, The Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, the US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, and the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. She served one tour in Iraq in 2008. She has earned the Certificate for IRB Professionals (CIP). Dr. Klote was awarded the Legion of Merit, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Parachutist Badge, and the Expert Field Medical Badge among other awards and recognitions.