Board of Directors

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Board PRESIDENT
Dave Earhart – When my family and I were in a time of need, LiFE OF HOPE was there for us. I want to ensure that the LiFE-saving mission moves forward, strengthens in Washington County, and expands throughout Wisconsin and eventually nationally. LiFE OF HOPE is here to provide services for ANYONE that finds themselves affected by the topic of suicide. The staff and volunteers are caring and welcoming. In fact, my personal favorite aspect of LOH is by far the people involved! The fashion in which guests are treated is with love, respect, validation, and understanding. The personal connections that have been made to help in this journey have been invaluable to me, my family, and a growing number of so many others. I serve to ensure we are here for you too.

Board VICE PRESIDENT
Ashley Brown – Life isn’t easy; in fact sometimes it’s down right difficult. I want people to have a place to go where they can just talk to someone free of judgement and feel welcomed if they are challenged by the topic of suicide.  I love that we’re all just ‘real’ people. We aren’t mental health professionals. We’re simply caring leaders, most of whom have battled through their own experiences and want to help others through theirs.

Board TREASURER
Amanda Heisdorf – I believe the issue of suicide is a major mental health problem in America that the current Healthcare System is not addressing. It is time that we take this into our own hands and help to serve a growing population of people that need help. LOH may have started in Washington County Wisconsin, but there is no reason we can’t grow to serve our State and one day Nation. In one word, LOH is “passion”. From our fearless leader and dedicated staff, down to the volunteers who make the magic happen behind the scenes, LOH is built on a family of people who are passionate about serving the community. I want MORE people to know OF LOH; we exist, we are free for you and your loved ones, and there is no shame in asking for help. Everything done at LOH is to improve and save lives.

Board SECRETARY
Teresa Mottet – I serve the LOH mission because suicide has effected almost everyone I know on some level. My favorite aspect of LOH is that this organization feels and operates like a family. It does not matter if you are an employee, volunteer, or guest, we are all in this together. It’s a place full of people that want to help, and will go out of their way to help you no matter what your circumstances are.

MEMBERS AT LARGE

Bill Weston – I don’t have a personal story that connects me to LOH but I have observed Deeatra and LiFE OF HOPE since it started and have been very impressed with the mission. I believe LOH serves a very important function for our community. I find personal satisfaction knowing that our organization is making a real difference in our community. WE ARE HERE TO HELP! Not enough people know we exist and I’m doing my part to build awareness. It’s getting better but we still have work to do.  Our programs help so many, filling gaps between survived attempts and measurable levels of healing (physically and mentally).  We are here to prevent suicides form every angle possible and reduce the emotional and financial impact on our community.

Brenda Vetter – I serve the LiFE OF HOPE mission because after losing my 16 year old son to suicide, I don’t want any family to go through what we have gone through and continue to struggle with. I want everyone to know that LiFE OF HOPE can help you and your family and friends…no matter where you are on your journey.

Lily Mottet (Youth Representative) – The LiFE OF HOPE mission is relevant to my life as a teenager. Too often suicide ideation is not addressed among teens or it is brushed off as teenage angst. Through LiFE OF HOPE we can spread our message to various types of demographics and provide help to those who need it – no matter their age. To truly appreciate LOH, you have to experience it yourself. The whole office team, board, and many of our dedicated volunteers feel like family and the supporters in the community are a big part of what keeps our mission (and so many lives) alive. I want everyone to know that LiFE OF HOPE exists to help people. Our mission and those who carry out that mission are so determined to do good and make this community more loving, understanding, and accepting.

Michelle Anderson – I serve the LiFE OF HOPE mission because being a voice and community advocate for this organization is critical to saving lives and supporting those who have lost a loved one to suicide. LOH reaches into our community to support those whose suffering may not be easily recognized – people and families affected by suicide or thoughts of suicide. My favorite aspect of LOH is the diverse, passionate workers and volunteers who have a drive to spread the mission. It’s a safe place to receive HOPE, comfort, and resources for all who have experienced LiFE challenges and loss, regardless of age, race, or gender.

NOTE: Our Board of Directors is seeking male, respected leaders of influence to serve in a “Members at Large” role. Apply online today!

Founder + Executive Director (non-voting member of the Board)
Deeatra Kajfosz – LiFE OF HOPE started as nothing more than and idea. After having experienced suicide ideation and survived attempt myself, watching one of my children walk a similar path, and then losing a friend to this silent killer, I believed there had to be a better way. I simply wanted to offer a solution to help others know they are not alone and make the journey toward HOPE and healing easier. What has grown out of my initial quest to better understand the topic of suicide has turned into a growing movement. LiFE OF HOPE is proof that “connection” and “HOPE” are the keys to “prevention” and “LiFE. And, we’ve only just begun! With continued and increased financial support from individuals, businesses, churches, professional groups, and foundations, we will continue to save lives. As I often say, “LiFE OF HOPE is national. The rest of the country just doesn’t know it yet.” Join our movement and SAVE-A-LiFE!