Founder + Executive Director
Deeatra Kajfosz – I believe we all need and deserve a second chance at LiFE. For me, I’ve received many second chances (sometimes within a single day). LiFE OF HOPE is my way of helping others understand what I didn’t; suicide is not selfish, cowardice, or weak. It’s a state of severe psychological pain. And, it’s preventable! Our peer-based, comprehensive approach to preventing suicide attempts and loss is working. Lives are not only being saved, they are being filled with a sense of purpose. Connection and HOPE truly are the keys to prevention and LiFE. Thank you for your interest in our team and LiFE-Saving mission. We are here for YOU!
Louie Araujo – Waking up in the morning and having a purpose is what I have been looking for in my LiFE. ~ LiFE OF HOPE, our mission, and our team have made that wish come true. Making people happy is what moves me. Everyday, I look forward to planting seeds of HOPE to grow the organization and our mission. My passion for LiFE OF HOPE has only grown since I joined the team. I am excited to be part of the LOH story. Thank you for allowing me to connect and grow with you.
Anna Remillard – I support LiFE OF HOPE’s mission because I lost a family member to suicide a few years ago and know first hand the affect that loss has on a family. I am glad I found a way to give back to a cause that means so much to me. Being able to reach out to the community and raise awareness about suicide and mental wellness is my favorite part of the job, knowing that our community is happier, healthier, and more HOPE-full because of the work done here at LiFE OF HOPE.
Lori Newhauser – I am here to serve the LiFE OF HOPE mission, because someone I love very much died by suicide. I don’t want another family to go through that pain, so I am here to help in any way I can. My favorite aspect of LOH would definitely be the people I work with, and the those I meet who are on their own journey. I love it when I see our guests leave after a visit to our office on a much happier and calmer than when they first came to see us. They leave HOPE-full.
Jody Wheaton – I grew up with feelings of not being good enough, feeling like a burden if I was anything but cheerful, like I wouldn’t be missed if I disappeared. I now know that those thoughts are lies! I want every person to know that they are worth so much and are good enough, never a burden and they would definitely be missed. ~ Like our guests, I felt accepted the minute I walked in the door and continue to feel that way. I enjoy every aspect of being part of the LOH team. Love and support flows here! It’s a safe, welcoming, and helpful place to connect and heal.
Montana Ermer – I am proud to be part of the LOH mission because, at a young age, I watched suicide affect people very close to me and then later down the road I lost a very special person in my LiFE to suicide. From that day on, I’ve never felt the same, but it has given me the motivation and will to help others. I am here with the HOPE that what I give will spared others from feeling the way I have felt or hurting the way I have watched others hurt. I love coming to work and knowing that what we do here, on a daily basis, is making a difference.
Grant Writer – Briana Kitzke – Photograph and “Short Share” to come.
Bailey (seven pound Pomeranian) – I love meeting new people, no matter who they are or what brings them to our door. My favorite part of being the LiFE OF HOPE Office Mascot is helping infuse a sense of joy and unconditional love into each new day. When someone comes to us desperate for understanding and support, I’d like to think that my presence helps to calm their fears and heal their heart in some small way. I may be small, but my dedication to adding a bit of joy to our guest’s day/LiFE is mighty! If that means doing tricks on command or comforting a guest by sitting on their lap during a visit, I’m here to cheer them on with my Pom Pom personality.
NOTE: Bailey would never want to bring harm to anyone, so if you are afraid of, or allergic to dogs, please let us know and we’ll make sure you are safe and comfortable during your visit(s) to see us. You’d be amazed and what Bailey can achieve, even when sitting on the sideline.