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Mary Sullivan – Chair
Mary Sullivan is the chair of the board for Prevent Suicide Fox Cities. She and a small passionate group started the organization in 2009. Her interest in PSFC stems from the need to decrease the stigma surrounding mental illness, which makes it difficult for people to seek help and to talk about their depression and anxiety and their suicidality. Over the past several years she has helped the organization build networks and collaborations with other agencies and organizations that work people experiencing mental health issues and/or grief.
Jeanette M. Potts – Vice Chair – Support Services, facilitates survivors support group, survivor of suicide loss
Jeanette M. Potts is Vice Chair of Support Services for Prevent Suicide Fox Cities (PSFC) – which focuses on community education, suicide prevention and survivor support. She became a trained facilitator for suicide prevention (QPR) and suicide support group services through the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention in summer 2012. Jeanette became involved with PSFC mainly because of her desire to help others who have been impacted by the death of a loved one due to suicide. Jeanette is also a suicide survivor and honors the memory of her beloved nephew, Rob.
CJ (Carol) Newman – Treasurer, Survivor of suicide loss/Advocate
Employment: Legal Assistant and Office Manager of Hesson & Birtch, LLC
Why PSFC: I have seen firsthand what suicide does to the surviving family and my goal is for no one else to go through that kind of pain.
Jann Dreier – Secretary
Jann retired from Kimberly-Clark Corporation after 32 years of service mainly in Logistics and Customer Service. She currently works part-time for a local chiropractor.
Jann got involved with PSFC because of the experiences with her daughter as a teenager suffering from depression and having limited resources available to seek help. She wants anyone that needs help out there today to have those resources to get the help they need. “I want our organization to be responsible for saving lives. ”
Cindy Reffke – Survivor of suicide loss, advocate of suicide prevention, Marketing Coordinator and Fundraising
Cindy Reffke, husband Jim Reffke, two sons Will and Tony
Native of the Fox Cities, residing in Darboy/Appleton
Board Role: Marketing, Fundraising, Event Planning
Employment: Business Owner, Quest Marketing, Inc.
Suicide prevention has always been near and dear to my heart as no one should lose their life to suicide or grieve the loss of a loved one to suicide. Through PSFC’s work and dedication to prevent suicide I want to help individuals stay alive through education, awareness and assistance. However, if a family experiences this type of loss, I want to offer support and help them through their grief.
I have 38 years of business experience working in the Fox Cities, owning/running Quest Marketing, Inc. for 16 of those years. I’m a past board member of KASA, BABES and Paperfest. As a Paperfest board member I was fortunate to experience every marketing medium from billboards to print – newspaper and magazine, radio, TV, social media, website design/copy and sponsorship. On each board I participated in organizing and planning their annual event. I hope to bring these experiences to Prevent Suicide Fox Cities.
Sara Westgor – Board member, Survivor of suicide loss
I have been with Westgor Funeral Homes since 1990. Being a third generation in my family business has allowed me to honor my family and serve the community in several capacities. I have enjoyed serving on the Board of Golden Retriever Rescue of Wisconsin as Secretary, then Treasurer. I served on the Board and was a member of the Menasha Rotary Club and am a current member of the Neenah Rotary Club. It has been my privilege to have been involved with many other wonderful organizations in our local communities.