Brittany Frisbie, Chair of the AFSP Colorado Chapter
Brittany became involved in suicide prevention after losing her cousin, Brian, to suicide. She became involved with the AFSP in 2013 when she inquired about starting an Out of the Darkness Walk in her hometown – Fort Morgan, Colorado. She has been the Walk Chair ever since. Brittany joined the Board in 2016. She is passionate about the Out of the Darkness Walks, educating on mental health and suicide awareness. Brittany earned her Bachelor’s degree in Applied Sociology from UNC and a Masters in Legal Administration from the University of Denver. She works at a family law firm and is currently a law student at the University of Denver.
Zachary McFarland, Treasurer
Zack became involved with AFSP in 2015 when he inquired about volunteering for the Denver Metro Out of the Darkness Walk. He has worked as a Loan Officer at FirstBank since June 2014 and joined the AFSP Colorado Chapter Board as Treasurer in July 2018. Zack personally overcame depression and suicidal thoughts as a result of various health-related issues in college and will do whatever it takes to support those impacted by suicide.
Amy Barnett, Board of Directors
Amy lost her brother Erik to suicide in February 2012. In 2015, she moved from Minnesota to Colorado and attended her first International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day that November. Amy has been involved with the AFSP Colorado Chapter ever since! While she attends most of AFSP’s events throughout the year, Amy has been most involved in Survivor Day and was the Denver site chair in 2017. It was during that year she was elected to the Board of Directors. Supporting others on their grief recovery journey has become a passion of hers, leading Amy to become certified as a Grief Recovery Specialist. Her efforts are aimed at bringing hope and healing to those effected by suicide while also focusing on prevention and saving lives.
Chris Peterson, Gunnison Out of the Darkness Campus Walk, Walk Chair
Chris Peterson supported her three teenage boys, their close friends, and families after the loss of three teenagers to suicide within 8 months. After countless hours of research, she found that AFSP, their fundraising walks, awareness, and education programs would be a wonderful way to help support her community, and also help support suicide prevention nationwide. Chris has worked with the local schools as a volunteer on many different projects and is thrilled to be able to bring the annual Gunnison High School Out of the Darkness Campus Walks to her local high school and the entire community. Helping to educate not only the community about suicide prevention is one of her strongest passions.
Nancy Medina, Survivor Outreach Program Coordinator
Nancy lost her dad, Marty Cherrie, to suicide in October 1998. After attending her first International Survivors of Suicide Loss day in November 2016, she realized that she wanted to help others who have been affected by suicide. Nancy began volunteering with the AFSP Colorado Chapter in February 2017 and has attended several AFSP events including the 2017 Denver Metro and Southwest Colorado Out of the Darkness Walks and Facilitating a Suicide Bereavement Support Group Training. Nancy is committed to supporting others who have experienced suicide loss, along with educating the community about suicide prevention and how suicide relates to mental illness and substance use disorders.
Sheri Cole, Colorado Area Director
Sheri became an AFSP Area Director in 2013 after co-chairing 4 large Community Walks and helping to found and Chair the Colorado Chapter. Her passion for helping others stems from losing her 16-year-old son David in September of 2009. “We can’t always measure what doesn’t happen but, together I know we are making an impact in educating and empowering our society to help save lives.”