Montana Chapter Chair.
Butte Community Walk Chair.
Board Chair Dorea Wilmoth is a Butte native and has worked for Town Pump Hotels at the Comfort Inn of Butte for 11 years, where she is the Sales Manager. She came to be involved with AFSP in 2014 after the loss of her best friend’s younger brother. Prior to working for Town Pump, she spent 8 years as a radio announcer in Butte. She studied Radio/TV Broadcasting at Central Wyoming College, and Professional & Technical Communications at Montana Tech of the University of Montana.
In addition to her work with AFSP Montana Chapter, Dorea is a Vice President on the Butte Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Chair of the Butte Chamber Ambassadors Committee, serves as Secretary for the Digger Athletic Association and Advantage Butte, and is actively involved with the Silver Bow Hospitality Association after having spent 6 years as a board member. She was previously the Director of Operations for Same Difference Inclusive Theatre Company. Dorea also is the Walk Chair for the Butte Out of the Darkness Walk each year and would love to present Talk Saves Lives to your organization or discuss other educational opportunities and partnerships.
Dorea lives in Butte with her 2 dogs and spends any free time doting on her 3 young nieces or taking road trips to see live music or comedy.
In November 2018, Dorea was honored to be named the Butte. Elevated. 2018 Young Professional of the Year. Visit this video, where she discusses what motivates her, including her work on behalf of Suicide Prevention.
Past Montana Chapter Chair.
Montana Chapter Education Committee Chair.
Yellowstone Valley Community Walk Chair.
Joan Nye holds her BA from University Washington and JD from Stanford University Law School. After practicing law in Washington DC, Seattle, and Billings, she (and attorney husband Jerry Nye) retired from law practice and moved to their small ranch in Stillwater County in 2000.
In retirement Joan has volunteered nearly full time with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), including serving as Chair of AFSP Montana Chapter for ten years and continuing to serve on its Board, teaching many suicide prevention gatekeeper classes and the AFSP educational programs (TALK SAVES LIVES and MORE THAN SAD: TEEN DEPRESSION), chairing the chapter’s Education Committee, chairing the annual Out of the Darkness Community Walk in Billings, and facilitating a support group for suicide loss survivors. She has been an active member of the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Yellowstone Valley since its inception in 2004.
Joan is active in her UCC church — writing its newsletter, playing piano for worship, singing alto in its choir, and helping with youth ministry. She also prepares the Class Notes column for her law class. After international trips and high altitude treks before retirement, Joan and Jerry now travel mostly to our National Parks and to see their 5 granddaughters and other family members. Joan remains active in the book group she joined in 1980, confessing that without it, she’d read nothing but mysteries.
Montana Chapter Board Member.
East Helena Campus Walk Chair.
Bio to come
Jennifer Preble, LCSW
Montana Chapter Advocacy & Public Policy Chair
AFSP National Public Policy Council Member
Jennifer Preble is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and long-time suicide prevention advocate. Her time with AFSP-MT started in 2006 as a volunteer with an Out of the Darkness Walk in Miles City, MT. Since then her commitment to suicide prevention, education, research, and advocacy has evolved into graciously serving Montana as the Policy and Advocacy Chair. This has led to annual participation in Advocacy Forum in Washington DC, hosting Montana’s first ever State Capitol Day in 2017 and awarding two of Montana’s advocates with an Allies in Action Award. Jennifer has become a trainer as a Youth Mental Health First Aid Instructor. She is also recognized as a Suicide Bereavement Clinician, having been trained by Dr. Jack Jordan. In her current hometown of Helena, Jennifer serves on the Local Advisory Council’s Suicide Prevention Taskforce, offers testimony during legislative sessions, and coordinates with state officials working toward reducing suicide in Montana. Jennifer was recently appointed to the AFSP National Public Policy Council and is honored to serve.
When she is not involved with AFSP-MT, she is actively involved in serving those with a mental illness, supporting children as a licensed foster/adoptive parent, training her first ever service dog, serving on Leadership Helena, and spending time with friends and family. She thanks you for considering joining the movement of reducing suicide 20% by 2025 and encourages you to contact the chapter if you are interested in taking part in this critical movement.
Fredricka Gilje, PhD
Montana Chapter Board Member
Fredricka Gilje is a retired nurse educator, actively engaged in suicide prevention education and research. She holds PhD Master and Bachelor of Science degrees in nursing. She has 40 years of experience as a nurse educator in baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs in North Dakota, Montana, Washington and Alaska. In addition, she has engaged in international collaboration in nursing education and research in Norway and Sweden. She has authored and co-authored various publications in nursing journals, including articles concerning caring for suicidal persons. Since 2004, she has served as a board member for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention-Montana Chapter. She actively participates in the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Yellowstone Valley and is certified as a Question-Persuade-Refer Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper instructor.
Mary Alice Jones
Montana Chapter Board Member
Bio & photo to come
Montana Chapter Board Secretary.
Tracy Rassley is a Paralegal at Berg Lilly, PC in Bozeman, Montana. She have been working with the firm for the past nineteen years. She became involved with American Foundation for Suicide Prevention in 2016 after the devastating loss of her son to suicide in January of 2015. She has been working with the Education Committee since October of 2016 and joined the Board of Directors in January of 2018.
Tracy presents Talk Saves Lives/More than Sad training for the public, parents and school districts in Gallatin County and surrounding areas. In the spring of 2017 she was able to join the counseling department at Belgrade High School in presenting SOS, Signs of Suicide, to 25 classes in the High School. Tracy has also attended AFSP Facilitator Training and has started a Parents of Suicide Support Group in Belgrade, Montana and hopes to continue growing that group. She also participated in her first Out of the Darkness Walk in 2016 in Bozeman, Montana. She has served on the Bozeman’s walk committee ever since.
Tracy lives in Belgrade, Montana with her husband and dog and spends her free time hiking with the two of them and traveling to Las Vegas to see her two daughters and their husbands.
Montana Chapter Board Treasurer.
Missoula Community Walk Chair.
Board member Nancy Yates is a Montana native who currently resides in Florence MT. Nancy spent years as the chief nursing informatics officer for Providence St. Joseph Health. Nancy graduated from MSU with her BSN and spent most of her clinical nursing career in Billings MT working in Pediatrics and Pediatric Intensive Care. Nancy started working for Providence St. Joseph Health in February of 2013, she has served in a variety of leadership positions in healthcare over the past 20 years.
Nancy became involved with AFSP in 2013 after the loss of her son Zack to suicide in 2011. Nancy and her family participated in their first community walk in Missoula in 2013 and have never looked back. Nancy was asked to chair the Missoula walk in 2016 and has continued to lead the efforts in the Missoula Community; each year seeing more participation and funds raised as a result of strong partnerships with St. Patrick Hospital and the community.
When Nancy is not traveling you will find her spending time with her family. Nancy and her husband ring hand bells at First Presbyterian Church in Missoula and love to go kayaking and fishing at every opportunity. Nancy has a daughter Becca who lives in Missoula, a son Nick who lives in Sidney, along with a 6 year old grandson Hayden.
Nancy is very interested in getting more involved with suicide prevention education and giving back to the community through the many AFSP programs.
Montana Chapter Board Member.
Eastern Montana Community Walk Chair.
Board member Nick Kallem is a Montana native who currently resides in Sidney, MT. Nick works for the Sidney Public Schools in many capacities and is working towards his degree in business for secondary education. Nick has resided in Sidney since summer of 2016.
Nick became involved with AFSP in 2013 after the loss of his brother Zack to suicide in 2011. Nick and his family participated in their first community walk in Missoula in 2013 and have never looked back. Nick chaired the first annual Eastern Montana Walk and is looking forward to growing the awareness and education in Eastern Montana.
When Nick is not working at the school, you will find him DJing a local dance, driving a bus across the state for a school-sponsored event, or lounging at home working on school.
Nick lives with his dad and has a sister, Becca, and a 7-year-old Nephew, Hayden, who reside in Missoula. Nick’s mom Nancy resides in Florence. With Nick being in the east and more family in the west, in his free time he makes every attempt to go west to see them.
Nick is very interested in getting more involved with suicide prevention education and giving back to the community through the many AFSP programs. Nick is committed to raising awareness and education for suicide prevention in Eastern Montana. Nick plans to leverage his work with AFSP to hopefully bring a level of awareness and involvement in Eastern Montana that will help achieve AFSP goals of Project 20×25 and bring the suicide rate down in Montana.