Chair – Ellen Menendez
In March of 2009 Ellen’s life was impacted by suicide when she lost her childhood friend to suicide. She vowed then to learn all she could about suicide and how to help prevent another family from experiencing the loss of a loved one. Ellen joined the board in December 2010 and currently serves as the chapter’s Chair. In addition, she is an active field advocate and has advocated on Capitol Hill with AFSP for suicide prevention and mental health. She currently is an elementary school teacher with aspirations to finish her Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling with an emphasis on teenagers in the near future. With a teenage daughter she realizes the importance and need for counselors dedicated to our young adults. Ellen is trained in Mental Health First Aide for adults and children, SafeTALK, and as a Facilitator for Support Groups.
Gloria lost her husband to suicide in September 2013 and changed her life in ways unimaginable. She is hoping to help others not go through the pain, rejection, guilt, confusion, or blame through with her involvement with AFSP.