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Meet the AFSP CO Chapter Board Members

9 Sep 2021 — 4 min read

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Nancy Medina

Nancy Medina – Board Chair – Colorado Chapter

  What is your connection to the cause/AFSP?

  • I lost my dad to suicide several years ago and in 2016, attended my first Denver Metro Out of the Darkness Walk and International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day.  Since then I have been a volunteer with AFSP, attending many events and trainings, being coordinator for Healing Conversations, and currently board chair for the Colorado chapter.

   If you could travel anywhere in the world where would you go?

  • I was fortunate enough to go on my dream vacation in 2019 to Australia with my daughter.  In the future I would like to visit Ireland, Portugal, Greece and Japan.

   What is your favorite food?

  • I have several – Mexican food, Italian food and seafood

  What is your favorite saying?

  • I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. -Maya Angelou

  What are your hobbies?

  • Attending concerts and movies, reading, spending time with family and friends, meditation, and being outdoors
Zachary McFarland

Zachary McFarland – Board Treasurer

   What is a fun fact you know?

  • Coconut tastes like sunscreen smells

   What is a hidden talent you have?

  • Pencil sketching/drawing

   What do you do to relax?

  • Driving, listening to music, anything to do with water

  What is your favorite food?

  • Cornbread, brisket, meatloaf, and banana pudding (can you tell I grew up in the south?)

   When you were little what did you want to grow up to be?

  • A virologist
Stephanie Thomassen

Stephanie Thomassen – Chapter Secretary; Denver Metro Walk Chair

  If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?

  • If I could travel anywhere in the world I would go to Bora Bora.  I haven’t been able to visit many desirable beach destinations so I would like to start crossing some off my list!

  What are your core values?

  • A couple of my core values are to be positive and kind while valuing my time and work.

  What is a fun fact or hidden talent you have?

  • A fun fact of mine is I used to Scottish Highland dance growing up.
Britt Frisbie

Britt Frisbie – Public Policy & Advocacy lead; NE Colorado Walk Chair

  What is your connection to the cause/AFSP?

  • I lost my cousin Brian to suicide in 2008.  A friend of mine told me about he Out of the Darkness Walk and that there was one in Colorado(Denver).  I reached out because I was unable to attend the Denver walk and AFSP national contacted me to see if I would be interested in starting an event in Northeast Colorado.  I’ve been involved in AFSP as a volunteer ever since.  I began as a walk-chair volunteer and have held various positions on the board and executive committee.

    If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? 

  • Ireland, Greece or Thailand are on my next trip list.

  What is your favorite food?

  • Cheese

   What is your favorite saying?

  • Your vibe attracts your tribe.

   What are your hobbies?

  • Hiking, reading, writing, art, and traveling
Christine Peterson

Christine Peterson – Campus Walk Chair

   What is your connection to the cause/AFSP?

  • After the loss of 3 teenagers, all close to our family, I decided to do what I could to help others avoid suffering such a traumatic loss 

   What is your favorite food?

  • Homemade chicken pot pie

   What do you do to relax?

  • Camping with family and friends where there is no cell service.

   What are your hobbies?

  • Crafting, building furniture, traveling/playing tourist

   What is a fun fact or hidden talent you have?

  • I have 6 rescue cats and a ginormous rescue dog!
Jo Anna DeMarrais

Jo Anna Demarrais – Ft. Collins Walk Chair

   How are you connected to the cause?

  • This cause has become very close to my heart after losing my 40-year-old son, SSG Brian Michael Reed by suicide on March 14, 2016. He was a member of the Army Special Forces 82nd Airborne and served on 3 deployments to the Middle East where he suffered a traumatic brain injury. After his death, I felt like my world was pretty dark so I reached out to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and completed my first Out of the Darkness Walk (OOTD) in Fort Morgan in 2016. After that Walk, I was honored to become the co-chair for the inaugural 2017 Fort Collins (FTC) OOTD Walk and have served as Walk Chair for the Fort Collins OOTD Community Walk since.  

    What is one of your favorite sayings? - (I'm not sure which is my favorite!)

  • This, too, in time will pass 
  • Take the lemons life gives you, and make lemonade

    What are your hobbies?

  • Spending time with family and friends, cooking, entertaining, traveling, volunteering and gardening

    What is your favorite food?

  • Ice cream - (without a doubt LOL!)
Sheri Cole

 Sheri Cole – Area Director - AFSP Colorado Chapter

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