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Meet the Utah Board

27 May 2021 — 7 min read

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We Can Stop Suicide
Amanda

Name: Amanda McIntosh

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her

City: Price (but I cover Carbon, Emery, and Grand Counties)

What year did you start on the Board? 2021


What is your heart connection to the cause? Lived Experience and a loss survivor.

Why do you volunteer? I volunteer in hopes of protecting other families from the pain of losing a loved one to suicide.  I want my daughter to grow up in a world where stigma for mental health is eradicated, a world where everyone has access to quality mental health care, and ultimately, a world where suicide doesn’t exist.   


What AFSP leadership roles do you have? I currently sit on the Education and Loss and Healing Committees!


What is your favorite AFSP memory? Long before joining the Board, I admired the passion and dedication of AFSP members and volunteers.  I can’t wait to make long-lasting friendships and connections with my new AFSP family. 


What's something about you we may not know? I was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada and am a transplant to Utah.  I have been a resident of rural Price, Utah for over 12 years.  I lost my husband to suicide in July of 2014.  I have an 8 year old daughter who is always and forever at the center of ev

Bill

Name: Bill Owen

Preferred Pronouns: he/him

City: Brigham City

What year did you start on the Board? 2019

What is your heart connection to the cause? Loss survivor 

Why do you volunteer? My hope is knowing I helped or saved one person.

What AFSP leadership roles do you have? Nominations Committee

What is your favorite AFSP memory? Volunteering at the walks and meeting Alex Boyè 

What's something about you we may not know? Hmmm diet dr.

Brandon

Name: Brandon Callor

Preferred Pronouns: He/Him

City: Cottonwood Heights

What year did you start on the Board? 2019

What is your heart connection to the cause? Lived experience and loss survivor

Why do you volunteer? I have hope in a prevention strategy that will eliminate suicide. I need the connection that being part of AFSP provides. 

What AFSP leadership roles do you have? I am co-chair of public policy committee and Project 2025 champion. 

What is your favorite AFSP memory? Attending Advocacy Forum in Washington D.C. in my first year of being on the board will forever be one of my fondest memories. I made so many excellent connections from across the country. It made me feel safe knowing that I was in the presence of so many people who felt the same way as me. 

What's something about you we may not know? Although I am a forensic scientist by trade, I am an artist at heart. I play the saxophone and the piano. I am also an actor and enjoy getting into my roles even if it means growing an epic beard and mane. 

Brady

Name:  Brady Standley

Preferred Pronouns:  he / him

City:  Riverdale

What year did you start on the Board?  2017

What is your heart connection to the cause?  Lost my oldest son David to suicide

Why do you volunteer?  To connect with others who have lost someone

What AFSP leadership roles do you have?  Treasurer

What is your favorite AFSP memory?  AFSP Leadership Conference, Walks - getting to know so many wonderful people

What's something about you we may not know?  I enjoy keeping my mind sharp, at least trying to with jigsaw puzzles, diamond painting, adult coloring, crosswords, reading, etc. 

Jane

Name: Jane Smith

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

City: Sandy

What year did you start on the Board? 2020

What is your heart connection to the cause? Suicide Loss Survivor after losing my Mom in 2014. 

Why do you volunteer? I volunteer because I believe suicide is a public health issue and that we need all hands on deck to tackle this leading cause of death. I am passionate about creating a community of hope for those who have lost loved ones, personally struggle, and those who are our allies in the fight against suicide. 

What AFSP leadership roles do you have? Board Member. Volunteer Engagement Coordinator for the UT Chapter. Nominations Committee Member. 

What is your favorite AFSP memory? There are so many good ones – attending the Annual Advocacy Forum in 2017 with my best friend and fellow suicide prevention warrior, helping to plan the top fundraising campus walk in the country, and being the Walk Chair for the community walk in the city where I did my first walk after losing my mom. 

What's something about you we may not know? I am a proud former volunteer for our AFSP Michigan Chapter before making my way to Utah. Outside of work and volunteering, I am a competitive horseback rider!

Josie

Name: Josie Jesse

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her

City: South Jordan

What year did you start on the Board? 2019


What is your heart connection to the cause? Lived Experience and a loss survivor.

Why do you volunteer? I want to be an active voice in helping stop suicide and ending the stigma around mental health. I would love to live in a world where suicide is erased and mental health is as commonly cared for as our physical health for care. 


What AFSP leadership roles do you have? Co-Chair of the board. I am the Utah Coordinator for the Healing Conversations Program through which we bring comfort to those who have experienced a loss. Education Committee member, Loss & Healing Committee member, Public Policy Committee member. Social Media Coordinator.


What is your favorite AFSP memory? The night I met our area director Taryn. We were both speaking on a panel at Sundance Film Festival. 


What's something about you we may not know? I am a proud Air Force veteran, as well a proud and outspoken transgender woman. I am originally from Montana and still claim that as home. 

mary Lou

Name:  Mary Lou Arveseth        

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her

City: Salt Lake City

What year did you start on the Board? 2009.  Became an official Board in 2010.

What is your heart connection to the cause? My amazing son, Jed, died by suicide in 2009.

Why do you volunteer? To help educate, to reduce stigma and do all I can to prevent another family from hurting like ours does.

What AFSP leadership roles do you have? Currently, the Nominations Committee chair. 

What is your favorite AFSP memory? Soooo many!  I loved watching our WALK develop from a few participants to over 8,000. 

What's something about you we may not know?  In 2016, I won the Invest in Others, Volunteer of the Year award and was awarded $20,000 for our Chapter.  We used the money to start our billboard program and reach into many rural counties we had not been able to touch prior.

Mindy

Name: Mindy Deeter

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her

City:Brigham City

What year did you start on the Board? 2020

What is your heart connection to the cause? Lived Experience

Why do you volunteer? I want to help bring hope and awareness to suicide and mental health

What AFSP leadership roles do you have? Board Member and Brigham City walk chair 

What is your favorite AFSP memory? My first walk.  It was cold and rainy but for a brief moment the clouds parted and the sun shone down on us as we did our walk. 

What's something about you we may not know? I feel like I’m a pretty open book. What someone might not know about me though is that I love baseball!  Ok just kidding everyone knows that! 

Kristen

Name: Kristen Cook

Preferred Pronouns: She/Her

City: West Jordan

What year did you start on the Board? 2015

What is your heart connection to the cause? Lived Experience

Why do you volunteer? I want to help reduce the stigma around suicide and mental health that prevents people from reaching out for help. This organization and those involved with it, helped me get the help I needed and are part of the reason I am still here. I want that for others too.

What AFSP leadership roles do you have? Secretary

What is your favorite AFSP memory? I love participating in the national Overnight walks. I have made so many friends from around the country who have helped me keep going when life gets hard. There is nothing like an Overnight walk experience but I enjoy volunteering at our local walks so that others can have the best experience possible.

What's something about you we may not know? I love to travel. I love the adventure of going somewhere and experiencing as much as possible. My go to travel destinations are Disney and the beach.

rick

Name: Rick Robbins

Preferred Pronouns: He/him

City: Vernal

What year did you start on the Board? 2014

What is your heart connection to the cause? Loss Survivor, Son, and many cousins, friends;

Why do you volunteer? To bring awareness to mental health, Reduce the stigma, and be able to have conversations about Depression, Anxiety. To live in a world where it's accepted and talked about as is our physical health.

What AFSP leadership roles do you have? Co-Chair of the board, Co-chair Fundraising committee, Healing Conversation committee member, Vernal walk chair.

What is your favorite AFSP memory? When I went to the Salt Lake Walk for the 1st time at Sugar house park 2013, and felt the support and love for lost survivors was very healing for me.

What's something about you we may not know? I enjoy chips and salsa, golf, spending time with my wife Anne, McKay Son, and the

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