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Meet the NCAC Board of Directors

13 Oct 2020 — 9 min read


AFSP NCAC Board of Directors

Ali Walker, Board Chair

Since the loss of a close friend to suicide in 2010, Ali has been volunteering as a suicide prevention advocate in hopes of reducing stigma and supporting those affected by suicide. During her time as an undergraduate at The Ohio State University, she focused on peer education and secured a $21,000 grant to fund annual programming for mental wellness and suicide prevention that has since continued. It is through these early experiences that she discovered AFSP and participated in the Out of the Darkness (OOTD) Walk in Columbus, OH. After moving to the Washington, D.C. area she found the National Capital Area Chapter. She did her first D.C. OOTD Walk in 2015 where she met her now husband Chris, and in 2016 joined the chapter's board of directors. She also works as a Physician Assistant in critical care medicine, and hopes to elevate the conversation around mental health among health care workers both for themselves and for their patients. "AFSP has given me a community, and is a constant source of hope and inspiration. I am priveleged to work alongside so many dedicated advocates who give of their time to make this world a better place for everyone", says Walker. She is a Rochester, NY native with an affinity for chocolate and the great outdoors, and spends her down time with her husband and their golden retriever slash unofficial AFSP NCAC mascot "Otie". 


Virginia Lindahl, President

Virginia is a Clinical Psychologist in the D.C. metro area. She attended undergraduate at the George Washington University where she studied psychology and political science, and later went on to earn her masters and PhD in Clinical Psychology at the Catholic University of America. Over the years she has applied her passion for mental health in a number of volunteer capacities both nationally and abroad. She volunteers with the American Red Cross Disaster Mental Health team, offering psychological assistance to victims and first responders, and provides pro bono mental health services to survivors of gun violence and their families through Give An Hour. Virginia joined the AFSP NCAC board in October 2019 and has been a passionate advocate for those affected by suicide. She serves on the Project 2025 Committee and has taken an active role supporting advocacy, education, and loss survivor programming within the chapter. In her free time, you may find her camping out in the Shenandoah with her son and their therapy dog, Page. They may or may not also be snacking on Heath bars (well, except for Page).


Eugene Cho, Secretary

When it comes to data management, look no further. By trade, Eugene is a data science consultant who advises federal agencies on their data strategy. He has been volunteering for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline as a crisis worker since early 2019 and developed a tremendous appreciation for the difficulties of living with suicidal ideation. Eugene led the walk team for his company at the 2019 Washington, D.C. Out of the Darkness Walk and proved to be one of the top fundraisers that year in a highly contested (friendly) fundraising battle for the #1 slot! After a successful season of fundraising, Eugene set out to become more involved with AFSP's mission and joined the board in February 2020. For anyone looking for a good spot to eat fried chicken, email Eugene for his latest ranking (yes, as a true secretary should, he has a stored spreadsheet of best fried chicken in the area). 


Keith Tate, Treasurer

Professionally, Keith is a highly talented Portfolio Manager overseeing more than 1300 HOA and condominiums throughout the Northern Virginia area with a background in Business Managemet. He has applied his organizational and management skills to support the stewardship of our chapter finances and ensure that the funds raised are being well spent to further suicide prevention initiatives in the national capital area. Keith first became involved with AFSP volunteering at the registration table for our Loudoun and Manassas Out of the Darkness Community Walks. He is passionate about this cause as an individual who has been personally affected by suicide, and wrote in his application to the board, "I want to make a difference, tell my story, and if in doing so I can reach one person and save a life it will all be worth it." When Keith isn't crunching numbers, you can find him spending time with his two beautiful daughters and drawing. 


Bo Kim, Volunteer Chair

Our sweet and bubbly Bo was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea later moving to New York City until her work as a loan review analyst brought her to the national capital area in 2017. She learned of AFSP through a friend at work a few months after her relocation, and was pleased to join the board as Volunteer Chair where she has been prompt to personally welcome all new volunteers and help them find rewarding opportunities to use their skills and interests within the chapter. During her time with the board, Bo has not only guided hundreds of new volunteers but has also been an avid member of the Annual Golf Tournament planning committee. In January 2020, she also spoke at AFSP's annual Chapter Leadership Conference as part of a panel on diversity. Bo has been instrumental in strengthening our chapter volunteer body, and it is with bittersweet emotion that we congratulate her on her relocation back to her home city of New York, New York. She will continue returning in the spring for the Golf Tournament, and is leaving behind some big (yet highly fashionable) shoes to fill.


Hannah Menzner, Education Chair

Our Education Chair comes to us all the way from Boise, ID! By day she is a consultant and graduate from UVA where she earned her B.S. in Commerce. She developed an interest in suicide prevention after becoming a trained volunteer for a local crisis hotline where she responded to numerous calls from individuals struggling with thoughts of suicide. It was through that experience that she found her passion for mental health advocacy and education. After moving to the Washington, D.C. area in 2018 she began volunteering with AFSP NCAC and quickly set out to lead educational programming across the region. Hannah has helped to formalize the chapter's Education Committee thereby increasing the volume of education presentations being delivered as well as sharing AFSP resources with a greater portion of the community. As one would expect from a girl from Idaho, Hannah can not only teach you about suicide prevention but can also offer great insight to the world of potatoes. She is a talented pianist and lover of the Girl Scouts' Thin Mint cookies.


Jessica Lincoln, Development Chair

Jessica grew up a "military kid" though she considers Virginia Beach to be her home, where her family ultimately settled after her father retired from his career in the Navy. She earned her B.A. in English Literature with a focus on Shakespearean drama with a minor in Biochemistry at the College of William and Mary. Jessia has gone on to become an entrepraneur, operating learning centers for children in the metro area. Following the loss of her younger brother, Kevin, to suicide in 2016, Jessica sought out training opportunities to become a bereavement support group facilitator for children and teens which she now hosts weekly. She began volunteering with AFSP at the Loudoun Out of the Darkness Walk and has gone on to take a lead role in several other chapter events. As Development Chair, she builds meaningful relationships with volunteers and community partners who share our passion for suicide prevention. In her spare time, Jessica may take her two dogs for a peaceful ride down Skyline Drive in the Shenandoah National Park and give a friendly wave to Virginia Lindahl's tent off in the distance!


Meredith Glaze, Loss & Healing Chair

Meredith's passion for suicide prevention stems from her love for so many friends who have struggled with mental illness, thoughts of suicide, and suicide attempts.  Her current focus is supporting fellow survivors of suicide loss throughout the healing process.  Prior to joining the board, Meredith got involved with AFSP as a volunteer for the D.C. Out of the Darkness Walk and as a site lead for the International Survivors of Suicide Loss (ISOSL) Day event in D.C.  By day, Meredith is an Elementary School Counselor for Prince William County Schools where she seeks to make mental health and suicide prevention a priority.  In her spare time, you can find Meredith decompressing through yoga, rock climbing, playing piano, or reading a good book.


Trevor Bernard, Public Policy Chair

Trevor has a long-time passion for law, knowing since the seventh grade that he aspired to one day become a lawyer. He earned his B.A. in Law and Society with a minor in Economics at Western New England University, and then went on to earn his J.D. at the Roger Williams University School of Law. After moving to Washington, D.C. for work, Trevor began volunteering with AFSP NCAC's Public Policy Committee where he gained a greater understanding of the complexities that contribute to suicidality. With his professional experience and personal passion for mental health, Trevor stepped up to lead the chapter's public policy activity helping plan the 2nd Annual Virginia State Capitol Day and establishing the first ever Washington, D.C. Capitol Day. Under his leadership, the Public Policy Committee has grown in membership and continues to work alongside elected officials on the local, state, and federal levels to advocate for suicide prevention. When Trevor is taking a break from the world of policy and law, he might actually still be thinking about it while binge-watching The West Wing. Trevor lives by the words "Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a battle about which you know nothing", and hopes that through our work not only will we spread kindness, but also reduce stigma and thus empower those of us facing mental health challenges to come forward and seek help whenever needed.


Tristan Gorrindo, Project 2025 Chair

Tristan Gorrindo is a practicing, board certified child and adolescent psychiatrist in Washington, D.C. He completed his clinical training at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, and seeks to play an active role in AFSP's mission to save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide. As Chair of the Project 2025 Committee, Tristan has taken the lead in identifying areas of opportunity for the chapter to engage with local entities on suicide prevention initiatives that fall within the four critical areas of Project 2025: firearms, large healthcare systems, emergency departments, and corrections systems. When taking time for himself, Tristan enjoys walking his pup in Glover Park and re-watching Ozark.


Erin Pedati, Marketing Chair

With more than 15 years of experience as a graphic designer, Erin joined the AFSP NCAC Communications Committee in June 2018 with the intention to increase awareness and amplify the conversation surrounding suicide prevention. Her skill as an accomplished expert in her field has truly come to life through her volunteer work with the chapter and played a significant role in earning our national award for "Best Chapter Social Media" in 2019. Erin was inspired by her experiences on the Communications Committee and joined the board in February 2020 because she says, "I have a lot more to give, on a greater level." In line with her artistic disposition, Erin enjoys spending downtime at the Hirshhorn Museum or making custom paintings at home. She enjoys watching all shows food-related, and is known for bringing the best snacks to meetings (which her fellow board members look forward to taking advantage of). 


Stacey Swan, Prince William Area Liaison

For many years Stacey has been active as a fierce advocate for suicide prevention in our community, first finding her voice to advocate on her own behalf and subsequently giving voice to the thousands of Virginians who are impacted by mental health challenges and suicide. Through her work she has built a strong network of fellow citizens, community partners, and elected officials who share her passion for mental health and believe that together, we can stop suicide. Stacey joined the board in August 2019 and has helped to connect AFSP NCAC with more people in the Prince William Area, bringing our chapter resources, programming, and support to a growing network across the area. She is a passionate member of both the Public Policy Committee and the Manassas Out of the Darkness Community Walk Committee, and has been traveling to Richmond, VA every year to meet with state representatives during the annual Virginia State Capitol Day. In addition to her love for humans, Stacey has a big heart for animals as well, frequently welcoming new rescue pups into her home. Stacey enjoys hiking when she needs a break, and is a proud fan of the Washington Nationals and the Wizards.


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