Dr. Yvette Jackson - Executive Director
Over the last 25 years, Dr. Yvette Jackson’s professional career has included clinical, academic, and administrative roles. Formally trained as a Social Worker and a Chaplain, she has provided leadership to multiple systems, including the Child Welfare System, the Office of the Attorney General, several Faith-Based Institutions, and numerous educational systems, including Higher Education. In addition to her role as Executive Director of the Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation (OSPF), she currently serves as Affiliated Faculty for Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio where she teaches coursework in the evenings in the Pastoral Care Division. All of her roles in the community have allowed her to work with individuals and families across the lifespan, capturing the gifting of the generations. Each occasion gave her ongoing opportunities to engage multiple processes and disciplines involving the continuity of care for Ohio’s individuals, clients, patients, students, parishioners, families, and communities.
Her former roles as Chaplain and Bereavement Care Coordinator in the Hospital and Hospice Care systems really inform her passion around grief recovery. Life is full of grief and loss, including death but not exclusive to death. Unresolved grief and bereavement can be crippling to any of us and all of us. However, the grief process can also become transformative in our lives, in our families, and in our places of work, worship, and school. The privilege of “coming alongside of individuals, families, and communities in crisis and celebration and empowering them to meet their fullest potential” is a core principle in Dr. Jackson’s legacy. She is delighted and honored to now “come alongside of “ the Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation, its Board of Directors, its Advisory Committee, staff, consultants, coalitions, and its countless community partners to lead them in the advancement of our vision, mission, and goals as described in the Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation 2013-2016 Strategic Plan. Please stay tuned for more E-Newsletters about how you can partner with us to advance this plan.
Cheryl Holton - Program Administrator
Responsible for planning, developing and implementing the Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation’s products and services, Coordinates all aspects of coalition development, suicide prevention training and Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation Youth and Adult Speaker’s Bureau, Assists with establishing and building constituencies, Coordinate all aspects of the Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation’s annual conferences, Develops and coordinates media, including writing articles and giving presentations, Manages data collection and information dissemination, Develops requests for proposals, reviews grant submissions, writes contracts and manages grants.
Ms Holton has been involved in suicide prevention work for the past 12 years. She co-wrote a suicide prevention curriculum for teens, served on the Ohio Suicide Prevention Team, coordinated the development of the Licking County Suicide Prevention Coalition, provided gatekeeper trainings to teachers, parents and agencies, taught suicide prevention strategies to middle and high school students and has presented on suicide prevention at the local, regional and state level.
Shawna Hite - SAMHSA, GLS Grand Coordinator
Shawna Hite serves as the SAMHSA (Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration), GLS (Garret Lee Smith) Grant Coordinator with the Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation. Shawna received her BA in Psychology and Communication from Lake Forest College in Illinois and her MPH (Master’s in Public Health) from The Ohio State University. Shawna is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES), with experience and knowledge in planning, implementing, and evaluating health-focused curriculums, programs, events, and projects.
Shawna’s previous work with the non-profit LEAD--Leading Youth to Healthy Decisions – in Lake Forest, Illinois, made her passionate about the prevention of youth suicides through community involvement and systems level approaches. Shawna has completed research focusing on the accessibility of suicide prevention resources in higher education and helped to complete a process evaluation of OSPF-funded suicide prevention coalitions. Shawna’s experience working in youth advocacy and her previous role as the Healthy People Program Specialist with The Ohio State University Extension, Family and Consumer Sciences, have made her passionate about equipping all Ohioans with the knowledge, abilities, and environmental supports to live healthy, fulfilling lives. Shawna is excited to begin her new role with OSPF and hopes to positively impact youth and young adults’ lives throughout all regions of Ohio as she coordinates the SAMHSA, GLS- funded Ohio’s Campaign for Hope: Collaboration for Advancing Strategies for Youth Suicide Prevention.