OSPF is led by a diverse and dedicated Board of Directors, who bring a broad base of intelligence and experiences to the foundation and provide counsel, perspective and direction to our staff and partners.
Sandra K. Williams, Esq.
Sandy Williams currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation. She is also the President of Jerry’s Walk – Illuminating Suicide Awareness, a charitable organization established by her family to raise funds for suicide prevention and awareness activities in the Ohio Valley. Ms. Williams is passionately engaged in suicide prevention and awareness activities in Ohio. Since the loss of her father to suicide in 2011, she has been avidly committed to removing the stigma that surrounds mental health issues to allow honest conversations about suicide and suicidal ideation; educating the community on suicide and suicide prevention; and assisting other suicide survivors to cope with the unique pain and grief that accompanies a suicide loss. Ms. Williams is also a licensed attorney in the state of Ohio.
Judge Joyce Campbell
Judge Campbell serves as the Vice President on the Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation Board. She also serves on the Board of Directors of NAMI Ohio, NAMI National, and previously on her local county mental health board. Judge Campbell developed, established and has presided over a specialized mental health court docket. She serves on the Ohio Supreme Court Commission on Specialized Dockets and is recognized by her colleagues as an expert in specialized mental health dockets. Early on as a judge, she recognized the need for the diversion of those living with mental illness away from the criminal justice system and into treatment. She is one of the most vocal advocates for Ohio’s Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) for police and other first responders.
Lovell Custard serves as the Treasurer for the Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation Board. He also serves as the Vice President of Marketing and Development of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland. Custard established a highly successful cause related marketing initiative with the Cleveland Marathon and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland. In this leadership capacity, he implemented donor‐focused targeted marketing at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland. Custard’s other Board involvement includes serving as Board Trustee and Second Vice President for NAMI Ohio, Board Trustee and Board President for The Woodruff Foundation, Board Trustee for the Mental Health Advocacy Coalition, and Board Trustee and President for NAMI Greater Cleveland.
Jack Sherman, Ex Officio
Jack Sherman is a third-generation owner of Sherman Insurance Agencies. Along with being an OSPF Board Member, he is a founding President of NAMI-Geauga, current President of NAMI-Ohio, and Community Service District Award winning agency owner. Having family ties to loved ones living with severe mental illness, Sherman feels goal setting/achievement helps maintain an action packet agenda, a smile, and an always extended helping hand.
John Coler is the President and CEO of Coler Healthcare which owns and operates multiple Shrivers Pharmacies and Shrivers Hospice in Southeastern Ohio. Along with serving on the OSPF Board, John serves on the Rambo Health Board, The Independent Pharmacy Cooperative Board of Directors, and the Franklin Local School Board. Living in rural Ohio John has recognized the need for suicide awareness in the communities he serves and also in the local school systems where suicide has grown at an unacceptable rate. John believes that OSPF is essential in providing the resources to local coalitions to educate the public about suicide prevention as well as provide support for suicide providers.
Jessica Schmitt-Hartman joined the board because she believed in the work that OSPF does and in its potential. She is the Executive Director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Wood County, and has worked with NAMI Wood County, including being the Director. During her time at NAMI Wood County, Jessica has been a part of the Wood County Suicide Prevention Coalition. Schmitt-Hartman also serves on the steering committee for Wood County’s newly formed first responder support program. She is an advocate for family members and those living with mental illness and participates in many programs to help decrease the suicide rates in her community and across the state.
Thomas R. Standish is an Independently Licensed Social Worker. He has served in a number of practice settings including juvenile corrections, state psychiatric hospitals, residential and community-based programs. Along with being a Board Member of OSPF, Standish is a member of the Board of Directors of NAMI Ohio, has previously served as a Board Member of The Ohio Children’s Mental Health and the Deaf Services Centers Boards. He believes suicide is a major public health problem in Ohio and across the nation and is grateful to be a part of eliminating and preventing suicide.