Western Colorado Suicide Prevention Foundation - A 501(c)3 non-profit organization  

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Our Mission

The Western Colorado Suicide Prevention Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, is committed to reducing the rate of suicide in the region by encouraging and coordinating collaborative efforts to provide diverse prevention and awareness messaging, education, advocacy and funding.

Martha Graf, Executive Director

The Board of Directors is pleased to announce the hiring of the Foundation's newest Executive Director - Martha Graf. Martha comes to the Foundation after leading Kids Voting for seven years. She brings her community connections and passion for collaboration in the name of positive change to this already strong organization. "I'm looking forward to carrying on the remarkable and effective efforts that the prior director Karen Levad set in motion to address this tragic issue in our community. I believe that the Foundation is in a strong position to reduce the rate of suicide and its impact. I am honored to be part of this movement and look forward to working with so many caring partners to bring about change."

Our Board

President - Gene Starbuck, Ph.D.

Gene is a retired sociologist from Colorado Mesa University where he specialized in methods of research and sociology of the family. His textbook, Families in Context, has just been published in the 4th edition.

Vice President - John Gribben

John Gribben is Owner and Co-founder of TRIAD EAP, an employee assistance program serving employers throughout the Western Slope. He directed an occupational medicine program and directed the CU Health Sciences Center’s wellness program.  He enjoys biking, hiking, skiing and used to be a strict dog-lover…though now enjoys cats too thanks to his wife.

Secretary – Lenee Grisier

During her 27 years in banking before retiring, Lenee was very active in the community, serving on the Marillac Clinic Board, Downtown Association Board, United Way Board, Sunrise Horizon Rotary Club, etc. She enjoys trips to Lake Tahoe and Durham, NC to see children and grandchildren and has been very fortunate to have a group of women she travels with internationally.

Treasurer - Jim Doody

Jim is a Grand Junction City Council member and former mayor.  Jim founded the Western Slope Vietnam War Memorial Park in Fruita and serves as its president.  He enjoys touring Western Colorado on his Harley Davidson motorcycle.

Cathie Brian

Cathie Brian is a retired registered nurse with a passion for teaching  emotional intelligence skills. She and her retired physician husband, David, conduct DISCOVER HEALTH SEMINARS - holistic educational programs which include depression recovery, stress management, SOS for Emotions, and Forgive to Live seminars.

Ken Elliott 

Ken has been with the Foundation since its early days. He is the owner of Key Realty.

Barbara Endres 

Barbara is a First Vice President of Wells Fargo Advisors and has been providing guidance and counsel in the financial service industry for nearly 30 years. She is an active volunteer to Hospice and is a member of Club 20. Barbara has served on the Suicide Prevention Board of Directors for 5 years, including service as president for 18 months.

Dave Fishell

A well-known personality in the area, Dave is the local authority on Western Colorado.  He's put his talents and passion to use authoring "A Spirit of Charity:  A History of St. Mary's Hospital, 1896-1996", “The Grand Heritage: A Photographic History of Grand Junction, Colorado" and "Towers of Healing:  The First 125 Years of Denver's Saint Joseph Hospital."  He's conducted numerous field trips to western Colorado and eastern Utah ghost towns, abandoned mines, old railroad sites and historic cemeteries.

Danny Sandoval
The Director of Student Diversity, Advocacy, and Health at Colorado Mesa University, Danny is a Colorado native with over fifteen years’ experience in education.  He enjoys spending time with his family and writing young adult fiction. His titles include “Staff Master”, “Portcoma”, and “Three Point King”.      

Herb Bacon--Board Member Emeritus

The Western Colorado Suicide Prevention Foundation would not exist without the support and encouragement of Herb and Laura May Bacon.  Herb has been a faithful member of the board since 2005 and his on-going commitment in heart and spirit is much appreciated!

Dale Williams--Board Member Emeritus