Western Colorado Suicide Prevention Foundation

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About Us

Depression is Treatable.

Suicide is Preventable.

Take action.

Speak up.

Reach out.


Our Mission

The Western Colorado Suicide Prevention Foundation 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. 

Our Board 

President - Barbara Endres 

She is currently employed with Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC.  Barbara is an active member in the community, donating many hours every week to various charities.  She is a member of Club 20 and she is grateful to live in the Grand Valley.

Vice President - Jim Doody

He 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.

Secretary - Cynthia Mill

Cynthia is married to Kurt and is a mother and grandmother.  She and Kurt lost their youngest son to suicide.  She has lived in Grand Junction for 19 years and has worked in recreation, retail and education.  Cynthia is involved with various community organizations and is the board secretary.

Herb Bacon

Retired banker and beloved philanthropist.  Herb and the Bacon Family Foundation are benefactors of many worthy community causes and major figures in furthering the development of a vibrant city and region.  He and his wife, Laura May, also enjoy many wonderful travel adventures.

Ken Elliott

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.

Gene Starbuck, Ph.D.

Retired sociologist from Colorado Mesa University. Specialized in methods of research and sociology of the family. Textbook Families in Context will soon publish its 4th edition.


Dale Williams--Board Member Emeritus


All board members contribute to the Western Colorado Suicide Prevention Foundation.


Our Staff

Karen Levad  -- Executive Director

Karen began working with suicide prevention in Mesa County in 2003 when she served as coordinator for the Mesa County Suicide Prevention Coalition, a group of concerned citizens and organizations committed to reducing the high rate of suicide in the area.  In 2005 Karen was named Outstanding Community Leader in Suicide Prevention in Colorado by the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Colorado.  Karen recently rejoined the prevention efforts in 2012 when she was named  executive director of the Western Colorado Suicide Prevention Foundation.  Karen's email address:  karen@suicidepreventionfoundation.org