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

Martha Graf started with the Foundation in 2014 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.

Misty Aaberg, MS, CPS II

Misty is a Workplace Prevention Services Account Manager for Peer Assistance Services. Misty loves the Western Slope and avidly supports her Colorado sports teams.  Misty is a heavy metal fan, lover of pizza and grandmother to a bubble gum chewing granddaughter. A passion for community work and leadership, she is determined to contribute to the wellbeing of those around her. Helping people get back on their feet is a way to make positive change in the world.


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 owns Lifetime Wealth Advisors, a wealth management and investment firm. She 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. She is a 4th generation Coloradoan and former front range woman who is now a lover of the western slope- where her family originally homesteaded. Barbara is passionate about helping address the issue of suicide that has plagued our community for too long.

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.

Cindy Haerle

Cindy is a Colorado native, having lived in Mesa County for 23 years. She is a former middle-school teacher and worked in programs for students with special needs in Jefferson County and Mesa County for 15 years.  She also worked in case management for US Senator Tim Wirth

and US Congressman Ben Nighthorse Campbell in Washington DC and Durango, CO.  She is currently the Rescue Coordinator for Mesa County Animal Services and facilitates a National Alliance on Mental Illness course for parents of children with brain disorders.  She is married and has two children.  Cindy loves to spend time with her family and their dogs, reading, biking, and eating chocolate.

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”.

Peggy Wrich, D.O.

Peggy is passionate about helping others and being a part of the Western Colorado Suicide Prevention Foundation. A Colorado native, Peggy grew up in Hotchkiss and attended Colorado State University in Fort Collins before medical school took her to Des Moines University. Peggy returned to the Grand Valley for her residency in the St. Mary's Family Medicine Residency Program. Peggy uses her painful, first-hand experience of loss through suicide to support and encourage others that are hurting. She currently practices family medicine with obstetrics at Family Physicians of Western Colorado.

Herb Bacon

Board member Emeritus

Dale Williams

Board Member Emeritus