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Board Member since May 2016
Debbie became a board member as of March 2016. She comes to the SBS board after having co-founded and co-facilitated a grief support group specific to loss due to substance related causes (The Compassionate Friends) since 2012.
She feels a deep belief in the power and healing of peer support groups after being a thankful participant in a child loss support group at the Dougy Center for 5 years.
Debbie feels that the experiences of loosing her son to addiction at the age of 25 and her nephew to suicide at the age of 15 have completely altered her outlook on life and shifted her perspective.
Debbie also serves on the Steering Committee of the Compassionate Friends Portland Chapter.
Christine recently joined the board with her husband. She is a parent of three children. They lost their son Sean to suicide in January 2014 while he was attending college. She's been active with the ASFP and have participated in and raised funds for several of the national Out of the Darkness walks. They also have donated Sean's backpack to Active Minds, an organization that raises awareness of depression and suicide on America's college campuses.
She knows how important it is to give back to others after all of the support they received after the loss of their son. Christine and her husband are passionate about helping other families who have to navigate through the traumatic loss of a child.
Chris Keefer recently joined the Board with his wife. They are parents of three children. He lost his son Sean to suicide in January 2014 while he was attending college. Chris has been active with the ASFP and have participated in and raised funds for several of the national Out of the Darkness walks. They also have donated Sean's backpack to Active Minds, an organization that raises awareness of depression and suicide on America's college campuses.
Chris knows how important it is to give back to others after all of the support they received after the loss of their son. Both are passionate about helping other families who have to navigate through the traumatic loss of a child.
Marilyn C. Grover, MA, LPC, NCC, has a Master of Arts in Counseling-Psychology, and is both a Licensed Professional Counselor and a National Certified Counselor.
Marilyn has a private practice in counseling and specializes in tragic loss bereavement. She worked two years for the University of Washington on the Parent Bereavement Research Project that looked for interventions to help the parents of young adult children who died of suicide and other violent deaths. She provides debriefing for businesses and families following a suicide. She trained new foster parents in suicide prevention and grief and loss issues for The Boys and Girls Aid Society in 2001-03. Marilyn served on the Chapter Board of Assoc.For Suicide Prevention-NW January 2004-6.
Marilyn has forty-one years experience working for, volunteering with, and developing non-profit organizations and corporations. She has held positions of treasurer, president, vice-president, and director and has worked on many committees including program and organizational development, training courses, fund-raising, and clean-up.
Joan Schweizer Hoff
Joan Schweizer Hoff, Coordinator of Special Projects and Training, has worked for The Dougy Center, National Center for Grieving Children and Families since 1992. She coordinates several peer support grief groups for children and families including groups for children who are bereaved from a Suicide Death, Violent Death, Parent, and Sibling deaths. She has over 40 years of experience in working with children and families and has served on a variety of local and national boards including the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Survivor Council, Suicide Bereavement Support Group and the Willamette Falls Hospice Board of Directors. She helped to develop and is a National trainer for the AFSP Support Group for Children and Teens. She is a member of NOVA, National Office for Victims Assistance, American Association for Suicidology, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and National Alliance for Grieving Children. She conducts training nationally and internationally on issues related to program development; the impact of suicide, trauma and violent death on children, teens and their families; crisis response; and grief and loss issues for children and teens. Personally she has experienced the suicide death of her husband and is passionate about suicide prevention and postvention.
Joan Schweizer Hoff
Keysa Lawrence is a student at Marylhurst University, Majoring in Social Science with a concentration in Gerontology. Keysa has been actively involved in AFSP's Out of the Darkness walks since 2010, and volunteering at The Dougy Center since she was 7 years old. She has also created a documentary at NW Documentary about the death of her best friend, who died by suicide in the early months of 2010. She joined the board in April 2014 to spread the word of SBS groups, and bring more awareness to suicide prevention.
Keysa hopes that she can bring fresh eyes to the SBS board, and bring more awareness to teens and young adults. Eventually she wants to see an SBS group for younger teens.
Rebecca Hobbs-Lawrence, has worked for The Dougy Center, The National Center for Grieving Children and Families since 2000. She coordinates several peer support groups for children, teens and their families grieving the death of a parent or sibling and conducts trainings on issues relating to the impact of death on children and teens, supporting the grieving child, crisis response and program development.
She has over 20 years of experience working with children and teens. She is on the board of Suicide Bereavement Support NW and a member of The National Alliance for Grieving Children, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health.
Board of Advisors
Eddie Dierickx is on the Board of Advisors. Eddie began to seek grief counseling five years ago because his immediate and extended family had, for years, avoided seeking counseling due to the shock and shame associated with numerous suicides occurring in several generations of the family – the most pertinent of which was his father when he was 13 years of age. During his lifetime, three additional suicides occurred and an attempt by another family member. Finding a counselor that dealt specifically with suicide was difficult, but he located one that was participating with Suicide Bereavement Support. He was asked to help the organization, then asked to join the board and was eventually elected President due to his varied business and organizational background. Mr. Dierickx has founded several companies, has acted as a consultant, and has been involved with business acquisitions and mergers. Mr. Dierickx has been in positions that range from sales to CEO.
Aaron Bell, Attorney at Law
Aaron Bell, Attorney at Law
Hugo Grimaldi, CPA
Mr. Hugo Grimaldi received his undergraduate degree in business and accounting from Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA. Upon graduation, he became employed by Arthur Young – now Ernst and Young – as an accountant/auditor. An advanced degree of a MBA was obtained at the University of Portland. Upon, then, obtaining his CPA certification, he became the Financial VP Controller for a privately held corporation of over 400 employees. Mr. Grimaldi then moved to Lamb Weston – a corporation employing over 4,500 employees – as the corporation’s Tax Manager. For the past 25 years he has had his own CPA and business consulting venture during which he has also been teaching accounting and business finance classes at the college level – PSU, PCC & CCC.
Suicide Bereavement Support has tremendous gratitude and continual thanks for Mr. Grimaldi’s participation with our organization and its mission.