About Us

LOSS Community Services brings together a community of loss survivors who learn from and support one another. 

About Us

LOSS Community Services brings together a community of loss survivors who learn from and support one another. 

A Community of Hope

Our Founder, Denise Meine-Graham, lost her son, Drey, to suicide in 2012 and she found the support of a fellow suicide loss survivor invaluable. LOSS began supporting loss survivors as 1st Responders in 2014. When activated by the Coroner’s office, trained volunteers immediately provide resources, understanding, and support to the newly bereaved. At least one LOSS volunteer is a survivor of suicide loss and the newly bereaved often connect strongly with them. To the newly bereaved, witnessing a fellow loss survivor functioning at this level can be inspiring, thus the seeds of hope are planted. Today, LOSS offers support groups, remembrance events, companioning, suicide postvention and prevention education, and training to other communities interested in developing or enhancing their suicide postvention and prevention efforts.

Our Mission

LOSS exists to be an instillation of hope to those bereaved by suicide, empowering survivors so they can thrive.

Our Vision

LOSS envisions a community of loss survivors experiencing a restoration of hope and standing together for suicide awareness.





Executive Director

Angela Damon, CT

Angela graduated from The Ohio State University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and has a Certificate in Thanatology from the Association of Death Education and Counseling (ADEC). She is a Master Trainer of both QPR (Question Persuade Refer Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper) and CALM (Counseling on Access to Lethal Means) as well as being certified in NOVA Crisis Response Training and Psychological First Aid. Additionally, she is a Psychological Autopsy Investigator and serves on the Franklin County Suicide Fatality Review Board.

Angela started as a volunteer with LOSS in 2017 as a First Responder. She has since taken on many roles including overseeing Suicide Prevention Initiatives and now as the Executive Director. Through her life experiences and relationships, Angela has seen firsthand the power of hope in even the darkest times and believes hope is a beautiful and precious gift that any person can offer to another.

Angela is passionate about equipping people, regardless of their background, to recognize warning signs and talk comfortably about this difficult topic and to spread awareness around Postvention. She has presented to top Air Force leaders as well as at the Columbus First Responders Conference, the Veteran’s Affairs Women’s Behavioral Summit, the Columbus Public Health Department, and multiple schools, businesses, and churches.


Social Media and Marketing Coordinator

Myrriah Clarke

Prior to becoming involved with LOSS in 2021, Myrriah worked at NovaCare Rehabilitation in Patient Satisfaction and Marketing, at the Hilliard Area Chamber of Commerce as an Events Coordinator, and for a now-defunct local band as a Production Assistant. She spent eight years volunteering for the Arthritis Foundation, three of which were on the Planning Committee for the Columbus Walk to Cure Arthritis. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations from Franklin University, graduating summa cum laude and on The President’s List and receiving a Raymond E. Mason Scholar Award.

Myrriah’s drive in life is to better the world around her, focusing on encouraging mental health care and its de-stigmatization, animal welfare, reducing environmental impact, and spreading empathy and kindness. She loves traveling and creative outlets, and lives in Columbus with her husband and three spoiled cats. Myrriah considers it a great honor to be part of the LOSS team and have the opportunity to further their mission of being an instillation of hope to those bereaved by suicide.


Survivor Resource Coordinator

Jojo Talyor

JoJo has advocated for mental health awareness since she lost a close friend to suicide in 2015 and began to address her own struggles with depression. When her mom died by suicide in 2020, JoJo became fully devoted to furthering the conversations around suicide, grief, and mental health. She started volunteering with LOSS in 2021 and joined the LOSS staff in 2022.

JoJo has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Ohio State University. She previously spent several years at Honda as an electrical engineer and engineering coordinator, focused on optimizing manufacturing processes, robot automation, and safety policies. JoJo is a volunteer companion for ViaQuest Hospice and enjoys crafting in her free time. JoJo lives in Marysville with her husband and two cats, Buttons and Bagel, (and many unfinished craft projects).


Marketing Coordinator

Alex Moraes

Born at a very young age, Alex has always been interested in art and design, and he spent much of his early years independently pursuing this passion. Rather than going to art school, he taught himself graphic design, web design and how to draw, because art school is a scam and he isn’t made of money. Now he’s a double black belt in Photoshop and Wordpress, which is arguably better than an art degree. He can also juggle. Truly the complete package. Now Alex is working at LOSS Community Services, where he does the marketing, graphic design and runs the website, which is how he’s going to get away with this bio. He will likely be told to “workshop” his bio once one of his coworkers stumbles upon it in the future.

When he isn’t busy being kickass at his job, Alex enjoys drawing, playing guitar, listening to music, complaining, reading and playing video games.


Volunteer Coordinator

Izzy Smith

Always passionate about mental health, Izzy pursued her degree in health communications hopes of helping individuals better understand their rights and choices when it came to their own healthcare. Shortly after graduation, Izzy’s close friend died by suicide. After fighting her own mental health battles after her friend’s death. Her passion and desire to help expanded. Izzy joined the LOSS team as the full-time volunteer coordinator.

Izzy’s favorite self-care activities are audiobooks and coloring. And she is always taking book recommendations.

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Suicide Prevention and Development Coordinator

Mel Bjorgen

Mel wishes she could get her degree in people because she loves them. She finally settled on getting a Masters of Divinity in Hospital Chaplaincy to be a ministry of presence for all those in need of spiritual and mental care. Previously she was the Lead Patient Experience Coordinator and OSU East Hospital, and worked in both Belize, Central America and Mexico as a global worker for ten years. Serving others is her heartbeat. Her love for people and her own mental health journey led her to LOSS and she is grateful to work in the field of suicide prevention. She is also excited to use her skills in relationship building to coordinate development for LOSS.

In her free time Mel is busy with 3 kids in their pre-teen and teenage years. They and her husband are a blessing. She is an advocate on social media for mental health issues, particularly trying to erase the stigma in the Christian community. She enjoys reading, writing, and watching any documentary as well as reruns of the Office.


Event Coordinator

Brandy Chubb Swickard

Brandy Chubb Swickard is the Event Coordinator for LOSS Community Services. Brandy’s motivation for joining LOSS came after the suicide of her fifteen year old son, Malachi in 2020. A big advocate of self-care and awareness, some of the things that she does to participate in that include boating on the lake with her family, learning, reading and stargazing. She enjoys spending time in New Orleans when she is able to. A fun fact about Brandy is that she attributes her early literacy to being a lifelong fan of Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune and has been watching for over 33 years! Brandy hopes to encourage others to own their experiences, both positive and negative to offer hope and inspiration to others.





Glenn Stephenson

Glenn is a Financial Services Specialist for Nationwide Retirement Plans, providing administrative experience since 1990. Glenn is a survivor of suicide. As an advocate for suicide prevention, awareness, and education, he served on the Suicide Prevention hotline for 19 years. During this time, Glenn provided training and mentorship to new volunteers, as well as serving over 3500 hours of phone coverage. Determined to find additional ways to reach out to a hurting community, he teamed up with LOSS Community Services to create policy, procedures, and training around postvention services. Glenn is passionate about good coffee and advocating for children to release them from abject poverty through Compassion International. He sponsors children in Brazil, Indonesia, and Mexico.



Adam Craig

Adam joined LOSS in fall of 2014 after searching for non-profit opportunities on VolunteerMatch, specifically looking for organizations that could use help in accounting and finance. After speaking with Denise, the LOSS founder, and hearing her story, he was inspired to join the organization.

After joining the Board, his first action was to help LOSS become a 501c3 organization, which took a little over a year but has been well worth it as LOSS has grown to the organization it is today. As the Treasurer, his main role is to maintain the official financial books of the organization, as well as being responsible for official reporting requirements such as tax filings and audit reports. Adam considers working with LOSS one of the great honors of his career and is incredibly thankful to work with such wonderful people, both those who officially work for LOSS and the amazing volunteers who allow it to do it’s great work every day.

Adam works for Nationwide Insurance in the corporate strategy department, focusing on financial services businesses. He lives with his husband, Alex, in Weinland Park, along with their dog, Max, and cat, Rose. They enjoy traveling, particularly to New York City and the Bay Area of CA, where they try to go at least a couple times a year. They also love to spend time with their families, including lots of nephews and nieces, and are hoping to be blessed enough to build our own family soon.


Member at Large & Coroner's Office Representative

Dallas Allen

Dallas is a 2017 graduate from Muskingum University. During his time at Muskingum, he developed a strong desire to work within the field of individual and family services. Since graduation, he has gained vital experience working with individuals who suffer from various mental health issues and has helped them cope with those complications.

In July of 2021, he became the nation’s first Suicide Investigations Specialist that is based in a Coroner’s office. To date, he has completed over 100 in-depth psychosocial interviews with friends and family who have lost loved ones to suicide.



Brian Foss

Brian has lived in central Ohio nearly all his life and has over 28 years of professional experience as an educator, adjunct professor, training manager, and business consultant. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and has a degree in Education from the Ohio State University and a master’s degree in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University New Orleans. He has worked at Chase since 2007 and currently serves as a performance improvement manager. Brian is a suicide survivor and volunteered for three years taking suicide hotline calls at Suicide Prevention Services before joining LOSS Community Services. He lives in Mount Vernon with his partner of 25 years and their five dogs.


Member at Large

Ryan Berrigan

A lifetime resident of central Ohio and a graduate from the Fischer School of Business at Ohio State, Ryan joined LOSS in 2020 after 8 years of volunteering with Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Ryan felt driven to serve through LOSS because of his personal struggles with mental health. Ryan knew he wanted to make an impact in the community that has given him so much, so when he found the opportunity at LOSS, he knew it was the perfect way to give back.

Ryan has spent 9 years at Worthington Industries working in various roles such as New Product Development, Mergers and Acquisitions, New Business Development, and currently serves as the Manager of Strategy and Innovation for one of their business units. As a member of the Board, Ryan hopes to use what he’s learned at Worthington Industries and apply his strategic thinking to help the organization.

He currently lives in central Ohio with his wife, Emily, son, Hudson, and their two pets, Lola and Pete. Ryan enjoys OSU, Crew, and Blue Jackets, traveling, and spending time with his family and friends.


Member at Large

Jodi Zellers

Jodi Zellers has served as a LOSS First Responder since 2019. She learned about the organization after she lost her cousin to suicide and LOSS provided her family with hope and resources. Jodi loves working with her fellow volunteers, getting to know them and hearing their stories, and continues to be inspired by their strength and courage.

Jodi is the Director, Foundation Relations for the OhioHealth Foundation. She takes great pride in raising much needed funding to support OhioHealth’s mission of building better communities through better health. She has over 20 years of non-profit experience in fundraising and grant writing.

Jodi holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business/Organizational Communication and Psychology from Otterbein University. She enjoys hiking, running, traveling, and reading. Jodi lives in Lewis Center with her husband, Drew, has two adult children, Emerson and Gabriel, and two dogs, Tara and Morrie.


Member at Large

Chris Rutter

Chris has over 18 years’ experience in Human Resources across a variety of industries such as healthcare, animal health, higher education, and software development. Chris is a certified Change Management Professional, Talent Development & Succession Strategist, and received his Executive MBA from Ashland University. Chris also has over 10 years’ experience as a board member and board president. Chris lives in Worthington with his husband, Steve and rescue dog, Moira.


Member at Large

Heather Fortney

Heather Fortney is a wife, mother, nurse, and teacher in Central Ohio who is enthusiastic about learning.  She regularly attends professional development classes, and seeks opportunities to stay connected to the community, with a focus on the needs of children. Heather has served as a Sibling Liaison at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and has cared for many families over the years. She is often described as tenderhearted & has a strong desire to serve others.

That passion has recently turned into a commitment to shine light to people of ALL ages, especially those that have experienced the loss of a loved one to suicide. Having lost her brother in 2020, her relationship with LOSS began and her mission to raise funds and awareness continues.

Heather realizes that there is always a need to prioritize her own mental health and rejuvenate. The things that bring her joy are daily walks, special meals with her family, swimming, travel (especially to the beach) and her orange tabby cat named Marnie.


Member at Large

Ronald Beach

Ronald Beach is a Columbus native who has a passion for public service. Ronald, a graduate of Ohio State with a Masters Degree in Public Administration, currently works with the Ohio Department of Aging. Mental health has always been a less talked-about subject within the military. As a veteran, Ronald wants to ensure that LOSS can have a connection with the survivors of veterans who have been lost by suicide. The strength and courage of survivors will continue to fuel the passion for the work here at LOSS. 

Ronald has a wife and two children. They enjoy going on hikes, watching races, and playing outside in the yard. 




Founder and Director Emerita

Denise Meine-Graham

Denise founded LOSS Community Services in 2014 after her 19 year old son, Drey Meine, died by suicide in 2012. Under her leadership, over 5,000 loss survivors were provided support through the LOSS Team model, Supporting Groups, Companioning and In-Touch programs. One consistent thread of passion throughout Denise’s leadership roles is supporting and developing people and teams. Her passion is coaching, building, and equipping others to thrive. Denise led LOSS Community Services through 2021. She serves as the Founder and Director Emerita of LOSS to promote the mission, vision and values of LOSS.

That passion to help others move beyond just surviving to thriving has become very personal for Denise as she supports suicide loss survivors and equips individuals, teams, and communities to be suicide awareness advocates. Denise now leads the Ohio Postvention Infrastructure Development as a contractor with the Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation. She also works with communities and states across the country to support loss survivors with effective care through suicide postvention programs. Denise is one of Dr. Frank Campbell’s associates and she serves on the National L.O.S.S. Team Conference Committee. She is a passionate speaker and advocate for suicide loss survivors.

Nonprofit Status

LOSS Community Services is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.