Denise founded LOSS Community Services in 2014 after her 19 year old son, Drey Meine, died by suicide in 2012. Denise is ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) certified, a QPR (Question Persuade Refer) Gatekeeper certified trainer, a certified CALM (Counseling on Access to Lethal Means) trainer, and a How To Tell Your Story trainer. Denise earned her Certification in Thanatology (CT) in 2018 and her Death & Grief Studies Certification from the Center for Loss & Life Transition with Dr. Alan Wolfelt in 2016. She is also a Psychological Autopsy Investigator with the American Association of Suicidology. Denise completed both The Link Support Group Facilitator Training and the AFSP training. Denise has partnered with and trained dozens of communities outside of Columbus to help launch Postvention services in their communities. She has a BS in Finance and Business Mgmt from Franklin University and formerly worked in leadership roles with L Brands and Cheryl’s Cookies. Denise loves her dogs and her husband (not in that order). She is our Executive Director.
Robbie has been involved with LOSS since it launched in 2014. He was initially a volunteer then in 2017 he joined the LOSS staff. Robbie is a QPR (Question Persuade Refer) Gatekeeper certified trainer, a certified CALM (Counseling on Access to Lethal Means) trainer, and a How To Tell Your Story trainer. Robbie earned his Death & Grief Studies Certification from the Center for Loss & Life Transition with Dr. Alan Wolfelt. Robbie completed both The Link Support Group Facilitator Training and the AFSP training. Robbie is a survivor of his stepson’s suicide in 2012. He is a Suicide Postvention Coordinator, focusing on the marketing and technology needs of the organization. And he is, of course, passionate about supporting loss survivors.
Sarah became passionate about suicide awareness after her brother, Mike, died by suicide in 2012. She has a Bachelor’s of Science in Sociology from Utah State University and a Masters of Arts in Psychology from the University of the Rockies. She is SafeTALK (Suicide Alertness For Everyone) Certified, ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) Certified, a QPR (Question Persuade Refer) Gatekeeper Certified Trainer, a How To Tell Your Story Trainer, and currently working towards earning her Death & Grief Studies Certification from the Center for Loss & Life Transition with Dr. Alan Wolfelt. She started as a volunteer with us in 2015, then joined us in her current role in 2018 as a Suicide Postvention Coordinator, focusing on volunteer coordination and survivor support.
Angela has a BA in Psychology from The Ohio State University. She is a certified CALM (Counseling on Access to Lethal Means) trainer, QPR (Question Persuade Refer) Gatekeeper trainer, and Working Minds trainer. She started as a volunteer with LOSS (Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors) in 2017 and now works with us as the Suicide Prevention Initiative Coordinator.
President: Karen Austin
Karen serves as our Board Chair and has been involved as a volunteer and on the Board with LOSS since 2016. She lost her brother to suicide in 1979 and passionately believes that LOSS services impact survivors and their grief journeys in ways that no other organization is equipped to provide. Karen is a speaker, facilitator, and author with a vision to change the way we experience death, grief, and mourning.
Treasurer: Adam Craig
I joined LOSS in fall of 2014 as I was searching for non-profit opportunities on VolunteerMatch, and was particularly looking for organizations that could use help specifically in accounting and finance. After speaking with Denise, our Executive Director, and hearing her story, I was completely inspired to join this great organization.
After joining the Board, my first main action was to help us become our own 501c3 organization, and create lots of legal documents in association. That process took a little over a year, but has been well worth it as LOSS has grown to the organization it is today.
As the Board treasurer, my main role is to maintain the official financial books of the organization, as well as being responsible for some official reporting requirements such as tax filings and audit reports. Working with LOSS is one of the great honors of my career, and I am incredibly thankful to be working with such wonderful people, both those who officially work for LOSS and all the amazing volunteers that allow it to do it’s great work every day.
In my non-LOSS life, I work for Nationwide Insurance in the corporate strategy department, focusing on our financial services businesses. I live with my husband, Alex, in Weinland Park, along with our dog, Max, and our cat, Rose. We enjoy traveling, particularly to New York City and the Bay Area of California, where we try to go at least a couple times a year. We also love to spend time with our families, including lots of nephews and nieces, and are hoping to be blessed enough to build our own family soon.
Secretary: Sharron Simons
Sharron is the Director of Human Resources with National Engineering & Architectural Services Inc., a Geotechnical Engineering, Materials Testing, and Surveying firm. Sharron has been focused on building a Human Resources Department, which aligns company objectives throughout all disciplines to help promote a positive employer-employee relationship leading to a high level of employee morale and retention. Sharron currently serves as the HR Chair for LOSS, is the VP of PR for the Franklin 524 Toastmasters Club, and is on the OH SHRM State Council as the Diversity Director and has previously served on the OH SHRM State Council as the Workforce Readiness Director. Sharron has also served as the VP of HRACO’s Workforce Readiness Committee focused on community outreach for the last several years and is the HRACO 2017-2018 President Elect. Sharron has a Bachelor’s in Business Administration and an MBA with a focus in HR Leadership from Franklin University
Director, Clinical: Diane Delk
Diane graduated from Wright State University. She majored in Marriage and Family Counseling. She is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor – Supervisor through the State of Ohio. She is a Board Certified Counselor through the National Board of Certified Counselors. She has been providing mental health services for children and their parents for over 20 years. Diane is a member of the National Board Certified Counselors.
Member at Large/Volunteer Committee Liaison: Glenn Stephenson
Glenn Stephenson is a Financial Services Senior Analyst for Nationwide Retirement Solutions, providing 27 years of administrative experience. As an advocate for suicide prevention, awareness, and education, he served on a crisis helpline 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 post-vention services. Glenn is passionate about good coffee and volunteering with Compassion International. He sponsors a boy in Brazil and a girl in Indonesia.
Member at Large/Coroner’s Office Representative: Kate Yoder
Kate is a certified medicolegal death investigator with the Franklin County Coroner’s Office (FCCO) in Columbus, Ohio. She has a background in mental health, with a master’s degree in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Kate was fortunate to become a part of the wonderful LOSS family by serving as a liaison between FCCO and LOSS. This partnership allows Kate to see the important work of the LOSS program above and beyond the critical assistance they provide to families during her scene responses to deaths via suicide. Outside of her work at the coroner’s office, her other interests include nature, music, and movies, and she is an avid hiker and cinephile.
Member at Large: Brian Foss
Brian Foss 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 business analyst on the Continuous Improvement Services team in Columbus. 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 Galloway with his partner of 22 years and their five dogs.