About Us

Our Mission

Our mission is to work together, as neighbors in our community, to prevent the tragedy of suicide and its aftermath.

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Our Story

The Owensboro Regional Suicide Prevention Coalition, Inc. (ORSPC) started out as a small group of six or seven people dedicated to providing help and support for those “survivors” who have lost a loved one to suicide.

Led by Bob Robey (dec.), the group formed a task force in 2004, inviting community leaders and members to join forces and promote an organized community approach to suicide education and prevention. An educational conference was planned and held that same year and has become an annual event.

In 2007, the task force became incorporated, appointed a board of directors, elected officers, established goals and adopted the name Owensboro Regional Suicide Prevention Coalition.  Later that year the Coalition achieved private nonprofit status.

The Owensboro Regional Suicide Prevention Coalition, Inc. (ORSPC) started out as a small group of six or seven people dedicated to providing help and support for those “survivors” who have lost a loved one to suicide.

Led by Bob Robey (dec.), the group formed a task force in 2004, inviting community leaders and members to join forces and promote an organized community approach to suicide education and prevention. An educational conference was planned and held that same year and has become an annual event.

In 2007, the task force became incorporated, appointed a board of directors, elected officers, established goals and adopted the name Owensboro Regional Suicide Prevention Coalition.  Later that year the Coalition achieved private nonprofit status.

Board of Directors

OFFICERS

  • Brandi Kessler, President

    • OHRH Behavioral Health - Community Education Coordinator

  • Stacey Connor, Vice President; Survivors of Suicide Loss Bereavement Program Facilitator

    • US Bank

  • Dianne McFarling, Vice President

    • River Valley Behavioral Health Regional Prevention Director

  • Jane Lambert, Treasurer

    • Director (Ret.) Community Solutions for Substance Abuse

  • Heather Hampton, Secretary

    • Outreach Specialist at Brentwood Springs

Board Members (Voting)

  • Billy Bratcher, American Medical Response of Daviess County

  • Mike Flaherty, Counseling Associates; DCPS (Ret.)

  • Linda Girouard, Ph.D., Professor of Biology at Brescia University, Chair Division of Math & Natural Science; Immediate Past-President

  • Jon Higdon, Owensboro Veterans Administration Clinic

  • Vivian McNatton, GRADD Area Agency on Aging, Director (Ret.)

  • Susan Rice, BellSouth/AT&T (Ret.)

  • Jarrod Roberts, WellCare Health Plans, Inc

  • Michael Roe, Daviess County Deputy Coroner

  • Karla Ward, Executive Director at New Beginnings

Coalition Members (Non-Voting)

  • Eva Glahn-Atkinson, Brescia University

  • Kamille Stich, Brentwood Springs

  • Betty Medley, Glenn Family Services