Ronnie Susan Walker MS, LCPC
Founder & Executive Director
Director of Communications & Development
Amy Ceisel, CPA
We are grateful to our trained team of forum moderators. We often say “they put the hope in the Alliance of Hope.” Each moderator is a suicide loss survivor who understands the challenges faced by survivors. They have reached a point in their own grief journey where they have integrated devastating loss into their lives. They honor – but are not dominated by the past.
Each moderator volunteers hundreds of hours a year in support of new loss survivors. They bear witness to people’s stories, provide information, and extend hope for going beyond just surviving.
Board of Directors
John L. McIntosh, Ph.D. (Chairperson)
John L. McIntosh, Ph.D., is a well-known author and researcher in the field of suicidology, and a pioneer in the field of suicide postvention. He has contributed to eight books on suicide, including the seminal book: “Grief After Suicide: Understanding the Consequences and Caring for the Survivors.” He is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Indiana University – South Bend, and Past-President of the American Association of Suicidology. (Louisville, KY)
Vanessa McGann (Secretary)
Dr. McGann is a practicing psychologist specializing in traumatic loss. She is also co-chair of the Coalition for Clinician Survivors, an organization for professional caretakers who have had a loss to suicide. She’s been active in numerous national suicide prevention organizations, initiatives and task forces for postvention, and trainings on postvention and clinical work with survivors. Her sister Nadine died by suicide in 2004. (New York, NY)
Ellen Karp (Treasurer)
Ellen Karp is a development professional with extensive experience in nonprofit management, fundraising, stakeholder relations, event planning, marketing, and business development. She has a degree in psychology and an MBA in marketing. Ellen also trains and develops leaders to make a difference. She supported the vision of the Alliance of Hope from its earliest conception. (Chicago, IL)
Donald P. Belau, Ph.D.
Dr. Belau promotes suicide postvention efforts in Nebraska, where he leads the development of LOSS Teams (Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors). He’s a member of Campbell & Associates LOSS team training group and a trainer for AFSP’s Suicide Bereavement Clinician Training Program. He was instrumental in developing the Nebraska K-12 Suicide Postvention Online Training and has provided workshops for the American Assoc. of Suicidology. (Lincoln, NE)
Denise Meine-Graham founded LOSS Community Services in Columbus, Ohio after the suicide of her son, Drey. She is a Certified Thanatologist and has her Death and Grief Studies certification from Dr. Alan Wolfelt. Denise is a former corporate executive who now consults and trains communities across the nation to implement suicide postvention programs, including Dr. Frank Campbell’s L.O.S.S. Team model. (Columbus, OH)
Steve Shannon is a Sr. Manufacturing Engineer and dedicated family man. In 2012, he lost his son Patrick to suicide. He was an active participant on the Alliance of Hope forum, served as a moderator, and provided support to other survivors. He and his wife Tina started a survivors support group in their home town. Steve is also a child advocate who facilitates trainings about child sexual abuse, awareness, and prevention. (Grandhaven, MI)
Donna Soule lost her son, Jonathan, in 2009. She was one of the first members of the Alliance of Hope forum. She has a degree in Psychology and did psychiatric research at Texas Research Institute of Mental Sciences. She has worked with children with neuropsychological disabilities and in school health. Since Jonathan died, she and her beautiful Golden Retriever, Yuki, provide dog therapy sessions at psychiatric hospitals. (Cabin John, MD)
Ronnie Susan Walker MS, LCPC
Ronnie Walker MS LCPC, Alliance of Hope founder, is a licensed clinical mental health counselor with extensive training in trauma and loss. After losing her stepson to suicide in 1995, she recognized a void in accessible, quality support for the bereaved. She founded the Alliance of Hope in 2008. Her vision is that no suicide loss survivor goes without support. (Evanston, IL)
Friends of the Alliance of Hope
These individuals have graciously donated their time and talents to help our organization.
Affiliations are listed for identification purposes only.
Former Facilitator, Children’s Grief Center of New Mexico
Former Alliance of Hope board member (2014-2017); Co-lead, National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention – Survivors of Suicide Loss Task Force
Sally Dadmun Bixby
Fundraising & Nonprofit Management Consultant
Sr. Manager, Strategic Partnerships, American Heart Association, Nat’l Center
Nonprofit Development Consultant
Aaron S. Kase, Esq.
Kase Law LLC
Executive Vice President, Kurth Lampe Worldwide
Gina Lobaco, CFRE
Special Assistant to the Director, Intergovernmental Relations, Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services
Former Alliance of Hope Blog Editor and gun safety advocate
Susan J. Reynolds
Philanthropist and Business Consultant
Katherine A. Rush
Executive Director, Partnership to Educate and Advance Kids (PEAK)
Freelance Graphic Designer
Communications Director, The Americas at Order of Malta Worldwide Relief, Malteser International
IT and Innovation Specialist, Dexis Consulting Group
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