All of the people listed below donate their time
and talents to MASP.
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Tony has been with MASP for almost 3 years. He has devoted 28 years of service to the State of Michigan with 26 years of prevention experience including suicide prevention. He is the Chairman of the Lifeways Community Mental Health (CMH) Board of Directors, the Jackson County Community Corrections General Service Representative, and a Jackson County Behavioral Health Team Member.
Penny has been with MASP for almost three years. She is the Public Relations and Prevention Specialist at the Shiawassee County Community Mental Health Authority. Prior to county government, she worked in state government for several years promoting public health and food safety. Penny has been trained in FEMA Incident Command Systems and Emergency Management. She has also had multiple years training with Public Health Crisis Management Teams and is an active member of the Shiawassee Crisis Incident Stress Management Team. She serves on the Michigan Association of Community Mental Health Board, Public Relations and Advocacy Workgroups. She currently chairs the Shiawassee Coalition of Intervention and Prevention of Suicide, and the Shiawassee Health & Human Services Council. She also actively participates on the Shiawassee County Domestic and Sexual Violence Task Force, Shiawassee Taskforce On Prevention, and Shiawassee County Homeless Coalition.
Mary K. Baukus has been with MASP for over two years. She is the Wellness Coordinator for Saginaw County Community Mental Health authority and has been working in the mental health field for over fifteen years. She received a Bachelor of Science with a major in Psychology in 1996 and a Master of Social Work in Clinical Social Work in 1998. She has several certifications in the area of wellness and is a certified Mental Health First Aid trainer. She has previously served on the board of the CAN (Child Abuse and Neglect) Council of Great Lakes Bay as a member and secretary. She has also served on numerous committees. As a part of her current position, she coordinated a team of professionals and consumers of mental health to open a peer-run drop-in center with a wellness theme in the Saginaw area. She appreciates the role that MASP serves with suicide prevention in the state of Michigan and is happy to be a part of it. Questions about submitted payments (dues, donations or sponsorships) or tax-related information should be directed to her.
Don has been with MASP for 9 years. His education was at Oakland Community College and Wayne State University. He has coordinated and presented suicide prevention programs for youth and adults. Additionally, he has spoken at community health fairs. After taking the Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) program, he has successfully conducted many suicide interventions. As a result of this experience, he became an ASIST trainer. Coming from a business background, he also concentrates on promoting and funding suicide prevention projects, and increasing the dues-paying membership. Questions about becoming a MASP member or donor, updating existing member or donor information, planning a fundraiser with MASP, or receiving meeting notices should be directed to him.
Deb has been with MASP since 2011 when she stepped in to serve as Webmaster and Social Media Manager. She is the Strategic Services Administration Operations Coordinator for Shiawassee County Community Mental Health Authority. She has been designing and maintaining websites and social media sites since 2003 for several non-profit organizations. She also provides support to the current webmaster. Questions about our website or Facebook account should be directed to her.
Cheryl King is a Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Psychology, and Director of the Mary A. Rackham Institute at the University of Michigan. As Director of the Youth Depression and Suicide Research Program, she has provided leadership for multiple federally funded research initiatives focused on developing evidence-based strategies for adolescent and young adult suicide risk screening, assessment, and intervention. Dr. King has published widely on youth suicide prevention and has conducted workshops worldwide on best practices in suicide risk assessment and intervention. She is the lead author of the recently published book, Teen Suicide Risk: A Practitioner Guide to Screening, Assessment, and Management. In addition, Dr. King has provided testimony in the U.S. Senate on youth suicide prevention and is a Past President of the American Association of Suicidology, the Association of Psychologists in Academic Health Centers, and the Society for Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology.
Dr. Kirk has been with MASP for over 20 years. He is a past-president. He is a clinical psychologist in private practice. He received his doctoral degree from Michigan State University as a Martin Luther King Fellow. He is the Director of Associated Psychological Services in East Lansing, Michigan. He has studied, researched, taught, published, consulted and practiced in the field of suicidology (that is, the study of suicide) for more than 30 years. He strives to promote cultural diversity. His publications include articles in Ebony magazine, a chapter - "Black Homicide" - in The Human Side of Homicide, and a book in 2009 entitled Black Suicide: The Tragic Reality of America's Deadliest Secret.
Larry has been with MASP for over 10 years. He is a past-president. He received his Bachelor of Art degree from Eastern Michigan University and his Master of Social Work degree from Wayne State University. He retired from his work with the United Steelworkers Union in community outreach and employee assistance programs. Larry has a diverse background in community organizing and social planning. He was instrumental in developing and coordinating the Michigan State Suicide Prevention Plan as the former Chairman of the Michigan Suicide Prevention Coalition, and continues to assist with its implementation. He also worked as a consultant to the Detroit-Wayne County Community Mental Health Agency in the development of their county-wide suicide prevention plan. He is also a certified master trainer for ASIST and safeTALK, and a former Field Liaison of Michigan's 15th District for the Suicide Prevention Action Network.
Vanessa has been with MASP for over 20 years. She is a past-secretary. She is a clinical social worker with over 25 years of experience counseling individuals and families of all ages. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Eastern Michigan University and her Master of Social Work degree from Wayne State University. Currently, she is in private practice at Advanced Counseling Services in Taylor, Michigan, providing psychotherapy with a focus on depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, and grief after loss. She is also a concerned parent. Vanessa has a broad background in mental health treatment, suicidology (that is, the study of suicide) and crisis intervention. She provides professional and community presentations in mental health and suicide prevention. She has also facilitated grief after suicide support groups for over twenty years. She is a certified master trainer for ASIST and Clinical Core Competencies for Mental Health Professionals in Assessing and Managing Suicidal Risk. She is also an active member of the American Association of Suicidology and the Suicide Prevention Action Network, and a former member of the Michigan Suicide Prevention Coalition. Other experiences include community outreach and short-term crisis counseling. She is dedicated to the promotion of strategies for healthy mental health and suicide prevention education for our families, youth and communities.
Dr. Litts is a nationally recognized consultant in suicide prevention with a 19 year record of historic accomplishments in the field. He recently served three years as Executive Secretary of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention building that organization to one of national stature, and for the last eleven years, he served as a senior leader at the national Suicide Prevention Resource Center. He lead initiatives researching stigma among U.S. soldiers and providing crisis services for the NFL, led the development and dissemination of suicide prevention policies and practices for various clinical settings, and served as Special Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Health and Surgeon General. He led the historic Air Force Suicide Prevention Program, the first population-based effort to show a statistically significant decrease in suicides.
Judi has been with MASP for over 20 years and is a past-president. She received her Bachelor's degree in education from Michigan State University (MSU), a Master's degree in guidance and counseling from Oakland University, and an Educational Specialist's degree in school administration from MSU. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and was a high school counselor over 30 years. In this position, she coordinated the school's suicide prevention and intervention program, which involved developing presentations for classroom use and for parents. She also provided individual and group counseling for students at risk of attempting suicide. Additionally, she has been a presenter at numerous conferences and workshops on suicide prevention. She is also an active member of the Oakland County Suicide Prevention Coalition and the Michigan Suicide Prevention Coalition. She is also a certified master trainer for ASIST and safeTALK.
Dr. Steven Stack is a Professor at Wayne State
University with appointments in the departments of psychiatry and criminology.
He has been a member of MAS/MASP for 25 years. He is the author of 318 articles
and chapters as well as three books. Most of this work concerns the social risk
and protective factors for suicide including divorce, unemployment, financial
strain, occupational/work strains, media/suggestion, portrayals of suicide in
film, culture, and religiosity. According to data in Social Sciences Citations
Index, his work has received over 4,100 citations. Dr. Stack's research has
been supported by NIMH, & the Guggenheim Foundation. He received the Louis
Dublin Award for lifetime contributions in research from the American Association
of Suicidology (AAS) (2003), the AAS Shneidman Award (1985), and served as AAS
Secretary (1998-1999). Over the last 10 years he has reviewed more than 500
manuscripts for a variety of professional journals & serves on the editorial
boards of Archives of Suicide Research, Crisis, and Suicide & Life Threatening
Behavior. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the University of Michigan's
Injury Center, the Michigan National Violent Death Reporting System, and has
served on ten CDC/NIMH federal grant review panels in the last 8 years. Media
coverage of his work has appeared in/on ABC/News, AP wire, BBC radio, Chicago
Tribune, CNN, LA Times, LaPresse, NPR, PBS, NYT, Psychology Today, Reuters wire
(Europe), The Times (London), Time, US News & World Report, & Washington Post.
He is also co-advisor (with Dr, Michael Kral) of the Suicide Research Group
which meets bimonthly at Wayne State.
Suicide and the Creative Arts (2009).
Suicide Movies: Social Patterns 1900-2009, Stack S., Bowman B. (2011).
A Review of "Suicide Movies: Social patterns 1900 to 2009" By Stack S., Bowman B.