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Faith Communities Task Force

The task force leads Action Alliance efforts to engage faith communities in suicide prevention. Accomplishments to date include the development of the Faith.Hope.Life. website, which includes multi-faith resources and materials.

Note: This group is no longer active. Titles and affiliations are from the time of membership and may have since changed.


  • Brandon Johnson — Co-Lead, Public Sector, Public Health Advisor, Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration    


  • Farha Abbasi, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, and Faculty, Muslim Studies Program, Michigan State University
  • Daniel Adams, Director of Training, Sources of Strength
  • Miriam Ament, Founder and President, No Shame on U
  • Victor Armstrong, MSW, Director, North Carolina Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
  • Talitha Arnold, MDiv, Senior Minister, United Church of Santa Fe
  • Glen Bloomstrom, MDiv, MS, MA; Director, Faith Community Engagement, Living Works Education & Adjunct Professor, Bethlehem College and Seminary
  • Kim Burditt, Senior Manager, Programs and Logistics, Suicide Prevention and Postvention, Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors
  • Paul Cantz, PsyD, ABPP, Associate Professor; University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Medicine; Adler University - Chicago
  • Christi Eaton, Executive Director,; Producer of Hope Bridge; Publisher of Crossing That Bridge
  • Mahira Elder, LLMSW, Muslim Family Services
  • Jeff Elhart, President and Owner, Elhart Automotive Campus
  • Efrem L. Epstein, Founder, Elijah's Journey (A Jewish Response to the Issues of Suicide Awareness and Prevention)
  • Jonah Geffen, Senior Jewish Educator and Campus Rabbi, Hunter College, New York, NY
  • Yosef Goldman, Rabbi, Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel
  • Ben Goldstein, Rabbi, Temple Beth El Mekor Chayim
  • Gregory Hudnall, EdD, Executive Director, Hope4Utah, Bishop, LDS Church
  • Kalman Kaplan, PhD, Professor of Clinical Psychology, University of Illinois, College of Medicine, Chicago
  • Sarah Lund, DMin, Minister for Disabilities and Mental Health Justice, United Church of Christ
  • Karen Mason, PhD, LPC, Associate Professor of Counseling and Psychology, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
  • Anne Mathews-Younes, Ed.D, D.Min, Deputy Director, Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration   
  • Chris Miller, EdD, Teacher, Youth Ministry Coordinator, and Chair, Council on Mental Illness, National Catholic Partnership on Disability 
  • Sherry Molock, PhD, Associate Professor, Clinical Psychology, George Washington University 
  • Melinda Moore, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Eastern Kentucky University
  • LaVonne Ortega, MD, MPH; Senior Advisor, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
  • Pamela Ovwigho, PhD, Research Director, Center for Bible Engagement
  • Anita Phillips, PhD, Director of Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Lancaster Bible College
  • Joshua Rivedal, Founder and Executive Director of The i'Mpossible Project, Author, International Public Speaker
  • Shannon Royce, Esq., Director, Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Michelle Snyder, MSW, MDiv, Director, Soul Shop
  • Kay Warren, Co-Founder, Saddleback Church
  • Su Yeon Lee-Tauler, Senior Research Scientist, Henry M. Jackson Foundation, Suicide Care, Prevention, and Research Initiative, Department of Medical & Clinical Psychology,  Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

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