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Workplace Task Force

This task force leads Action Alliance efforts to improve suicide prevention in the workplace. Accomplishments include:

See also Public Safety Task Force

Note: This group is no longer active.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


  • Cal Beyer, Director of Risk Management, Lakeside Industries (Private Sector)*    
  • Sally Spencer-Thomas, PsyD (Private Sector)


  • Chris Carlough, Director of Education, International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail & Transportation Workers
  • Bernie Dyme, AM, President and CEO, Perspectives Ltd.
  • Dennis Gillan, Advocate, Coach, Motivational Speaker,
  • Jeffrey Gorter, MSW/LMSW, Clinical Director, R3 Continuum
  • Donna Hardaker, Program Manager, Workplace Mental Health and Peer Engagement, Sutter Health
  • Jodi Jacobson-Frey, PhD, LCSW-C, Associate Professor, School of Social Work, University of Maryland
  • David James, CFO, FNF, Inc. Construction
  • Mark R. Jones, PhD, Director, Employee Assistance, Union Pacific Railroad*
  • Marko Kaar, Director of Safety Operations, Bartlett Brainerd Eacott
  • David Kingdon, Assistant Professor, Maui EMS Training Center/University of Hawaii
  • Mary McClatchey, Founder and President, WorkSmart Partners    
  • Maggie Mortali, MPH, Director of Interactive Screening Program, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
  • Felix Nater, CSC, Consultant, Nater Associates, Ltd.
  • Candice Porter, MSW, LICSW, Vice President for Outreach and Partnerships, Screening for Mental Health, Inc.
  • Bob Swanson, (Retired) President of Swanson & Youngdale, Inc.
  • Bob VandePol, MSW, Executive Director, Employee Assistance Program/Church Assistance Program, Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services
  • Michelle Walker, Vice President of Finance & Administration, Specialized Services Company
  • Yousry Zakhary, MA, President & Public Safety Director, International Association of Chiefs of Police*
  • Kyle Zimmer, Health & Safety Director and Member Assistance, International Union of Operating Engineers (Local 478)

* Action Alliance Executive Committee member

Staff Support

  • Amanda Mosby, MA, Program Manager, University of Maryland, Baltimore, School of Social Work

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