meet our
executive director

“The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.” ― Confucius

Pikes Peak Suicide Prevention Partnership has been fighting diligently for 26 years to unite our community in the mission of preventing suicide.  It hasn’t always been easy but all of us involved know just how great and important our mission is.  In the face of adversity we promise to fight harder.  As the saying goes, nothing worth fighting for comes easy.  This fight IS worth it.

As evidence of that fighting spirit and with great pleasure the Board of Directors of PPSPP is very excited to announce the newest member of our team: our new Executive Director, Cassandra Walton.

Cassandra Walton assumed the role of Executive Director in November of 2019 after serving as a volunteer with PPSPP for several years. Cass has worked in a variety of roles including a Therapeutic Living Director at a residential treatment facility for adolescent boys, a Program Director for a camp serving individuals with autism, and as a corporate Crisis Intervention Trainer for youth-serving organizations. Cass is a wife and mother of four children. She loves to play and coach volleyball. She is the queen of karaoke, and her current favorite motto is, “It starts with me!” She is passionate about giving her time to our community which has led her to become a member of The Pikes Peak Kiwanis Club and to act as a CASA of the Pikes Peak Region. She serves the local suicide prevention community as the Vice-Chair of The Suicide Prevention Collaborative of El Paso County and she sits on the steering committee for the Youth Suicide Prevention Work Group of El Paso County.

And Cassandra is no stranger to PPSPP having served as a volunteer for the last several years.  The knowledge and skill set that she brings to the table is impressive but her passion for our mission is unparalleled.

Please join the Board of Directors and the rest of our team in welcoming Cassandra to the Pikes Peak Suicide Prevention Partnership.

Sincerely,

The Pikes Peak Suicide Prevention Partnership Board of Directors and Team

Jennifer Cadd, President
VP of Finance, Miracle Method Surface Refinishing

Nicole Banning, Vice President
CEO, Colorado Springs Orthopaedic Group

Kim Severn, PhD., Secretary
Instructor of Counseling and Human Services, UCCS

Greg Smith, Treasurer
Financial Advisor & Financial Planning Specialist

Dr. Nicole Peak, Programming Chair
Licensed Psychologist, Private Practice

Jeff Moore, Communications Chair
President/Owner, Moore Digital Impact

Dana Speed, Communications Committee
Marketing and Graphic Design Professional

Jamie Falasca, Programming Committee
Dir. of Healthcare Services, Diversus Health

Eric Gibbs, Fundraising Chair
State Director of Business Dev, Peak View
Committee: Fundraising/Chair

Sasha Straub, RAS Chair
Director of Business Intelligence, SocialSEO

Chris Heberer, First Responder Liaison
Fountain Chief of Police & Dir. of Public Safety

Shawn Canole, Military Liaison
First Sergeant, USAF

Roselyn Leng-Wooten, Communications Committee
Dir. of Business Development, Cedar Springss

Caitlin Caviness, Program Coordinator
LLPC, Pikes Peak Suicide Prevention

Tricia Owen, Children's Grief Group Facilitator
MA, MSW, LCSW, Pikes Peak Suicide Prevention

Kris Martin, Teen Talk Facilitator
School Counselor, working on Master's in School Counseling and Clinical Mental Health

Ron Johnson, Adult Support Group Facilitator
Full-Service Realtor

Paul Yankey, Adult Support Group Facilitator
Public Speaker for the SWL Foundation