Meet Our Board of Directors
Jennifer Cadd, President
Jennifer Cadd, MBA, our President, is Vice President of Finance at Miracle Method Surface Refinishing where she has held that position for over two years. Starting as a Registered Financial Assistant in 2007 she has worked as a professional in the business of Finance for nearly fifteen years. It is with these leadership skills as well as her “passion for strategy, process improvement and change management” that she is eager to use in her volunteer position as President of Pikes Peak Suicide Prevention.
Nicole Banning, Vice President
Nicole Banning, MBA, is Chief Executive Officer of the Colorado Springs Orthopaedic Group and Vice President, Orthopedic Centers of Colorado. She is an experienced leader working in the hospital & health care industry applying her skills in Conflict Resolution, Team Building, Staff Retention, and Labor Relations. She also has a strong human resources background. These skills and experience will serve her well in her position as Vice President of the Pikes Peak Suicide Prevention.
Kim Severn, Secretary
Kim Severn, MA, LPC, NCC is an instructor in the Counseling and Human Services Dept. at UCCS. Her research interests include suicidal ideation and prevention in affluent communities and adolescent social concerns. She is a member of the American School Counselor Assoc., the American Counseling Assoc., Colorado School Counseling Assoc., and the American Assoc. of Suicidology.
Greg Smith, Treasurer
Greg Smith is a successful financial advisor with over $30 million under management and over 250 clients. He is licensed in over 30 states as an Investment Advisor and in 15 states as an Insurance Advisor. That along with a passion for communication and helping people, he is a great addition to Pikes Peak Suicide Prevention as Treasurer.
Dr. Nicole Peak, Programming Chair
Dr. Nicole Peak owns and runs a private practice Peak Psychological Services, PLLC, which specializes in evidence-based interventions for trauma, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, and eating disorders in adolescents and adults, with services in English and Spanish.
Jeff Moore, Communications Chair
Jeff Moore is President and Owner of Moore Digital Impact a premier digital marketing firm in Colorado Springs. With over 25 years of sales and management experience in the advertising industry, he has successfully applied a solution based approach to helping clients achieve new levels of success every day.
Dana Speed, Communications Committee
Dana Speed, is a Marketing and Graphic Design Professional. As a member of the Communications Committee she assists strategic direction, helps with fundraising, and assists in website management.
Jamie Falasca, Programming Committee
Jamie Falasca, LPC, is a licensed therapist and has worked in the behavioral health field for over 15 years. Currently, Jamie is the Outpatient Clinical Director at Peak View Behavioral Health. Jamie is passionate about working with adolescents and in providing education around mental health.
Eric Gibbs, Fundraising Chair
Eric Gibbs is State Director of Business Development for Peak View Behavioral Health where he truly enjoys working with colleagues who are “all very compassionate and hard working individuals.” He has been in the mental health industry for over a decade.
Sasha Straub, RAS Chair
Sasha Straub is Director of Business Intelligence at SocialSEO. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse with a degree in Business Administration and Human Resources, she has three years of experience in the digital marketing industry, helping launch a new media company that provided social media, reputation management and email marketing. Sasha enjoys fostering rescue dogs, reading, volleyball, hiking, traveling and the Green Bay Packers.
Chris Heberer, First Responder Liaison
Chris Heberer is Fountain Chief of Police & Director of Public Safety. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from Gonzaga University, Spokane, Washington and received his Master of Arts degree from Webster’s University in Security and Organizational Management in 2005. During his 20 year career in the Army serving as a Military Police officer, he commanded at all levels to include platoon, company and battalion. He served as the 759th Military Police Battalion Commander and as the FT Carson Director of Emergency Services. He commanded over 1,100 personnel and was responsible for directing and the implementation of all Police, Fire and 911 emergency dispatch services supporting a military and civilian community of over 26,000 personnel on FT Carson. He deployed three times throughout his career to Iraq in various leadership roles. He has held a variety teaching and staff positions during his time in the Army and is a graduate of the Army’s Command and General Staff School, US Army Airborne, Jump Master and Air Assault schools. He is the current Secretary/Treasurer for the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP), Secretary for the Central Mountain Regional Training Foundation (CMTF), and serves on many additional boards dedicated to improving the relationships between police and their communities. Chief Heberer was granted the distinction of Law Enforcement Executive Certification through CACP in 2015
Shawn Canole, Military Liaison
“Our Airmen need to see that it is not just them struggling,” says Senior Master Sgt. Shawn Canole, Space Delta 2 First Sergeant. “It is Airmen of all ranks that struggle with mental health and it’s okay to take a knee and get the help they need.” Canole has also helped introduced the First Sergeant initiative, “Who’s your person? Here’s your dog tag.” The program provides a military member with a dog tag with their contact information to give to an individual (military member or not) to signify that they can contact you when times get tough.This and other milatary initiatives are all about learning “how to prevent suicide by recognizing signs, engaging someone and connecting them to an intervention resource for further support”, says Canole.
Roselyn Leng-Wooten, Communications Committee
Roselyn Leng-Wooten is Director Of Business Development at Cedar Springs Hospital which offers a wide range of specialized services for individuals of every age struggling with emotional, psychiatric and substance abuse disorders.
Meet Our Staff and Key Volunteers
Caitlin Caviness, Program Coordinator
Caitlin Caviness serves as the Program Coordinator and a Clinical Mental Health Counselor at Pikes Peak Suicide Prevention. She is an LPCC who recently graduated with a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from UCCS. She has been with Pikes Peak Suicide Prevention for over a year and is excited at the opportunity to continue working with the organization as a therapist and program coordinator. Caitlin grew up in Colorado Springs within the military community and received her bachelor’s degree from CU Boulder in 2014. She enjoys hiking, reading, playing piano and guitar, traveling, and cooking. She is honored to help guide others towards living a life rooted in authenticity, love, connection, and purpose
Tricia Owen, Children’s Grief Group Facilitator
Tricia Owen,MA, MSW, LCSW, describes herself and her mission as follows: I believe the therapeutic relationship is a powerful tool for healing when it is built on a focus of safety and trust in a nonjudgmental space. In our Children’s Grief Group, the children share their stories with each other and they discover they are not alone. We work together to develop strategies for coping effectively with difficult life events and emotional experiences. As they mature, we learn to make new meaning of their experiences. I use a person-centered, cognitive and dialectic behavioral, and family systems approach to therapy while also incorporating methods from other treatment modalities. In clinical supervision, I meet regularly with student interns who are in a graduate level program and who are serving our community at PPSPP. We discuss ethics, casework and other professional issues in a structured way. The primary goal of clinical supervision is to ensure the integrity of clinical services and to protect the welfare of the client(s). I have lived in Colorado since 1997. Originally from the Northwest with a 10 year stretch in Southern California and a 7 year period in Dallas, Texas. I have four adult children and two grandchildren. I love God, my family, spending time with friends, the outdoors, the Hallmark Channel, and all things Disney!
Kris Martin, Teen Talk Facilitator
Kris Martin is a School Counselor who is currently working to complete her Master’s in School Counseling and Clinical Mental Health. Her areas of interest include diversity, equity and inclusion, family and community partnership, leadership, social emotional development, and youth activation
Ron Johnson, Adult Support Group Facilitator
Ron Johnson is a full-service Realtor. He describes his history and vision and mission for suicide prevention as follows: After moving to Colorado in the fall of 1978, I began work in retail, specializing in cameras and audio. Music and sound have always been important to me; I began playing guitar at age 12 and still enjoy playing today! Later I became the Marketing Director for a high-end audio component company for several years, demonstrating the equipment at trade shows around the world. In 1990, I studied to become a realtor and have worked in that industry for over 30 years now. We lost our son to suicide in 2016, and that changed everything. Having gained understanding in human suffering and pain, I now try to be the man our son Nate actually was. This will be my path as long as there is breath in my body. I welcome deep conversations with fellow sufferers whether they are suicidal or have lost a loved one to suicide.
Paul Yankey, Adult Support Group Facilitator
Paul Yankee is a Public Speaker for the SWL Foundation. He believes: Life is short. You are unique. There is nothing – nothing – more amazing than coming out of despair. I’ve been there many times and it is my passion and privilege to be any part of helping you on your journey. It’s worth it! You’re worth it!