Abbie has been an elementary school teacher for over 20 years, teaching students from first to sixth grade. She has taught at both high socioeconomic and Title 1 schools, and has learned through her experiences the wide range of struggles that students and families go through. This experience has allowed her to provide support and connection in times of need. Suicide has affected her and her family just like it has most people in our community. It was May 2016 when a string of suicides at her daughter's high school forced her to get involved. This is when she began the Spray the Love community art mural project with the intention to spread awareness that despite all the hate and hurt in the world there is still love. With this endeavor, we became connected with Pikes Peak Suicide Prevention Partnership. Their services to increase awareness, education, and provide group and individual support spoke to them in a new way, and their involvement with the organization has grown since that time. She is honored to be a Board Member, and to serve as an advocate to network and create partnerships that will positively influence and achieve the goals Pikes Peak Suicide Partnership has set out to accomplish. In her free time, she enjoys being outside in the sunshine, hiking, traveling, and spending time with her husband, two daughters, and dog.