CEO AND CO-FOUNDERAs a Clinical Psychologist, mental health advocate, faculty member and survivor of her brother Carson’s suicide, Dr. Sally Spencer-Thomas sees the issues of suicide prevention from many perspectives. Currently she is the CEO of CJSF and the Survivor Division Chair for the American Association for Suicidology.
Dr. Spencer-Thomas is a professional speaker and trainer, presenting nationally and internationally on the topic of suicide prevention. She has published four books on mental health issues. She lives in Conifer, Colorado with her partner and three sons.
Mike Guthrie oversees the operations of the Carson J Spencer Foundation. He brings with him over 25 years of experience managing public and private organizations. He worked for the Colorado Department of Human Services, in both mental health and juvenile corrections facilities. Following that, he worked in the nonprofit mental health field, including as Executive Director of Beacon Center, a nonprofit agency that provided mental health services to children and families in Colorado.
Mike is a trained and certified mediator and facilitator. Since 2005 he has also operated Guthrie Consulting LLC, working with nonprofits, especially in the mental health field, as well as providing facilitation and dispute resolution.
SENIOR PROGRAM DIRECTOR
Prior to coming to CJSF, Jess was a youth worker and advocate for five years, and previously managed sexual assault and domestic violence advocacy and LGBT youth center programs. Her work focused on skill and leadership development to improve the life skills of underrepresented groups as well as advocating for policy and cultural change within political and educational institutions. Jess has presented nationally at conferences on topics of youth engagement, leadership, gender, sexuality and violence prevention strategies.
She holds a B.A. in English, Women’s Studies and Cultural Studies from the University of Northern Colorado, and an
DEVELOPMENT DIRECTORMonica earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from the University of Phoenix in 2006. She has served on the board of directors for the Association of Fundraising Professionals Colorado Chapter since 2014.
Monica has a wide range of fundraising experience working as a Development Director in both public and private sectors, representing behavioral health and performing arts organizations. Through her work in various settings, Monica has developed her skills in cultivating trusted partnerships and relationships within the community, campaign and project development, and major event planning. Monica works to develop mutually beneficial partnerships with corporate, foundation and individual supporters.