Board of Directors

KSPHQ board meetings are held on the 4th Monday of the month at 6:30 pm and are open to the public. All are welcome to attend. Due to the COVID Pandemic, all meetings are currently taking place via Zoom. Please contact us if you’d like to receive the Zoom link for our next meeting.

Board of Directors and Advisors

Our Board of Directors and advisors is a diverse community who strengthens the center and our critical activities.

Board members serve two-year, once-renewable terms. We also ask that each board member serves on one of our committees or in a specialized role.

Advisors are community volunteers who help with and serve on specific committees. We have 2 committees, Internal and External. Both committees meet for 1-1.5 hours monthly.

The External committee works with the staff of everything outwardly facing: community engagement, events, development, and marketing.

The Internal Committee works with staff on everything inside of the organization: budget, finance, programs, and governance.

Advisors are welcome at our regular monthly board meetings which take place on the 4th Monday of each month at KSPHQ, 2110 Delaware Street, suite B.

To learn more about volunteering to be a part of this group who works hand-in-hand with our staff, as an advisor, or as a board member, please contact us or use the form below. We’d love to have you!

We strongly encourage people from historically underrepresented communities to inquire. We believe diversity and inclusion strengthen our communities and workplaces. We do not discriminate based on race, gender identity, religion, age, ethnicity, disability, military status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, marital status, or citizenship status.

Frequently asked Questions

Do I have to live in Lawrence to serve on the board of directors or as an advisor?

No. Our committees and board meetings are held via Zoom. Post-COVID, we will resume in-person events and you may asked to travel to attend.

Is there a financial commitment to joining as a board member of advisor?

We ask all board members to participate in fundraising and to donate themselves. As much of our operating budget comes from donations, it’s important to our culture of philanthropy that everyone participates in this aspect. Levels of giving are unique to individuals and there is no gift minimum to join. Diversity is important to our organization and one’s ability to give will not play a factor in consideration. If you’re invited to join the board of directors, our board chair and development team will discuss this further with you.

How much of a time commitment is there?

Each board member should expect to give on average about 5 hours per month while serving on the board of directors. 30 minutes per month preparing for the board meeting, 60-90 minutes for the monthly meeting itself, and about 30-60 minutes per month on other activities. Board members are also asked to serve on a committee that meets monthly for 60-90 minutes in addition to 20-30 minutes preparing for the meeting. Your initial on-boarding may take a little extra time in your first couple of months.

How do I apply?

Fill out the form below and we will be in touch. We’ll ask for you to fill out an application. You’ll meet (phone or Zoom) with our board chair and/or CEO. You’ll be invited to attend a board and/or committee meeting as a guest before the board holds a vote to accept or reject your application.

How long will I serve on the board?

Board terms are two years with an option to renew once.

Kansas Suicide Prevention HQ’s 2021 board of directors:

  • Liz Gravatt, Board Chair
  • Neil Rasmussen, Vice Chair
  • Melanie Farney, Recording Secretary
  • Joe Youngbauer, Treasurer
  • Becky Austin-Morris
  • Michelle Derusseau
  • Kevin Guffey
  • Sally Ryan
  • Emily Williams
  • John Youngbauer

Community Advisors

  • Tom Barker
  • Ali Buenger

Join our board of directors recruitment event on 2/25 at 6:30pm CST:

Board of Directors Recruitment
Time: Feb 25, 2021 06:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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