OSPF Support Staff
Dr. Yvette Jackson - Executive Director
Over the last 25 years, Dr. Yvette Jackson’s professional career has included clinical, academic, and administrative roles. Formally trained as a Social Worker and a Chaplain, she has provided leadership to multiple systems, including the Child Welfare System, the Office of the Attorney General, several Faith-Based Institutions, and numerous educational systems, including Higher Education. In addition to her role as Executive Director of the Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation (OSPF), she currently serves as Affiliated Faculty for Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio where she teaches coursework in the evenings in the Pastoral Care Division. All of her roles in the community have allowed her to work with individuals and families across the lifespan, capturing the gifting of the generations. Each occasion gave her ongoing opportunities to engage multiple processes and disciplines involving the continuity of care for Ohio’s individuals, clients, patients, students, parishioners, families, and communities.
Her former roles as Chaplain and Bereavement Care Coordinator in the Hospital and Hospice Care systems really inform her passion around grief recovery. Life is full of grief and loss, including death but not exclusive to death. Unresolved grief and bereavement can be crippling to any of us and all of us. However, the grief process can also become transformative in our lives, in our families, and in our places of work, worship, and school. The privilege of “coming alongside of individuals, families, and communities in crisis and celebration and empowering them to meet their fullest potential” is a core principle in Dr. Jackson’s legacy.
She is delighted and honored to now “come alongside of “ the Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation, its Board of Directors, its Advisory Committee, staff, consultants, coalitions, and its countless community partners to lead them in the advancement of our vision, mission, and goals as described in the Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation 2013-2016 Strategic Plan. Please stay tuned for more E-Newsletters about how you can partner with us to advance this plan.
Shawna Hite - SAMHSA GLS Grant Project Coordinator
Shawna Hite serves as the SAMHSA GLS Grant Project Coordinator for the Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation. Shawna received her BA in Psychology and Communication from Lake Forest College in Illinois and her MPH (Master’s in Public Health) from The Ohio State University. Shawna is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES), with experience and knowledge in planning, implementing, and evaluating health-focused curriculums, programs, events, and projects.
Shawna’s previous work with the non-profit LEAD--Leading Youth to Healthy Decisions – in Lake Forest, Illinois, made her passionate about the prevention of youth suicides through community involvement and systems level approaches. Shawna has completed research focusing on the accessibility of suicide prevention resources in higher education and helped to complete a process evaluation of OSPF-funded suicide prevention coalitions. Shawna’s experience working in youth advocacy and her previous role as the Healthy People Program Specialist with The Ohio State University Extension, Family and Consumer Sciences, have made her passionate about equipping all Ohioans with the knowledge, abilities, and environmental supports to live healthy, fulfilling lives.
Shawna is excited to begin her new role with OSPF and hopes to positively impact youth and young adults’ lives throughout all regions of Ohio as she coordinates the SAMHSA, GLS- funded Ohio’s Campaign for Hope: Collaboration for Advancing Strategies for Youth Suicide Prevention.
Austin Lucas - OSPF Consultant
Austin Lucas assists in the duties of Shawna Hite, the SAMHSA GLS Grant Project Coordinator. From January, 2017 through April, 2017 Austin was an intern of The Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation via the psychology internship program at The Ohio State University.
Austin graduated from The Ohio State University in May, 2017 with a BS in Psychology. As an intern, Austin developed a passion for the field of prevention (particularly suicide prevention) through his participation in OSPF's special events, meetings, and projects. Austin is excited to learn various aspects of the Grants Coordinator position and contributing to the field of Suicide Prevention in the state of Ohio through a public health lens.