OSPF Support Staff
Shawna Hite - Program Director
Shawna Hite serves as the Program Director 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 - Program Coordinator
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.