NCSP Board Members

Heather Shoop, Chair

Heather Shoop has been a Nevada resident since 1982, and is currently serving as an administrator at WestCare Nevada. She holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work and a Bachelor of the Arts degree in Psychology, both from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She has more than 14 years of experience in behavioral healthcare with children, adolescents and adults experiencing substance use disorders, mental illness, homelessness and trauma. Heather is also certified as an alcohol and drug counselor.
Heather has been the Chairperson for the Nevada Coalition for Suicide Prevention since 2012. She is a trainer of multiple programs including ASIST, safeTALK and Youth Mental Health First Aid; and serves as the co-chair for Nevada’s Committee to Review Suicide Fatalities.
Heather is a suicide loss survivor, having experienced losses of two previous clients, a friend and a co-worker. Based on her personal experiences, as well as research and professional consensus, she believes that everyone has a role in suicide prevention. - CONTACT

Kathleen Dickinson, Vice-Chair

Kathleen Dickinson, vice-chair of the Coalition, came to Nevada from the Washington, D.C. area in October, 1986 and immediately became involved with numerous civic and progressive organizations, as well as service as President of the Las Vegas chapter of the League of Women Voters. She has been the sole proprietor of Dynamic Impressions, a handwriting analysis and life coaching business since 1988. She moved to the Las Vegas area in November 1999. From 2003 to 2009 she was a Substance Abuse and Alcohol Prevention Specialist and worked with like minded non-profit organizations, schools and grassroots organizations with a focus on preventing underage drinking, DUI fatalities and substance abuse. Currently she is the Law Related Education Coordinator for the State Bar of Nevada. She believes in all levels and meanings of healthy environments. She has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from George Mason University, and has completed the American University Campaign Management Institute Program, as well as the Washington Representative Program at George Washington University. - CONTACT

Janett Massolo, Secretary

Janett has been a member of the Nevada Coalition for Suicide Prevention for three years and in July took on the position of treasurer. Due to a conflict with work had to step down as treasurer and has been the Washoe County Rep since October 2011. She was voted in as secretary in November 2012. She has worked in suicide prevention, intervention and postvention for 16 years since the death of her daughter, Shannon, in June of 1996 by suicide at the age of 15. She is a current volunteer on the suicide hotline , the head trainer for the Crisis Call Center and a facilitator of the Survivors of Suicide Loss Support Group in Reno. She feels that by staying involved and passionate about helping people impacted by suicide, her daughter lives on and has a voice about the issue. In the area of suicide intervention, Janett became an ASIST trainer in July of 2009, a safeTALK trainer in November 2012 and a Youth Mental health First Aid trainer in June 2013. - CONTACT

Pamela Olsen, Treasurer

Pamela is currently working as a staff member at the Crisis Call Center, where she does volunteer work on the crisis lines as well.  She is a survivor of suicide after her son Abel completed suicide in 2004 at the age of 28.  She has been involved in many suicide prevention programs since that time, including three overnight “Out of the Darkness” 20 mile walks to raise suicide awareness, and multiple community walks in several states.  She spends time with her children and grandchildren in Washington, California and Utah.  Pamela feels that the Northern Nevada Coalition for Suicide Prevention is the most strong and stable suicide prevention program she has found, and she is proud to be part of this caring and compassionate group.  Even though being a member of a suicide survivor’s group was never anything she could have imagined she would be part of, she has made some life-long friends through working for a common cause of suicide awareness along side other survivors. - CONTACT

Michael Bernstein, M.Ed., Clark County Representative

Mike has worked for the Southern Nevada Health District Office of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health, since 1989, now as a Health Educator in Injury Prevention.  He has branched into other injury prevention areas and has worked with several organizations such as Clark County SAFE KIDS and the SNHD Emergency Medical Services staff.  His work’s focus is to reduce the high number of suicides in Nevada and Clark County, and the comprehensive Senior Fall Prevention Program in Clark County. - CONTACT

Jacqueline Ragin, Clark County Representative

Jacqueline Ragin works for the Clark County School District (CCSD) as a program evaluator. Prior to working at CCSD she worked at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) in the Interdisciplinary Center for Aging Research and Education (ICARE). Jacqueline has been very involved with the Las Vegas community since moving here in 2006. She continues to work part time on weekends conducting mental health evaluations in the emergency rooms. She holds two masters degrees one in Public Health (MPH) and the other in Mental Health Counseling (M.S.). Jacqueline has always had an interest in mental health issues, especially suicide. Jacqui has been a member of NCSP for nine years and hopes to assist the coalition in reducing suicide rates of youth and older adults in Nevada. - CONTACT

Tarah Sanchez, Washoe County Representative

Tarah is originally from Schurz and Spring Creek, NV and is a member of the Walker River Paiute Tribe. Tarah is a UNR alumni and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology. Tarah is currently the Victim Services Program Director for Nevada Urban Indians, Inc., a Reno-based non-profit organization. In her spare time, she rehabilitates dogs, and currently partners with Safe Embrace, a domestic violence shelter, in providing free dog training and education to its residents. Tarah is passionate about violence prevention and related issues concerning Native Americans, and has been with the Board for a little over a year. Tarah enjoys cooking, music, and spending time with her dog and two cats: Hank, Waylon and Jessi. - CONTACT

Misty Vaughan Allen, Nevada Office of Suicide Prevention Representative (North)

Website: www.suicideprevention.nv.gov

Misty Vaughan Allen, MA, because the Suicide Prevention Coordinator of Nevada in December 2005.  She works together with local advisory groups and community coalitions, providing oversight and leadership to launch this newly established program.  As the Suicide Prevention Coordinator, she facilitated the development of Nevada’s first Suicide Prevention Plan consistent with the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention.  Misty graduated with her Master’s Degree in counseling from the University of Nevada, Reno.  She began her journey to prevent suicide as the coordinator for the Suicide Prevention Hotline of Nevada, a program of the Crisis Call Center in Reno.  Misty advocates for suicide prevention to help create change for Nevadans. She was born in Reno, NV, and is the proud mother of Luke and Madelynne who assist her with suicide prevention events across the state. - CONTACT

Richard Egan – Nevada Office of Suicide Prevention Representative (South)

Rick is the Suicide Prevention Training and Outreach Facilitator for the Office of Suicide Prevention in Southern Nevada. He has more than 26 years of United States Air Force experience in suicide prevention and intervention. Rick has been a certified ASIST trainer since early 2013 and a safeTALK trainer since late 2013. - CONTACT

Cheryl Atine – Tribal Representative

Cheryl Atine, Tribal Rep., is a Tribal member of the Navajo Nation. She is of the Bitterwater house people clan, born for the Manygoats house people clan. Her maternal clan is of the Big Water People Clan and her parental family is of the Adopted Red House people.  Cheryl is the Substance Abuse Program Specialists for the Elko Service Unit (Indian Health Service) in Elko, NV. She is a Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor II and Certified Criminal Justice Professional providing support services throughout Utah, Idaho, and Nevada Tribes since 1999. Cheryl has worked in suicide prevention, intervention and postvention throughout her career in Utah, New Mexico, Idaho and various reservations. In 2005 she join the Elko County Suicide Prevention Network (ECSPN) to assist in the implementation the first community walk “Walk in Memory” “Walk for Hope” that took place October 21, 2006 at the Elko City Park in Elko NV and has participated as a member of the Nevada Coalition for Suicide since 2006. In 2010 she volunteer to be the Tribal rep for the Nevada Coalition for Suicide Prevention and continues to network, collaborate and assist in address traditional healing among the Native American population. Cheryl received the Red Cross Service Award for 2006 Community Volunteer of the Year for Elko County for her collaborative work, building partnerships and expanding coalitions.  She holds a bachelors of Science degree in Criminal Justice with an emphasis in Law Enforcement/Corrections. - CONTACT

Laurie Moore - Clark County Representative

A Southern Nevada native, Laurie works as a Social Worker and the Coordinator for the Senior Peer Counseling Program through St Rose Dominican Hospitals. For 30 years, Laurie worked for Southern Nevada Adult Mental Health Services, a State agency, where she developed and directed the Senior Mental Health Outreach Program. She was a founding member of the Nevada Coalition for Suicide Prevention in 2005.  Laurie served two terms as President of the Nevada Council on Problem Gambling and continues to participate on their Board of Directors. - CONTACT

Reverend Bryan Ostaszewski - Clark County Representative

Reverend Bryan Ostaszewski, is an Ordained Nondenominational Christian Minister and Ordained Chaplain. He has been involved in religious-theology practices and studies for over 28 years and has additional education and experience with many different religions. He provides Chaplain services to many local major hospitals, Hospice and Rehabilitation facilities in Southern Nevada. He is a Certified Pastoral trained Counselor providing: Marriage, Family, Spiritual, Grief and General Life Guidance. He is a Motivational Speaker, a Certified Christian Life Coach, a Certified and trained Wedding Planner, a Consultant and Special Events Coordinator, and is also a Nevada State Licensed Wedding Officiant and Notary Public. Rev. Bryan also has a Suicide Support Group "Arms of Support" and meets every 2nd and 4th Friday of each month. He is also on the Executive Board of the HOPE Chaplaincy and Ethics Committee for: UMC and six of The Valley Health System Hospitals. He is a YHMFA, SafeTalk and ASIST instructor and also provides services as a Disaster Response Chaplain with FEMA, The American Red Cross and the Medical Reserve Corps. He has also had training with CERT (Community Emergency Response Team), Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s “RECAP” division and completed an abundance of study with many FEMA ICS Command courses. - CONTACT