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Board of Directors and Staff

Board of Directors

Rick Boheler- Chair

Rick Boheler is the Board Chair for the Grace For 2 Brothers Foundation. He has served on the Board in various capacities since it attained a 501 (c) (3) designation from the Department of the Treasury on March 3, 2011.

Boheler was previously employed by United Parcel Service at that organization’s corporate headquarters in Atlanta, GA. He retired in 2002 after serving on the management team for 25 years in various locations around the U.S. He is currently the President of PSI Energy Production Services. Since 2012, PSI Energy has provided equipment and expertise for flowback and coil operations for various energy producers operating in Northern Colorado and throughout Wyoming.

Boheler graduated from Cheyenne Central High School in 1972 and from the University of Wyoming in 1976.

Angela Vaughn, DHSc, MPH- Co-Chair

Angela Vaughn is a Community Health Program Manager for the Wyoming Institute of Population Health. Her public health experience includes substance use prevention, harm reduction, opioid prescribing stewardship, stigma reduction, and sexual health. Angela obtained her Master’s in Public Health from Creighton University and a Doctorate in Health Sciences.

Angela is passionate about creating equitable care environments in the health care setting and improving overall community health. She is currently the president of the Wyoming Public Health Association, and secretary of Ringside Sports. In her spare time, she is a certified USA Boxing coach, enjoys the outdoors, and spending quality time with family and friends.

Niki Kottmann- Secretary

Niki Kottmann is a native of the Chicago suburbs who landed in Cheyenne after working for a weekly newspaper in Sarasota, Florida for three years. She’s a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and now holds the title of Features Editor for the Wyoming Tribune Eagle.

Throughout college, Niki developed a passion for mental health advocacy and awareness, especially after serving as an Active Minds mental health peer educator. After graduating, she served on several fundraising committees through National Alliance on Mental Illness Sarasota County and as a peer volunteer for Coastal Behavioral Healthcare’s Compeer program.

When she’s not writing, editing, or doing volunteer work, you can find Niki listening to showtunes, eating an excessive amount of cheese and/or hiking with her boyfriend.

Jesse Carter- Treasurer

Jesse is a proud father of two boys and currently serves in the United States Air Force. After learning about GF2B in 2018 and its resources for suicide prevention and postvention, he wanted to get involved. Since then, he’s become a board member and an Hour of Grace Grief Support Group facilitator.  In 2002, Jesse’s only brother died by suicide, and back then he wasn’t familiar with loss resources like what GF2B offers today.

Jesse says that “GF2B offers a community to support and talk with those that have been affected by suicide, which will hopefully prevent suicides by diminishing the stigma.”

When Jesse is not working or volunteering, he enjoys reading, listening to music, practicing piano and violin, cooking, and learning (just about anything).

Amanda Sprague, MS

Amanda Sprague holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Arizona State University and a master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies from University of North Texas Health Science Center. She is also QPR certified. Amanda currently practices as a physician assistant in several emergency departments.

She has a passion for suicide prevention and advocacy, and is honored to serve on the GF2B Board of Directors

Kristine Galloway

Kristine Galloway is a public relations specialist for the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality. She holds an Associate of Arts from Laramie County Community College and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Wyoming.  She previously worked as the education reporter for the Wyoming Tribune Eagle. Kristine recently started work on a Master of Social Work through Florida State University. 

She also is a single mom of two fantastic kids – a teenage daughter and preteen son. Each has a phenomenal sense of humor, and the three can often be found entertaining themselves through potentially embarrassing displays of public silliness. 

Kristine became involved with Grace for 2 Brothers following years of admiring the foundation’s work. As a suicide attempt survivor, she personally recognizes the tremendous importance of providing support to those who struggle with self-harm and those who have lost loved ones to suicide, as well as providing education and outreach across the state.

Leslie Cross, LCSW

Leslie Cross (she/her) is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker currently employed with Laramie County School District #1. Leslie also sees clients independently with a specialization in adolescent and family therapy. She holds a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California.

Leslie has vast experience in crisis response as well as sexual assault and domestic violence victim advocacy.

She is married and has three fur children. 

Misty Heil

Steve Smyth

Steve Smyth was born and raised here in Cheyenne and decided to raise his family here as well. Steve is a father of 3 amazing kids, one of them is in college and the other two attend East High School.  Steve has had the honor to work for one of the best companies in Wyoming- Taco John’s Intl. for the past 14 years. Taco John’s continues to be a leader in the state by assisting Suicide Prevention efforts throughout Wyoming.

Steve spends much of his summertime on the ball fields coaching girls fast-pitch softball or on the golf course. Steve likes spending winters skiing with his family.

Steve had served on the Board of Directors for the past 6 years.

Staff

Jeremy Bay- Executive Director

Jeremy is a native of Cheyenne and a 21-year Navy Veteran. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Services with additional education in human development. He is enrolled in one of the first and only Military and Emergency Responder Psychology graduate programs in the country.

Jeremy is dedicated to social equality and bringing community assets together to create suicide safer communities through formal partnerships and cooperation – “simply identifying a problem is not enough, there has to be a solution – for example, if I see cracks in a dam, I can warn people about risks to their safety, but until systems are in place to repair the cracks, the danger is still there”.

Jeremy’s experience with suicide prevention includes personal struggles related to his military career and transition to civilian life and most recently overseeing the Wyoming Army National Guard’s suicide and substance abuse prevention programs as a contract employee.

Dan Hedrick- Grief Support Coordinator

 

Danno is a past member of the Board of Directors for Grace for 2 Brothers. He currently is Grace for 2 Brothers Suicide Grief Support Coordinator. Danno was responsible for starting the Suicide Loss groups in both Laramie and Wheatland.

He facilitates the Laramie Wyoming Hour of Grace Suicide Loss support Group, that meets on the 3rd Thursday of the month. Danno currently is the Director of the Laramie County LOSS Team (Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors Team) with a outstanding group of volunteers. Danno lost his younger brother to suicide in 2011.

Cecelia Linn- Case Manager

Cecelia moved to Cheyenne, Wyoming from Northern Arizona in 2019, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Sociology from Northern Arizona University. She is currently enrolled at Arizona State University finishing up her master’s in social work, one of the nation’s top 50 social work programs.

Cecelia is dedicated to social justice, advocacy, and community awareness. As a case manager, she believes in connecting clients to various organizations and person-first client centered care.

Cecelia’s experience with suicide prevention includes personal struggles, work in various organizations in Arizona and Wyoming, and an internship at Grace For 2 Brothers. She is always willing to listen with a kind ear, offer resources, and lend a helping hand.

When she’s not in the office you can find Cecelia either paddle boarding, doing photography in the summer, painting or snuggling up with her five dogs in the winter.

Candy Snead- Office Manager

Candy and her family have volunteered with GF2B for several years.  Candy is also the Children’s Minister at Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church here in Cheyenne, WY.  As an Army Airborne Veteran, Certified Medical Assistant, QPR trainer, SafeTALK trainer, ASIST trainer and a Certified Peer Specialist, who is also CALM trained, she is a welcome addition to our staff. 

Candy believes in the work of Grace For 2 Brothers Foundation after experiencing the effects of loss to suicide within her own family. 

When not in the office, you can find Candy and her family actively involved in our community or enjoying the outdoors with camping, hiking, fishing, paddleboarding or canoeing.

Candy says: “We are all called to love our neighbors.  That could be shown in many ways, like providing a warm meal, a drink of water, and for some, it is simply to be listened to and truly heard. With that simple act of love, perhaps one could even save a life.”