Staff and Board of Directors | Alliance for Suicide Prevention of Larimer County


Since 1989, the Alliance for Suicide Prevention has provided suicide prevention educational programs and grief support services to youth and adults. Our Mission is to prevent suicide in Larimer County through training and education, providing outreach, and offering support.


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Scott Smith, MSW

Executive Director

Scott Smith, MSW, has been serving as the Executive Director of the Alliance for Suicide Prevention of Larimer County since March of 2019. Scott has been working in the field of mental health and suicide prevention since 2012 and has been a life-long advocate for social justice. When Scott isn’t working, he is skiing, gardening or cooking food for family and friends. Scott’s super power is identifying gaps in communities and leveraging resources to fill them.

Marshall Spring

Outreach Coordinator, AMPS Coordinator (Active Men Providing Support)

Marshall Spring grew up in a small Oregon town. After the 9/11 attack Spring joined the US Marine Corps. He served 4 years working as an explosive detection dog handler. In 2007 Spring moved to Boulder and in 2010 relocated to Larimer county. In the summer of 2019 Spring was hired by the Alliance for Suicide Prevention. He operates outreach programs for adult males and veterans. Outside of work, Marshall spends time with his family. Marshall’s super power is that he can communicate with animals.

Savanna Phelan-Jones

Volunteer and Training Coordinator

Savanna Phelan-Jones began her work with the Alliance as a volunteer herself, then became the Volunteer and Training Coordinator in late 2019. She has a background in art from the University of Colorado Boulder. Savanna is passionate about creating supportive spaces for the community to have open conversations about mental health, and suicide prevention is near and dear to her heart; she lost her sister to suicide when she was a teenager. When Savanna is not working at the Alliance for Suicide Prevention, she can be found traveling, skipping around in the foothills, skiing in Cameron Pass, and getting creative in the kitchen. Savanna’s super power is holding space for people and shining positivity.

Jay Ytell

LGBTQ+ Outreach Coordinator

As an out-and-proud member of the LGBTQ+ community, Jay is excited to engage with the local LGBTQ+ organizations in her new capacity as the LGBTQ+ Youth Outreach Coordinator. Jay is passionate about mental health, alternative education, and community collaboration. She has a background in English and psychology and has previously worked as a writer and editor. In her free time, she likes to rock climb at the gym or one of the local crags, go for long bike rides in the country, play Dungeons and Dragons and other tabletop roleplaying games, and read her poetry at open mics. Jay's superpower is teaching people new things (especially about the LGBTQ+ community and how to be an ally).

Cecilia Reynolds

Program Manager

As the Program Manager for the Alliance, Cecilia is found more often than not delivering the RAPP Program and working closely with youth in middle and high school throughout Larimer County. After getting her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Gender Studies from Westmont College in California, Cecilia returned to Colorado to join the non-profit world. She is passionate about community education, social justice, and road trips. In her free time, Cecilia loves spending time with her husband and their new puppy, cooking, and exploring Fort Collins. Cecilia’s super power is directing her passion into waves of energy that make change.

Kiera Butler

RAPP Facilitator

Kiera has had a strong passion for mental health after losing her best friend to suicide in middle school. She enjoys coaching cheerleading as a UCA staff member and connecting with adolescents. In her free time, she loves to meditate, hike, workout, study holistic medicine, cook vegan meals for her blog, and spend time with her friends and family. Kiera’s super power is being a Phoenix, because she helps people rise from the ashes and bring light to the darkness.

Rachel Olsen

Imagine Zero Coordinator

Before becoming the Imagine Zero Coalition Coordinator for the Alliance for Suicide Prevention of Larimer County, Rachel ran her own photography business for over a decade. Before that, she was a Professional Healthcare Representative for Pfizer as well as a Vail Ski Patroller and Backroads Bike Guide. When Rachel is not bringing her most adorable dog Ansel in for staff meetings, she can be found galavanting in the mountains with her family. Rachel’s super power is bringing people together and creating connection.

Board of Directors

Dawn Reed, MS, CPA

President of the Board
Certified Public Accountant

Dawn Reed, MS, CPA is an Accountant who has worked for almost 20 years as an accountant leading the financial function at various organizations in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors. She holds a BS in Business Administration from Western New England University, a MS in Accounting from the University of Connecticut and is currently pursuing her PhD in Business at the University of Denver. Dawn joined the Board in December 2019 and will be working to use her experience to help the organization continue to grow and thrive. Her passion for the mission of the organization comes from a family history of mental illness and suicide.

Nikki Lucas

Secretary of the Board
Event Planner and Project Manager

Nikki has been on the Board of Directors for the Alliance since 2016 and currently serves as the Secretary. Nikki enjoys volunteering for the Alliance by organizing the logistics and details for fundraising, education, and remembrance events. She is inspired by music, joy, smiles, random adventures and a good book or movie. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, crafting and traveling. Nikki is a mother of 2 and married to Ben.

Lorann Stallones, MPH, PhD

Board Member
Professor, Department of Psychology, Colorado State University

Lorann Stallones, MPH, PhD/Professor/Department of Psychology, Colorado State University Dr. Stallones has a background in cultural anthropology, public health, and epidemiology. Dr. Stallones was the founding director of the MPH program of the Colorado School of Public Health at Colorado State University, and has published on a variety of health, mental health, and public health topics, including suicide, with a focus on rural and farming populations. Lorann brings both professional expertise and personal commitment to the Alliance for Suicide Prevention mission, having lost an adult son to suicide in 2010.She has taken QPR training and participated in evaluating the RAPP program.

Kelsey Lyon

Board Member
Public Health Planning Supervisor

Kelsey Lyon is the Public Health Planning Supervisor for Larimer County Department of Health and Environment. Her strengths include strategic planning/visioning, monitoring and evaluation, work plan development, facilitation, and partnership development. In her free time Kelsey enjoys hiking, biking, running, and dogs.

Jason Taylor

Vice President of the Board
Financial Planner

Jason enjoys working with the passionate staff and board members at the Alliance, bringing educational prevention programs to the adult and youth populations of Larimer County. Jason has been on the Board since October of 2012, helping with the financials and organizing sponsorships for events. Outside of his volunteer work with the Alliance Jason does fundraising with the organization focusing on local nonprofits and helps his clients plan for the future with tax and financial planning. Most importantly he loves to: ski, golf, hike, coach soccer, bike, swim and any other excuse to spend time with his wife and two daughters in this wonderful Northern Colorado community we live in.

Jim Haselmaier

Board Member

Jim has been volunteering with the Alliance for Suicide Prevention since August 2016. He became a member of the board in January 2017. Jim has worked in the high technology field for over 30 years. In addition to having expertise in the software industry, he also has considerable experience in organization effectiveness and operations. Jim is excited to have this background be used for the benefit of the Alliance. Jim has lived in Ft. Collins for the majority of his life. He and his wife Kathy have two grown children. In his spare time he enjoys cycling and the outdoors.

Jo Ellen McCracken

Board Member
Jo Ellen McCracken has been serving the Alliance in various capacities for many years. Jo Ellen became a Volunteer for the Alliance in 2012. She joined the Board of Directors in 2015. Jo Ellen is a presenter for the Alliance's Adult Education program (Hope For Today) and has delivered the program to a wide range of companies, college classes and other organizations. Jo Ellen is a suicide loss survivor. She is retired following a 36 year career at Poudre Valley Hospital.

Jess Russell, MA, LAC

Board Member
Chief Operations Officer

Jess Russell, MA, LAC is a Licensed Addictions Counselor and holds a CO certificate as a Child and Family Investigator. She has more than 25 years in leadership roles in for-profit and not-for-profit sectors. She has a BS in Business with an emphasis in Marketing from Upper Iowa University; and holds a MA in Counseling from Regis University. Jess has extensive experience in managing substance use disorder programs. Jess has enjoyed volunteering for the Alliance and is also an appointed Member of the Colorado Supreme Court Lawyer Well-Being Task Force. More recently Jess was also appointed to the Behavioral Health Entity Implementation and Advisory Committee (BHE-IAC) for the State of Colorado. Finally, Jess previously served as a member on CO’s Opioid Consortium. Jess enjoys camping with family and hosting gatherings with friends.

What does my donation support?

  • $10 = Four Prevention Education Training Books
  • $25 = Youth Education Program for 2 students
  • $35 = 250 Crisis Cards Delivered
  • $60 = Grief Support Groups for 1 Person
  • $70 = LGBTQ+ Inclusivity Training for an Organization
  • $85 = 10 People Trained in Prevention Education
  • $90 – $100 = Veteran in Crisis Connected Through Peer Outreach