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About Us

About FailSafe for Life's Team
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Governing Board

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Sabrina Votava

President

Sabrina Votava is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and an educator on suicide prevention and intervention. Having worked in this field for over two decades, Sabrina’s passion is evident in her work. After growing up in the Spokane area, Sabrina moved to Seattle where she got her B.S. degree in Public Health. While earning her undergraduate degree, two of Sabrina’s brothers died by suicide just six months apart. She knew she always wanted to be in a helping profession, but it was then that she made a commitment to working in the field of mental health and suicide prevention. She returned to Spokane in 2010 with her husband Jason to start their family. In 2016, she left her position working for a youth serving non-profit to start FailSafe for Life and return to school at Whitworth University where she earned her M.A. in Social and Behavioral Health. Sabrina enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and neighbors, camping, kayaking, dining, and going to concerts.

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Lennie Rasmussen

Secretary

Lennie Rasmussen is a licensed Washington Realtor® and is an active property rights advocate in our community. Research suggests that there is a correlation between housing instability and suicide rates, so Lennie works hard to keep our organization updated on current housing issues in our community. Prior to her career in real estate, Lennie was a dedicated Deputy Clerk for the United States District Court - Eastern District of Washington. Lennie grew up in Spokane and moved to Seattle to attend college at University of Washington, where she earned her Bachelor's Degree in Philosophy. Outside of work, Lennie enjoys networking in our community; volunteering; spending time with her son, family and friends; taking trips; and visiting local restaurants and shops in the Spokane area. Lennie will help our organization continue to grow and expand through donor relations and retention, along with supporting our annual events and trainings throughout the year!

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Crystal Lawrence

Secretary Elect

Crystal brings over 20 years of banking/mortgage experience, the gift of raising five amazing children, and the passion to serve the community and make a difference at FailSafe for Life. Crystal grew up in Elk, WA and has engrained herself in the Spokane community ever since. She graduated from Riverside High School, where she began to shape her leadership skills in ASB and was the ASB secretary for her Junior and Senior year. Crystal now enjoys leading from a place as a mother to her children and loves to go camping with her husband and kids - her favorite place to be is at Loon Lake with her family. She looks forward to serving the community while bringing awareness to end suicide through connection, education, and hope!

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Katie Bousley

Treasurer

Katie (Prichard) Bousley grew up in Elk, Washington and has lived her whole life in Spokane County. After a high school sports career that included five state track championships, she went on to play basketball at Gonzaga University. Her inspiring and selfless attitude was rewarded when the coaches chose to name one of the team awards the “Katie Prichard Most Inspirational Player” award. While at Gonzaga, Katie earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in mathematics and history and following graduation went on to Whitworth University, earning her Master’s in Teaching. She began teaching math at Central Valley high school in 2007, where she has been ever since. In 2012, Katie furthered her education by earning her National Board Certification. She currently teaches algebra, advocates for students in support programs, and is an assistant cross country coach.

Katie found her passion for working with youth, specifically those under represented, while volunteering with Gonzaga University’s Special Recreation teams. Through her teaching career, Katie has seen the mental health struggle that current and former students deal with on a consistent basis; she is passionate about helping people connect to the community and find their self-worth. Katie is excited to be a board member of FailSafe for Life and advocate for mental health issues/suicide prevention in the school system and locally in the community. 

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Becka Bruce

Director of Development

Becka is a PNW native who grew up on a farm just north of Spokane, WA and attended K-12 at the Riverside School District. A Health and Wellness Coach by day, Becka is excited to join the FailSafe for Life board as the incoming Development Director. Serving on various non-profit boards for the past 15 years has led to her growing passion to serve her community, particularly in fund raising. In her spare time, she enjoys camping, concerts, traveling and animal welfare advocacy.

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Anna Bowers

Board Member

As a native to the Pacific Northwest, Anna grew up in Spokane and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Gonzaga University. Anna is a Vice President and Senior Financial Advisor, and she has been serving her clients since 2006 by providing sound financial advice and ultimately helping them lead better lives.

By serving on the board for FailSafe for Life, Anna hopes to utilize her passion for financial literacy and expertise to help identify and address issues that can lead to depression and suicide. Her goal is to improve her community by increasing awareness around mental health and financial struggles, reducing the social stigma surrounding them, and providing a safe environment for people to find information and receive support.

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Melva Moore

Board Member

Melva Moore (she/hers) is currently the Director of Mental Health Services at the YWCA Spokane. Not only does Melva hold her own caseload where she provides mental health therapy to people impacted by trauma, but she also supports her team and oversees the strategic direction of the mental health program. Melva also works on departmental budgets, grant compliance and overview, and moving initiatives forward for the mission of the YWCA. She's worked serving survivors of intimate partner violence for over ten years and has supported survivors in a variety of capacities. Melva is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker with a Masters Degree in Social Work. With years of experience working with people who have been impacted by trauma, Melva brings an important mental health lens to the board and is excited to bring that perspective to the team.

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Lisa Ridgeway

Board Member

Born and raised in the PNW, Lisa acquired her Business Administration degree with a dual focus in Marketing and Finance from Gonzaga University in 2008. While working in many different industries including healthcare, hospitality and the non-profit sector, Lisa currently is the Director of Operations of Sodexo at Gonzaga University where she oversees 16 different businesses on campus.  Lisa brings over 15 years of marketing and business strategy experience with her, having specialties in brand strategy and multi-unit business operations.

Lisa joined Failsafe For Life in 2022 after being a longtime supporter, with a passion for elevating the business side of the organization. She is proud to be part of an organization making such an impact in the PNW and looks forward to reducing the barriers and stigma’s around suicide through connection, education, and hope. 

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Dr. Anne Kitchens

Board Member

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Ambassador Board

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Laura Barragan

Board Member

Laura Barragan is the Executive Coordinator at Career Path Services, a local workforce development non-profit organization. Laura grew up in central Washington and has lived in Spokane for almost two decades. Laura’s extensive administrative and service-based experience has touched on many industries throughout the years including hospitality, insurance, marketing/graphic design, judicial/federal government, higher education, and most recently the non-profit sector. In her free time, Laura strives to foster connection within her community and is currently serving on a cultural events committee at Latinos en Spokane, hoping to showcase the multi-faceted beauty of the local Latino community. She is also a big fan of all the outdoor recreation our area has to offer. Laura is excited to serve on the FailSafe for Life board and looks forward to continuing the important work of suicide prevention with such a passionate team.

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Kristen Countryman

Board Member

Kristin Countryman is a dedicate Criminal Paralegal Specialist for federal government and has over 15 years’ experience in the legal field. She’s passionate about serving our community and is committed to doing the best that she can to make a positive difference in people’s lives. After starting her career at Spokane County, and while raising her kids, she went back to school, graduating from Whitworth University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Public Service Administration in 2020.  

Kristin has been involved with volunteering with AFSP and their events for a number of years after losing friends and seeing the rise in suicide among the youth. But her deep desire to make a difference in suicide prevention and postvention came after losing her youngest brother to suicide in 2021.

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Dannica Hanson

Board Member

Dannica Hanson is currently the Market Director for Fisher Construction Group. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing and Business Administration from Eastern Washington University. After dedicating 15 years with a local grocery chain, she moved into a marketing career within the construction industry where she has dedicated her experience for nearly 10 years. Additionally, she completed her Master’s in Business Administration in 2016.

Dannica has lived in Spokane most of her adolescent and adult life, finding the greatest joy in raising her son with her husband. After losing her husband’s brother to suicide, Dannica has been passionate about brining awareness, spreading hope, and helping those who are struggling. She plans to utilize her background in marketing, to help further spread awareness and advocate FailSafe for Life’s mission to end suicide.

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Sassy Henderson

Board Member

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Brett Johnson

Board Member

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Heather Lorenz

Board Member

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Brandy Singer

Board Member

Brandy Singer brings a wealth of experience and heartfelt dedication to FailSafe for Life as a Board Member starting in 2023. Since moving to Spokane in 1997, Brandy has been an active member of the community, raising a family and building a successful career as a pharmacist. With a deep-seated compassion for people and a profound understanding of their needs, Brandy has consistently found ways to make a meaningful impact in the lives of those in our community.

Tragically, in 2021, Brandy’s family faced an unimaginable loss when they lost their teenage son to suicide. This personal experience has ignited an unshakable passion within Brandy to advocate for mental health empowerment, especially among the youth community. 

Through her work on the board, Brandy is able to support FailSafe for Life’s mission to end suicide in our community. She brings her unique perspective, blending professional expertise and personal journey, to drive initiatives that bring about lasting transformation in suicide awareness and prevention strategies. Brandy’s steadfast dedication, combined with genuine empathy, contributes to FailSafe for Life as they continue to pave the way for a brighter future in mental health.

Associates

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Laurie Bowman

Graphic Design/Web Coordinator

Laurie was born and raised in the Spokane area. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Technical Communication at Eastern Washington University and her master’s degree in Strategic Communication from Washington State University. Her educational background is in graphic and web design, technical and professional writing, marketing, and public relations.

During the day, Laurie works as a marketer for a civil engineering firm.

As part of her duties, she designs for both internal and external objectives, as well as assists in business development and project pursuits. She counts her most important role, however, as a mother to her two children.

As an associate for FailSafe for Life, she was brought on early in the process to assist Sabrina in the establishment of the brand and website. She continues to provide graphic design and web editing services for the president and board. Laurie is proud to be a part of an organization with such a vital and important mission in our community.

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