About FailSafe for Life's Board of Directors
Sabrina Votava is certified as an ASIST, Networks for Life, and a QPR Master Trainer, as well as a member of the Leadership Team of Prevent Suicide Spokane Coalition. She grew up in Spokane and moved to Seattle to get her degree in Public Health from the University of Washington. Votava has been working in public health ever since, fifteen of those years spent in suicide prevention work. She moved back home to Spokane in 2010, where she began work with the Youth Suicide Prevention Program. She has recently moved on from her position at YSPP to further her work through her own education and growing FailSafe for Life. Her passion for the subject is evident in the training she provides, and she has the ability to connect with a wide variety of audiences.
Her personal passion for the issue comes from the loss of two of her brothers to suicide in 2003, just six months apart, along with her heart for helping others and a deep understanding of mental illness.
As a native to the Pacific Northwest, Anna Bowers grew up in Spokane and received her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Gonzaga University. Anna currently resides in Portland, OR where she continues her career in the financial sector over the past decade as a Vice President and Private Bank Advisor. Stemming from a passion for financial literacy and education, Anna is pursuing a master’s degree in Family Financial Planning to better understand how psychological and behavioral issues affect an individual’s financial – and life – decisions.
By serving as Treasurer for FailSafe for Life, Anna hopes to utilize her expertise to help identify and address financial problems that can lead to depression and suicide. Her goal is to improve her community by increasing awareness around mental health and financial issues, reduce the social stigma surrounding them, and provide a safe environment for people to find information and receive support.
Lennie Rasmussen is 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. Before joining the federal government and committing to public service work, Lennie spent 11 years gaining valuable legal experience as a paralegal for firms in both Seattle and Spokane. Outside of work, Lennie is committed to educating the youth within the Spokane community and voluntarily serves on the Academic Scholarship Screening Committee for the Community Colleges of Spokane.
Lennie brings her extensive legal knowledge, almost 20 years of event coordinating experience, along with a long-time passion for helping those in need to Failsafe for Life. As the Secretary for Failsafe, Lennie plans to document all of the meetings and ensure FailSafe for Life's corporation documents are timely and accurately filed and kept. She also plans to utilize her event coordinating experience to help carry out FailSafe's vision for educating our community to end suicide attempts and deaths of our loved ones.
Erin Milhem, Psy. D.
Dr. Erin Milhem is a licensed clinical psychologist, who specializes in assessment and intervention for children, young adults, and families affected by neurodevelopmental disabilities (Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADHD, learning disabilities, executive functioning challenges, and cognitive impairments) and related challenges (anxiety and depression). Dr. Milhem graduated from the University of Washington in 2006, earning a Bachelors of Art in both Psychology and Interdisciplinary Visual Arts. She attended Antioch University Seattle, where she completed concentrations in both Art Therapy and Child and Family Treatment and Assessment.
Dr. Milhem received training at Seattle Children's Hospital, Seattle Children's Research Institute, Autism Spectrum Treatment and Research (ASTAR) Center, the University of Washington, and the Antioch University Community Clinic. She completed her internship and post doctoral training at the University of Washington CARE Clinic, specializing in autism spectrum disorders, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorders, anxiety related disorders, learning disabilities, and other neurodiverse profiles. Dr. Milhem received her doctorate in psychology from Antioch University Seattle in 2011. Her clinical experience includes early diagnostic assessments for children with developmental delays and autism spectrum disorders, comprehensive evaluations to assess for developmental challenges or learning disabilities, intervention planning and consultation, and therapy services. Additional experience includes working with parents and providing coaching to help build skills to manage difficult behaviors. Dr. Milhem’s theoretical approach is tailored for each specific client, often combining cognitive behavioral therapy, psychoeducation, skill building, and insight therapy. She feels that therapy is a collaborative process and enjoys working with parents to increase their child’s skills.
Outreach and Development Coordinator
Lauren Rasmussen was born and raised in Chattaroy, Washington. As a Northwest native, she chose to attend the University of Washington where she received a Bachelor’s Degree of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences. This unique degree exposed her to psychology and sociology, two fields that sparked her interest in being an advocate for victims of violence, abuse and social inequality. After college, Lauren chose a career in the food and beverage industry where she strengthened her communication and interpersonal skills.
Lauren returned to Spokane in 2011 with a strong desire to serve her community and those in need. One of her first jobs after returning was with the YWCA as a Domestic Violence Relief Advocate, where her empathy and passion to help others deepened. Even though the position was difficult, it allowed Lauren to be a servant to others in need of guidance and understanding.
As a FailSafe for Life Board Member, Lauren finally has an opportunity to return to her passion of advocating for those in need. Her connection to suicide prevention comes from personal losses and community concern. In 2014, she transitioned into a sales career, which has enhanced her leadership and decision-making skills. Lauren is currently an Area Sales Manager for Foster Farms, focusing on territory growth and customer service in her region. In her free time, she enjoys being with her family and friends, whether it is going out on the town or at home with her husband Zack and their two Pomeranians, Baxter and Rusty.
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.
Damian was born in Spokane, WA and attended WSU for 2 years pursuing his business degree before joining the family business. He has been in various positions in his 18 years in the trucking industry, from mechanic to sales to transportation management. This, plus a series of life changing events a few years ago, spurred him to start his own business. Damian brings great experience and knowledge to the intricacies of what it takes to establish, grow, and maintain an organization. He brings some of the struggles, men in particular face, when it comes to dealing with mental health issues and suicide. Damian cares about mental health from personal experience, the loss of his two brothers to suicide.
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 is pursuing 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 in the management office of a commercial construction company as a project coordinator and marketing assistant. 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, ages 9 and 13.
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.