Jana Bradley is a Vice President at Union Bank, and Manager of the Santee Branch. In this role, Jana oversees all aspects of the Bank’s activities, including customer service, sales, and operations. Jana is a 26-year resident of San Diego County and is active in a number of community service organizations including the Santee Chamber of Commerce, Santee-Lakeside Rotary Club, Santee Santa’s, and others. In her spirit of giving back to the community, she has held board positions with many of these groups and has also led annual financial literacy classes for the youth of East County. Jana lives in Lakeside and has one daughter. In her free time she likes to go camping, hiking and listening to local music.
Jana lost her husband to suicide in August of 2011. SOSL was instrumental in helping her through that very difficult time. She learned to accept and live the “new normal.”
“I wanted to join the Board of SOSL as a means of taking my experience and helping others through what is without a doubt one of the most difficult and heart-wrenching processes one could go through.”
Bryan Bear is the Director of Finance at Taylor Guitars, an industry-leading acoustic and electric guitar manufacturer founded in 1974. In his role, Mr. Bear oversees day-to-day financial operations for the three locations of Taylor Guitars located in El Cajon, California, Tecate, Mexico and Amsterdam, the Netherlands which annually manufactures and internationally distributes over 140,000 guitars.
He also serves on the board of his local Little League and coaches youth soccer. He counts the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, California Society of Certified Public Accountants and Financial Executives International among his professional affiliations. Presently serves on the Charles W. Lamden School of Accountancy Advisory Board at SDSU.
Mr. Bear holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from San Diego State University and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from San Diego State University. He became a Certified Public Accountant in 1991.
“I lost my father to suicide in 2002. My father had a passion to serve others and I want to honor that legacy by helping others. SOSL is an organization who helps those who are in great need of encouragement and strength and I am blessed to be able to serve on the board of SOSL.”
Speakers Bureau; Facilitator
Bonnie became involved with Survivors of Suicide Loss in 2004 following the death of her husband Gordon to suicide in 2002, the day after their 37th wedding anniversary. Bonnie has a passion for suicide prevention and is invested in the suicide prevention efforts in San Diego County. She served as Executive Director of SOSL from Sept. 2004 until Oct. 2015. She remains active with SOSL as a Support Group Facilitator and Board member. Bonnie teaches QPR (Question, Persuade and Refer) Gatekeeper Training for suicide prevention throughout San Diego County and has frequent speaking engagements focusing on suicide awareness and postvention.
Bonnie earned her BSN at the University of Minnesota, completed her Health Services Credential for school nursing at San Diego State University and later received her Master’s Degree in Human Behavior from National University. She is a retired school nurse and co- author of the Manual of School Health (2009, 3rd Edition). Most of her school nursing career was with San Diego Unified School District in early intervention with children ages birth to 3 years of age with special needs. Bonnie is the mother of three adult children and 5 grandchildren all living in San Diego.
“The death of my dear husband in 2002 changed my life forever, but living through the experience has also expanded my life. Experiencing the stigma of suicide fed my determination to break the silence that often surrounds death by suicide. Silence that can leave survivors with a sense of abandonment and prevent them from seeking help. SOSL offers a listening, supportive community to those bereaved by suicide.”
Kim Bozart is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been working as a mental health provider in San Diego County for the last 13 years. She is a supervisor with PERT, the Psychiatric Emergency Response Team, providing psychiatric evaluations in the field to individuals in crisis that come into the 911 system. Kim collaborates with Law Enforcement to support the person in need by building rapport and gaining an understanding of the crisis. This helps Kim connect the person immediately to the most appropriate level of services with the intent of preserving life and increasing their level of functioning. Kim is also an adjunct professor at Miramar College, currently focusing on training Law Enforcement on more effective communication skills when interacting with an individual living with a mental illness.
Kim recently became a Board Member in 2016. She sits on the planning committee for the Meeting of the Minds annual conference. This conference is specific to San Diego, with the goal of bridging the gap between the Mental Health community, substance abuse treatment community, individuals with lived experiences and support staff. During her free time, you will find Kim volunteering with her daughter at the Tierrasanta Community Garden that provides fresh fruits and vegetables to TACO (Third Avenue Charitable Organization).
“I look forward to serving the community through the SOSL organization. This supports my goal of helping others move forward from a tragic situation: To find their peace and happiness within, while honoring and celebrating who the individual truly was prior to their illness consuming their life.”
Speakers Bureau; Newsletter Editor
Camille joined the SOSL Board of Directors four months after she lost her son in 2004, (Brett, age 22). She also lost a brother in 1977, (Joseph, age 24) to suicide. As part of the SOSL Speakers Bureau, she has delivered Suicide Awareness & Prevention presentations to hundreds of high school and college students. She is a graduate of SDSU with a degree in Educational Technology and is a curriculum developer, instructional designer, and training facilitator.
“My involvement with SOSL has allowed me a safe place to put my energy to remove the stigma of mental illness which still exists since my brother died in the 70’s. The Board and all our volunteers have a very special place to provide support to others who have also tragically lost loved ones.”
In his professional role which he has held for 16 years, he helps the staff of the Medical Examiner’s office deal with the daily stress of sudden, unexpected and traumatic deaths. He also assists in the death investigations and often delivers death notifications to the families.
Additionally, Joe serves as the Executive Director of the Bereavement Center at the Medical Examiner’s office, which provides free counseling, education, cremation assistance, pastoral care, and referrals to families. The program is facilitated by Dunami Ministries which Joe leads as the Executive Director. During his tenure with the Medical Examiner’s Office, he created and implemented the Beyond the Caution Tape Program which works with young offenders by showing them the real consequences and suffering caused by their risky behavior.
Joe is involved in a number of other professional organizations including the San Diego Eye Bank, San Diego County Tissue Bank, UC Irvine Brain Research Program and the Sheriff’s Department Chaplaincy Program. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Biblical Ministry from Horizon Bible Institute and is a certified Trauma Services Specialist. His experience includes lecturing for numerous organizations including the American Red Cross, Horizon Bible Institute, Azusa Pacific University, and the US Border Patrol.
Always an ardent supporter of the work that SOSL does in the community, two years ago, the cause became even more personal when he lost his father to suicide. Joe’s experience, knowledge, and passion will benefit SOSL’s survivors support programs as well as enhance our suicide prevention efforts in San Diego.
Speakers Bureau; Facilitator
Linda recently retired from working as a Pt. Safety Analyst for a San Diego Health Organization. Linda joined the SOSL Board in 2002, several years after losing her son to suicide. She graduated from Brigham Young University with a BS and became involved with SOSL soon after. She has been a facilitator for over 10 years and a member of the SOSL Speakers Bureau with as well as the Speakers Bureau with TMRC (Talbott-Marsh Recovery Campus) based out of Los Angeles. Linda is the mother of four children and has 7 grandchildren under 8 years of age. Linda’s life is very busy and she likes it that way. .
“Losing my only son to suicide was and still remains the most difficult experience of my life. SOSL has provided me with love and support and through my healing process, helped me turn my pain into a positive experience. I discovered a new-found strength in helping others was the key to helping ourselves and I’m very thankful for the opportunity to work with the SOSL Board.”
Scott joined the SOSL Board of Directors in 2008, bringing with him a long held interest in helping to reduce suffering related to suicide. Scott has been affected by suicide in many ways, by the loss of his family doctor, the loss of several friends to suicide, a colleague and a client, and Scott’s father made many serious attempts to die by suicide.
Scott envisions reducing suffering related to suicide in many ways. First and foremost by supporting survivors directly by helping to facilitate groups, supporting other SOSL facilitators. Scott comes to us with a background in training, experience in the group support process, and setting up and running support groups, which were mostly bereavement in nature. These skills are of great value in enriching the SOSL support groups and enhancing the capabilities of our facilitators.
Second, Scott as Webmaster for SOSL, strives to “see how many ways we can connect and support each other through our website: www.SOSLsd.org.” He also aids fundraising efforts by maintaining the Save‐A‐Life Walk Website at SaveALifeWalk.org, which serves as SOSL’s biggest annual fundraiser. Lastly, Scott enjoys the camaraderie of being on a well‐run team, lending itself to Scott’s desire to support the Board in carrying out the SOSL Mission.
Speakers Bureau; Newsletter Editor
Jenni originally joined the SOSL Board in October of 2012. She then served as SOSL’s Director of Development from April 2013 to October of 2015. Currently, Jenni is proud to serve SOSL as a member of the Board of Directors once again.
In 2009 Jenni lost her brother to suicide. This loss left her and her family devastated, and she admits that it was years before she could even talk about her loss. Jenni lost a friend in 2001. She has been touched by suicide twice, and now she rallies for the prevention of suicide, for the strength of those left behind, and to eradicate the cloud of stigma attached to depression and mental health illnesses. Prior to her work as SOSL’s Director of Development, Jenni was a practicing attorney, working primarily in the areas of bankruptcy and debt relief. She was the founder and owner of “Morel Law” a solo law practice based out of Bankers Hill.
Jenni earned her Juris Doctor degree from Santa Clara University School of Law in 2007. During her tenure in law school, she also earned a Certificate in Public Interest and Social Justice Law. Prior to law school, she attended Michigan State University, and earned two Bachelor of Arts degrees, in Political Science and in English.
When not volunteering for a worthy cause, you will find Jenni following her heart, loving her cats, or at the ice rink throwing flips and loops.
“I am honored for the opportunity to serve this organization. Losing my brother to suicide was one of the most difficult things I have ever lived through – but I did, live through it. As I meander along my personal journey of healing, I find that devoting my time to SOSL and helping other survivors, both newly grieving and those whose losses are far in the past, has helped me beyond measure.”
Speakers Bureau; Facilitator
Joyce stepped into the role of Executive Director of SOSL in October of 2015. Like many who dedicate their time and energy in this organization, she is a survivor of suicide loss. Experiencing the devastating aftermath of suicide created a deep passion for helping others living in similar situations. Joyce speaks throughout Southern California to educate, enlighten, and reduce the stigma attached to mental health issues and suicide. In addition she teaches QPR (Question, Persuade and Refer) Gatekeeper Training for suicide prevention throughout San Diego, facilitates mental health support groups, and is a Certified Mental Health Coach.
Joyce earned a BA in Spanish from UC Irvine. Her professional experience includes years in both the private and public sectors. She was employed at California State University San Marcos for eleven years in the Division of Student Affairs and lastly as the Executive Assistant to the President. Losing her husband to suicide in 2008 set her life on a new course. Within a few years of his death, she left the university to pursue more opportunities to work towards suicide prevention and mental health awareness in San Diego County. Those efforts included gaining valuable mental health training, pioneering and facilitating support groups, and working with various boards and organizations that are dedicated to this same vision.
“Where I find myself today was not a part of my plans. Mental illness and suicide have impacted my life and changed me in ways I could never have anticipated. Experiencing firsthand the stigma that still surrounds these topics makes me even more determined to talk openly and break the silence. Break the silence so survivors can seek help and find healing. It is also important to me that those left behind find the strength to move beyond just surviving and live “the new normal”, and they find a life that is good once again. SOSL exists to provide a safe, listening and supportive community where the healing can take place.”
Lisa completed her BA in Social Work in 1991 at Bethel University in Minnesota. She joined SOSL in 2005 after losing her dad to suicide in 2002. Lisa and her husband, Russell, are the proud parents of two little girls.
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