Nicole Fenoglio is a clinical social worker with experience working with people experiencing suicidal and mental health crises. She graduated with a Master’s degree from Wichita State in 2013 and has been a member and past chair of the Sedgwick County Suicide Prevention Coalition since 2014. Nicole founded StopSuicideICT as a community initiative in 2017 and established the organization as a 501c3 in February 2018. She is passionate about helping others and educating the community on suicide prevention. She knows the importance of this message due to her own struggles with depression and from her work professionally as well. She serves as the President of StopSuicideICT, overseeing all operations of the organization.
Bailey Blair, LMSW, brings experience in training, education and social work to the board. After serving as a board member for the Greater Kansas Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Bailey supported the creation of StopSuicideICT to focus prevention and funding on the Wichita area. In addition to her work with StopSuicideICT, Bailey serves on the Governor’s Sub-Committee for Behavioral Health Services Planning Council and volunteers as a mental health professional with Project Guardians.
Erin has a Master’s in Social Work and graduated from Wichita State University in 2014. She has worked in multiple fields, including child welfare, medical social work, adoptions, mental health, and public schools. In all these different roles, mental health has affected the lives of the clients she served. Erin is passionate about advocating for those who experience or are directly affected by mental illness. She is committed to making a difference in our community and believes in the importance of education surrounding mental health and suicide awareness.
Re’an has worked in and around mental health for 11 years. Re’an has also worked in addiction for 4 of those years. Re’an is very passionate about destigmatizing mental health and the need for mental health services. Re’an enjoys advocating for the community and getting involved in any way she can. She loves communicating with and experiencing all walks of life and looks forward to spreading awareness in any way she can. “Supporting the fighters, admiring the survivors, honoring the taken, and never, ever giving up hope.”
Nathan Engels is a Gerontologist and Medical Exercise Specialist from Wichita, KS. He is the owner of Wellness League LLC and loves to help people reach their maximum physical potential. He is a graduate from both Wichita Northwest High School, and Wichita State University. He holds his Master of Arts in Aging Studies, and Bachelor’s of Science in Exercise Science. In addition to being a Medical Exercise Specialist, Nathan enjoys speaking in the community about the benefits of staying active while aging. His mission is to help all grandparents stay strong and active enough to be able to play with their grandkids without fear of falling or suffering an injury. He has a passion for suicide prevention and helping all adults and children to have a more positive relationship with their mental health. He is eager to get to work!
Josh Larson is a recent graduate of the social work master’s program at Wichita State University. He has worked extensively with adolescents and adults who have experienced a traumatic brain injury (TBI) and enjoys working with those who are 13 years and older who are experiencing anxiety, depression, acute and chronic suicidal ideation, grief from suicide loss, and the those with serious persistent mental illness.
Sharon has worked in education for almost 30 years. After 18 years in Newton Public schools as a special education teacher for students in kindergarten through age 21, she became the special education director for Kansas Connections Academy and now works supporting schools across the country in providing quality online education for students grades K-12 with special populations remaining at the heart of her role. Sharon embraces the notion of lifelong learning with numerous educational licenses and degrees including her doctorate in educational leadership.
Sharon lost her youngest brother to suicide in 2015 and has come to understand the lack of resources, education, and open dialogue around suicide prevention. While she has been involved in numerous suicide prevention activities and events the past 8 years, Sharon is excited to focus her efforts as a member of the Stop Suicide ICT organization and is grateful for the opportunity to serve.