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Barb Bigalke, Executive Director and Founder

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Barb Bigalke is the Executive Director of the Center for Suicide Awareness, based in the Fox Valley of Wisconsin. Barb started the Walk for Suicide Awareness in 2010, with a vision to bring more attention to the often-hidden topic of suicide in our community. Suicide has a certain stigma to it, and both those who have suicidal thoughts, and families who have lost a loved one to suicide, are often left with few resources to help them handle their emotions and grief.

Her vision became a reality when over 800 people showed up to her first Walk for Suicide Awareness in Kaukauna, WI in 2010. Three years later, 1,400 people attended to bring attention to the cause. This inspired Barb to begin the Center for Suicide Awareness in the summer of 2012. We are a recognized 501(c)(3) non profit organization and will be glad to provide tax deduction and exempt status paperwork as needed.

Barb is dedicated to meet the needs of the community in suicide prevention, intervention, and post-vention.  Barb is passionate about providing education on suicide prevention and works on providing a variety of support groups.

Barb and the volunteers of The Center for Suicide Awareness have completed the documentary, “If You Only Knew What You Left Behind,” for young people on the topic of suicide.

She is Chair of Fox Valley Grief Network (FVGN) and Chair of Calumet County Prevent Suicide Coalition.

Amanda, Group Facilitator

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Amanda facilitates our support groups.

Faith, Volunteer Coordinator

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Faith is a respiratory therapist by trade and has been a dedicated volunteer for years.

Greg, Veteran Coordinator

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Greg coordinates events and services for our veterans.

Jean, Grant Writer

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Jean provides her grant writing skills to help the Center continue it's mission.

Justin Jahns, Web Master

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Justin is the owner of JahnsTek, LLC. and donates his time and talent to build and maintain the Center for Suicide Awareness' website.

Karen J., Media and Marketing Coordinator

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Karen helped Barb with planning the First Walk for Suicide Awareness and continues to help with future walks and events. She donates her graphic design work to create different educational and marketing materials for The Center.

Kathy S., Donations Coordinator

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Kathy helped Barb with planning the First Annual Walk for Suicide Awareness and continues to help with future walks and events with the Center for Suicide Awareness. She is a retired Travel agent and Substitute Teacher.

Lizzy, Creative Marketing

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Short bio coming soon.

Lynn, Lived Experience Advocate and Community Outreach

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Short bio coming soon.

Mark D., Legal Counsel

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Mark provides legal counsel via his practice in Chilton, WI as-well as provides grant writing expertise from his grant writing degree from Fox Valley Technical College.

Scott, AODA Specialist

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Scott has 15+ years of alcohol and substance abuse addiction education and training experience.