Having a fierce dedication to live in a kinder and wiser world, Tina crossed over to the non-profit community after 20+ years in the for profit world after she experienced the power of effective advocacy and compassionate support particularly for human beings experiencing severe life stressors and trauma. Tina's passion and dedication to be the voice for families and disenfranchised communities stems from her own daughter's battle with mental illness and addiction issues. With over 15+ years of high impact, non-profit experience; Tina has held senior positions as the Executive Director at Twin County Recovery Services, Inc., The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America as their Director of External Relations, The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) as their Community Education and Outreach Manager, NAMI-NYS and the Executive Director for NAMI Mid-Hudson.
Holding a B.A. in Mathematics and Community Studies from Charter Oaks State College and the Diversity and Inclusion Certificate from Cornell University; Tina is an inclusive community coalition builder that empowers vibrant, diverse communities. In 2016, she was appointed as a member to the Statewide Multicultural Advisory Committee (SMAC) with the New York State Office of Mental Health, New York. In 2016, Tina was awarded the Dutchess County, NYS Public Health Partnership Award; and in 2019, she was awarded The New York State Office of Mental Health Excellence In Suicide Prevention: Creating and Strengthening Suicide Safe Communities Award. Tina has spent over a decade focused on suicide prevention and is currently an appointed member on the New York State’s Suicide Prevention Advisory Task Force.
Tina is inspired daily by the remarkable courage and resiliency exhibited by the families and individuals she has had the privilege to meet and support. In her free time, Tina volunteers her time as a certified instructor in mental health and suicide prevention trainings particularly to schools, families, and first responders. Tina loves spending time cooking or visiting museums with her highly energetic four generation family who are extreme foodies and art aficionados.
Elizabeth is a vibrant business professional with twelve years of experience in strategic operations and non-profit development. She brings a successful track record of achieving earned and contributed revenue growth by fostering relationships with individuals, foundations, and corporations through the coordination and execution of a comprehensive fundraising plan. Elizabeth also has extensive experience in providing complete special event planning and marketing support through various media platforms.
A graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park, Elizabeth holds a B.A. in Behavioral and Social Sciences. She recently completed the Executive Philanthropy and Resource Development Certificate program at Fairleigh Dickinson University, is a Level III Certified Grant Writer and has taken coursework in Corporate Sponsorship and Sustainability Analysis Planning. She has participated in several National Points of Light Foundation Conferences.
Elizabeth lives in New Jersey with her husband, children and yellow Labrador; she enjoys the arts and spending time outdoors with family and friends.
De’Jon Buie is a highly accomplished administrator with well over two decades of experience, working specifically in Family Support Services. DeJon holds a masters degree in Public Administration and a bachelors degree in Human Service from Metropolitan College of New York. She also holds a certificate of Executive Education from Columbia University.
De’Jon is founder and president of Deuce Consulting, providing technical support and high skills training to family support organizations in the Tri state area. DeJon also worked for the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene as Family Advisor, advising on family policy with respect to mental health.
She enjoys spending time with family and friends. She loves reading, shopping and event planning as well as motivating others to pursue their dreams.
Amanda is a passionate Programs Coordinator with a Master of Science in Social Work from Columbia University in the City of New York and currently pursuing her License in Social Work from the State of New Jersey.
She has a diverse background in many areas of human services, including her most recent experience working in partnership with the National Child Traumatic Stress Network on their trauma-informed care initiative. She lives in Roseland, NJ with her family.
Michelle has excellent organizational and people skills. She is an essential part of the Support Services team as a behind-the-scenes coordinator. Prior to being a full-time mother to three children, she worked as an account executive for a large telecommunications company. Michelle and Chelsea Hilbert (cofounder of The SUDC Program in 2001) were neighbors in Charlotte, NC when Chelsea’s son died. Michelle and her husband, Etienne, were a great source of support and information. In fact, Michelle researched information about metabolic disorders and assisted Chelsea’s family with finding metabolic testing when their second child was born. Michelle and her family live in Southern California.
Heather earned her undergraduate degree from Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut. At Quinnipiac, Heather’s concentration was in Biomedical Sciences with minors in Chemistry and Psychology. She continued her education and earned a Master of Science in Forensic Science from Pace University in New York City. Her thesis was presented at the 35th Annual North Eastern Association of Forensic Scientists Meeting in 2009. Heather also attended the Lorenzo Di Medici University in Florence, Italy.
Prior to joining SUDC, Heather worked for the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory as a Forensic Scientist for six years. At AFDIL, she participated in many missions. One of which, was to identify the remains of soldiers from past wars. While there, Heather gained vast knowledge and experience in working with DNA and genetic analysis. Heather is a resident of New Jersey and is married with a son.
Lily Crandall is a recent graduate of New York University with a degree in Media, Culture and Communication. As an SUDC sibling, she has been involved in SUDC events for as long as she can remember.
Sarah is a highly organized accounting professional with a love of non-profit work. Throughout her career, she has found fulfillment providing quality financial support to businesses to maintain their health and advance their growth. She is responsible for management of fiscal responsibilities of the SUDC Foundation as well as administrative duties to ensure smooth operations of the Foundation office.
Sarah received a degree in international studies, with an accounting minor from the University of Michigan -Dearborn. Having grown up in Michigan, she is a lake lover as well as an avid reader, exercise enthusiast, active volunteer and a mother of three children and a Portuguese water dog.