Ms. Hurtado-Aeppli joined AFSP in 2006 and currently oversees 15 chapters as well as staff within the Central U.S. In this role she works to implement suicide prevention programs at the local level, including advocacy and programs for survivors of suicide loss. She also works with community leaders on issues associated with suicide and provides expertise to groups and volunteer leaders working to expand AFSP’s mission.
Prior to joining the AFSP, Ms. Hurtado-Aeppli worked for the United Way placing and training corporate professionals to serve on non-profit boards of directors. She has 20 years of experience working and volunteering on the board level with national and local non-profit organizations such as United Way, the YWCA, AIDSWalk, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Habitat for Humanity, and the Boys and Girls Clubs. Her background includes work in board development, fundraising, marketing and communications, event planning, and non-profit management. She attended Binghamton University receiving a degree in Political Science and holds a Master’s Degree in Public Relations from Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.
Ms. Hurtado-Aeppli was born in the Philippines and grew up in Upstate New York. She is a survivor of suicide loss, having lost her cousin to suicide in 1995.