About Our Chapter

About Our Chapter

Photo courtesy of Jan Hanks

Welcome. We are the Memphis/Mid-South chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

The grassroots work we do focuses on eliminating the loss of life from suicide by: delivering innovative prevention programs, educating the public about risk factors and warning signs, raising funds for suicide research and programs, and reaching out to those individuals who have lost someone to suicide.

As a part of AFSP’s growing nationwide network of chapters, we bring together people from all backgrounds who want to prevent suicide in our communities. Families and friends who have lost someone to suicide, vulnerable individuals, mental health professionals, clergy, educators, students, community/business leaders, and many others energize our chapter.

MEMPHIS/MID-SOUTH CHAPTER BOARD:

Tom Dickson, Chair - Tom is Co-Chair of the Memphis/Mid-South Out of the Darkness Community Walk and has been involved with AFSP since 2005. A veteran of the United States Air Force, he is COO of Tri-State Meter. Tom and his wife, Pam, lost their son, Tyler, in April, 2003. Email tddickson1@gmail.com

Greg Howell, Treasurer - Greg is CFO of a private school system in Memphis. Greg has been involved with AFSP since the 2005 Memphis/Mid-South Out of the Darkness Community Walk. He became involved with AFSP because of his friendship with Tom and Pam Dickson. Email howell.greg@hardingacademymemphis.org

Tonia Howell, Secretary - Tonia is Public Relations Committee Chair for the Memphis/Mid-South Out of the Darkness Community Walk. In 2010, she was selected by Volunteer Mid-South as Adult Volunteer of the Year for her work with local suicide prevention and awareness efforts. Tonia has been involved with AFSP since 2005, initiated because of her long friendship with Tom and Pam Dickson. Tonia works as strategy consultant with KBR Strategies LLC. Emailt.howell4afspmemphis@yahoo.com

Carol Andrew - Carol is Walker Recruitment Committee Chair for the Memphis/Mid-South Out of the Darkness Community Walk and coordinates the spring fundraiser for the Chapter. She is a senior executive assistant at FedEx. Carol has been involved with AFSP since the inaugural 2004 Memphis Area Out of the Darkness Community Walk. She is passionate about making a difference in the areas of mental health and suicide prevention, and she designed and created the memorial quilt for the Healing Hearts Suicide Grief Support Groups. Email afsp.midsouth@gmail.com.

Pam Dickson - Pam is a member of the Memphis/Mid-South Out of the Darkness Community Walk Planning Committee and is co-facilitator of the Memphis Healing Hearts Suicide Grief Support Group. She has been involved with AFSP since the inaugural 2004 Memphis Area Out of the Darkness Community Walk. Pam and her husband, Tom, lost their son, Tyler, in April 2003. Emailtddickson1@gmail.com.

Lisa Morris - Lisa is founder of the Memphis Area Out of the Darkness Community Walk (2004) and Co-Chair of the Memphis/Mid-South Out of the Darkness Community Walk. She was selected as a recipient of Memphis Woman magazine's 2008 "50 Women Who Make A Difference" award for her suicide prevention and survivor support work in the community. Lisa organizes the Memphis-area Healing Hearts Suicide Grief Support Groups and also facilitates. She lost her son, Stephen, in April 2001. Email afsp.memphis@gmail.com.