About Our Chapter

Board of Directors

2014 Board of Directors

Back Row: Gregg Graham, Boadie Dunlop, Joe Martin, Jeff Rakofsky, Dorian Lamis, Jason Weeks
Front Row: Roland Behm, Chris Owens (Area Director) and Anna Ruth Williams
Missing from photo:  Belinda McIntosh 

Welcome. We are the Metro Atlanta 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.

2014 Board of Directors:

Dr. Dorian Lamis, President

Dr. Lamis is a postdoctoral fellow in the department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Emory University School of Medicine. His research focuses on risk and protective factors for suicidal behaviors in a variety of populations including adolescents, young adults (e.g., college students), and African American women. He has published over 55 peer reviewed articles on suicide and related topics. He is also senior editor of the book, Understanding and Preventing College Student Suicide, published in 2011, by Charles C. Thomas Publishers.

Dr. Lamis has been the recipient of several awards for his work on suicide, including the American Psychological Association’s Distinguished Student Research Award, the American Association of Suicidology’s Morton M. Silverman Award, and the SOPHE/CDC Injury & Violence Prevention Fellowship. He hopes his research will inform suicide intervention and prevention programs. Dr. Lamis also has a strong interest in clinical work, especially with populations who are at-risk for suicide and other self-harm behaviors.

Anna Ruth Williams, Chair

A young entrepreneur, Anna Ruth founded AR|PR in 2011, a full-service public relations and integrated marketing firm specializing in the technology industry. Previously, Anna Ruth managed communications for high-profile political figures as well as national and international business-to-business and business-to-consumer accounts.  

She has a proven record of executing strategic online marketing campaigns and securing media coverage in both local and national outlets such as the Chicago TribuneChristian Science MonitorIndustry WeekDenver Business Journal and Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Anna Ruth graduated magna cum laude from the University of Alabama where she won four national championships in public speaking events. She is currently pursuing a master's degree in strategic public relations from George Washington University.  

Active in the community, Anna Ruth serves as co-chair of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Metro Atlanta Chapter and as an Alliance for Better Georgia board member.  She is a member of the LEAD Atlanta Class of 2013, the Public Relations Society of America and the Technology Association of Georgia. 

Jason Weeks, Treasurer

Jason went to Auburn University for a Bachelor of Science in Building Science and Georgia Tech for his Masters. He manages commercial construction projects, primarily focusing on preconstruction, pricing, contracts, and schedules.  This also includes managing the staff on the projects. He enjoys working with the many different types of people involved with these projects.  He enjoys most anything related to the outdoors.  Specifically, hiking, backpacking, rock climbing, running, hunting, and fishing.   He also enjoys all things music and dabbles in playing drums, guitar, bass, and piano. Jason lost his brother to suicide in 2006 and says it has forever changed him and his family.  He is very excited to now be a part of AFSP.

Board Members:

Roland Behm, Dr. Boadie Dunlop, Gregg Graham, Joe Martin, Dr. Belinda McIntosh,and Dr. Jeff Rakofsky

Board of Advisors:

Dr. Barbara D'Orio, Beth Finnerty, Nancy Hupp, Dr. Nadine Kaslow, Dr. Carol Koplan, Suzanne Lindsey, Dr. Lauren Moffitt-Edwards, Dr. Mark Rapaport, Jeff Romig

Area Director:

Chris Owens

Chris is a graduate of Duquesne University with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Nursing. Previously a psychiatric and research nurse at Duke University, she started with AFSP organizing the first Out of the Darkness Walks in Atlanta in 2004 then helped start the chapter in 2006.  Originally from Pennsylvania, she has lived in Metro Atlanta for 22 years.