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 an assistant professor 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 Americans. He has published over 80 peer reviewed articles and book chapters 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 also has a strong interest in clinical work, especially with populations who are at-risk for suicide and other self-harm behaviors.

Roland Behm, Co-Chair

Roland Behm and his wife, Ellen, have been married for thirty years. They have two adult children, Laura and Kyle.

Roland did his undergraduate work at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, receiving a BA in Economics and History in 1982. He received his JD from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1987.

Roland has practiced law since 1987, both with law firms and as in-house counsel. He has lived and worked as a lawyer in Washington, D.C., Prague in the Czech Republic, and Atlanta. Roland is currently challenging the use of pre-employment personality assessments by a number of companies, alleging that the assessments discriminate against persons with mental illness in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. 

Jason Weeks, Co-Chair

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, Dr. Jeff Rakofsky, and Anna Ruth Williams

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.