About Our Chapter

Welcome. We are the San Diego 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.

Dedicated to Preventing Suicide and Saving Lives

The San Diego Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is dedicated to serving the community and building a collaborative environment as we work together to eliminate the loss of life by suicide. As a volunteer driven organization, we must thank all of our volunteers and send a very special thank you to our Board of Directors for their support and leadership.

AFSP San Diego Chapter Board of Directors:


CHAIR: Che Hernandez 


PRESIDENT: Amanda Gutierrez

Dr. Amanda Gutierrez is a licensed clinical psychologist. She currently holds a staff position at the Dialectical Behavior Center of San Diego and Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital. Her specialties include self-injury and suicidality. In addition, Amanda is an adjunct professor in University of San Diego’s MFT program. 

Amanda has been involved with AFSP since 2008 and attended her first walk while on internship in Syracuse, NY. She joined the board of directors in 2013 serving as the fundraising chair for the San Diego Chapter.  She is currently AFSP team captain for the Disney Land and Tinkerbell 1/2  Marathon and hopes to add more races to this title. Amanda supports our cause for clinicians around the world who have lost clients to suicide, as she lost her first client to suicide in November 2011. To this day she continues to be Brian’s voice. 


TREASURER: Deanie Marin-Lucchesi




DIRECTOR: Danielle Glorioso




DIRECTOR: Christina Delano


DIRECTOR:  Luz Pinto

Luz Pinto possesses a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, as well as a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. She has over ten years of experience working in Psychiatry research; during this time, she has interviewed hundreds of individuals diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder or Schizophrenia. The need for suicide prevention and support for survivors was deeply informed by this experience. 

Luz has been supporting AFSP since 2009, when she attended her first Out of the Darkness Walk. She joined the Board of Directors, San Diego Chapter, in September of 2014 and is eager to make a difference.


DIRECTOR:  Julia Nance




Sally Cadirci


Ruth Covell


Whitney Sharpe


AREA DIRECTOR: Jessica van der Stad
Phone: (760) 459-9959
Email: jvanderstad@afsp.org