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.
2013 Board of Directors:
Dorian Lamis, President
Dorian Lamis is a postdoctoral fellow in the department of psychiatry
and behavioral sciences at the Emory University School of Medicine. He
graduated cum laude from the University of Georgia, received his M.A.
in clinical psychology from East Tennessee State University, and his
Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of South Carolina
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 45 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.
Dorian 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, the SOPHE/CDC Injury &
Violence Prevention Fellowship, and multiple awards from USC. He hopes
his research will inform suicide intervention and prevention programs.
Dorian also has a strong interest in clinical work, especially with
populations who are at-risk for suicide and other self-harm behaviors.
Beth Finnerty, Co-chair
Beth Finnerty serves as president of Skyland Trail, a mental health treatment facility that uses a holistic program of evidence-based psychiatric treatment, integrated medical care, research and education. She joined the organization in 1989 and has since led its expansion of services, which now operates four freestanding facilities, employs more than 80 staffers and has served more than 2,500 clients and their families in a variety of care settings.
Beth has overseen four strategic plans and three capital campaigns for the George West Mental Health Foundation, raising more than $30 million. She is a Diplomat in the American College of Healthcare Executives and currently serves on the boards of the Institute of Health Administration Advisory Board (Ga. State Univ.), the Fuqua Center for Late Life Depression (past president), the Georgia Association of Private Providers and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Metro Atlanta Chapter.
Beth holds a Master's in Business Administration and a Master's in Health Administration from Georgia State University.
Anna Ruth Williams, Co-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 Tribune, Christian Science Monitor, Industry Week, Denver 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.
Kim DePriest, Boadie Dunlop, Gregg Graham, Carol Koplan, Suzanne Lindsey, Belinda McIntosh, and Jeff Rakofsky.
Chris Owens, Area Director
Chris graduated in 1984 from Duquesne University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing. She worked at Duke University Medical Center for five years as a staff nurse specializing in psychiatry and also as a research nurse for an Alzheimer's in Twins Study.
After moving to metro Atlanta in 1991, she stayed home to raise her two children. In 2004, she took the job as walk coordinator for the Atlanta Out of the Darkness Community Walk and was promoted to Metro Atlanta Area Director in May 2006. Under Chris’ leadership, the Atlanta OOTD Walk has grown to become one of the top 15 walks in the country, raising nearly $100,000 and attracting more than 800 survivors and advocates.