Surviving Suicide. Rebuilding Lives.

The Team

“Leadership is not so much about technique and methods as it is about opening the heart. Leadership is about inspiration—of oneself and of others. Great leadership is about human experiences, not processes. Leadership is not a formula or a program, it is a human activity that comes from the heart and considers the hearts of others. It is an attitude, not a routine.” Lance Secretan

Jade Chamness, Founder/CEO

Tia Galindo, General Intern

Er Suo – Graphic Design Intern

Jeremy Snowden – Videography Intern

I have been working with Break Through the Static for over a year, and began doing so because I was personally affected by suicide. My brother committed suicide, and I have been battling depression ever since. Working with Static has really helped me overcome the pain, and realize that community that is always out there to support you, and understand your struggle.


Board of Directors

Jennifer Baron, Treasurer: Masters in Accounting from the University of Florida; currently working in Corporate Finance. She was affected by suicide and believes strongly in Static’s mission.

Randy Miller: Founder/CEO at Ready Minds, the leading provider of distance career counseling and training services since 1997.

Roxane Thompson: Executive Director at Great Friends Foundation, a foundation dedicated to supporting challenged youth and individuals, supporting the needs of our returning active duty Marines, and celebrating our communities.


Mental Health Advisory Board

Ann Mitchell, PhD, RN, FAAN: Associate Professor of Nursing and Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh and the President of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Dr. Mitchell has conducted research with survivors of suicide and her most recent project is examining the application of smart phone technologies for use with survivors.

Krista Fielding, MD: Child psychiatrist on the faculty at Stanford University who specializes in treating youth bereaved by suicide and those with mood disorders.

Becky Beacom: Health Education Manager at Palo Alto Medical, member of Project Safety Net Executive Committee, Palo Alto Youth Forums, Developmental Assets and Youth Collaborative. Founding member of the Palo Alto Drug and Alcohol Community Collaborative, and Founder and leader of the SHARE committee.

Mark Meier, MSW, LICSW: Founder and Executive Director of Face It Foundation, a Minneapolis-based nonprofit that works with men to understand and overcome depression through education, online tools and peer support. Mark has degrees in Social Work and Psychology, and has given over 170 talks across the United States on depression. He is also a suicide-attempt survivor.

Julie Cerel, PhD: Child clinical psychologist and an Associate Professor in the College of Social Work at the University of Kentucky. Julie’s work has focused on suicide bereavement and suicide prevention. She is the co-editor (with Michelle Linn-Gust) of Seeking Hope: Stories of the Suicide Bereaved, a collection of suicide survivor stories. She is also the Research Division Chair at the American Association of Suicidology.


Thank you to everyone that has been involved, one way or another, since Static’s beginning. Thank you for sacrificing energy, computer memory, vacation days and Saturdays to make this dream a reality. Thank you for giving of yourselves to suicide-bereaved teens. You are helping teens who have experienced loss. You are helping us provide them with structure, glue and support. You are helping them feel safe, secure and at home in the world. You are a large part of what makes Break Through the Static the little engine that could. Without YOU we would not be here. Much love + thanks to the incredible, unstoppable Break Through the Static team, friends and family. <3 Jade