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The Team

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Regina Graff

President

Regina  is a graduate of Cabrini High School (Class of ’85) and UNO with a B.S.B.A. in Accounting.  As a CPA, she's spent the majority of her career in roles such as Controller and Director of Finance and Administration. 

Regina was called to raise awareness and to help save young lives due to the lasting impact on her from suicide and attempts in her circle. Regina has been speaking to teenage students on this topic for over 15 years.  Her presentations address audience members who may be struggling, and those who may know of someone struggling.  She also addresses participants who may contribute to those already struggling or considering suicide.  Throughout her years of speaking, Regina has received significant feedback from students regarding her ability to connect with and reach them.  Additionally, Regina has been contacted by several parents of the teenagers who participated in her program and then discussed what they learned with their parents.

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Staci Scallon

Vice President

Staci is a graduate of Cabrini High School and Louisiana State University School of Nursing. She has worked as a registered nurse for 28 years. Through her diverse nursing experiences, she has encountered people in various depths of desperation, including those contemplating suicide and having committed suicide. Staci became involved with Amitié specifically to advocate for education about suicide awareness and prevention in order to help end the stigma surrounding mental health issues.  Always believing in the power of knowledge, suicide awareness and prevention has been a passion in her work and her life. 

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Jessica Ervin

Secretary

Jessica has worked as a paralegal for over 30 years. She graduated from Cabrini High School and LSU Dental School with a degree in Dental Laboratory Technology.  Jessica was called to join Amitié to help raise awareness of suicide prevention due to people in her life that have struggled with depression and attempted suicide.   Jessica has previously served as head chair of fundraising for non-profits and desires to use that experience to further Amitié’s mission of preventing teen suicide through educational programs.

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Susie Henderson

Treasurer

Susie often says she's a bloody-knuckled graduate of the school of real life.  She's had variety in her employment, having held positions in customer service, sales, maintenance, management, HR, accounting and marketing.  She works with Amitié because she's passionate about the cause.  


Also a graduate of Cabrini High School, Susie has felt the lasting effects of suicides and attempts, up close. Too close, having lost several friends and family members. She couldn’t help any of them, because she didn’t know they were struggling. That’s Amitié’s first focus: talking to people, encouraging them to talk to people.  Feeling suicidal is nothing to feel shame over. Speaking to a loved one can start the healing, and Amitié wants to make the facilitation of help more readily available.  

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Michael Sapera

Director

Michael is a graduate of Brother Martin High School and the University of New Orleans with a B.S. in Accounting.  He has spent his accounting career in such varied industries as retail and banking, and now works managing the accounting for a marina in Mandeville LA.

 

Michael has seen suicide from a very personal point of view.  His goal is to use his life experiences with depression and suicide to help others struggling to overcome what they are facing.  He has spoken with many people facing depression and having suicidal thoughts and counsels them that suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem.

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Jillian Wohlgemuth

Board Member-Communications

Jillian Wohlgemuth is a Cabrini High School graduate of 2016 and a University of Southern Mississippi graduate of 2020. Jillian studied Journalism, with an emphasis in Public Relations and she has a minor in Psychology. Jillian serves as the Assistant Director of Institutional Advancement and Alumnae Relations at Cabrini High School and attends the University of New Orleans to pursue a Masters of Business Administration degree. 

A passion for helping others, Jillian joined Amitié to support Cabrini sisters and with hope to make a difference in someone's life. 

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