The Second Wind Fund program has provided services for over 4,500 children and youth at risk for suicide.
Maureen Johnson Ediger
720.962.0706 ext. 15
Maureen Johnson Ediger joined the team as the Executive Director in April, 2017. Maureen brings over 20 years of experience in the nonprofit and public sectors to the organization with a background in disability advocacy and leadership development. She has a BA in Political Science and a Masters in Public Administration, both from the University of Colorado. She advocates with and for parent partnerships at the Children’s Hospital Colorado, serves on the Pediatric Quality Measures standing committee of the National Quality Forum, and is a 2017 Community Resource Center Executive Directors’ Leadership and Management fellow. Maureen is passionate about connecting people and teams to make an impact in their communities and is eager to make a difference in the lives of Colorado’s youth and their families through the work of The Second Wind Fund.
720.962.0706 ext. 14
Kayla joined the Second Wind Fund team in June of 2017 as Program Manager. She received her BA in Sociology from Eckerd College and Master in Social Work degree from University of South Florida. After completing her education, she spent 10 years working in direct clinical care and program management in prestigious hospital settings. She has experience working with people across the lifespan and their key social support systems (e.g., families, schools, health and mental health providers). Kayla is strongly committed to making sure that youth and families who are in need have access to care that can be critical to saving lives.
Ersin Sulukioglu, MA, LPCC
Program & Outreach Coordinator
720.962.0706 ext. 14
Ersin is a Colorado native who joined the Second Wind Fund team in September of 2017. He received his Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling through Adams State University. Prior to that, he received his undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado. As a practicing clinician, Ersin works primarily with populations experiencing loss, grief, trauma, and with minority and underrepresented communities. He has a passion for creating positive impact in this world; through Second Wind Fund that includes advocating for youth, their families and friends, and survivors of loss, and ensuring the best systems of support are always in place and available to help save lives.
720.962.0706 ext. 13
Chris joined the Second Wind Fund team in April of 2016 as Development Director. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science in 2007 from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. After college, he served in the United States Peace Corps in the country of Belize from 2008-2010. Upon returning to the U.S., he worked for Urban Peak – a Denver non-profit that provides a variety of services to youth experiencing homelessness – in the Education & Employment Department as a Job Retention Specialist then the Development Department as the Development Manager. Chris brings a passion for making the world a better place and serving those in need.
Controller & Marketing Director
720.962.0706 ext. 19
Mandy has been working in the nonprofit industry for 12 years in the areas of accounting, operations, and marketing. Her relationship with Second Wind Fund began in 2005 when the program was beginning to expand throughout Jefferson County Schools. At the time, she worked for the fiscal sponsor of Second Wind Fund before it became an independent nonprofit. After several years of working for a local public jazz radio station, Mandy returned to Second Wind Fund in 2010. Mandy continues to be inspired by the hope and dedication of the donors, suicide loss survivors, and volunteers who support Second Wind Fund.
Katie joined the team as an intern in October 2017 and has over 10 years’ experience working and volunteering in the non-profit industry. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Gender Studies where she focused on public policy, advocacy, health education, and educational psychology. Katie is committed to youth suicide prevention and believes that strengthening communities, families, and schools through education and awareness can empower youth and connect them to strong support systems.