Kimberlee Bow

Program Director

Kimberlee joined the Second Wind Fund team in April of 2019 as the Program Manager and was promoted to Program Director in February of 2020. Kimberlee brings over 8 years of experience of clinical and nonprofit experience. She received her Masters in Somatic Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Dance/Movement Therapy in 2011 from Naropa University. Since graduating Kimberlee has been fortunate to have worked and volunteered with and for several great organizations in rolls such as Co-Director, Community Outreach Specialist, and Group Leader. Kimberlee is passionate about volunteering, giving back to the community, and building strong bonds within communities.

Chris Weiss

Executive Director

Chris joined the Second Wind Fund team in April of 2016 as Development Director, and became Executive Director in November 2019. 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.

Mandy McKnight

Controller/Director of Operations

Mandy has been working in the nonprofit industry for 15 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.

Mary Houlihan

Provider Engagement Manager

Mary joined the Second Wind Fund team in March of 2020 as the Referral Specialist and was promoted to Provider Engagement Manager in March of 2021. After graduating from Knox College with an educational focus in Psychology and Inter-Group Dialogue practices, Mary worked for a local Colorado community mental health center where she provided clinical care to youth. Both in the community and in the home, Mary was fortunate enough to support middle school students in prevention and early intervention, as well as work to provide trauma focused care on an in-home therapy team. Mary is driven by her passion for supporting healthy systems, both big and small, and the resilience of the human spirit.

Elyse Baumgardner

Referral Specialist

Elyse joined the Second Wind Fund team in March of 2021 as Referral Specialist. After graduating from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies, she began volunteering in the nonprofit sector. At the Rose Andom Center in Denver, she supports survivors of intimate partner violence by connecting them with resources to aid in their healing process. Elyse is driven by a passion to empower others as well as the desire to make a difference in the community.

We believe that all communities and people are affected by suicide and that open, honest communication about the pervasiveness of suicide is critical to reducing its incidence.

Together, we can work to eradicate youth suicides.

Board of Directors

Michael Juba
Attorney, Hardy & Juba LLC
Board President

Orrick Nepomuceno
Talent Acquisition Partner, Executive Search, Becton Dickinson
Board Vice President

Andy Kerr
County Commissioner, District 2 – Jefferson Board of County Commissioners
Board Member

Barbara Downing, Ph.D.
Student Equity and Discipline Manager, Denver Public Schools
Board Member

Kayla Fulginiti, LCSW
Director of Programs, Dear Jack Foundation
Board Secretary

Jane Lineman, Ph.D., NCSP
Student Safety Coordinator, Denver Public Schools 
Board Member

Cynthia Giffen, MA, NCC, LPC
Therapist, Synchronicity Counseling LLC 
Board Member

Kathy Valentine, M.Ed.
Chairperson, HOPE Coalition of Boulder County
Advisory Board Member

Kristen Withrow, LCSW, CACII
Associate Director, Colorado Division of Youth Services
Board Member

Marjorie Laird, Ph.D., LMFT, LPC
Therapist, Marjorie Laird LLC
Board Member

John Schliep
Finance Director, RMHC – Denver
Board Member

Michael Simpson
Vice President of Operations, Bank of the San Juans
Board Treasurer

Madelon Lapidus
Attorney, Holland & Hart LLP
Board Member

Bryan Wallace 
Managing Director, Bridgepoint Investment Banking
Board Member

Ken Wiig
Advisory Board Member