About Nick

  • After graduating high school, several classes followed with suicides.
  • This trend ignited his passion for mental health awareness. Being born with Spina Bifida.
  • Nick went through his own period of elementary school teasing and has to embrace his own imperfections with what can’t change, work on the things he can.


  • Industrial Design
  • Degree with a focus on illustration

About Angela

  • Middle school counselor with 20+ years of experience.
  • Actively served on multiple committees.
  • A mother of twin boys.
  • She loves hiking.
  • Works with a robotics team.


  • BA from Kalamazoo College, 1998 Major: French. Minor: History  Education Certification
  • Master of Arts in Education, Educational Counseling University of Denver

About Jim

  • Served as Corporate Controller for Ranir, and Leon Plastics.
  • Certified Management Accountant.
  • Enjoys sailing, skiing, hiking, tennis, biking, and cooking.
  • Feels rewarded every day by his wife, son, and daughter.


  • Master of Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Certified Management Accountant
  • Extensive Community Involvement
  • Served on multiple boards in various organizations

About Sarah

  • Strong background in Sales and leadership within dynamic business environments and cultures.
  • Hopes to collaborate and develop partnerships with different communities to connect them to Embracing Imperfections.
  • Became actively involved in supporting mental health when a string of suicides happened over one summer by teenagers within her community.
  • Volunteered with a local organization that linked individuals to mental health resources and helped to reduce stigma.
  • Proud wife and mom, resides in Florida


  • Bachelors in Business Administration and a Major in Human Resource Management
  • Completed certification as a Mental Health First Aid Responder through the Mental Health Foundation

About Shandy

  • Grew up in the town of Kalkaska.
  • A survivor of school, sports, awkward dances, crummy jobs, melanoma, and attempted suicide.
  • Married to her husband Bill and has two boys, Brennan and Cameron.
  • Speaks on behalf of suicide awareness and prevention.
  • Her laugh is absolutely infectious.


  • Graduate of Aquinas College.
  • Competed on a national level in both track and basketball.
  • Worked at the Rockford MVP as director.