Rebecca Anderson is an author, mother, and medical professional with a BS in Public Health/Sociology, LPN, and LCSW. She lost her husband, Don, an artist, to suicide in 2002. In memory of Don and as part of her healing process, she produced an art book entitled Intimate Immensities (2008) highlighting his sculptural works, and was interviewed on Minneapolis Public Radio (MPR) about the book and Don's work. She’s served as a nurse in maternal/child health at Children’s Hospital, Minneapolis, and as a social worker at Saint John’s Hospital, Maplewood, MN.
Her primary job and focus after her husband's death was healing her family – seeking out practitioners and therapy methods for herself and her three children, including Filial Therapy. She has presented to various audiences on the subject of using art and storytelling to help post-traumatic patients; that include survivors, nursing students, and medical professionals at the Mayo Clinic, Mayo Medical School, the Association for Death Education and Counseling conference, Saint Catherine University, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention at The Marsh, and other venues.
Rebecca’s memoir, Parenting the Suicide Survivors’ Club, expands on her story as told in the book titled Becky in the SSC four-book set. Her memoir fleshes out her experience of surviving and parenting after the suicide of her husband. Laurie Phillips created the refreshing art that supports the words. Rebecca is currently exploring her next project as storyteller and author.
Laurie Phillips is a visionary, artist, healer, with a BA in fine arts who is a Certified Personal and Professional Coach, trainer and entrepreneur. She lost her cousin to suicide. She's had a successful career as a public artist since 1992, winning many grants and commissions. Art and healing are synonymous for Phillips.
She pioneered a method in 2004 for indoor spaces called Story Graph Portraits, combining photographic images with written narrative fragments excerpted from the subjects' interviews. Pieces of the story are arranged to graph the subject’s shifting emotions, from high/ecstatic to low/desperate. She adds redrawn graphic icons to underline and universalize these emotions. This method was the inspiration for the SSC book project. In addition to her work as an artist, she has worked as a stress relief coach in hospitals and other medical facilities, using EFT Meridian Tapping. She also runs a dynamic interactive experiential workshop in art museums called Museum Sage.
Laurie has presented on art and storytelling to help post-traumatic patients at the Mayo Clinic, Mayo Medical School, the Association for Death Education and Counseling conference, Saint Catherine University, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention at The Marsh, and other venues.
Aidan Anderson is a suicide loss survivor and public speaker. He has a certificate from NAMI Minnesota's Connect Survivor Voices Curriculum. The book Aidan in the Suicide Survivors Club book set represents his story as a teen looking back on his life after his dad died by suicide in 2002. Since high school, Aidan worked for two years in sales at a family owned pet store. He attended Augsburg College in 2016 with his sights on music business degree and has since taken a break from school to work full time in sales at Home Depot. He enjoys speaking at presentations and his voice being heard with the hope it can help others. Aidan has a passion for music and learning. He enjoys time with his mentors Gregg Gabriel, Mr. Brown, his girlfriend Shannon, best friends Kevin and Jake and his family.
William "Will" Anderson is the youngest of three children and a suicide loss survivor. He is currently a sophomore in college where he intends to get degrees in anthropology and history. He is the student liaison for the Maya Society of Minnesota, a member of the student-run Anthropological Society, and a member of the American Anthropological Association. Will finds it meaningful to speak at Suicide Survivors' Club events. In his free time, he enjoys reading and sketching, as well as spending time with friends, family, and peers.
Pattie received an Associates of Science degree in Veterinary Technology from Argosy University in Minnesota. She completed her final internship at the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, NE. After working over three years at the Animal Emergency Clinic she moved into general practice at Skyline Veterinary Clinic. Passionate about animal welfare, she volunteers with Nebraska Wildlife Rehab working with squirrels, raccoons and, her favorite, bats. She and her husband live with their two dogs, four cats, two snakes, a tortoise and a hedgehog.
Louise Woehrle is a storyteller, an award-winning documentary filmmaker, and marketing consultant. Her company, Whirlygig Productions has a clear mission to shine a light on stories that need to be told. Suicide Survivors' Club is the second book project where her work has been integral to the books' publication and marketing, the first was the bestseller Forever Ours, written by, Dr. Janis Amatuzio. Louise immediately recognized the importance of the Suicide Survivors’ Club original artist books, embracing Laurie and Rebecca’s vision for them. She has served the project in many ways that include producer of the Indiegogo fundraising campaign, consultant/copywriter guiding the original books into published book sets, and to guide the process of building alliances and marketing the books.