We believe we all have a responsibility to help our brothers and sisters in arms who suffer from the deepest, invisible wounds of war BEFORE they feel their only choice is taking their own lives.
Stop Soldier Suicide is a national veteran-led nonprofit organization (see documentation) determined to reduce the incidence rate of suicides among service members and veterans.
Realize a day when Soldiers and Veterans who are considering suicide can easily and without shame ask for and receive the help and support they need.
Who We Serve
Stop Soldier Suicide is the first national civilian not-for-profit organization dedicated to preventing Soldier and Veteran suicide. For Soldiers currently in the military, we will work with you if you want to receive help outside your chain of command, yet still want the comfort and reassurance of working with people who have shared similar experiences.
For veterans, we will create an environment built on camaraderie and mutual understanding. We will provide access to resources that can often be hard to utilize once no longer on active duty and plugged in to the built-in support network that your unit provided.
Donations are used for
- Building a 24/7 Contact Center that Soldiers and Veterans or family members can access to talk with peer Soldiers and Veterans and be connected to the appropriate assistance.
- Providing relief to service members using our proprietary LifeCycle Of Care model and filling the “gap” of care that currently exists .
- Supporting partner organizations whose mission is directly related to helping service members whose needs could possibly lead to suicide.
- To market the Stop Soldier Suicide brand in order to increase our network/reach.
While on active duty, Kinsella encountered military suicide firsthand. Within a few months of his first assignment, one of his own soldiers attempted to take her own life. The suicide attempt was unsuccessful, but it made a lasting impact. Later, a fellow soldier successfully took his life only days before a deployment and Kinsella knew something must be done.
Stop Soldier Suicide was founded in 2010 amid the worst suicide crisis our military has ever seen.
Concerned about the mental health implications of military service and the increasing suicide rate, Kinsella, along with a few dedicated veterans- Nick Black and Craig Gridelli, founded Stop Soldier Suicide in 2010. They added on two more fellow Soldiers in early 2012 who were still active duty Army officers, Chris Grates and Adam Buchanan, and one non-military friend, Yuri Blazar. The organization has created a national and community-based network of volunteers and partner organizations providing triage and alternative solutions for soldiers, veterans, and family members. SSS is also leading the awareness and outreach campaign to change the way soldiers and veterans think about mental health care and the stigma of receiving treatment.
Together, they have worked tirelessly to network and grow the all-voluntary organization, raising awareness about military suicide and partnering with sources inside and outside of the military. They are committed to helping their brothers and sisters in arms get the help they need, without shame or fear of losing their military post.
Board of Directors
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Kinsella served as a United States Army officer with deployments to Baghdad, Iraq and Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
Kinsella is currently employed full time at Goldman Sachs in New York City. He is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University.
Co-Founder and Chief Operations Officer
Nick served as a Company and Battalion Fire Support Officer for 1-503 IN (ABN), 173rd ABCT from 2006-2011. Nick deployed for 15 months to Operation Enduring Freedom VIII (OEF) and then 12 months to OEF X. During his second deployment to OEF, Nick was responsible for all fires and effects as well as the 2010 Wardak District elections. Nick is a graduate of the U.S. Army Airborne and Ranger schools.
Nick is the Founder and CEO of Victory Social Capital LLC. He graduated from Johns Hopkins University and the UNC Kenan-Flagler School of Business.
Co-Founder and Chief Financial Officer
Craig Gridelli served in the United States Army after commissioning through the ROTC program at Johns Hopkins University. He was stationed at various posts across the United States, spending the majority of his garrison time at Fort Hood, Texas. He deployed with the 3rd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division for 13 months in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He held several positions in Afghanistan, including Outpost Commander, Base Defense Operations Officer in Charge, and Company Executive Officer, among others. He is a graduate of the US Army Ranger School.
Craig is currently pursuing a MBA at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He graduated from Johns Hopkins University.
Staff and Other Leadership Partners
Director Of Outreach
Prior to commissioning as an officer in the United States Army in 2006, Adam earned a BA in Economics from Furman University. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Army Airborne and Ranger schools. Adam served as a Company Fire Support Officer for 1-64 Armor, 2nd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division. He deployed to Baghdad, Iraq for 13 months in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom V, learning the principles of counterinsurgency operations first hand. Adam then served as a Company Fire Support Officer for the First Ranger Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment for three years. During this time he was responsible for the planning and execution of all aspects of fire support for a special operations Ranger Rifle Company. He served in this position for three combat deployments in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Adam is currently working in the 18th Fires Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division as the Battalion Logistics Officer for 3-27 Field Artillery Regiment.
Director of Chapter Development
Yuri brings 8 years of complex ground-up project management experience to SSS. Until returning to
graduate school in the fall of 2011, he worked as a Construction Manager for the Washington, DC office
of Boston Properties. While there, he managed the construction and successful delivery of mixed-use
developments ranging from $20M to over $400M in value.
Yuri is currently pursuing a MBA at UNC Kenan-Flagler School of Business. He graduated from the
University of Virginia with BA in Political Science.
Chief Marketing Officer
Laura has developed and launched major brands and integrated marketing campaigns for more than 25 years.
Not only is she well versed in Business-to-Business marketing, having been the Creative Director for one of the nation’s
largest independently held BtoB agencies—with offices in Cincinnati, Chicago and Denver, Laura also has a wealth of
experience in Business-to-Consumer marketing and non-profits as well.
She has created successful campaigns for well-known brands such as Tide, McKee Foods’ Little Debbie Snack Cakes,
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Planters/Lifesavers, and Comcast. She also finds the time to “give back” by volunteering her time
and creative expertise to non-profit organizations, such as ours.
Her work has garnered attention for its success by being bestowed some of the highest industry honors, including a
Cannes Gold Media Lion. This award is only given to campaigns that excel at and highlight highly integrated, results-driven
media and creative. She was also part of a team that won a $25,000 Grand CEBA award in 2007, the most prestigious award
in business-to-business marketing.
Major Egan O’Reilly
Major Egan Laux O’Reilly hails from Gloucester, Virginia and is an honor graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York as well as the University of Oklahoma where he earned a Bachelor of Science and Master of the Arts in International Relations, respectively. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the aviation branch upon graduating from West Point on May 29th, 2004. After completing flight school and the Aviation Officer Basic Course, Major O’Reilly fulfilled his first Army assignment in the 1-214th Aviation Regiment in Mannheim, Germany from 2006-2009 where he served as the Headquarters and Headquarters Company Executive Officer, Flight Platoon Leader and Executive Officer, as well as Battalion Adjutant.
Upon completion of the Aviation Captains’ Career Course in 2009, Major O’Reilly returned to the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade in Ansbach, Germany and deployed in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM and Operation ENDURING FREEDOM as an Assistant Operations Officer. Major O’Reilly is a graduate of: Airborne School, Ranger School, Air Assault School, Initial Entry Rotary Wing Course, UH-60 Advanced Qualification Course, Aviation Officer Basic Course, Joint Firepower Course, and the Aviation Captains’ Career Course.
Distinguished Board of Advisors
Gerry Byrne is the Vice Chairman of PMC, which owns leading entertainment and digital media brands that include Variety, Deadline Hollywood, Hollywood Life, MovieLine (Mr. Byrne is Managing Director), TVLine and India.com (partnered with Zee TV). Additionally, Byrne’s media and entertainment consultancy, Fidelis Global, launched in January, 2010, has partnerships, clients and board seats that include: Black Ocean Investments, a privately held media and technology company that invests in, incubates and operates next generation digital platforms; film financing newco Magic Storm Entertainment (with China based Ricco Capital and Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment); 212 Media; David Clark Cause; Recognition Media (parent of the Webby Awards); and, Washington Life Magazine where he serves as Executive Chairman. Byrne’s decades of accomplishments as a media executive, entrepreneur and community leader are highlighted by a long time run as publisher of Variety where he dramatically transformed that business into a powerful, diversified, global media brand. The start-up publisher of both Electronic Media and Crain’s New York Business, Byrne also successfully created The Quill Awards for NBC before he led a division of Nielsen that included The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard.
A staunch believer in “participation”, Mr. Byrne is on the boards of numerous not-for-profits including Fisher House, The Intrepid Museum, VeteransAdvantage, The Veteran’s Healing Initiative, The Bob Woodruff Foundation, The Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research, The Creative Coalition, The Hamptons International Film Festival, The Reisenbach Foundation (Chairman), The Armory Foundation and The New York City Police Museum. Mr. Byrne was awarded the “Salah M. Hassanein Humanitarian Award” at ShowEast ’96, New York’s Elaine Kaufman Cultural Center’s 2002 Distinguished Service Award and the NYPD Marine Corps Association 2002 “Semper Fi” Award for his work in the community. And in June 2009, NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg presented Mr. Byrne the “Made in New York” Award for his support of the Gotham’s entertainment and media industries. Mr. Byrne is a member of The British Academy of Film & Television Arts, The New York Athletic Club, The Quogue Field Club (Elected a Governor), Laurel Links Country Club and The Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick.
A 1966 graduate of Fordham College, Mr. Byrne served as a Marine Officer in Vietnam in 1968/69 and was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal with Combat V.
Raul Perea-Henze, M.D., M.P.H.
Dr. Perea-Henze is Managing Director at HORUS Advisors, a strategy and private equity firm specializing in healthcare and international government affairs. He advises C-Suite executives of multinational corporations on growth strategies and partnerships to increase organizational value. Confirmed by the Senate in March, 2010 to served as the Assistant Secretary for Policy & Planning at the US Department of Veterans Affairs, he held this position until early 2013. As the Chief Strategy Officer, Dr. Perea-Henze was the principal advisor to the Secretary and the President on veteran policy and strategy, overseeing VA transformation and interagency collaborations with DOD, HHS and the White House and was responsible for developing corporate-wide functions in the areas of governance, quadrennial strategic planning, data and program analysis and evaluation, and enterprise program management.
He has a long career as a physician, corporate executive, and government official. He developed and managed new areas on global science and medical policy for Pfizer, Inc. and Merck & Co., building partnerships with governments and UN agencies in areas such as bioterrorism, genomics and global R&D. He also served directly under all four Secretaries of Commerce in the Clinton Administration, first as a White House Fellow (and Senior Health Care Advisor at the White House), and later as Deputy Assistant Secretary and Acting Secretary for Management and Budget and CFO. Before that, he was a management consultant specializing in global strategy, and a senior official in New York City government.
Dr. Perea-Henze is a Board member of the President George HW Bush – Points of Light Foundation, the Advisory Boards of Stop Soldier Suicide and Soldiers to Summits (sponsored by the Prince Harry of Wales Trust), two organizations working on the critical issues affecting veterans. He is also a member of the Clinton Global Initiative, the Council of Foreign Relations and the Atlantic Council as well as a Fellow of the World Medical Association, the New York Academy of Medicine and the UK Royal College of Physicians. He has worked or lived in 110 countries and is fluent in English, Spanish, French and Italian.
Dr. Perea-Henze graduated magna cum laude as a Medical Doctor in Mexico at age 21 and obtained a Master’s degree in Public Health, with concentration in Health Policy and Management, from Yale University, School of Medicine. He also completed Executive Leadership Programs at INSEAD, France on Strategy and Management; at the JFK School of Government at Harvard University on National and International Security and on Corporate Governance at the Harvard Business School.
John brings 14 years of experience in finance, capital markets and investment analysis. Most recently, he was Director of Structured Finance at Institutional Credit Partners, where he originated and executed transactions in asset-backed securities, CDOs and other structured credit products. Mr. Roglieri’s experience includes positions at: Fitch Ratings as a Director in the Structured Finance group, where he managed a team responsible for rating asset-backed securities; American International Group, AXA Financial, and at Price Waterhouse in the Investment Management consulting group.
John holds an M.B.A. in Accounting from Boston University and received his B.S. in Economics from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. John resides in Bergen County with his wife and children, where he is aware and supportive of the needs of the community.
Jessica Shepherd, M.D., M.B.A.
A native of Canada, Dr. Shepherd joined the OB/GYN Department at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2011. She completed her OB/GYN training in Philadelphia, with a fellowship in Gynecologic Endoscopy and Minimally Invasive Surgery at the University of Louisville where she also completed her Masters of Business Administration.
Dr. Shepherd is a member of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists. She has been awarded the prestigious IRCAD award in 2010 and was the 3rd place recipient of the Jay M. Cooper Award that same year.
As a physician who specializes in women’s health, she understands the need to reach out to women who may be suffering emotionally and mentally. She is committed to the mission of Stop Soldier Suicide to curb suicide attempts among US Soldiers and Veterans. According to a study in Psychiatric Services, among women ages 18 to 34, female Veterans were three times more likely to kill themselves than non-Veterans. The connection between women and their physicians is essential as women suffer from symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) at more than twice the rate of men. Therefore it is essential that women are not forgotten in this fight to save lives.
Dr. Shepherd, who has appeared on the Dr. Oz show, CBS News as well as other news venues in major cities, has been able to learn from her patients that women’s health issues are not discussed enough. Their needs span physical, emotional and spiritual positions. Dr. Shepherd will address these topics with women of all backgrounds, including Veterans, via her new outreach venture, Her Viewpoint. Through this foundation, women will have a voice and be able to discuss openly in a supportive environment all topics that affect them. You can connect with Her Viewpoint through its Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest pages as well as online at www.Herviewpoint.com
Dr. Shepherd has authored multiple articles as a medical expert in printed and online publications including Women’s Day, LifeScript.com, Heart and Soul, Best Health and WebMD. She has also contributed a book chapter on Prevention and Management of Laparoscopic Complications.
Ryan Walsh is a portfolio manager at Senator Investment Group in New York City.
A. Baker Woolworth
Baker Woolworth is a financial adviser at Stifel Nicolaus in New York City. Baker is passionate about mental healthcare services and is on the board of Clubhouse International. He is a graduate of Southern Methodist University.