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Board of Directors

Our Board


Christine Donato-Yurich

Christine and Shannon crossed paths not long after Christine’s journey as a loss survivor had started. Her passion is contagious; always being a voice for those who don’t have one. She shares in the pain and the passion. She was an obvious choice and am honored to have Christine Donato as the Vice President of our Board.


Shannon Ortiz, LPCCS, RYT

Shannon is the Founder, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Light after Loss. Shannon lost her husband, Craig, to suicide August 3, 2016, leaving her and their two young girls behind. She was the Director of Counseling Services at The University of Mount Union and the President of NAMI Stark County at the time.

Dee Sibert

Dee Sibert

I am the new Secretary of Light After Loss and ready to help in any way I can! I graduated with a Masters of Global Business Management and am currently a Legal Assistant at a local law office. I was introduced to Light After Loss when I wasn’t ready for therapy but needed support.

I became a survivor of suicide loss on September 25, 2020 when I lost my son, Ethan. Unfortunately, this wasn’t my first experience with suicide loss. Ethan lost one of his best friends to suicide in 2018. Several other students died by suicide the same year and we did all the things, had all the conversations, and felt confident Ethan was OK.

Julie Kernan

Julie Kernan

Julie is the Treasurer of Light after Loss.  Julie graduated from the University of Akron with a degree in Accounting and has been an accountant for CAM, Inc., a commercial developer/builder in Green for the past 32 years.


Scott Hajba

Scott is the Treasurer of Light After Loss. He obtained his Associates Degree in Police Science, which led to being the Director of Security for the Richard E Jacobs Group and Professional Security Consultants at Wausau Venter Mall and Belden Village Mall for 21 years.