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The Light After Loss Board Of Directors

Shannon Ortiz presenting at a Light After Loss event

Shannon Ortiz, LPCCS, RYT

Founder, Vice President, and Chief Executive Officer

Shannon is the Founder, Vice 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.

Headshot of Christine Donato-Yurich Light After Loss Board Vice President

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 President of our Board.

Headshot of Dee Sibert Light After Loss Board Secretary

Dee Sibert


Dee is the Secretary of Light After Loss and ready to help in any way she can! She graduated with a Masters of Global Business Management and is currently a Legal Assistant at a local law office.

Headshot of Julie Kernan Light After Loss Board Treasurer

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.

Headshot of Scott Hajba Light After Loss Board Treasurer

Scott Hajba

General Board Member

Scott is a General Board Member 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 Center Mall and Belden Village Mall for 21 years.


Teresa (Sibila) Grosswiler

General Board Member

Teresa (Sibila) Grosswiler is a General Board Member and our Marketing Committee Chairperson. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism with a specialty in Public Relations. She owned and operated Image Solutions, an ad, marketing and PR business from her home office for 18 years before pausing her career to take care of family.