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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, President, and Chief Executive Officer

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.

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

Christine Donato-Yurich

Vice President

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.

Headshot of Dee Sibert Light After Loss Board Secretary

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.

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


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 Center Mall and Belden Village Mall for 21 years.