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Board of Directors

Our Board


Shannon Ortiz, LPCCS, CCTP


Christine Donato-Yurich


Nicole Lockard

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.


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.


I met Shannon, Founder of Light after Loss, in the spring of 2016 and vividly remember thinking that I needed to get this internship because this woman had SO much knowledge to offer about counseling in general, but also about a topic that I needed help with – suicide.


Scott Hajba


Pastor Zach Rambaud


Missy Reed

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. He currently works for Sleep Number where he’s been a Sleep Professional for the last 5 years. He is a single dad of 2 beautiful kids.


Zach is a licensed and ordained minister with the Evangelical Friends Church and the State of Ohio. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Law & Society from Malone University and his Master of Divinity from Ashland Theological Seminary. During 15 years of ministry he has gained extensive experience in youth and adult individual and couples counseling. He has worked full time as a Youth Pastor, Associate Pastor, Senior Pastor, and Interim Pastor.


Missy Reed obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and holds two Associates; one in Real Estate and another in Paralegal. Missy has experience in sales, finance and marketing. With Missy’s education and work experiences she held a Vice President position for a large area bank. When speaking with Missy you will quickly see her smile and positive outlook on life.


Carolyn Ruschak

Carolyn’s background in mental health and passion for helping people started as a teenager, when she began to struggle with her own anxiety and depression. Finding support and comfort with a school counselor, she began to look for answers to her questions by researching mental illness and trauma.