Danette Gibbs works with campuses to help them strategize for comprehensive mental health promotion and suicide prevention. Danette believes that prevention work is essential to address the consistently rising rates of mental distress in our country and among our students. Prior to her current position, Danette was an associate professor of psychology at Longwood University, where she grew her passion for helping students overcome the many obstacles they face to obtain their degree and achieve their dreams. Related to her interest in community approaches to systems change, she has also been involved with the development and growth of multiple community coalitions, including both a suicide prevention and a community health coalition in the Piedmont region, as well as an inclusive wellness coalition in the Shenandoah Valley. Danette holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Toledo. She is married and has a preschool-aged daughter, and loves spending time with her family and in nature.
Jane is a school psychologist by training and spent much of her career working in K12 settings. Her interest in suicide prevention developed during the years she served as the crisis intervention counselor for Rockingham County Public Schools in Virginia. In 2005, Jane became the director of the Central Shenandoah Youth Suicide Prevention Initiative, which in turn led to the creation of the Campus Suicide Prevention Center of Virginia, where Jane formerly served as director. In that role, Jane provided suicide prevention resources, training and consultation for strategic planning to colleges and universities across the Commonwealth of Virginia. Jane earned a master's degree in educational psychology from Bucknell University and a Ph.D. in school psychology from Syracuse University. For down time, Jane enjoys woodworking, game nights, dinners out with friends and family, and time under the trees.
Jane has spent the better part of the last fifty years committed to working with at-risk children and youth as well as other vulnerable populations. With an undergraduate degree in Social Work and a Masters in Counseling she worked for many years with various non-profits in our community including Big Brothers/Big Sisters and the Office on Children and Youth. In 2000 she joined James Madison University and was invited to work with Dr. Vida Huber and a small team to create the Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Service (IIHHS) which opened in the summer of 2002. The vision of IIHHS to work with the community, study unmet needs, develop programs and provide faculty research opportunities meshed well with Jane's commitment to improve the quality of life for all members of our community especially the most vulnerable. Since that time as a JMU associate director and affiliate faculty, Jane has fostered numerous community collaborations to examine unmet needs and establish long range goals. To achieve these goals Jane and her team successfully wrote over 100 grants and brought into our community millions of dollars to address these issues. Some of these initiatives include; Teen Pregnancy Prevention, the Gus Bus Reading Roadshow, Migrant Education, Ryan White HIV/AIDS, the Medical Suitcase Clinic for the Homeless and the Campus Suicide Prevention Center of Virginia. In 2014 Jane retired emeritus from JMU. A year later she returned to JMU part-time in order to continue working alongside Dr. Jane Wiggins on her important work with the Campus Suicide Prevention Center of Virginia. In her spare time Jane enjoys her four grandchildren, traveling, gardening and creating in her workshop.
Gabe is the technical coordinator for the Campus Suicide Prevention Center's implementation of Project Echo. He also serves as the webmaster for this website. Gabe has a master's degree in community and college counseling from Longwood University, a bachelor's degree in psychology also from Longwood, and an associate's degree from Richard Bland College. While not formally trained in technology, he has been around computers since his early childhood and has taught himself how to use an extensive repertoire of technologies. He has also taught himself how to code websites and even builds his own computers. When he's not at JMU, he works for Carilion Clinic in Roanoke as a crisis counselor for the department of psychiatry's crisis division known as Connect. Additionally, he has assisted with Carilion Clinic's implementation of Project Echo for their Office Based Opioid Treatment or OBOT program. Gabe has a wide variety of other interests and hobbies including amateur photography, finance and economics, behavioral theory, history, and science. Gabe is married and while he has no children, he does have a very curious cat.