Dennis Liegghio (Founder / Executive Director): After losing his father to suicide as a teen, Dennis struggled with depression and thoughts of suicide for many years. A song that he wrote for his father was the turning point toward healing and the inspiration for founding KnowResolve in the Spring of 2007. Dennis maintains the website, designs the printed materials, coordinates fundraising and awareness events and speaks to an average of 12,000 teens and young adults each year about the facts, myths, risk factors and warning signs of suicidal behavior, what to do in crisis, and tips for coping with distress.
David M. Beran (President) – David is the owner of The Beran Group, which consists of B&B Insurance Services (Domestic/International and Individual/Group Health Insurance) and B&B Merchant Services (Credit Card Processing for Merchants), in Clinton Township. David has enjoyed working in the insurance industry for over 28 years and over six years in the merchant services business. David became involved with Dennis and KnowResolve in 2007 after experiencing the loss of his older brother, Jim, to suicide. The event devastated his family even more after having dealt with the passing of his sister, Kim, from Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma just three years earlier. David and his wife, Vicki, have hosted a Caribbean themed fundraiser for various charities over the last 18 years. Their annual fundraiser now benefits the organizations that help prevent the issues that took the lives of his sister and brother. David is also on the Board of Directors for the Sterling Heights Area Chamber of Commerce, which includes all the communities of Macomb County. David and Vicki enjoyed being involved with the Marriage, Eucharistic, and Bereavement Ministry teams at St. Mark Parish in Warren. Now they are involved with the St. Louis Parish in Clinton Township. They just celebrated their 17 year wedding anniversary and love camping and spending time with their two beautiful boys, Alex and Evan.
Nancy Buyle (Vice President) – Nancy has her Master’s Degree from Oakland University in Counseling and Post Master’s Education in Mental Health. She has been working for the Macomb Intermediate School District since August of 2000. She is a Safe Schools/Student Assistance Specialist. In this role, she leads the county’s Student Assistance Network Program (SAP). The SAP is a comprehensive school-based program for students (K-12) designed to identify issues which prevent students from learning and being successful in school. Nancy also works closely with local districts in planning for and responding to crises. She has been instrumental in developing comprehensive crisis management protocol that has been distributed and shared with schools across the nation. She is available to provide support and resources to the local districts in the areas of school safety and student assistance.
Nicole McGlory (Secretary) – Nicole is a mother of 2 wonderful boys and a wife to a great man. She is also an elementary teacher who has a passion for learning and reading. Nicole first became interested in KnowResolve in 2007 after attending the Breaking the Silence dinner. From there, her passion grew for the organization. Nicole first got involved by joining the street team and then applying for a board seat several years later, and has been a part of since 2015. She takes pride in being a part of such a great and growing organization.
Michael Flynn – Michael Flynn has been a township Trustee since 2008 and is honored to continue his service to the people of Shelby Township. In addition to serving on KnowResolve’s board, he currently enjoys serving as the Board liaison to the Shelby Township Parks and Recreation Committee and is director of the Michigan Education Trust. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University and has been a Shelby Township resident and homeowner since 1998.
Steve Jajjo – Steve has been a Macomb County resident for over 20 years and is a founding member of KnowResolve. Steve’s experience includes 18 years as owner of a convenience store and investing in commercial property. Currently he is a sales representative for a local distributor. Steve has a significant amount of business contacts in the community and his networking skills help to provide a lot of exposure for KnowResolve. Steve lives in Shelby Township with his wife Dayana and three children ages 6, 8 and 11. Steve is also an active member in his church and enjoys spending time with his family.
Stephanie Lange – Stephanie Lange has her Masters in Social Work from the University of Michigan and a Bachelors in Sociology from Oakland University. She also currently holds her Academy of Certified Social Workers credential (ACSW), is a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CAADC), and a Certified Clinical Supervisor for the State of Michigan (CCS-M). She has worked in the field of social work since 1993 in many capacities, including intake, assessment, screening, therapist, supervisor, clinical director, community organizer, field liaison, trainer, professor, researcher, and prevention specialist. Her personal volunteer work has included Hospice of Michigan, Beaumont Hospital Parenting Program, Girl Scouts, and her church. Since 1999, Stephanie has been employed by Dakota High School as the Student Assistance Specialist. In 2012 she took on the role of District Reproductive Health Supervisor for Chippewa Valley Schools. Her consulting work currently includes Macomb County Community Mental Health as a member of the Clinical Strategies Improvement Team. She is on several local Advisory Boards for non-profit organizations and is trained in CPR, First Aid, and use of AED machines.
Jean Larch – Jean is proud to be a founding member of KnowResolve and has been a Crisis Intervention Specialist at the Macomb County Crisis Center for over 20 years and the Macomb County Survivors of Suicide program coordinator. Jean is also the author of the acclaimed book “Dying to be Free, A Healing Guide for Famlies After a Suicide” published by Hazelden in 2006.
Catherine Livingston – Catherine has her Master’s Degree from Oakland University in Counseling and a Bachelor Degree from Marygrove College in Childe Development with a Teaching Certificate. She has over 35 years of experience working with youth in the child welfare system and public education. Since 2000 she has been a high school counselor with Utica Community Schools and her passion is youth mental health and suicide prevention awareness. Catherine has been involved with KnowResolve since 2007 as her school was one of the first to have Dennis present. Along with Dennis she established the first KnowResolve Student Club at Henry Ford II High School in the fall of 2014. She is involved with various projects that address the mental health of our youth and youth suicide prevention awareness, while consulting and conducting various workshops throughout the state on these topics.
Lisa Murphy – My career in mental health began in suicide prevention – working on the phones at “224-7000” in Wayne County. After getting my master’s degree in counseling, I was offered the position of counselor for the new grant pilot program called the Mobile Crisis Response Team. It was the first of it’s kind in the country! This time was also the beginning of my long career in emergency room psychiatric screening work. Currently, I am the hospital liaison for Harbor Oaks Hospital and, along with sharing information about our hospital, I get to be involved with many wonderful community coalitions – and organizations like KnowResolve and the Macomb County Suicide Prevention Coalition. At home, I enjoy time with my 16 year old daughter; my fiance’, Steve; and our sweet dog, Kelso.
Lisa Shepard – Lisa has her Masters Degree in Counseling and a Wellness Counseling Certification from Oakland University. She was a School Counselor for 10 years and has been an associate of Wentworth and Associates since 2011, She works with children, adolescents, adults, families and couples. She is dedicated to helping individuals reach their full potential, health and wellness. Lisa became a member of the Board as a representative of Wentworth and Associates in 2016 because of her work with adolescent depression and experience in the aftermath of teen suicide as a school counselor.