Dennis Liegghio (Founder / President): 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.
Bradley Mott (Vice President / Events Director): Bradley is one of the founding members of KnowResolve and has a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from Ferris State University. He assists with the planning and coordination of fundraising events for KnowResolve. Bradley’s past experience includes production scheduling as well as managing the packing and loading department for a bulk flour mill. He currently owns and operates the graphic design and printing company Four5 Ink. Bradley enjoys biking, writing music and performing in the Student Driver Band in his spare time.
Kristal Mott (Secretary / Treasurer / Office Manager): Kristal is one of the founding members of KnowResolve. In her current role, she assists with event planning and coordination, and manages the accounting records. Kristal’s experience includes over 6 years of bookkeeping for Four5ive Design, and DENCAP Dental Plans. In her spare time, she enjoys bicycling, painting and making hand crafted custom jewelry.
David M. Beran – 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 – 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.
Rosalie Chirco-Iwig – Rosalie is Dennis’ Aunt and Godmother and experienced his tragic loss first hand. His Father was like a Brother to her and she felt a very deep need to be there for Dennis and Jim after he passed. She has supported Dennis from the beginning of his musical ventures and was a founding member of KnowResolve. Rosalie has had a successful 20-year Real Estate Career as the Broker / Owner of Realty Executives Associates in Utica, MI. Rosalie feels the need to “give back” where-ever she can. She is an Active Member and Parish Council Chairperson at St. Matthias Parish. Rosalie is the proud mother of her 19 year old son Tom and has volunteered at the schools he attended in the Utica Community School District through the years… and she enjoys bowling in her “spare” time!
Lauren Delaurier – Lauren’s experience with the notion of suicide started in high school when a classmate attempted to end her own life. Lauren took immediate action and made it known, and since that time, suicide prevention has been something she is passionate in educating young adults about. Lauren has a degree in Fine Arts from Madonna University, and ten years of bookkeeping and administrative experience. Her experience is as varied and eclectic as she is, from work in the defense industry to dental insurance. Lauren enjoys spending time with her husband and dog, as well as reading, baking, painting, and nerding out over Game of Thrones with her friends. She also volunteers as a tutor at the Boys and Girls Club.
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.
Amy Hanes – Amy received a bachelors degree in therapeutic recreation, masters degree in administration, post-masters specialist degree in clinical psychology and plans to complete her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the Michigan School of Professional Psychology in July 2013. She has experience in health psychology, university counseling, crisis counseling, inpatient psychiatric hospital settings, outpatient clinics, and school psychology. Amy practices from an integrative model of treatment which includes humanistic therapy, psychodynamic therapy, and cognitive-behavioral therapy with a strong emphasis on client-centered treatment. Her approach emphasizes meeting the client where they are in the change process with acceptance. Clients report high satisfaction in treatment with Amy stating the treatment was non-judgmental, empathic, and provided a safe environment for self-disclosure and promotion of change. Amy specializes in highly sensitive adults, trauma, anxiety, including social anxiety, depression, chronic health conditions, adjustment disorders, and psychological testing at Wentworth and Associates in Utica, MI.