Suicide Prevention Staff
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Region IV Suicide Prevention Coordinator & QPR/ASIST Instructor
Brittney Williams is a native of Ethel, Louisiana. She received her Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a minor in Sociology from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2010. Brittney has a diverse case management background, which has allowed her to interact with parents, children, teachers, counselors, social service networks, and numerous other entities striving for the betterment of child welfare and family relations. She is a certified Darkness to Light “Stewards of Children” Facilitator.
What makes her so unique is the ability to tailor her approach and communication skills to meet the needs of every client she interacts with. What motivates her to achieve greater, is the knowing that completing a simple task or providing a resource to her families, can open a door to a firmer family foundation and a healthier start. Brittney enjoys being a “home-body”, spending time with friends and family, and reading a good book, when she has the time.
(She, Her, Hers)
Statewide Suicide Prevention Specialist & QPR/ASIST Instructor
Rachel was born and raised in Lafayette, Louisiana. She received her Bachelor of General Studies with a concentration in Behavioral Science from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2017. She received her Master’s degree in Thanatology from Marian University (Wisconsin). Thanatology is the study of death, dying, and bereavement, and it was through the deaths of her close friends, Ricky and Chance, Rachel found her calling in this field. Rachel also works with Healing House: Hope for Grieving Children as a Group Director for the Significant Person and Sibling II groups. In her free time, Rachel loves playing with her dog, Dax, cuddling with her cat, Tim, going to estate sales, and watching binge-worthy shows on TV.
Mallory Gothe (She, Her, Hers)
Region IV Suicide Prevention Specialist & QPR/ASIST Instructor
Mallory is a native of the Acadiana area. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion and Wellness from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Mallory will complete her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in December 2022, and she will become a Licensed Professional Counselor. Mallory has a professional and educational background in counseling, suicide prevention, community outreach, and mental health rehabilitation services within diverse populations.
Mallory loves spending time with her daughter, Ryleigh, and their pit bull (who is just a big baby), Roxie. She also enjoys spending time in nature, listening to music, traveling, and seeking new experiences, and she is always looking for the nearest crawfish boil! Mallory believes that all things begin and end with oneself; she promotes the idea that although we do not always create the problems we face, we can always curate solutions.
Shannen Perez (She, Her, Hers)
Suicide Prevention Resource Developer
Shannen was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana and moved to Lafayette, Louisiana in 2015. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from McNeese State University and is currently a graduate student working towards a degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She is also a volunteer at Healing House, Hope for Grieving Children. Life experiences, resilience, and compassion lead her into the field of counseling and advocating for suicide prevention and intervention.
Shannen loves to spend time with her daughter, fiancé, and fur babies. Close friends and family are highly valued and cherished in her life. She enjoys going to the gym, hiking when she gets the chance, listening to music and audiobooks, cooking, and learning new things. She promotes forgiveness and continually giving yourself a little grace.