Board of Directors

Mark L. Stewart – President

Mark, his wife Catherine and son Mason have been enjoying the Yampa Valley for 12 years. They enjoy rafting, camping, and being outdoors in this wonderful area.. He works as the Environmental Analyst for Xcel Energy’s – Hayden Station, monitoring environmental compliance and conducting project management. He was drawn to serve on the REPS board because he has a family history of suicide with depression and wants to protect life and support those impacted by suicide. He looks forward to being a part of the organization by promoting its mission, sharing its values, and successfully completing its goals.

Tom Gangel – Vice President

Tom Gangel, MA. Is in his Twentieth year as a Director/Manager for Mind Springs Health the community mental health center covering the ten counties in the northwest corner of Colorado. He has been in the mental health field for 35 years and has worked in private practice, as a professional speaker, in a CA state hospital, as director of the forensic psychiatric unit of a mega jail in Houston, and four different community mental health centers and has been a professor at two universities and an adjunct instructor at a community college.

Tom has been on the Board of the Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide (REPS) since the organizations becoming a 501 C3 organization. Prior to that REPS was housed inside Mind Springs Health in the program that Tom supervised. Tom has been dedicated to preventing suicide in the Yampa Valley for his entire career with REPS and Mind Springs Health.

Traci Hiatt- Treasurer

Traci has been a Steamboat resident since 2003. She works in the real estate industry, and is a dance and fitness instructor. She is passionate about helping others and has been involved with many local organizations and causes over her years in Steamboat. When her first husband died by suicide in 2006, it marked a turning point in Traci’s life. Since then she has lost several other friends to suicide. Wanting to be a part of the effort to help recognize those in crisis and to protect others from suicide, she joined the REPS Board of Directors and is passionate about furthering the mission of the organization, and spreading the word about the importance of discussion, training, intervention in order to prevent suicide.

Gail Smith- Secretary

Gail is the Children’s Ministry Leader for the Heart of Steamboat United Methodist Church. She is a strong supporter of children and youth in both her professional and volunteer life, helping with the church’s middle school Youth Group, advocating for children through the courts as a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) and as a board member with CTC (Communities That Care). Gail was impacted by suicide this summer when a friend ended her life and wanted to get involved with REPS.

Leslie Christensen-Board Member
Mathew Christensen- Board Member
Denise Kreger – Board Member
Hannah Hoffman – Board Member
Hannah was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia and graduated with a BA in Political Science from the University of North Georgia. After college, she realized she wanted to live a professional lifestyle while also being able to pursue her passion of hiking and exploring. A visitor to Steamboat Springs since she was 8 years old, the Yampa Valley has always felt like a home away from home so naturally, she knew exactly where to go to make this type of lifestyle happen. Hannah now works as a Transaction Coordinator for Colorado Group Realty. Hannah has a passion for volunteering and service work and has made it her primary focus in Steamboat Springs. She served a term on the Editorial Board for the Steamboat Today Newspaper, and is currently a Executive Board Member on the Young Professionals Network, Treasurer of the Steamboat Springs Lion’s Club, Board Member of Steamboat Creates, and is very excited to join REPS. During her term, she intends to work on spreading suicide prevention awareness and helping to break the stigma of it being uncomfortable to discuss openly.

Jo Anne Grace, Ph.D.- Support Group Facilitator 

Dr. Jo Anne Grace is a health educator, a practical theologian and a spiritual healthcare specialist. Her 30-year experience as a stress management practitioner, a heath motivational coach, a neuro-health trainer, a grief counselor and a spiritual director informs her teaching, writing and research into Pneumasomatic Care. Pneumasomatic Care explores the intimate connection between the spirit and body … the brain and mind. She combines physiology and theology to offer an integrated approach to living life to its fullest. Dr. Grace directs the NeuroHealth Center and serves as Spiritual Health Care and Bereavement Care Coordinator (Chaplain) for Northwest Colorado Health