Board of Directors


Becca Utu – President

Rebecca is a significant needs teacher at Steamboat Springs High School. She currently serves as Vice President of the Board for REPS and has served as the President.  She has served on the board for the last 3 years.  She has been impacted with suicides in her family and close friends.  Our community although beautiful and is a vacation destination for many has a extremely high suicide rate.   She has suffered with depression and alcoholism and has made the choice to LIVE life cleanly and healthly. She surrounds herself with healthy activities and great friends and family members that keep her accountable to “LIVE LIFE and LEARN each day.”  She works to educate and support students and others by  encouraging and connecting them to resources to choose life.

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.

Tom Gangel – Board Member

Tom has been involved in suicide prevention in Routt and Moffat Counties for 18 years.  He has been on the Board of REPS since it became a 501 (c) 3.  He was a leader in the group that formed REPS through a Colorado Trust Grant to Mind Springs Health in the 2004.   Tom is a Regional Director for Mind Springs Health and has been in the mental health industry for over 30 years.

Traci Hiatt- Board Member

Nicole Miller – Board Member

Nicole was born in Steamboat Springs and returned to the Yampa Valley after graduating from college. She currently works as the digital engagement editor at the Steamboat Pilot & Today. She joined the REPS board in 2019, about a year after losing a close family friend to suicide. Nicole also has been impacted by suicide through her volunteer work with Routt County Search and Rescue. In addition to serving on the REPS board, Nicole volunteers as a suicide prevention advocate.

Linda Liman – Board Member

Mark Stewart – Board Member