Christina Tetreault | Co-Founder/Co-Director
Christina (@cetetreault) was born and raised in Southern California and moved to Arizona in her young teen years. After seeing her first summer sunset, this California-coast lover fell deeply in love with the beautiful 48th state and it’s glowing desert views. She is a writer and multimedia journalist in the greater Phoenix metropolitan valley. Following her passions after graduating the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication from Arizona State University, Christina found herself winning the title of Miss Maricopa County, a local title of the Miss America Organization. With being a survivor of suicide loss and having deep passion for humanitarianism, she spent her year of service holding the platform of Suicide Awareness and Prevention where traveled across Arizona advocating on the topic. Her work with The Commit Campaign has done nothing but deepen her passion on the topic and the enriched her strive to reduce the nation’s suicide rate. Christina is a chocolate-addict, niece and nephew lover, avid runner, and word-vomiter, and proud Sun Devil alumna.
Kelsey Oney | Co-Founder/Co-Director
Kelsey (@kelsarita) was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. She lost her father to suicide her senior year of high school. After moving back from college in Hawai’i, Kelsey decided to explore her father's mental illness (Bipolar) and death by suicide more, and began her involvement as a volunteer and field advocate with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. In her time volunteering, sitting as a board member for the Arizona Chapter and working as a field advocate, Kelsey learned about mental illness, mental health and suicide. Every year since 2012 Kelsey has traveled to Washington DC to advocate for mental health and suicide prevention legislation. She has also worked with survivors of suicide loss in her home state of Arizona putting on multiple events since 2012 promoting hope and healing. Her work with The Commit Campaign has only made her more driven to end the stigma that she lived with for many years after her father's death and bring hope and healing to as many people as she can reach. Kelsey is a proud dog mommy, happy wife, yoga girl, fresh air enthusiast and history buff.
Shardae Fernandes | Secretary
Shardae Fernandes was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and was raised in Phoenix, Arizona for the majority of her life. Mental health was a very confusing subject for her growing up as she was battling some of her own mental illnesses such as anxiety and OCD. Shardae currently spends most of her days at Grand Canyon University; she is in the nursing program there and is on track to graduate by April 2017. She has always felt the need to help other people, especially when they are not at their best. This naturally led to her decision to pursue a career in nursing. She is also currently a volunteer specialist for Crisis Text Line (CTL). CTL is a great resource for anyone who is feeling suicidal, depressed, anxious, etc. All you have to do is text START to the number 741-741 and a trained crisis counselor like Shardae will text back within minutes and help talk you through those feelings. Shardae's future goals include becoming a neonatal nurse and eventually continuing on to be a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner. While this is her primary focus right now, she is excited for the endeavors life will lead her to in the future. Above all, she is ecstatic to be a part of such a phenomenal campaign and can not wait to continue spreading the message of the Commit Campaign!
Allison Laureanti | Events Coordinator
Allie was born in Mesa, Arizona and after living in multiple states she returned to Gilbert, Arizona in 2007. She is a dedicated event planner with The Commit Campaign. She has been volunteering with events alongside several different organizations since 2011 such as local urgent cares, radio stations, and various non-profits. With a passion for serving her community and striving to end the stigma associated with mental health, she assists in coordinating and planning each event The CommitCampaign has been a part of through the year including their annual fashion show and various other speaking engagements. Allie is a mother of a beautiful little girl and spunky corgi. Her mission in life is to help create an understanding and compassionate world for her daughter to grow up in and be a part of.