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Our Board Of Directors

 

Melinda Vail


Melinda Vail is an author, speaker, hypnotherapist specializing in childhood trauma, and a Medium. Known as "The Medium Who Makes a Difference", Melinda has made it her life's work to teach spirituality for everyday living. Although her roots are firmly planted in her Christian background, as a Medium, Melinda gives evidence of life after life.

With a son who suffers with severe clinical depression, Melinda has first-hand knowledge of the fear and hopelessness this disease can bring. Melinda has dedicated herself to bringing hope and comfort to those who have lost loved ones to suicide.


William Larew is an author, speaker, entrepreneur and business owner. Having a successful law trustee business in South Texas, and as a former two-term Mayor of a small town in Texas, as well as other leadership roles, Bill brings his expertise in bringing TAPT into a viable non-profit organization.

Being a survivor of suicide himself through his mother's death at age five, Bill is devoted to creating tools and education for suicide and its aftermath.

Dr. Denise Campagnolo


Dr. Denise Campagnolo, Senior Director and Head of US Multiple Sclerosis, serves as the Media Liaison Officer

Denise graduated from the Ohio State College of Medicine in 1988. Her clinical and academic years were spent first as Associate Professor at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School, now Rutgers, devoting 11 years to academic pursuits. Afterward, she served as Director of the Neuroimmunology Program and Director of the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Clinic for 6 years at the Barrow Neurological Institute, Phoenix AZ.

Theodora Schiro


Theodora Schiro serves as Treasurer for Through A Parent’s Tears. Theo was a teacher and school administrator for over 36 years. Having lost her son to suicide in 2011, she now works to increase awareness of depression and other mental health disorders by educating school personnel in suicide prevention.

She is also a freelance writer for non-profits and businesses that provide educational products and services.

Eric Faas


Eric Faas is a Tempe, Arizona native. He is a graduate of Arizona State University and completed law school at Willamette University College of Law in Salem, Oregon. Eric is serving on the board of Through A Parent’s Tears as Vice-President.

Eric is widowed and lives with his two surviving sons in Tempe.

Sharie Campbell


Sharie Campbell is serving as Secretary for Through a Parent’s Tears. Her son, Brandon, is featured in the documentary and is the inspiration for her work with the organization. Brandon died by suicide in 2012 at age 16.

Sharie wants TAPT to help bring healing and comfort to other parents who have lost children by suicide, and to also bring awareness to the public in hopes that their story will help suicide prevention efforts. Sharie has owned her own Commercial Collection Agency for the past 26 years and has recently sold that business and retired.

Stories

Michael Choppi


Michael Choppi

Parents: Mike and Kim Choppi

Growing up, Michael was a child in constant motion. If he did not have a ball in his hand or a soccer ball at his foot, he was constructing masterpieces with his legos and Lincoln logs. He would terrorize his siblings in one moment and in the next cover for and protect them.

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Brandon Campbell


Brandon Campbell

Parent: Sharie Campbell

Brandon was a very smart and kind boy. As a small child, he loved to use his imagination to play with dinosaurs, anything Star Wars related, and read books. He had a lot of medical problems and was diagnosed with Failure to Thrive as a baby and had to be fed through a tube in his stomach.......

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Thomas Campagnolo


Thomas Campagnolo

Parents: Tom & Denise Campagnolo

Thomas was the oldest of our two children, he has a little sister Emily. He was extremely intelligent, so obvious from a young age. He was kind-hearted and so well liked at school by his friends. They wrote on Facebook after he died, .......

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Kieran Viliborghi


Kieran Thomas Viliborghi

Parents: Kim and Chad Viliborghi

Kieran was 13 years old when our lives changed forever. Kieran was one of the most caring and the kindest young man you could know. He was always concerned with making sure everyone was happy around him, and he brought immense joy to our lives...

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Eric Gouveia


Eric Gouveia

Greg and Marianne Gouveia

Eric was an adventurous soul – He loved our family camping trips and our beach vacations. His absolute greatest joy was spending time with his family and especially his brother Joey. Enjoying the outdoors, enjoying the sun, playing a little volleyball, sitting around the campfire dancing the famous Gouveia “Rice not Ice” dance.

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Mary Jane Faas


Mary Jane Faas

Parent: Eric Faas

In the spring of 2015, Mary Jane took her life, noting to us that she simply didn’t want to live the kind of life that she felt destined to live. Her mother, Cheryl, took her life in the spring of 2017, nearly 2 years later after being unable to manage her own grief, noting to us that she felt like she had failed ...

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Brent L. Valentine


Brent L. Valentine

Karen and Wes Lawson

Brent was a happy boy; also a jokester. He had a serious side and was sensitive. When he was little, he loved his “good night” ritual of having his forehead rubbed. He’d say, “Mom, do this” and put my hand on his little forehead. He has one sister whom he adored and admired; a strong bond between them.

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Joss Schiro


Joss Schiro

Steve and Theo Schiro

In the spring of 2011, our 21-year-old son Joss was a senior at Arizona State University, ready to graduate with degrees in both psychology and biology. He was a passionate and brilliant student, fascinated by current brain research. He had plans to continue his studies of neuroscience ...

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