About
Project Tomorrow

Our Mission

Our mission is to reduce the number of suicides and suicide attempts through collaborative efforts that promote, support, and increase awareness, prevention, intervention, and recovery.

Our History

Originally known as the Western Montana SuicidePrevention Initiative (WMSPI), the organization was founded by the MissoulaCity-County Health Department, United Way of Missoula County, the Institute forEducational Research and Service (IERS) at The University of Montana, andLivingWorks Education in 2014. In 2016 the organization rebranded and adopted the name Project Tomorrow Montana.

The organization was established to reduce the number of suicides and suicide attempts in Western Montana through collaborative efforts that promote, support, and increase awareness,prevention, intervention, and recovery. Under this model, Project Tomorrow has educated hundreds of health care professionals, school counselors and community members on how to identify suicide warning signs and safe intervention strategies. Together, we are fighting for a better tomorrow, for Missoula, for Western Montana.

PROJECT TOMORROW SUICIDE PREVENTION LEADERSHIP GROUP:

  • Tina Barrett, Executive Director, Tamarack Grief Resource Center
  • Nancy Berg, Manager of Professional Development Projects, Institute for Educational Research and Service, University of Montana
  • Scott Burke, CEO, First Security Bank
  • John Engen, Mayor, City of Missoula
  • Rick Evans, Owner/Operator, Garden City Funeral Home and Crematory and four other locations in Missoula and Western Montana 
  • Carol Ewen, Chief Psychologist and Student Wellness Coordinator, Missoula County Public Schools
  • Mike Frost, Director of Counseling, Curry Health Center/University of Montana
  • Merry Hutton, Regional Director for Community Benefit & Care Transitions, Providence St. Patrick Hospital
  • Katherine Isaacson, Executive Director, Western Montana Addiction Services/Western Montana Mental Health Center
  • Anton Johnson, Outreach Specialist, Missoula Vets Center, US Department of Veterans Affairs
  • LeeAnn Johnson, Executive Director, Missoula Urban Indian Health Center
  • Heidi Kendall, Suicide-Prevention Specialist, Missoula City-County Health Department
  • Susan Kohler, Executive Director, Missoula Aging Services
  • Jack Lawson, CEO, Missoula Federal Credit Union
  • Brooke Marshall, Director, Institute for Educational Research and Service, University of Montana
  • TJ McDermott, Missoula County Sheriff and Chief Coroner
  • Susan Hay Patrick, CEO, United Way of Missoula County – chair
  • Apryle Pickering, Director of Population Health and Government Programs
  • Kim Seeberger, Chief Deputy Treasurer, Missoula County
  • Geri Stewart, Volunteer, National Alliance on Mental Illness
  • Heather Stokes, Vice President/Strategic Development, LivingWorks Education, Inc.
  • Matthew Taylor, Founding Member, Clear Light Consulting
  • Vickie Zeier, Chief Administrative Officer, Missoula County

PROJECT TOMORROW WORKING GROUP:

  • Kate Cotnoir, Resource Specialist, Missoula Aging Services
  • Rusty Dague, Survivor
  • Carol Ewen, Chief Psychologist and Student Wellness Coordinator, Missoula County Public Schools
  • Dannette Fadness, Safe Kids Missoula Co-Coordinator, Be SMART Montana Lead, QPR Certified Trainer and AmeriCorps Program Manager
  • Anton Johnson, Outreach Specialist, Missoula Vets Center, US Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Heidi Kendall, Suicide-Prevention Specialist, Missoula City-County Health Department
  • Lida Running Crane, Mental Health Provider and Wellness Specialist, Missoula Urban Indian Health Center
  • Kathy O'Masters, Vice President and Branch Manager, Missoula Federal Credit Union
  • Susan Hay Patrick, CEO, United Way of Missoula County - Co-chair
  • Apryle Pickering, Director of Population Health and Government Programs, Community Physicians Group/Community Medical Center
  • Carol Richards, Vice President and District Manager, US Bank
  • Kim Seeberger, Chief Deputy Treasurer, Missoula County
  • Peter J. Snyder, Regional Director of Psychiatric Services, Providence St. Patrick Hospital
  • Heather Stokes, Vice President/Strategic Development, LivingWorks Education, Inc.
  • Kristin Stratford, Community Relations Manager, United Way of Missoula County
  • Matthew Taylor, Founding Member, Clear Light Consulting
  • Brandee Tyree, Coordinator, Missoula Underage Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, Missoula Forum for Children & Youth

Founding support for Project Tomorrow provided by a grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation.

Wells Fargo
United Way