Safer Homes Task Force

The Safer Homes, Suicide Aware program is supported by a diverse group of subject matter experts we call the Safer Homes Task Force. Current members include:

  • Brett Bass, Co-Chair Program Manager, UW Forefront – Safer Homes
  • Codie Garza, Co-Chair Suicide Prevention Manager, WA State Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Jeffrey Sung, MD, Psychiatrist, University of Washington Psychiatry
  • Heather Sanchez, Community Engagement Partnership Coordinator, VA Puget Sound
  • Jeremy Ball, Owner, Sharp Shooting
  • Jackson Beard, Director of Training, Securite Gun Club
  • Kathleen Gilligan
  • Tony Dayton
  • Mike Lasnier, Chief of Police, Suquamish Tribe
  • Paul Shultz, Agent in Charge, U.S Coast Guard
  • Beth Mizushima, Department of Health Director of Healthy and Safe Communities, WA State Department of Health
  • Dave Whipple, Department of Fish and Wildlife Hunter Education Division Manager, WA State Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • Larry Pruitt, Director of Suicide Prevention, VA Puget Sound
  • Zach North, Veteran Program Coordinator, UW Forefront
  • Jennika Cardenas, Risk Reduction and Suicide Prevention Program Coordinator (R3SP), WA Army National Guard
  • Aoibheann Cline, National Rifle Association State Director, National Rifle Association – Institute for Legislative Action
  • Tremayne Edwards, Education Director, Alliance for Gun Responsibility
  • Mike Findlay, National Firearms Trades Association, Director of Government Relations National Shooting Sports Foundation
  • Boris Zhang, WA State Pharmacy Association Director of Personal Affairs, WA State Pharmacy Association
  • Erica Runge, Program Coordinator, UW Forefront
  • Isabell Sakamoto, Suicide & Injury Prevention Program Manager, Seattle Children’s Hospital
  • Sandra Shanahan, Program Manager King County: Regional Domestic Violence Firearms Enforcement Unit
  • Peggy Needham, Behavioral Health Program Coordinator, Walla Walla County

If you are interested in joining the Safer Homes Task Force or hearing more about their work, please email Brett Bass at