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Mike LaBonte, Executive Director

Terry Barnes, Managing Director

Barbara Askew, Volunteer Coordinator


Board of Directors

Daniel Forrest, Board Chair/ Treasurer
Daniel Forrest has been a volunteer with MCC since 1997, with almost 20 years of service. Daniel played an active leadership role with MCC in 2009 when the agency transitioned into an independent agency.  Daniel has worked for the last 16 years at Nike where he currently serves as an IT Business Consultant.  Daniel also volunteers with the wish granting organization, the Dream Factory.  Daniel serves as the regional Memphis Vice President and the President of the National Board of Directors with over 30 chapters nationwide.

Karen Crouch, Secretary
Karen Crouch is survivor of suicide. Since the loss of her son, Steven, in 2007 she has been engaged in many aspects of suicide awareness and prevention.  She has been a volunteer for Memphis Crisis Center for over 6 years and serves as a primary Mentor Volunteer for new volunteers on the crisis line.  She is a member of the Survivor Outreach Program with American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) and organizes and leads the Memphis Crisis Center team for the AFSP annual Out of Darkness Suicide Prevention Walk.  Along with her other Board roles, she participates in the Fundraising Committee. Karen is committed to many forms of community service and is an all around advocate for the cause suicide prevention and the work of the Memphis Crisis Center.

Lisa Daniel
A licensed professional counselor with a mental health service provider designation, Lisa Daniel is the chief executive officer of Memphis Mental Health Institute, one of Tennessee’s state operated psychiatric hospitals. Lisa is a graduate of Union University, Jackson, Tenn., and has a Master of Science degree in counseling from University of Memphis. She has spent 27 of her 33-year career in both out-patient and in-patient mental health services primarily in the public sector. Lisa is active in the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network having served on the Advisory Board. She is also a member of the Shelby County Foster Care Review Board. Lisa has a long family connection to the Memphis Crisis Center with her father having served as a volunteer for more than 35 years.

Glenda Adams
Glenda Adams is an attorney who has been practiced criminal defense law for 9 years with the Shelby County Public Defender’s office and is now an Assistant District Attorney with the Shelby County District Attorney’s Office.  In her 17 years practicing in the criminal law area, she has encountered and sought help for many defendants suffering with mental illnesses.  This will be her first opportunity to serve the whole community in the mental health area.

Emily Richardson
Emily Richardson has been volunteering with the Memphis Crisis Center since interning with us in 2015. After the completion of her internship at MCC, Emily has remained an active volunteer in the call center as a crisis line worker and mentor for new volunteers. She has also assisted with the implementation of new technology in the call center and provides ongoing IT support. Following the completion of her BA in Psychology at the University of Memphis in 2016, Emily continued into the MS in General Psychology program at the U of M. Currently, Emily serves as the lab manager of the University of Memphis Psychotherapy Research Lab while finishing her degree.

Ricky Turner
Ricky Turner, also known as Coach Rix, has a wealth of experience in a wide range of leadership roles in corporate America and as an entrepreneur and Business Coach.  His background includes 16 years of experience in the telecommunications industry and a comprehensive knowledge of business-to-business markets, national accounts, retail, and resellers.  He is a results-driven leader who emphases organizational development, communications and a strong understanding of business issues.  He also serves as the Vice President of the Black Business Association of Memphis.

William Bray
William Bray went through the very first Memphis Crisis Center volunteer training in 1970.  During his many years with the MCC, he has often been involved in the agency’s annual fundraising events, including the former signature events, the Celebrity Brunch and the Feast in the Gardens.  William has been employed with the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo as a Certified Biomedical Electronics Tech since 1999.  For twenty years before that, he held the same job at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis. William has been a volunteer fireman and EMR since 2000 in Pontotoc County Mississippi where he resides.

Jane Ann Sullivan
Jane Ann Sullivan, DNP, ACNP, FNP, has lived in Memphis for over thirty years. She has worked in nursing in the emergency department of many of the hospitals in Memphis. Her nursing career has expanded over the years from working as a registered nurse to both an acute care and family nurse practitioner. She recently in 2012 obtained a Doctorate of Nursing Practice in Forensic Nursing with a special concentration in Elder Abuse. Jane Ann has worked as a trauma nurse practitioner in the Level One Trauma Center at the Regional Medical Center since 1999. She is an adjunct faculty member at UTHSC in the Adult Gerontology Acute Care program. Jane Ann has worked with the Memphis Police Department, Victim’s Advocacy Center, Memphis Crises Center, YWCA, and other key stake holders in the city dealing with the treatment and prevention of violence. She has worked as a volunteer at the Memphis Crisis Center.