Board of Directors
Reese Butler II is President and Founder of the Kristin Brooks Hope Center. Reese has more than 20 years experience starting successful businesses, including two national newspapers. After losing his wife, Kristin Brooks Rossell, to suicide on April 7th 1998, Reese founded the Kristin Brooks Hope Center and the National Hopeline Network 1.800.SUICIDE. In addition to his professional work background, Reese has received training in Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST—Living Works) and Question, Persuade and Refer (QPR). Reese also volunteered as a crisis line worker for a time following the death of his wife. Since 1998 when Reese turned his focus to the prevention of suicide, he has helped launch several other organizations: the National Council For Suicide Prevention, the California Suicide Prevention Advocacy Network (CASPAN), and the Virginia Suicide Prevention Council. Due to Reese’s vision and the National Hopeline Network’s use of cutting edge telephony technology, the Kristin Brooks Hope Center became a recipient of the prestigious 2002 A Search for New Heroes Award, the Computerworld Honors Program’s Online Archive of information technology innovation. Reese continues advancing the cause of suicide prevention by developing and improving existing suicide prevention programs, and erasing mental health stigma and spreading the message of help and hope.