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Meet our board, they are the people striving to bring help, hope, and healing through suicide awareness and prevention programs in Northern Lower Michigan.

Lisa Clavier, President

Lisa Clavier founded, along with her family, and serves as President of Kiersten’s Ride, a non-profit for suicide awareness, education, and prevention in Northern Lower Michigan. Lisa serves as Chair of the Charlevoix/Emmet County Suicide Prevention Coalition and facilitator of Charlevoix County Survivors of a Suicide Loss, providing support to those who have lost a loved one to suicide. Clavier also provides direct outreach services to families.


Lisa has received certification in Yellow Ribbon presentation, is a certified SafeTALK (Suicide alertness for everyone-Tell Ask Listen Keep safe) trainer and is a Master ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) trainer and LOSS outreach.


Clavier has received the “Champion for Kids” award from the child abuse council of Charlevoix & Emmet Counties, the Women’s Resource Center Northern Michigan “Tribute: Advocacy Award” for her efforts to provide suicide prevention to youth in Northern Michigan, as well as receiving “Shining Light in the Community” from the East Jordan United Methodist Women’s Group and was the recipient of East Jordan’s “Citizen of the Year” 2017.


Lisa is dedicated to her faith, family, and community. She treasures time with her family.


David Clavier, Vice President

David Clavier is a founder of Kiersten’s Ride and serves as Vice President of the non-profit.


He has lived in Northern Michigan since 1987. David attended college at Lake State University and received his Associates Degree in Engineering Design Technology from Kirtland College.  He is the General Supervisor of machining and assembly at Water Products for EJ.


Clavier enjoys hunting, fishing, and family.


Karen Burks, Secretary

Karen is an Accounts Payable Specialist at Grandvue Medical Care Facility. Previous to Grandvue, she was employed at Fifth Third Bank in the Private Bank Wealth Management Services for 18+ years. To fulfill her love to travel, Karen also worked as a Flight Attendant for Northwest Airlines for 6 years.


Karen has been a Board Member with Kiersten’s Ride since 2015 and is trained in SafeTALK and Yellow Ribbon.


Karen, and her husband Jeff, have two children, Sami and Ty, whom attend East Jordan Middle/High School. She enjoys gardening, cooking, traveling, and camping with family and friends.


Dawn Burks, Treasurer

Dawn Burks has a Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting from Lake Superior State University with a Master’s in Business Administration from Central Michigan University. She has over 20 years’ experience in accounting and tax preparation.  Since 2010, she has worked at Great Lakes Energy serving in various roles of responsibility: Process Accountant, Payroll Supervisor, and currently as the Regulatory and Financial Analysis Manager.


Dawn enjoys volunteering her time and accounting services to local organizations. In addition to being a member of the Kiersten’s Ride Board, she is also a member on the Miss East Jordan Scholarship Pageant Board and the East Jordan Public School Board.


In her spare time, she enjoys camping, biking, and playing softball, but most of all, she enjoys spending time with her family.


Stephanie Clavier

Stephanie Clavier is a Certified Surgical Technologist at Munson Healthcare Charlevoix Hospital, where she works as a part of the surgical care team in the operating room. She has worked in the medical field for 5+ years.


Upon graduation from East Jordan High School, she studied at Lansing Community College where she graduated with honors, completed two associates degrees and a certification. Stephanie is trained in LOSS outreach, safeTALK, ASIST, Yellow Ribbon, is a Certified Yellow Ribbon Trainer, and a SOSL support facilitator.


In her spare time, Stephanie enjoys traveling, hunting, fishing, horseback riding, and spending time with her Chocolate Labrador, Wrangler.


Dr. Michael Lucido

Dr. Michael Lucido has a Doctorate in clinical psychology with Masters degrees in child psychology and psychopharmacology. He has practiced in Detroit and northern Michigan community mental health systems for the past 14 years.  Since 2016, he has been practicing as a clinical psychologist at Munson Charlevoix hospital and Boyne Area Medical center.  He specializes in autism, OCD, depression, trauma, cognitive behavioral therapy, and biofeedback.


His wife, Dr. Makowski, is a dentist in Charlevoix, their daughter Carmela is a kindergartener at St. Mary’s, and their dog named Circe is a regular visitor at their dental practice.

Meghan Meyer

Meghan Meyer is the EMS Director at Jordan Valley EMS Authority, she is a Paramedic in the field and an advocate for the mission of Kiersten’s Ride; a staunch supporter of the continued awareness and education related to suicide prevention and intervention in Northern Michigan.

Amber Southerton

Amber Southerton, LMSW has a Masters Degree in Social Work from Grand Valley State University. She specializes in working with children and currently provides therapy to children preschool through 6th grade at East Jordan Elementary School through the E3 program at the Health Department of Northwest Michigan. She also provides support to mothers in the region through a therapeutic group called Mom Power. She has worked in the field for over 15 years with a passion for mental health advocacy, prevention, and holistic wellness for people of all ages.


Amber and her husband, Bryan, live in Petoskey with their son Calvin, 2 dogs, and 3 chickens!

Trooper Corey Hebner

Trooper Corey Hebner is a Community Services Trooper from the Gaylord Post.  The Post covers Antrim, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Emmet, and Otsego counties.  Tpr. Hebner’s role is to work with civic groups and create public awareness and education on behalf of the Gaylord Post.  He has been a State Trooper for the past 25 years and has served the citizens of Michigan at the Petoskey, Detroit, Newberry, St. Ignace, and Gaylord Posts.


Corey lives in Harbor Springs with his wife Joan.  They have two adult sons, Kyle and Derek, who both attend college.  Corey enjoys coaching hockey and baseball in his spare time.

Denise Shea, Veteran’s Rep

Denise Shea is the Veteran Representative for Kiersten’s Ride. She grew up in East Jordan, Michigan. Upon graduating high school, she attended Lake Superior State University for 2 years and then joined the United States Air Force. During her 25 year of military service, she served in a variety of Intelligence, Personnel, and Special Duty assignments in Hawaii, Nevada, South Korea, Germany, Iraq, Italy, and Colorado. She also deployed in support of Operations DECISIVE ENDEAVOR, ALLIED FORCE, IRAQI FREEDOM, and ENDURING FREEDOM.


Denise earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Hawaii Pacific University and a Master of Arts Degree in Educational Counseling (focus: high school) from the University of Phoenix as well as a Master of Arts Degree in Counseling & Leadership from the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs.


Upon retirement, Denise decided to move back to Northern Michigan and now resides in Gaylord. She currently volunteers for several organization in the Gaylord community and is a registered Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) and safeTALK trainer.

Sami Burks, Youth Advisor

Sami is the Youth Advisor for Kiersten’s Ride. She grew up in East Jordan, Michigan and is a Junior at East Jordan Middle/High School. Sami plays on the East Jordan golf and tennis teams. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Student Council, and Business Professionals of America.


When Sami’s not on the golf course, she loves biking, camping, skiing, spending time on the lake with her family, and hanging out with her friends.