Secretariat Staff

Colleen Carr Colleen Carr, MPH – Director. Colleen is responsible for advancing policy efforts, delivering technical assistance focused on policy analysis and system change; developing high-level public and private-sector leadership communications and briefings; engaging Action Alliance Executive Committee members, and advancing Action Alliance priority initiatives and sustainability efforts. She has over ten years of experience working in public health and suicide prevention. She received her undergraduate degree in public policy analysis from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her master’s degree in public health from Boston University.

Kimberly TorgusonKimberly Torguson – Associate Director of Communications. Kimberly is responsible for generating and executing communications strategies to increase awareness of the Action Alliance; developing and disseminating collateral materials; leading media relations; managing social media channels; developing digital marketing strategies; and crafting web content and increasing website visibility. She has over ten years of experience working in the health communications field. Kimberly received her undergraduate degree in broadcast journalism and political science from Hofstra University.

Maryland Arciaga – Meetings Planner. Maryland is responsible for ensuring high quality, efficient, and well-executed logistics in support of meetings and events of the Action Alliance. She manages venue procurement, travel arrangements, and payment reimbursements for all Action Alliance meetings. Maryland has been planning meetings for corporations, associations and non-profit organizations for the last 16 years, serving on planning teams for notable events such as the 2008 Papal Visit, 2009 Presidential Inauguration, and AARP & Americans for Prosperity conferences.

Avery Belyeu – National Partnerships Associate. Avery is responsible for supporting the partnership initiatives and priorities of the Action Alliance. She has six years of experience in suicide prevention which includes suicide prevention education, creating a culturally competent suicide prevention curriculum, and the formation and stewardship of national partnerships for suicide prevention. Avery earned a Bachelor’s in Science degree from Appalachian State University, has completed graduate work in Higher Education and is working towards a Master’s degree in Divinity from Brite Divinity School.

Farah Kauffman - Manager of Operations. Farah is responsible for managing operations of the Action Alliance Secretariat; providing technical assistance to the Action Alliance partners; and advancing partnership engagement. She has over ten years of experience in public health. She received her undergraduate degree in history from Penn State University and her master's degree in public health from Boston University.