Welcome to the Western Division Team!

Valerie KovacovichSpecial message from Valerie Kovacovich, AFSP's Senior Director of the Western Division:


Thank you for joining the Western Division Team and AFSP’s Out of the Darkness Wellness Challenge! My name is Valerie Kovacovich and I am the Western Division Team Captain.

I look forward to stepping up my self-care routine over the next 6 weeks with all of you. Whether this means walking, cycling, baking with my kids, or making a fun TikTok video ... we are all on this wellness journey together. Take this time for you, encourage one another along the way and continue this journey at an AFSP Out of the Darkness Experience this Fall!

If you haven't registered for an Experience near you, visit afsp.org/fightsuicide. Let's show the world that we are always #TogetherToFightSuicide!

Western Division Team Info:

The Western Division is home to chapters and events based in Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

We'll feature a variety of staff, volunteers, and participants throughout the duration of the Wellness Challenge (August 3rd - September 13th) to help you feel even more connected as you take daily action to bring a sense of mindfulness to why mental health and suicide prevention are important to you.

In the meantime, please make sure you take the following steps as soon as possible:

  1. Register for an Out of the Darkness Experience hosted by a state in the Western Division
  2. Download the Kilter Rewards app
  3. Once you've downloaded the app, choose JOIN EVENT and create your account (Event name: AFSP Out of the Darkness Wellness Campaign)
  4. Click the "Join" button on the event page and scroll the list to find the AFSP Western Division team
  5. Complete your profile and review the event rules

Please note: you will not begin earning points for activities until the challenge begins on Monday, August 3rd.

We encourage you to update your profile pic in the Kilter Rewards app to the Western Division icon below so you can easily recognize fellow team members as you scroll through the leaderboard. Simply click the image below to download and save it to your mobile device.

Visit the AFSP Event Page to learn more about this virtual wellness event and download social share graphics, and read and save this flyer with the event details to share with friends and family. Invite them to join you to take action for suicide prevention and mental health!

Featured Western Division Team Members:

Nancy Yates Cheryl Roper Tracy Rassley
Taryn Hiatt Beth Flax JoEllen Claypool

Click HERE to view all featured challenge participants.