Our Steering Committee


Julie White-Gooding PhD

"As Shawn's mom, I feel the terrible aching crush of Shawn's death everyday. I'm committed to changing the pattern of suicide so families and friends are not left grieving.  We can make a difference working together through Love You, Mean It. Join us to understand and prevent suicide. Touch a life, save a life."


Angela Thoman

Angela Thoman has been the Business Manager at Paddy’s Beach Club in Misquamicut since 2002.  She has served on the board of the Ocean Community Chamber Commerce since 2011 and currently is the Secretary for the Executive Board.  She also sits on the Town of Westerly Licensing Board and is President of the Westerly Middle School PTO.  She knew Shawn while he worked at Paddy’s Beach Club and serves on the Steering Committee in his honor.


Kelsey Lyon

Kelsey currently is a Graphic Designer in South Carolina for her company Kelsey Lynn Designs after completing her Bachelor's Degree at CCSU in Graphic Design. She also serves as the Board Secretary for Stand T.A.L.L. Thank A Local Lawman in Hendersonville, NC.  "It is an honor to serve on this board to continue Shawn's legacy of saving other people's lives and being a beacon of hope to many. Working together through Love You Mean It will bring unity and help others understand we are not alone and together we can get through this."


Tony Nguyen

Tony is currently a Tattoo Artist at Irish Rose Tattoo in Pawcatuck, CT. "I became a part of Love You Mean It because I have witnessed and personally endured the darkest side of mental thoughts and human emotions. I have vowed to bridge the gap to others suffering in silence because no one should have to fight their demons on their own.  I have lost too many people to the unspoken dark side of human nature. But, together those who care can make a difference and help others to return to the light of day again."

Additional members:

Ash Hetu

Caylee Edgerley

Dara Unsal

Kayley Burkholder

Melissa Mason

Athena Serr

Jay Salisbury