Meet Our Board
Hannah is a third grade teacher in Ann Arbor Public Schools. This will be her second year teaching where she continues to promote social emotional learning for all students. In 2015, Hannah was diagnosed with major depressive disorder and generalized anxiety disorder. Since then she has survived 5 suicide attempts and lost a family friend to suicide. Losing her friend to suicide resulted in her taking the first step in her own mental health journey, of seeking help - which she now inspires others to do. Hannah continues to advocate for mental health and decreasing the stigma through speaking to service organizations, schools, working with state legislators.
Kathy is Hannah's mother and one of her biggest supporters. Kathy is a Technical Business Analyst in the mortgage industry with over 25 years of experience in analysis, project management, and training. She holds a BA in Secondary Education from Western Michigan University. Kathy is the divorced mother of 2 amazing young adults – one of whom started this non-profit – and one furry rescue dog. She was diagnosed with Clinical Depression and Anxiety over 15 years ago and strongly believes in the value of a good support system, therapy, and medication when needed. Kathy hopes she can “be a sunflower” for someone who needs one.
Robin is a woman of many hats. Primarily she falls under 3 - Wife, Mother and Teacher. She has been married for 23 years to her husband Syamsyul. She is the mother of four aged 22 (boy), 20 (girl), 17 (girl) and 14 (boy). And finally, she has been a high school math teacher for 20+ years. As both mother and teacher she has faced mental health issues for teens and beyond. Most of her experience is with anxiety and depression (her own children as well as her students). As a teacher, she also often find herself in the role of support for her students in a wide variety of needs and sources of mental health issues. Including helping students cope with the loss of a friend or classmate to suicide.
Susan is proud to serve on the board of the Sunflower Project and looks forward to helping to bring the important mission of the project to fruition. Susan was originally diagnosed with Clinical Depression in 2002 but knows that her battle with depression/anxiety goes back to her adolescence. Suicide awareness and prevention is close to Susan’s heart. At 60 years of age, Susan was diagnosed with PTSD. Suicide awareness and prevention is close to Susan’s heart. That diagnosis and subsequent treatment has been life-changing.
Susan enjoys a fulfilling career as a profession actor having worked at various theatres throughout Southeast Michigan. She is a proud member of the Actor’s Equity Union and a longtime Resident Artist of The Purple Rose Theatre Company in Chelsea, Michigan. In the theatre world, Susan is an Actor, Director, Costumer, Set Dresser and Acting Coach. Susan believes that education is imperative to the continuing efforts to de-stigmatize mental health disorders. She embraces the mission that Hannah has begun and is committed to helping her grow, The Sunflower Project.
Public Relations and Social Media Ambassador
Sarah is currently a student at Grand Valley State University, where she is pursuing a degree in legal studies, criminal justice and political science. Outside of her academics, she is a member of Sigma Kappa sorority – Kappa Beta chapter, where she has held both the Diversity and Inclusion position, alongside Vice President of Alumnae Relations. Sarah was diagnosed with depression and anxiety in 2017 and has fought long and hard to maintain a healthy lifestyle while battling her illness. Since being diagnosed and opening up about her story, Sarah has created a blog page where she discusses the importance of mental health, and most recently has created Precious Minds, an account dedicated to advocating for awareness. In 2019, Sarah adopted her Emotional Support Animal, Penny. Sarah looks forward to being a board member for the Sunflower Project, and excited to see what this new journey will bring and who it will inspire to speak up!