Meet Our Team



Founder, Executive Director, Support Group & Workshop Facilitator & Suicide Intervention Skills Instructor

Charlotte Tankersley is a suicide attempt survivor and a three-time survivor of suicide loss who now uses their lived experience to educate others on mental health, LGBTQIA rights, suicide awareness, and prevention.

Charlotte has a B.A. in Psychology from Argosy University, holds the Colorado Peer and Family Specialist certification, is Adult and Youth Mental Health First Aid, SafeTALK, and ASIST certified and is also a certified QPR Instructor and Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program trainer. They are the founder and Executive Director of The Hope Group, starting the organization to help individuals like themself that suicide has also impacted.

Charlotte has facilitated grief and loss support groups for over ten years. They currently volunteer on the Crisis Text Line, and they have worked as a crisis counselor on The Blue Bench’s 24-hour sexual assault hotline and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. They were also a victim advocate for the Sheridan Police Department for several years.

You can reach them via email at or by phone at (720) 745-9252.


JOEY CLARK (he/him)

Facilitator, Surviving, Striving & Thriving & Teens Surviving, Striving & Thriving

Joey is a dissociative suicide attempt survivor who works to bring awareness to the stigma and mocking surrounding the topic of suicide on social media. He is certified in Adult and Youth Mental Health First Aid and is a facilitator for the Adult and Teen versions of The Hope Group’s Surviving, Striving, and Thriving support groups. Joey also uses social media to assist those who may need direction or resources regarding mental health or who may be in a mental health crisis. He derives a sense of purpose in helping those who have been in a similar situation to himself, and his work with The Hope Group is entirely voluntary.

He can be reached at



Facilitator & Gatekeeper, Southwest Metro Denver Survivors of Suicide & Surviving After Suicide

Shirley Johnson has been a Registered Nurse for over 40 years and has worked in Cardiac Intensive Care for much of her career. Since 2009, Shirley has been the volunteer Parish Nurse at Abiding Hope Church. In April of 2010, she completed the course requirements for Faith Community Nurse Certification. With the intentional focus on spiritual care, the Parish Nurse promotes health as wholeness within the faith community. She is a suicide loss survivor and is one of the founding members and trained facilitators of the Southwest Metro Denver Survivors of Suicide bereavement support group.