meet the team

That’s passionate about our scene

  • Jake Luhrs
    Jake Luhrs Founder/Chairman of the Board

    At the age of 16 I had my first encounter with what I believe to be my first true “desire.” To be in a band and express my pain…

  • Ben Sledge
    Ben Sledge Executive Director

    Two combat tours overseas, a Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and I was coming home to being newly divorced and thinking about killing myself…

  • Nate Hilpert Director of Marketing

    I was struggling with a 20-hour-a-day video-game addiction and a consuming obsession with women through promiscuity and pornography….

  • John Williford Fundraising Manager

    When John left the Marine Corps, he began attending college but soon found himself struggling through excessive drinking, partying, and abusing drugs.


  • Heather Gonzales Press/PR

    Heather found her self worth jumping from relationship to relationship only to suffer sexual abuse that led to depression, self-harm, and suicide ideation.

  • Michelle Saari Mental Health Advisor

    Michelle has spent the last 14 years working in mental health and inside the music industry. When she saw how much help was needed, she chose to jump into action…

  • Meagan Prins Staff Writer/Editor

    Meagan found herself battling cultural pressures, identity, struggling with purpose, faith, and self-worth. When her friends turned to her for advice for their problems while having her own, she found HeartSupport.

  • Casey Keys Content & Community Managers

    Through years of being caught in the wake of friends’ suicides and self harm, Casey found a heart for helping people through the darker issues in life.

  • Dan Content & Community Managers

    Following his parent’s divorce and living in a home where domestic violence was present, Dan was consumed with using people for self-gain

  • Ansley Hayman Intern—Marketing and NonProfit Management

    Throughout high school, Ansley found herself in cycles of self-harm in order to “feel” once more. By her sophomore year, she attempted suicide, but one day during her senior year she discovered HeartSupport