Board of Directors

 

Board of Directors

Suzanne Mitchell-Seward

Suzanne Mitchell-Seward Executive Director

Suzanne is a native of Grapevine and graduated from Grapevine High School (GHS), as did two of her children. She studied Art and Interior Design and has worked for several furniture and design businesses. She currently owns a home redesign/staging business which allows her to customize furniture and decor for her clients. She is also a member of the American Business Women's Association and participates in the Grapevine Chapter. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her friends, traveling and biking.


Doreen Best

Doreen Best Program Director

Doreen held three Director and Vice-President level positions before becoming a Communications Consultant. Her corporate experience in Business Development, Program/Vendor Management and Customer Engagement spans a period of more than 15 years with companies including Lucent Technologies, Allegiance Telecom and XO Communications. In 2010, Doreen became a Communications Consultant and has consulted for organizations including the National Institutes of Health, The American Business Women's Association, and the Northridge Group Consulting Firm. Doreen holds a master's degree in Communications and has taught Interpersonal and Speech Communication for two colleges/Universities and served as a keynote speaker for various organizations. Doreen currently lives in Grapevine. She is active in the American Business Women's Association serving on the National Foundation Board and as President of the local Grapevine Chapter. In her free time Doreen enjoys teaching yoga and traveling with her family.  Doreen is passionate about youth and the goals of the Love, Cassidy foundation.


Lauren Singer

Lauren Singer Secretary

Lauren received her Bachelor's degree in psychology and biology from The University of Texas in 2010. Lauren’s focus during her undergraduate studies was the neuroscience of decision-making and the evolutionary psychology of human behavior. Following graduation, Lauren went on to study counseling psychology at Southern Methodist University, where she received her Master's degree. Lauren has always had a deep interest in the study of addiction, as many of her family members have struggled with this addiction throughout her life. However, it was during Lauren’s graduate program at SMU where she had the opportunity to intern at an inpatient chemical dependency unit, and there she developed a passion for helping those with mental illness and substance abuse/dependence, especially at-risk adolescents. Lauren now works as a Research Coordinator at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in the Psychosocial Research and Depression Clinic, Department of Psychiatry. She works mainly with women who are at-risk for prenatal and postpartum depression, although Lauren has noticed that addiction and substance abuse cuts across all populations and is present in some way in the majority of her clients. It is an important topic that needs more focus resources, and awareness!


Alyssa Tucker

Alyssa Tucker Treasurer

Alyssa Tucker is part of the award winning Keller Williams Realty office located in Southlake, TX and has called the DFW Metroplex home for decades. Alyssa grew up in the Dallas area and attended the University of Texas at Austin where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Finance. Alyssa has a depth of understanding and compassion for the work of the Love, Cassidy foundation and for the education and resources being provided within the community by the foundation. You see, her oldest child was a friend of Cassidy’s. Unfortunately her daughter still struggles daily with the ravages of an addiction to heroin. Not only has Alyssa’s daughter been affected by this insidious disease, Alyssa has as well. She has been blessed with a life free of alcohol and drugs for the last 14 years and she shares her experience, strength and hope with others whenever possible by sharing without shame. Helping at-risk youth and young adults in and out of recovery has been a passion of Alyssa’s for the last decade. Alyssa is devoted to a life centered on God, her loving husband of 29 years and two incredible adult children. She relishes time spent with family and friends and enjoys cooking and entertaining with them. She is involved in the local community and enjoys devoting time to various volunteer opportunities


Zach Seward

Zach Seward Communications Director

Zach is currently a Revenue Specialist for Hilton Worldwide at their corporate offices in Addison, Texas. He holds Bachelor Degrees in Merchandising and Digital Retail from The University of North Texas. Zach holds a close, personal passion for raising awareness through Love, Cassidy and will undoubtedly bring an invaluable perspective to driving the cause of awareness and prevention. Zach is the son of Executive Director, Suzanne Seward and has been involved with the foundation since its inception in 2013 and has assisted with multiple different fund-raising events throughout that time. Zach is a Grapevine native and currently lives in Uptown Dallas. He can be found on the weekends spending time with his girlfriend Whitney, playing soccer, and hanging out with his Lab-Border Collie mix, Stormy.


Jane Earles

Jane Earles Event Director

Jane Earles has life experience with addiction. She is currently pursuing an SEP (Somatic Experiencing Practitioner) certification to be able to work with the traumatized population. She is also pursuing a dual Life Coach certification. Jane worked over 10 years as an Executive Personal Assistant providing support for multiple executives in several disciplines. She owned a private horse business for many years. The community she served was mostly children and teens; some of which had traumatic lifestyles with fear and addiction issues. As a part of the her business she provided camps and various other events to bring belonging to the participants of this community. Jane developed a heart for children and teen trauma and addiction after serious life threatening issues with both of her children in their late teens. Both of her children agreed to go to a rehab program due to out of control addictions. It was a time of confusion, chaos and pain for her entire family. Over the following 10 years there were ups and downs in the process. Tragically, her daughter died in a gun related addiction accident at age 29. Jane's passion to provide help for others is growing every day. Love, Cassidy is a way to share hope with those in a desperate situation and provide educational resources to help families proactively confront addiction scenarios. Jane Earles is married, mother of two, grandmother of one and enjoys horseback riding (shock!) reading, and spending time in Aspen, Colorado. She resides in Carrollton, TX.


Members at Large

Phillip Van Guilder

Phillip Van Guilder

Philip M. Van Guilder is currently the Central Region Outreach Coordinator for Casa Palmera a Residential Treatment Facility in Del Mar, CA. He joined Casa Palmera in the spring of 2012 with many years of executive sales and marketing experience. Past positions include Vice President Pandatel, Vice President MDB Systems (A Lockheed Company), Co-Founder of Viatek, Inc. and many other high tech ventures. Philip has spent the past fifteen years involved with disaster response including extensive training with CISM, and Advanced Disaster Medicine. Philip is currently a Site Director with the Denton County Medical Reserve Corp, an Assistant Team Leader Flower Mound CERT Team Alpha, and a prior volunteer Sgt. With the Flower Mound Citizens Public Safety Patrol. Philip deployed as a FEMA volunteer for both Hurricanes Katrina and Ike. In addition he is a member of the DFW Nest West BOAF. As well he has been active in recovery for many years. He is currently a member of the board for the North Texas Recovery Foundation, a volunteer with The Grant Halliburton Foundation as a Facilitator “Dad2Dads” and The Elisa Project. He is married with 5 kids and resides in Flower Mound, TX. When not otherwise engaged he can be found at the closest drag strip as a member of Buzz Off Racing.


Greg Long

Greg Long

Greg Long is a LCDC specializing in Interventions and the effects on families. Greg was raised in Northeast Texas in a caring and loving family and with some wonderful memories of life in a medium sized town. He started to notice the affects of alcoholism in his family by his mid-teens. He experienced the dysfunction and denial of alcoholism. Greg is an ACOA, (Adult Child of an Alcoholic) and has fought with the negative consequences of this disease for most of his life. With over five years experience as LCDC, and LCDC-CI, specializing in Interventions, he is currently serving as private practitioner working with a broad spectrum of clients. Among his areas of expertise are the affects of this disease on the family. Through years of personal research and soul searching Greg was led to acquire the necessary education to become a counselor. He has worked interactively with families, CPS, drug court, probation and parole. Greg is an interactive, solution-focused therapist. His therapeutic approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. He integrates complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. With compassion and understanding, he works with each individual and family member to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing.