Vonnie Woodrick

Founder

“i understand is proud of our small but powerful women run organization. Each staff member works hard to move our mission forward by believing in our work to offer compassion, change and understanding to something so difficult to understand. You each have a heart of gold and we are so fortunate to have you on our team!”

Emily Powers

Assistant

“I love working for i understand because our mission speaks to me. Mental health care is crucial, and I want to break down the barriers that get in the way of people receiving the help they need. We all need support sometimes, and it’s key to get that help as soon as possible. I also want to help build empathy in people who do not have firsthand experience with mental illness and suicide because I truly believe love and understanding are necessary aspects of healing.”

Kim Rantala

Director of Development & Marketing

“Being able to provide help and resources for individuals who have experienced a devastating loss or who are struggling with a mental/brain health illness is both inspiring and humbling. I am honored to work for i understand and help reduce stigma through awareness and conversation.”

Whitney Rottiers

Graphic Designer

“After losing my dad to depression, I didn’t understand. This organization gave me an ability to talk about something I didn’t and couldn’t talk about. I am proud to be part of a team that is allowing others to live their truth and the loved ones of those who passed a chance to talk about their loved ones for how they lived, not how they died.”