A retired college educator, Mary VanHaute has 30 years’ experience in adult education. Her avocation includes years of service to law enforcement related organizations including the coordination of National Police Week ceremonies in Green Bay, WI, where she spearheaded a campaign to build a local tribute to law enforcement. She and her husband Allen, a retired Green Bay police commander, volunteered for both COPS (Concerns of Police Survivors) and the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington, DC. Mary was the recipient of the Todd Ricks award from National COPS as volunteer of the year and held the position of support coordinator on the Wisconsin COPS Board.
Mary is a master trainer for the QPR Institute in Spokane, WA, specializing in suicide prevention training for law enforcement. She also serves as a liaison between law enforcement and area suicide prevention coalitions. As a member of Wisconsin’s statewide coalition, Prevent Suicide Wisconsin, she has presented at numerous conferences, advocated for law enforcement mental health issues, and secured private and public grant dollars for law enforcement suicide prevention training throughout Wisconsin. One of the founding members of Wisconsin’s LEDR (Law Enforcement Death Response) Team, Mary has been an outspoken advocate for officer safety through mental health education and has served as a resource for families and departments who have lost a loved one to suicide. She has been a regular presenter at CIT trainings throughout Wisconsin speaking on the subject “taking care of our own.” She is also experienced in suicide prevention training for EMS and fire personnel and correctional officers.
She served for three years as the executive director for The Community for Hope of Greater Oshkosh, WI, where she facilitated support groups for survivors of suicide loss. She also served as a consultant for Northpointe Behavioral Health in Kingsford, MI, where she lead a suicide prevention coalition covering four counties and two states. She has conducted QPR gatekeeper training throughout the Midwest including the Saulte Tribe of Indians of northern MI, the Wisconsin Department of Corrections, and various law enforcement agencies. She is also the author of Suicide in Public Safety: The human dimension published in 2015.
Mary is a proud graduate of Wisconsin universities earning her B.S. in Education from UW-Eau Claire, her M.S. in Adult Education from UW-Stout, and an Ed.S. in Guidance and Counseling from UW-Stout. She and her husband of 39 years now reside in Clearwater, FL, spending summers at their northern WI home. They enjoy motorcycling, golfing, traveling to TX to visit family, and appreciating the fact that they are finally on the same schedule.