Survivors Of Loved Ones to Suicide, Inc.
Chief Financial Officer-Board Member
Victoria Dormeyer is a lifelong resident of Cape Girardeau County. Victoria lost her uncle on Christmas Eve 1996, to suicide which lead her into the mental health field advocating for suicide awareness. She has been married to her high school sweetheart for 6 years and they share 4 fur babies.
Victoria is the Director of Outpatient and Emergency Services for Community Counseling Center supervising therapists and crisis workers. She has worked in the mental health field for over 6 years and volunteers as a co-facilitator for the SOLOS (Survivors of Loved Ones to Suicide) face to face support group in Cape Girardeau, MO.
Victoria received her Bachelor's degree in Social Work from Southeast Missouri State University and her Master’s Degree in Social Work with a clinical concentration from University of Missouri in Columbia. Her passion in children’s mental health. Victoria speaks publically regarding mental health services and crisis intervention in a variety of community settings. She assists in Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training with local law enforcement and participates with the Southeast CIT Council. She partners with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) to provide local mental health resources at each of the Campus and Community Walks in Cape Girardeau.
In her free time Victoria enjoys spending time with her loved ones, traveling, watching movies, listening to music, and shopping.
Leslie has been through the loss of her ex-husband in September of 2013 to suicide. Throughout the years that John was a part of her life, he had suffered from a drug addiction to methamphetamines. Her world completely changed that day. She felt very alone and had no one to talk to about the roller coaster of emotions she was going through.
Finding the SOLOS page in mid 2014 was a life saver. Finally, people who could relate to what she was going through and who Leslie could talk to that understood. Leslie soon found myself wanting to help others on this journey.
I first met Jennifer and Caroline in person at the Out Of The Darkness Walk in October of 2014. All I could do was cry. Not a word needed to be said, we just hugged, and cried. To be in a place with hundreds of people that all went through what I had was a very emotional experience.
Since then, I have become the Lead Co-Administrator for the online groups Friends & Other Family Members, and Addict Loss. I also help reach out to Members in Spouse-Partner Loss, and Child Loss.
In January of 2015, Caroline Allen began a local face to face support group for SOLOS, teaming with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. This group gathers once a month in Harrisonville, MO, which I also co-facilitate with Caroline. I have recently begun volunteering for the AFSP, and will be working with some wonderful people on the upcoming events.
Vernon is a born and raised Missourian, but don't let that take away from the fact that he has seen 48 states during his 25 years as a career truck driver. Vernon spent 5 years in the United States Marine Corps and is very proud of the time he spent serving his country.
Vernon has been through the loss of both an uncle and a cousin to suicide and is very passionate about his support of helping others on this unique journey called suicide grief.
Vernon is married to Jennifer and they currently reside in Cape Girardeau, Missouri with their 6 children.
In his free time Vernon enjoys cooking for his family, fishing, spending time with his family, flying, and wood working.
Vice President-Board Member
Jennifer is a born and raised Missourian. After the loss of her mother, LaVonn Cagle, to suicide in 1998 she wanted to help others through this unique grief. In 2012 Jennifer was trained through the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention as a Suicide Bereavement Support Group Facilitator. Not long after her training she founded SOLOS Survivors Of Loved Ones to Suicide as a local face-to face peer based support group in South East Missouri. Soon there after SOLOS was created on Facebook and in 2014 SOLOS online suicide grief support groups were established. To date SOLOS reaches close to 30,000 survivors of suicide loss.
Finding healing through talking about her loss, Jennifer has publicly spoken in front of thousands, in hopes of helping others know they are not alone in there journey through suicide grief. This is something she is very passionate about.
Jennifer is happily married to her "Earth Angel" Vernon, They have 6 amazing children ranging in ages from 8-26. Jennifer is also Nana to Taytum, Tucker, and a new grandbaby due this Fall. In her free time she enjoys; family adventures, traveling, photography, spending time in nature, and music.
Chief Executive Officer