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Who we are

The Kim Foundation serves as a supportive resource and compassionate voice for lives touched by mental illness and suicide.

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About The Kim Foundation

The Kim Foundation works to increase awareness around mental health and suicide prevention in Nebraska, serving as a communication and connection link between individuals, organizations and communities. Local data and national best practices inform our legislative advocacy, awareness campaigns and free programming to support suicide loss survivors and educate anyone who is interested in helping others. 

We envision a community free of suicide that embraces the importance of quality mental health services and prevention.

Learn more in our latest Impact Report.

Our team

Julia Hebenstreit, J.D.
Executive Director


Molly Verble, M.Ed.
Assistant Director

Kerri Armstrong
Office Manager

Molly Woodman
Outreach Coordinator

Ashlee Zaragoza
Outreach Coordinator

Bridget McGill
Mental Health Program Intern

Join our team

Are you passionate about bettering our community and connecting others to life-saving information? Our mission-driven organization may be the right fit for you. 

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Our history 

The Kim Foundation was founded in 2001. Since its inception, our priorities and initiatives have shifted and grown, but our commitment to supporting and promoting mental health and suicide prevention has always remained at the core of what we do. Our staff continues to grow based on the needs of the community, and we are committed to remaining relevant and accessible to meet the changing times in the future.

The Kim Foundation is a lasting memory of Larry Courtnage’s daughter, Kim, who lived with mental illness and died by suicide. He vowed to continue building awareness around a topic that we still see far too much stigma around and to help other families avoid experiences that his family encountered through Kim’s treatment and recovery process.

The Kim Foundation has played an active role in policy, outreach, education and funding in all components of mental health care in Nebraska, and we will continue serving as a strong voice for all lives impacted by mental illness and suicide.

Upcoming events

Join The Kim Foundation at one of our upcoming events. If you’re interested in inviting The Kim Foundation to speak at your event, host a booth at your event, or present to your organization or group, you can learn more and submit a request here

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