Meet the board
Here is a little information so you can get to know us better! We hope by learning a little about who we are can help you ask for help.
Shane Brown President
June 6, 2018, a day I will never forget for the rest of my life. The day started like any other typical day, I went to work that morning very hopeful for things that were going on in my life regarding my two oldest children, Lane Kenneth and Lauren Sunny. I was in the midst of going back to court to fight for the opportunity to be part of their lives again. I came home for lunch and my phone rang, it was my children’s Grandmother informing me that my 15-year-old son, Lane, had taken his own life that morning… That day my life was forever changed and I promised myself I would do everything in my power to help others that are struggling with thoughts of suicide as well as mental health issues as well as being able to provide resources to those in need, and being available any way I can to my community to make a difference. From this heartbreak the Lane K. Brown Foundation was born in my late sons’ memory. Even if I can save one person's life I know it was all worth it!
Patrick Markwell Vice President
Patrick has always been the the type of person to help as many people/animals as possible. He enjoys just hanging out with friends, his wife and son, and his pets and having a good time. He loves to go white water rafting, camping, and video games. He joined a local group trying to help our communities with outreach and anything as long as it helped people. Then the tragic loss of Shane's son made us realize that we had a bigger calling in life; do everything we can to help our community with suicide prevention, awareness, mental health, and community outreach. We believe that anything we can do to prevent any friends , family , or loved ones from feeling the same pain that Shane feels or saving someones life is well worth it.
"If you are reading this I want you to know that there are people that care and you are not alone. No one at the Lane K. Brown Foundation is here to judge you or make you feel bad for anything. We are here to help you realize that life is worth living!! Everyone goes through hard times and its tough but tomorrow is a new day." ~Patrick
Autumn Avery Treasurer
Along with being a single mom to my teenage daughter, I am our treasurer and unofficial "Mom" to all the boys, keeping them in line, organized and managing our finances.
Having been exposed to depression and suicide at a young age when my father attempted to take his own life, I have had a heart for helping people and wanting to make life better for others.
I was at work with Shane when he found out about Lane, and I will never forget the look on his face when he told me what had happened. I want to do all I can to prevent anyone else from that pain and remind those struggling with thoughts of suicide that they someone cares about you and values your life, even if we just met you today.
When not working on LKB stuff, I am kept incredibly busy with my daughter, serving as treasurer for the Family Promise of the Palouse homeless shelter and spending time with my family and friends.
Lonny Cloninger Secretary
Hi my name is Lonny Cloninger and I am a married father of 4 children here in beautiful Pullman, Washington. My hobbies are motorcycling, fishing, hunting, and spending time with my family. I came to be a member in the Lane K. Brown foundation after hearing of a friends son commiting suicide. It is hard to fathom a parent having to bury their child for any reason, but we at the foundation believe that there is a chance to prevent a suicide from occurring if we can ask the right questions, learn the signs that may tell us someone is struggling, and voicing that it is okay to talk about what that person is feeling without judgement. A person just knowing that there is someone to reach out to in the dark times may change a life and we are here for them and you. I've come to see that almost every one I've talked to has been affected by suicide in one form or another including myself. I hope that the goals we have created for the foundation and voicing that it is okay to talk about it may save someone's life. More and more people are being affected by suicide but not alot of people understand what that person was feeling to get to that point and they wonder what they could have done differently to change the outcome. I believe the one thing we can definitley change is the stigma behind talking about mental health issues and we would love the support in helping our foundation change the stigma and help our community in anyway we can.
Dwayne Hughes Board Member
Hi my name is Dwayne Hughes, this is short and sweet. I've come in contact with suicide first hand and the feeling is something nobody should feel. Our goal here is to learn more about suicide and learn about mental health and help as many people as we can, in hope that we can help as many people as we can.