Meet the Team

Board of Directors

The board of directors is an essential part of business and is the organization’s governing body. The board of directors for The Ruyts Foundation is comprised of individuals that bring experience and passion to the table in the fight against veteran suicide. Please feel free to contact any of the members with questions or concerns.

Jessica Ruyts

Jessica Ruyts


Jessica is a veteran of the U.S Army having served in Operation Enduring Freedom while stationed in Fort Stewart, GA. She has had her personal battles with mental health and suicide and is here today because someone cared. She has lost numerous brothers and sisters in arms to the demon known as suicide. She cares about every veteran, past or present and it is her life mission to end the stigma around mental health as well as veteran soldier suicide. “Our heroes have fought for us and now it’s time we fight for them.”

Lisa Snellings

Lisa Snellings


Lisa has a degree in Corporate Accounting from Stark State College as well as a degree in Forensic Accounting from Franklin University. She works for a veteran owned company as their Senior Accountant and has a passion for helping those in need. She has seen many of those around her battle with their mental health and the stigma that goes with getting the care needed. “I have great respect for those that have served our country and want all people that struggle to know they don’t have to do it alone .”

Codi Ruyts

Codi Ruyts


Buford Pritchett


Nikki Garrido


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