Susie Reynolds Reece, comedically known as the Southern Fried Asian (Korean-Arkansan style), is a published author, national speaker, and suicide prevention strategist and consultant.
Reece was a founding member and the first and only Chairperson of the Garland County Suicide Prevention Coalition (GCSPC). In 2017, GCSPC gained formal 501c3 nonprofit status under the guidance of Reece. She was named the Executive Director of the newly rebranded Suicide Prevention Allies (SPA). Reece is also the Board President of Heroes Behind the Line, a nonprofit organization aimed at destigmatizing mental health and providing resources for First Responders.
Reece is no stranger to the desperate need for suicide prevention, having lost her father to suicide in early childhood and having fought with major depression throughout her formative and adult years. She is a powerfully engaging story teller who conveys passion by drawing from her own tragic experiences, in order to use hard learned lessons to empower her audiences to overcome life’s obstacles. She is a riveting mental health advocate who takes a difficult issue head on to help normalize the necessity of speaking out when times get tough. Reece deftly blends humor, education, and enthralling stories in a unique and memorable manner to compel any audience to become advocates and leaders for social change.
She is a certified instructor in an array of subjects and has taught thousands of courses to a wide audience from inmates to Marine General and Command Staff at Marine Training Headquarters and everyone in between. Reece has presented, consulted, and spoken to hundreds of thousands all over the United States. Reece also facilitates and implements a variety of exciting educational trainings that expand team member skills and promotes community health.
Reece strives to raise awareness of the issues of suicide, interpersonal violence, mental health and substance use disorders. She acts as a social entrepreneur connecting and educating stakeholders on their unique roles and assets when dealing with the social issues within their communities. Reece has produced an array of content related to both mental health and substance abuse prevention. She holds countless certifications within the fields of coalition building and prevention with her focus area in the prevention of suicide. Reece’s varied professional experience in public relations, community non-profits, systemic programming, training, education, networking, and writing provide the perfect foundation for building a strong and successful suicide prevention, social justice, or nonprofit movement.
Her first book, “The Children’s Guide to Parenting,” and latest release “The i’Mpossible Project: Lemonade Stand” are currently available on Amazon.