Hope, Help, Hugs
We are a 100% volunteer organization!
We are a 501c3 non-profit, whose mission is to promote a positive outlook on life, reduce the stigma associated with depression/mental illness, and ultimately prevent suicide through various activities, events, & outreach.
We want #LIVIN to be universally recognized as an inspiring symbol of mental health awareness and suicide prevention.
Our Mailing Address
The LIVIN Foundation
P.O. Box 652
Anoka, MN 55303
Starting the conversation
Please fill out the contact form below to inquire for more info!
Camp LIVIN is a weekend long camp held annually in August, that was established in 2019 to help families and individuals that have been impacted by a loss to suicide. We’re proud to be partnering with Brighter Days Grief Center to expand our outreach to help more families!
Click here to view the 2021 Camp LIVIN welcome packet.
Executive Board & Leadership
Paul "PT" Thomas
Paul "PT" Thomas
Charlie Kanan grew up in the Excelsior community and has been active with many groups throughout his life. Leadership contributions to the community are a regular part of Charlie’s life. When there is an opportunity to build community, solve problems within the community, or help others, Charlie wants to be involved. Charlie’s business experience spans more than 40 years in a variety of senior leadership and board member positions. Industries included; Burger King, Haagen-Dazs, Play it Again Sports and Fitness and Miracle Ear. He’s currently the CEO and Chairman of the Board at Waytek Inc., a national distributor of electrical supplies. Along his journey, he makes sure to incorporate his life philosophy to “give more than you receive.
Matt plays a leading role in Myslajek Kemp & Spencer, Ltd.’s tax department focusing on taxation of corporations, partnerships and exempt entities. Matt is originally form Jordan, Minnesota and after graduating from Augustana University in 2008, began his career in public accounting. He has also taken on numerous advocacy projects including Distracted Driving and “Hands Free” driving initiatives passed by the Minnesota Legislature in 2018. Matt’s other interests include riding his bike, running on the Minneapolis trails and spending time at the family cabin.
As Canvas Health’s Marketing and Development Director, Julia Yach is responsible for the agency’s fundraising, marketing, communications, and special events efforts. She has over 20 years of experience in the marketing and communications field, including serving as Director of Marketing at the Autism Society of Minnesota. She holds her BA in Public Relations and Electronic Publishing from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Julia loves live music, running, traveling, and spending time with her two teenagers and husband. She’s proud to be a member of the LIVIN Advisory Board because she’s passionate about increasing access to help for those who struggle with their mental health.