About the Authors

Missy Palrang MS

Missy gremissy picw up in Idaho with her younger siblings, Karen and Mike. She received a basketball scholarship to play for four years at Tulane University where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in 1987.  In 1988, while studying for her Master’s Degree at Oregon State University, she met Scott McComb. They married in 1991. Missy got a job working for the Benton County Sheriff’s Office as a parole officer shortly after graduation, although life was determined to take her elsewhere.

In 1997, she began taking helicopter lessons and completed her Commercial Pilot Certification and Instructor Ratings one year later. She began working for Quantum Helicopters in 1998 where she has been the Chief Flight Instructor since 2000.  She oversees the flight operations at one of the largest and busiest helicopter flight schools in the country. Missy has also been an FAA Designated Pilot Examiner for over 15 years, one of only a hand full of helicopter DPE’s in the state of Arizona.

In her spare time Missy enjoys going to the gym several times a week, cooking, reading fiction novels, and traveling.  She explores her world both from the skies and on earth.  Her favorite destinations so far include the Galapagos Islands, Australia, and Tahiti.  She loves to take cruises and has enjoyed about ten.


How to relate to survivors of Suicide VictimsSanTan Sun News, Oct 5, 2019

What Color My Husband’s Suicide Made MeSanTan Sun News, June 25, 2019

Jill McMahon LPC Grief Specialist


Jill is a licensed professional counselor who has focused on working with Survivors of Suicide and generalized grief since 2003. She was first introduced to those bereaved by suicide while working for The Wendt Center for Loss and Healing in Washington, D.C. Jill knew almost immediately that she wanted to focus her life’s work on helping Survivors. She appreciates the uniqueness and dispelling of the social stigma associated with this grief. Her goal is to provide a safe space for those struggling with loss and to help provide hope for those feeling confused, helpless and alone.

Jill provides local training on both prevention and postvention. She and a co-speaker have been invited to speak at the American Association of Suicidology national conference on several occasions, as well as the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention conference two years in a row. Jill has also spoken at the International Association for Suicide Prevention conference in Oslo, Norway, and Talin, Estonia. Providing education through community presentations happens to be one of her favorite things to do.


Colorado State University:
Graduated with a degree in Liberal Arts, 1993

University of Colorado-Denver:
Graduated with a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology, 2003.