Board Members


Franklin Hudgins is a Professional Civil Engineer with Cardno, Inc. He is the Chairman and co-founder of the T. Oast Memorial Scholarship Fund at Norfolk Collegiate School, and he chairs the Alumni selection committee which selects its recipient. Franklin is active in the Norfolk Chapter of the VMI Alumni Association, once serving as President and in other leadership roles. He was a Volunteer Coach for the Maury Boys Lacrosse Team from 2008-2010, and the Maury Girls Lacrosse Team from 2011-2014 He and his family reside in Norfolk.

Vice President:

Eric Peterson is Sarah’s father and a retired U.S. Marine Corps colonel. He is employed as a Program Manager with the consulting firm Management Analysis Technologies, Inc (MAT-Inc). Eric currently serves as a board member of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Virginia Chapter, and he has a long record of community service in every place he and his family have lived over the years. In Norfolk this includes serving as the Larchmont RAT Race Director, a Cub Scout den leader, the Maury Boys’ Lacrosse Booster President, and the Congregational Council President at First Lutheran Church. He and his friend Mark Todd have published a children’s book, Fredericka and the Fire, based upon stories he and Sarah made up at bedtime.


Paula Barclay Cook has over 40 years experience in special event and volunteer program management, leadership development and fundraising. She has previously worked in higher education, retail banking and as the executive director for Volunteer Hampton Roads. Paula has worked at Norfolk Collegiate School since 1997 in development and is currently the administrative assistant for the upper school division. Her volunteer experience includes board and committee involvement with Norfolk Harborfest, Norfolk Festevents, First Lutheran Church, Leadership Hampton Roads and CHKD Holly Circle.

“I am honored to now serve as a volunteer and board member for SMPF to help our community better understand depression and fight suicide.” Paula and her husband live in Norfolk and have a daughter in college.


Amy Woods is the Director of Religious Education at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Ghent.  She has worked for the Catholic Church for the past 22 years. Amy began her work in the church in youth ministry and considers the youth her first love.  She continues to work with them because they keep her young and enthusiastic. Amy lives in Norfolk with her husband and two teenage children.

Steve Bell is Interim Executive Director of the Office of International Programs and Director of the Office of Study Abroad at Old Dominion University (ODU). Steve has 20 plus years of U.S. higher education experience focused on International Education, but is most proud to be the father of two sons and married for over two decades. The loss of Steve’s brother to suicide in 1987 instigated and continues to motivate his passion for addressing mental health issues as a Board member of the Sarah Michelle Peterson Foundation.


Abigail Morgan is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Norfolk, VA. Her private practice, Sea Level Counseling and Wellness, LLC, specializes in trauma treatment, specifically using Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and mindfulness-based techniques. Ms. Morgan specializes in trauma, codependency, women’s issues, and life transitions experienced by teenagers, college students, and young adults. Ms. Morgan’s practice helps individuals identify their strengths through self-awareness and empowerment.

Ms. Morgan graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Master’s of Social Work. Since then, she has worked in a variety of settings-inpatient mental health, community mental health, substance abuse. She has volunteered with the National Alliance on Mental Illness and the Special Olympics and has participated in community depression screenings.


Susan Nixon is the Coordinator of Learning and Programming in the Office of Educational Accessibility at Old Dominion University.  She has been at ODU for five years and provides direct support and accommodations to students who have documented disabilities. In addition, she coordinates the programming for the office including academic workshops for students and professional development opportunities for faculty, staff, and students to increase awareness of disability issues and reduce the stigma associated with disabilities. She previously taught Special Education in the Norfolk Public Schools.



Dr. St. Remy is chief of orthopedics and sports medicine at Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters.

A native of The Bahamas, Dr. St. Remy was a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar for the Study of Medicine in the U.S. and completed his undergraduate studies at Clark University in Worcester, Mass.

He serves on the faculty of Eastern Virginia Medical School as assistant professor of orthopedics.