Feature length documentary Losing Grace Finding Hope coming soon.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Called to Serve

Meet The Team

The Grace Loncar Foundation was formed with a mission to help teens and young adults fight depression while raising awareness about mental health.

Sue Loncar

CEO/Founder


Sue is the CEO/Founder of The Grace Loncar Foundation, an organization she started in honor of her 16-year-old daughter, Grace, who lost her life to suicide in 2016. Most recently, she executive produced the documentary, LOSING GRACE FINDING HOPE, a two-year project just completed in January, 2024. By sharing her journey from pain to purpose, she hopes to help stop the stigma associated with mental health issues & suicide, spread awareness & save lives.

She is the former Founder/Artistic Director of The Contemporary Theater of Dallas which closed in 2016 after 14 dynamic seasons. Frequently honored by the Dallas-Fort Worth Theater Critics Forum, Dallas Theatre League & D Magazine, she is recognized for having produced and performed in some of the most compelling theatrical productions in the Dallas Metroplex. Showcasing the work of local talent and supporting area artists was a huge part of her passion and remains a staying force of CTD’s legacy to this day. One of her favorite theatrical endeavors was producing and appearing in the play Laundry & Bourbon/Lone Star at the Clurman Theater in NYC in 2014.

She attended Texas Tech University, University of Texas, Houston Baptist, and the University of Houston, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in English and Speech.

Sally Long Conway

Board Member

As Grace’s oldest sister, advocating on behalf of mental health awareness and suicide prevention is deeply personal. She champions a solution-based approach to mental health that focuses on making resources more accessible and affordable. Sally served as the Executive Director of The Grace Loncar Foundation from 2019-2023. Prior to Sally’s work in the non-profit sector, she worked for several years in animal health and agribusiness marketing. She has an undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University followed by a Masters of Agribusiness from Kansas State University. This background and experiences make her very aware and sensitive to the gap in mental health resources and the consequences it has for families and communities, particularly in rural areas. She, her husband and daughter reside in Decatur, Texas surrounded by an ever-growing herd of horses, donkeys, goats and dogs.

Abby Loncar

Board Member

Following the tragic death of her sister Grace to suicide in 2016, Abby joined The Grace Loncar Foundation as its communications director and fundraising chair. Abby’s work as a behavioral health technician at a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center and YMCA after-school program coordinator further instilled in her a desire to help others. She currently can be seen in the documentary Losing Grace Finding Hope, a moving film about Grace Loncar’s struggles and passing and how her family is healing after the tragedy. Abby graduated from the University of Texas Austin with a degree in Political Science and is currently in esthetician school to help those struggling with acne feel more confident in their own skin.

David Long

Board Member

David Long is Grace’s oldest brother. David’s young adult years were adventurous and full of self-discovery. He began his college career as a Jazz Studies major with an emphasis on saxophone at the University of North Texas; he then transferred to Colorado State University his junior year. Before he completed his degree, David moved to Athens, Georgia to form a rock band which led to a record deal and relocation to Austin, Texas to record an album. Shortly after moving to Austin, David realized the touring musician lifestyle was not for him, and he moved home to Dallas to complete his undergraduate degree in Literary Studies at the University of Texas at Dallas. David is thankful for his decision to move home because it was then that he and Grace’s relationship grew and flourished. He is forever grateful for the quality time he spent with Grace.

David earned his MBA from the University of Texas at Dallas and is currently a consultant and business partner for three flourishing chiropractic businesses. In his spare time, David enjoys spending time with his family, especially his wife and two young children.

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Patrick Loncar

Board Treasurer

Patrick has been the Board Treasurer for The Grace Loncar Foundation since its founding in 2017. An older brother to Grace, Patrick is passionate about the Foundation’s mission to help adolescents overcome mental health challenges by strategically providing awareness, resources, and support to teens and their parents.

Patrick, a Turnaround and Restructuring Professional in Dallas, brings over a decade of Finance and Management Consulting expertise to The Grace Loncar Foundation. He often jokes that his whole life has been a series of turnarounds as it pertains to his personal life, his loved ones, and the companies he consults. For Patrick, turning problems into opportunities is a fundamental way of life. 

Patrick graduated with honors from The University of Texas at Dallas with a Bachelor of Science in Finance and a Master of Business Administration.

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Terry Bentley Hill

Board Member

Terry Bentley Hill is a Dallas criminal defense attorney and nationally recognized mental health advocate who has become a vocal proponent for mental health rehabilitation in the criminal justice system.  Additionally, Terry serves her profession as a leader in attorney wellness initiatives.

After earning a Broadcast Journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin, Terry became a television news reporter covering the criminal courts.  It was then that she decided to become a participant rather than an observer of the legal system and made law school a goal.

The road to law school was long (twenty-five years) and fraught with life-quakes and tragedies that included the suicidal deaths of her former husband (an attorney) and youngest daughter.  It was those events that defined the kind of attorney and advocate Terry would become.

At the age of fifty, Terry received her J.D. from Texas A & M University School of Law.  Immediately after passing the bar exam, Terry volunteered with the Texas Lawyers Assistance Program and became active in the Dallas Bar Association’s Peer Assistance Committee.

A prolific writer, speaker, and CLE presenter, Terry’s advocacy for attorney wellness was rewarded with the State Bar Presidential Citation, the Best Feature/General Interest Series of Articles Award for the Mental Health Awareness Series in the DBA Headnotes, the DBA’s Al Ellis Outstanding Community Service Award, and the Dean’s Advocacy Award from Texas A&M University School of Law.

Beyond her law related activities, Terry launched her own non-profit foundation with a focus on mental health awareness and education. It is through this organization that Terry carries her message of hope and healing to audiences throughout Texas and beyond. #stopmindingyourownbusiness.com.

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Elizabeth Aughinbaugh

Board Member

Elizabeth joined the Grace Loncar Foundation team in 2020. Her friendship with Sue, Grace, and the Loncar family began in 2005 when Grace was just five years old and Elizabeth was a member of Nordstrom’s NorthPark store opening team. As Nordstrom’s Personal Stylist Manager, Elizabeth and Grace quickly formed a sisterly connection while Elizabeth helped Grace shop for special occasions and school events. Elizabeth witnessed Grace struggle with her mental health as their bond grew stronger throughout the years. Grace’s life and death impacted Elizabeth deeply; she is committed to spreading Grace’s light while advocating for those who struggle with darkness.

Elizabeth graduated from Baylor University with a degree in Fashion Merchandising. After 12 years working for Nordstrom, Elizabeth put her career on hold to be a stay-at-home mom to her two boys. In addition to Elizabeth’s involvement with The Grace Loncar Foundation, she volunteers in various roles for her children’s elementary school and sports organizations.

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Jennifer Eckert

Executive Director, Board Member

Jennifer Eckert officially joined the Grace Loncar Foundation team in January 2024. She became friends with Sue Loncar, GLF Founder and President, at a suicide survivors support group shortly after Jennifer’s husband, Joe, died by suicide. Years later, feeling called to enter the mental health advocacy arena, Jennifer asked Sue what she could do to help GLF further its mission. Sue invited Jennifer to join the board and shortly thereafter asked her to take the reins as Executive Director. 

Jennifer’s professional experience is vast. She has been an attorney, a legislative consultant, a legal research and writing consultant, and a high school English teacher. She is currently studying at the University of Texas at Dallas to earn an MA in Public Administration with a graduate certificate in Nonprofit Management. The skills she honed in her previous positions, along with her passion for reducing the suicide rate and ending the stigma surrounding mental illness, have prepared her for the Executive Director role. 

Because she has been deeply affected by suicide and experienced her own mental health struggles, not only is The Grace Loncar Foundation’s mission dear to Jennifer’s heart, it IS her heart. 

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Barbara Kille

Board Member

Coming Soon

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Jill Widner

Board Member

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Libby Toudouze

Board Member

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If you (or someone you know) are in imminent danger of hurting yourself or others, call 911.