Kim Ruocco is the Chief External Relations Officer for Suicide prevention and Postvention for the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS). In this role, Kim develops comprehensive, peer-based programs that offer comfort and care to all those who are grieving the loss of a service member to suicide. In addition to her postvention work Kim contributes to suicide prevention efforts in civilian as well as military organizations. She is an international speaker who uses her education, personal experience and information gathered from thousands of service members and bereaved military families to help others more fully understand suicide. She is also the co-lead on the National Action Alliance Military and Family Task force and a member of the National Expert Advisory Panel for Research. Kim holds a BA in Human Services and Psychology from the University of Massachusetts and a Masters degree in Clinical Social Work from Boston University. She is also the surviving widow of Major John Ruocco, USMC, who died by suicide in 2005.