Leaving The Sideline

About us


Saving Lives Is Our Mission

We are located in the great state of Washington and are a recognized 501(c)(3) organization.  Our group was founded by Veterans for Veterans, First Responders and Active Military.

Leaving The Sideline Stood up in 2020 after recognixing the need to help our Veterans, First Responders, Dispatchers and Active Duty Military overcome some of the biggest battles they face; PTSD, depression, anxiety, TBI and more. Since then, we have continued to serve our herors and worked vigorously to prevent the hardship families must endure when losing a loved on.

Financial Education
Suicide Prevention
Mental Health Awareness
Veteran Run

One is One To Many

Leaving The Sideline stood up in 2020 and since then we have saved over 320 lives of Veterans, First Responders and Active Military preventing them from taking their own lives and preventing the hardships families go through when losing a loved one.


We've saved the lives of over 420 Veterans, First Responders and Active Military

Saving One Life at a Time

Meet Our People

Our Executive Board is supported by a team of well qualified directors who have first hand knowledge of how impactful Leaving The Sideline’s mission statement is of “One Suicide is one too many.”  Each Member of the team has their own strengths that help make Leaving The Sideline successful in helping Veterans, First Responders and Active Military.

Excutive Director & Board Members

Michael "Chief" Rathbun

Executive Director

Michael "Chief" Rathbun

Theresa Norton

Executive Board President

Theresa Norton

Theresa Norton attended Utah State University and was on the Dean’s list the entire time she attended school. She received her Bachelors degree in Elementary Education with Cum Laude, her final GPA was a 3.9 upon leaving school. Theresa has also attended Southern Utah University where she received her endorsement in English as a Second Language. She currently teaches 5th grade for a local school district located in the great state of Utah. When Theresa is not helping shape the future of tomorrows generation she can be found playing board games with her two daughters and her husband. Her current place of residence is South Jordan, UT.

Jeff Norton

Director of Information Technology

Jeff Norton

Jeff is an eight year Army Veteran and served in Operation Enduring Freedom and has been deployed both stateside and overseas. He was discharged from the Army in 2010. Jeff has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management, Bachelor’s Degree in History and Master’s degree in Instructional Technology and Learning Science. Jeff has gone on to obtain seven industry certifications that cover a wide variety of Microsoft Products and coding. Currently he is a small business owner and a technology teacher in the state of Utah. Jeff has been teaching for five years. He is happily married to his beautiful wife, Theresa. He has to beautiful daughters that are ages 6 and 8. He currently resides in South Jordan, UT.