Brad Buck, director of the Iowa Department of Education, has named 23 Iowans to serve on a state task force to develop suicide prevention and trauma-informed care training requirements for Iowans who are licensed by the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners.

The Iowa Suicide Prevention and Trauma-Informed Care Task Force was established as part of legislation passed by the Iowa General Assembly last session.

The task force will meet for the first time on Friday from 2 to 4 p.m. in Room B50 of the Grimes State Office Building in Des Moines.

Members are: Barb Anderson, Penny Bisignano, Sarah Brown, Mary Delagardelle, Cyndy Erickson, Ellen McGinnis-Smith, Susan Walkup, David Tilly and Isaiah McGee, all from the Iowa Department of Education, Des Moines; Gladys Noll Alvarez, Trauma-Informed Care Coordinator, Orchard Place, Des Moines; Brian Carico, Indianola High School principal and School Administrators of Iowa representative, Indianola; Deb Chiodo, principal of Cornell Elementary School (Saydel Community School District), Des Moines; DeAnn Decker of the Iowa Department of Public Health, Des Moines; Amy DeGroot-Hammer, Sioux City West High School School counselor and Iowa School Counselor Association president-elect, Sioux City; Meredith Dohmen, counseling coordinator at Des Moines Public Schools; Sharon Guthrie, executive director of the Iowa School Nurse Organization, Cedar Rapids; state Rep. Jake Highfill, R-Johnston; Laura Larkin, program planner in the Division of Mental Health and Disability Services of the Iowa Department of Human Services, Des Moines; state Sen. Liz Mathis, D-Cedar Rapids; Marianette Miller-Meeks, director of the Iowa Department of Public Health, Des Moines; Steve Mitchell, licensure consultant for the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners, Des Moines; Keri Neblett, community intervention director with The Crisis Center of Johnson County, Iowa City; and Karolyn Zeller, school social worker, Heartland Area Education Agency, Johnston.

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