People of PPTL
Jennifer Ulie-Wells, Ph.D, Executive Director of Please Pass the Love
Tyler Coe, Attorney at Whitfield & Eddy Law Firm in Des Moines, IA
Tracy Clavell, Board Secretary, Director, Annuity Product Marketing Principal Financial
Dawn Carico, Teacher at Johnston Community School District
Jim Nelson, Accounting Director at FBL Financial Group
Beth Nigut, Senior Vice President President, Chief Human Resource Officer
guidance and counsel to the school board and district’s administration, managed the district’s litigation and internal investigations, and assisted in collective bargaining negotiations and grievance processes. Ms. Nigut previously was in private practice with the law firm of Bradshaw, Fowler, Proctor and Fairgrave, P.C. for over thirteen years where she focused on employment law, insurance defense litigation, and insurance coverage analysis.
and wellness supports for their students.
Michael Lewis, Principal at Shive Hattery
Mary Sheka, Board Co-President, Volunteer Iowa
Sara Krzyczkowski, Assistant Vice President of Wells Fargo with the Default Accounts Payable Department
Advisors to the Board
Maggie White, Senior Corporate Legal Counsel, EMC Insurance
Martha Lebron-Dykstra, CRS Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices
Carli Milby, Consultant, Business Project Management at Nationwide
Jean Boger, School Social Worker at Heartland AEA
Jean Boger, MSW, LMSW received her Bachelor’s degree from Morningside College in Psychology and English and her Master’s degree in social work from the University of Iowa in 2001. Jean has been a school social worker with Heartland AEA since 2009 and has experience working with students aged 3 through 21. Prior to that she worked in non-profit organizations in Northwest Iowa conducting psychosocial evaluations and group/individual counseling and as an adjunct professor with the University of Iowa’s MSW program in Sioux City. Jean is a certified Youth Mental Health First Aid trainer, a member of the Autism Resource Team, and delivers ongoing professional development for new staff and school social workers at Heartland. She has been an active board member of the Iowa School Social Workers' Association since 2011, serving as board president from 2015-2017. Jean lives in Ankeny with her husband and three teenage children, who inspire her work every day.
Katy Conder, Elementary Asst. Principal in Jasper County School
Jasmine Simpson, Teacher at Lincoln High School
Jasmine is an English Educator who has be working for Des Moines Public Schools for six years. She earned her Secondary Education Degree as well as minors in Human Relations, Psychology, and Athletic Coaching from the University of Iowa and recently completed her master’s degree in Culturally Responsive Leadership and Instruction from Drake University.
Jennifer Stimson, Director of Blank Children’s STAR Center & Developmental Center
Chris Cuellar, Communications Director at Iowa High School Athletic Association
Chris Cuellar is a former sports journalist at the Des Moines Register and currently the communications director at the Iowa High School Athletic Association. His work in serving and promoting Iowa high school sports, teams, and student-athletes includes media relations, public relations, digital and print communications, sports information, and event management. Raised by his public-school teacher mother in eastern Iowa, he values the relationship between school resources and the students and communities they serve. Chris also volunteers as a mentor with YSS in Boone.
Jadie Boens, Director of Special Programs for Heartland AEA
The Please Pass the Love Board of Directors are national award winners for their work to increase school mental health systems and supports through education, leadership, and advocacy.
PPL Staff Members
The Please Pass the Love Staff Members work to increase school mental health systems and support by providing schools, educators, and students with the resources they need to thrive.
Emmalee Bowlin, Director of Youth Engagement
Jenna Hardenbrook, High School Stomp Out Stigma Director
Zion Freeman, Middle School Stomp Out Stigma Director
Miya Davis, Administrative Director
Catie Bach, Consultant
Yahriel Salinas-Reyes, Summer Multi-lingual Program Intern
My name is Yahriel and I am currently a second-year at Iowa State University majoring in Aerospace Engineering with a minor in Latinx Studies. As a First-Generation Latino, I venture into unprecedented territory and endeavors because I feel it is my mission to serve as a role model and true leader for my community and family. In the pursuit of my mission, I found passion in many things such as athletics, music, STEM, community work, and most importantly, the ability to make a difference. Since I was young, I've been passionate about change and I involved myself in many opportunities. I've been involved in the political process to advocacy, social work, violence prevention, and more. My efforts in college haven't diminished one bit, as I even helped organize the "ISU Students Against Racism" movement and will continue to strive for change anywhere I go.