Who We've Worked With
Check out all of the amazing schools we've worked with and communities we've impacted!
Waukee Middle School
Johnston High School
Urbandale School District
Urbandale Middle School
Southeast Polk School District
Adel-DeSoto-Minburn School District
Perry School District
Freedom for Youth
Walnut Creek High School WDM
Glenwood School District
Gilbert School District
Osage School District
Winterset School District
Woodward Granger School District
Washington School District
Iowa Suicide Coalition
Iowa Department of Education
Iowa Association of Alternative Education
Risky Business Conference
Department of Education Learning Supports Conference
Indianola School District
Cameron Carico Foundation
ASK Parent Resource Center
Unity Point Pediatric Psychiatric Services
Mercy Behavioral Health
Broadlawns Behavioral Health
Stepping Stones Family Services
Iowa Safe Schools Conference
Integrative Counseling Solutions
Iowa Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health
Amanda the Panda
Fort Dodge Schools
Grand View University
Indianola School District
Mt. Ayr School District
Waukee High School
Earlham High School
Western Hills Elementary
Wisconsin Mental Health & Behavioral Summit
Sauk Prairie High School- Wisconsin
Wisconsin CESA 5
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"It has been an honor and privilege to work with Jen over the last several years. She has shown great compassion for a very fragile but resilient mental health population in our state and school system. She is a great advocate and passionate about improving access and decreasing the stigma of mental health. I have been involved in her conferences and watched her setup a solid curriculum helping educate a variety of people involved in delivering mental health. She is a true leader in our state with her work and future vision."
- Dr. Sasha Khosravi | Medical Director, Mercy Neurology and Psychiatry Center
"Jennifer Ulie Wells entered the Mental Health Field with great passion and she was not going to be ignored. With her experience as a special education teacher, she was not only able to see the gap between schools and mental health supports but she was able to immediately start building a bridge between the two. Jen has been able to advocate for students, families, and teachers when they weren't always able to receive that support. Jen has also started the annual Iowa Mental Health Conference which has been great success of combining the fields of education and mental health. Jen's passion and experiences are crucial in helping our school systems become caring and supportive places that maximize learning and the well-being of students and teachers."
- Aaron Herman | Co-founder, Stepping Stones Family Services
"Jennifer possesses a number of strengths. Jennifer is eager to learn relevant and evidence based information to better serve her clients. She attends webinars and local seminars to keep her knowledge up to date. Jennifer presents on difficult topics, such as race relations, impact of trauma on students, supporting a child with intellectual disabilities and mental health issues, by using the skills obtained in these trainings.
Jennifer has good interpersonal skills that have enabled her to work in the educational setting with diverse populations effectively. Jennifer is culturally aware and creates opportunities so just better navigate social justice issues that impact her clients directly. Jennifer is a hard worker and will dedicate herself to excelling at whatever she purposes herself to do."
– Breanne Ward | CRC T-LMHC
"As an administrator and School Psychologist I had heard about Jennifer and her excellent training in school mental health issues from other administrators, social workers, counselors and teachers with whom I work. Recently I too had an opportunity to attend one of her presentations. I was wowed. The content was accurate, relevant, and engaging. Perfect for the audience."
- Jason Volmer | Coordinator of Special Education, Urbandale Community School District
"Jennifer Wells is a true advocate for students, and specifically, for students with mental health needs. It is truly impressive her vast knowledge of mental health concerns and corresponding evidence-based supports that affect our students and schools today. Going beyond her knowledge, it is her passion for helping students, and school systems, work through mental health needs that have allowed her to bring true positive changes to those with whom she has worked. I have observed Jennifer during multiple conferences presenting information on both identifying mental health concerns and appropriately intervening. Jennifer has a true skill in presenting information in a way that is understandable and applicable to all audiences. Her past experience as a special education teacher adds the knowledge of how school systems work and what strategies are implementable by teachers. As a teacher, Jennifer learned first-hand the struggles that our students today face and embraced the challenge of taking on the role of helping our communities and our schools build up our mental health supports."
- Jessica Johnston, Ed.S. | School Psychologist
"I’ve worked with Jen professionally for six years. She gets things done! She is a fantastic advocate for students with mental health needs and she genuinely cares. As an educator she consistently went the extra mile for her students to help them feel connected and be successful. She speaks calmly, articulately, and directly. She engages people easily one on one and in front of a crowd. She brings people together for collaboration and teamwork and is awesome at coordinating initiatives and projects. Please Pass the Love has put on well-organized, well attended, and highly-informing conferences for educators. Her and her side kick Emmalee make a great team, and children and adolescents across the state of Iowa are better off because of their passion and commitment."
- Karolyn Zeller | School Social Worker
"Jen Ulie-Wells has been a true asset to Iowa schools due to her expertise in mental health. I have experienced working with her in several different capacities in the past few years. I first met her when I attended a mental health conference at Grand View a few years ago. I was so grateful for the information I learned at the conference and it encouraged me to enroll in a Mental Health First Aid course that Jen taught that summer. In addition, Jen brought a group of students from Please Pass the Love to present our very first assembly on mental health. The students were actively involved in the assembly and our staff felt it was very beneficial to the health of our students and families. The presentation was well thought out and on target for middle school students. We are very fortunate to have Jen’s expertise and leadership in the field of mental health in the Des Moines area."
– Trudy Vande Kamp | Middle School Counselor
"School mental health is a topic that is not discussed often enough. Jen is one of the most dedicated people I know when it comes to discussing and advocating for school/youth mental health. As a former college student of Jen’s, and now a special education teacher, I have always admired her passion and knowledge of school mental health. I was able to learn from Jen in class as well as at the annual school mental health conference she helped organize. Any time I am in need of an organization or individual having to do with mental health Jen always has an abundance of resources to offer. I am always inspired by both her professional and personal connection she has to school mental health. I know she can see this issue from both sides from her experience being in the classroom and her personal experiences with youth mental health. Jen has forever inspired me to advocate for the ongoing fight to aid in school mental health."
– Lauren Friedrich | Special Educator
"Jen Wells has been able to combine her passion for education and school mental health to teach students and educators about this issue, as the state of Iowa has continued to serve as her classroom. As a presenter, Jen is able to make topics surrounding school mental health relatable to everyone, no matter what their connection to school mental health may be. Through these presentations, she has been able to transform the methodologies that teachers and schools implement to serve the needs of each and every one of their students. Her knowledge surrounding school mental health in Iowa is deeply rooted in her variety of roles such as a teacher, a parent and mental health advocate. Without a doubt, through Jen’s presentations and activism surrounding school mental health, she has forever transformed the lives of students, teachers, and communities throughout the state of Iowa."
- Alex Shrewsberry | Former PPTL Youth Leader
"In the last several years, Ms. Ulie -Wells has brought together school district staff, administrators, parents, clinical providers, and advocates to shine a bright light on the issues related to child and adolescent mental health. She is an articulate voice in raising awareness around how school communities can support emotional and behavioral wellness for all students. Jennifer is passionate about reducing stigma and improving mental health literacy in Iowa and these are goals we can all support."
- Laura Fefchak | Director of Des Moines Public School Social Workers
"We had a parent come up to us at our last event and said that, thanks to the PPTL presentation in April, she noticed some red flags in her son who is in PK and took him to his pediatrician for further guidance. Due to the history of mental illness in her family and these red flags, they were sent on for further mental health support and she credits identifying this early to you and our program. That one story made everything we did this year worth it. We are doing some mental health PD for our elementary buildings and Middle School next year, so I am hopeful we can call on PPTL for a more whole-school assembly."