The PSW Steering Committee is made up of individuals representing local suicide prevention coalitions, universities and colleges, peer run respites, organizations representing groups with disproportionate risk of suicide (e.g. Tribal communities, veteran organizations) and other mental health and suicide prevention advocacy groups.

In addition, key state agencies with responsibility for suicide prevention are represented: the Department of Health Services/ Division of Care and Treatment Services and Division of Public Health; Office of Children’s Mental Health; Department of Public Instruction; and Department of Corrections.

Steering Committee Roster-updated Fall 2018
  • Barb Bigalke-Center for Suicide Awareness/HOPELINE
  • Barbara Moser- Prevent Suicide Greater Milwaukee (PSGM)
  • Brad Munger- DHS-Division of Care and Treatment Services (DCTS)
  • Brenda Jennings- Department of Public Instruction (DPI)
  • Brian Michel- Mental Health America (MHA) of Wisconsin
  • Cat Horzewski- Boys & Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee (BGCGM)
  • Chelsie Smith- Eau Claire County Health Department
  • Debbie Merkel- Zero Suicide/MCH Public Health Learning Community
  • Debbie Rueber- Prevent Suicide Kenosha County
  • Deeatra Kajfosz- LiFE OF HOPE
  • Gabrielle Kaiser-Safe Communities Madison-Dane County
  • Gena Orlando- American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) WI Chapter
  • Gregg Curtis- Department of Public Instruction (DPI)
  • Janet Fitch- Guns, Grace, and Grief in America Coalition
  • Janet McCord- Marian University
  • Jeff Ditzenberger- TUGS Green County 
  • Jennifer Muehlenkamp- UW-Eau Claire
  • Jim Salasek- Comprehensive Service Integration-Fond du Lac
  • Jory Pradjinski- Hope Instilled
  • Julianne Dwyer- DHS-Division of Care and Treatment Services (DCTS)
  • Kelly Terrab- DHS-Division of Quality Assurance (DQA)
  • Kurt Roskopf- Advocate, People with Disabilities
  • Laura Acompanado- Milwaukee VA Medical Center
  • Leah Rolando- Mental Health America (MHA) of Wisconsin
  • Maggie Northrop- DHS-Division of Public Health (DPH)
  • Mary Zimmerman- Safe Communities Madison-Dane County
  • Melissa Heinz- DHS-Division of Public Health, Injury and Prevention Coordinator
  • Melissa Murphy- Office of Children's Mental Health (OCMH)
  • Mettie Spiess- A World Without Suicide
  • Michelle Larson- DHS
  • Patricia Taylor- P Taylor Consulting
  • Patty Slatter- National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Rock County
  • Robin Matthies- DHS-Division of Public Health (DPH)
  • Sara Kohlbeck- Comprehensive Injury Center at the Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Sawyer Johnson- GSAFE
  • Sheli Jo Metzger- Arbor Place, Inc.
  • Sue Jungen- Zero Suicide-Fox Cities
  • Thai Vue- Wisconsin United Coalition of Mutual Assistance Association (WUCMAA)
  • Val Neff- NAMI Fox Valley
  • Valerie Donovan- UW-Madison, University Health Services (UHS)

Anyone with an interest in suicide prevention is welcome to join the Steering Committee, which meets four times per year (once for a day-long face-to-face planning meeting and three times via teleconference). If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, please email us using this form.

PSW Steering Committee/Priority Action Team members at the October 2019 Strategic Planning meeting.

PSW Steering Committee/Priority Action Team members at the September 2018 Strategic Planning meeting.