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 - CompassionMKE
  • Brad Munger - Department of Health Services (DHS)-Division of Care and Treatment Services (DCTS)
  • Brenda Jennings - Department of Public Instruction (DPI)
  • Brian Jackson - Wisconsin Indian Education Association
  • Brian Michel- Mental Health America of Wisconsin (MHA)
  • Cat Horzewski- Boys & Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee (BGCGM)
  • Charlie Vear - Department of Health Services (DHS)
  • Chelsie Smith- Eau Claire County Health Department
  • Christine Apple - Department of Corrections
  • Debbie Merkel- Zero Suicide/MCH Public Health Learning Community
  • Debbie Rueber- Prevent Suicide Kenosha County
  • Deeatra Kajfosz - LiFE OF HOPE
  • Erica Steib - Mental Health America of Wisconsin (MHA)
  • 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
  • Joanne Tulachka - UW Green Bay Behavioral Health Training Partnership (BHTP)
  • Jory Pradjinski - Hope Instilled
  • Julianne Dwyer - Department of Health Services (DHS)-Division of Care and Treatment Services (DCTS)
  • Kelly Terrab - DHS-Division of Quality Assurance (DQA)
  • Kurt Roskopf - Advocate, People with Disabilities
  • Lanette Walker - Ho-Chunk Tribe
  • Laura Acompanado - Milwaukee VA Medical Center
  • Leah Rolando- Mental Health America (MHA) of Wisconsin
  • Liz Bartz - UW Green Bay Behavioral Health Training Partnership (BHTP)
  • Long Vue - Wisconsin United Coalition of Mutual Assistance Association (WUCMAA)
  • Maggie Northrop - DHS-Division of Public Health (DPH)
  • Marin Schmitt - Zilber School of Public Health
  • Mary Neubauer - Mental Health America of Wisconsin (MHA)
  • 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
  • Sarah Reed - WISE
  • Sawyer Johnson - GSAFE
  • Sheli Jo Metzger - Arbor Place, Inc.
  • Stephanie Ortiz - End Abuse Wisconsin
  • Sue Jungen - Zero Suicide-Fox Cities
  • Tammi Kohlman - Destination Zero/FDL CSI
  • Teresa Paulus - Winnebago County 
  • 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.