- The Isabel Turner Award from the Iowa City Human Rights Commission, 2016.
- ID Action (Iowans with Disabilities in Action) 2014 Advocate of the Year.
NAMI (National Alliance for Mental Illness) Iowa Children’s Mental Health Committee, Chair May 2014-September 2015 and January 2016-present. Member May 2014-present.
Iowa Children’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Workgroup, September-December 2015 and September-December 2016.
Iowa Mental Health Planning and Advisory Council. October 2014-present.
Coalition for a Children’s Mental Health Redesign in Iowa. Co-chair and co-founder of this coalition of over 45 member organizations and 90 mental health professionals, advocates, and stakeholders. October 2014-August 2015. The coalition produced the “Statewide Call for Action: A Strategic Plan for a Children’s Mental Health Redesign in Iowa.”
Regional Autism Assistance Program Advisory Committee, March 2015-December 2015.
Parents Creating Change in Iowa, March 2014-present.
Ethics Committee, Mayflower Retirement Community, Grinnell, Iowa, 2008-present.
“She foresaw disaster when her young son threw a computer at his teacher. How she helped him and other mentally ill kids,” by Sara Maraniss Vander Schaaff in The Answer Sheet Blog: The Washington Post, January 11, 2016.
Interviewed on River to River by Ben Kieffer, Iowa Public Radio, June 9, 2016.
“Advocacy: Mothers’ Stories,” Guest Speaker at meeting of University of Iowa Children’s Specialty Clinics Family Advisory Council, June 15, 2017.
“We Are All in this Together: Positive Systems Change for Iowa’s Children,” 3rd Annual Iowa School-Based Mental Health Conference, Des Moines, October 16, 2015.
“What Works: School Programs for Children with Serious Emotional Disturbance,” Member of Parent Panel. 3rd Annual Iowa School-Based Mental Health Conference, Des Moines, October 16, 2015.
“Ways to Advocate for Children’s Mental Health,” Guest Lecture for Bengu Erguner-Tekinalp’s Graduate-level Practicum for Clinical Mental Health, Clinical Rehabilitation, and School Counseling Students, Drake University, September 30, 2015.
Webinar Speaker, Prevention of Disability Webinar, January 30, 2015.
“The State of Children’s Mental Health in Iowa,” presented at Iowa Health and Disability Advisory Board Meeting, January 27, 2015.
Keynote speaker at NAMI Iowa Walk, October 4, 2014.
ID Action Capital Day Advocacy Training, March 2014.
NAMI Smarts Advocacy Training, September 2014.
NAMI Basics Teacher Training: A NAMI peer education program for parents and other caregivers of children and adolescents with mental illness, October 2014.
Youth Mental Health First Aid, June 2015.