Becky Tayler (She/Her/Hers) is the Executive Director of Iowa Safe Schools. She has spent most of her career in direct service of LGBTQ youth across Iowa and is excited to be stepping back into the work that Iowa Safe Schools is doing statewide.
Damian Thompson (He/Him/His) is the Director of External Affairs at Iowa Safe Schools. During his time at Iowa Safe Schools, Damian has spearheaded the organization’s lobbying efforts, and serves as the organization’s spokesperson for local and national news outlets.
Jordan Mix (they/them) is the Director of Educational Programming at Iowa Safe Schools. They graduated from Drake University with degrees in Law, Politics, and Society; Sociology; and Women and Gender Studies. They were the president of Drake’s LGBTQ organization, helped establish the first all-gender bathroom on campus, and collaborated in writing Drake’s Transgender Inclusion Statement.
Hannah Mitchell (She/They) is the GSA coordinator at Iowa Safe Schools. She is a recent graduate of the University of Iowa where she majored in Gender, Women, Sexuality Studies; Social Justice; Social Work and minored in Human Relations. At the University of Iowa Hannah worked at the Women’s Resource and Action Center as a Certified Peer Educator, and led the University of Iowa’s LGBTQ+ based sorority (Gamma Rho Lambda).
Mark Turnage (He, Him, His) is the Registrar & Office Manager for Iowa Safe Schools. He coordinates everything, from transcripts to technical support for participants of the Safe Schools Academy, to registration for the annual Governor’s Conference on LGBTQ Youth.
Want to meet all the four-legged family members of our staff? We figured you would!
A Board of Directors is a group of community members who are wholeheartedly invested in the mission, values, and goals of an organization. Board members can help organizations build relationships, engage in fundraising and financial oversight, and help with strategic planning. Board members are responsible for making sure that Iowa Safe Schools is continuously pursuing the mission of creating safe and nurturing learning environments and communities for LGBTQ youth.
Jake Auliff - President
Dan Gutmann - Vice President
Dr. Sarah Eikleberry - Treasurer
Mark Turnage - Confidential Board Secretary
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