Frequently asked questions

Emmalee Bowlin, Director of Youth Engagement

Emmalee Bowlin, Director of Youth Engagement Emmalee has worked in the social services field for over 14 years and is a founding member of Please Pass the Love. She has a background in providing a wide variety of services including case management, volunteer management, event planning, community outreach, curriculum development, youth programming, and non-profit management. Born and raised in Indianola, Iowa, Emmalee graduated from Simpson College in 2007 with degrees in Sociology and Criminal Justice. Her career expands from working as a counselor with the homeless population in Jacksonville, Florida, to working in Children's Ministry in West Des Moines. Throughout her career, she has helped launch three successful non-profits, has presented to thousands of students across the state, and has served on countless boards and coalitions to enrich the lives of Iowans who are struggling. Emmalee is very passionate about mental health and has dedicated her career to being a voice for those who don’t always have one. She knows our state must do better and realizes the importance of getting more mental health supports in our schools. She will continue to work mercilessly until that is accomplished. Emmalee sits on various boards and committees and is a dedicated member of her community. She works on a variety of projects for PPTL including youth programming, community outreach and development, event planning, and fundraising. Emmalee lives in Indianola with her energetic and adoring son, Waylon. When they aren’t spending time with family or traveling, they enjoy spending time outside, going to auctions, going antique shopping, and anything sports related. They enjoy staying active throughout the year with travel sports teams that Waylon is involved in.

Jenna Hardenbrook, High School Stomp Out Stigma Director

Jenna Hardenbrook, Director of Stomp Out Stigma Youth Programming Jenna graduated from Earlham High School in the spring of 2019. Mental health and helping people have always been passions of hers since she was very young. She has been lucky enough to work with PPTL through her senior year of high school and she is so grateful for this position! Jenna hopes to achieve her bachelor's degree in Human Services and Psychology at Des Moines Area Community College and The University of Iowa.

Zion Freeman, Middle School Stomp Out Stigma Director

Zion Freeman, Middle School Stomp Out Stigma Director Trust worthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent: These twelve words make up the Boy Scout law, which Zion does his best to live up to in his everyday life. Get better everyday: This is the slogan of the Des Moines Roosevelt Rough Rider football team. Tradition, pride, and dedication: The motto of the Des Moines isiserettes. These are just three of the many things Zion Freeman is involved in. When Zion isn't spending the night under the stars in less than perfect conditions with the Boy Scouts, you can find him writing or reciting poetry for movement 515. When Zion isn't cheering on his football team, he can be found in the choir room learning music and new sets for show choir. And anytime Zion isn't learning a new beat for the isiserettes, he is laying in his bed avoiding doing the dishes. These are just some of the things Zion is involved in, along with being a son, brother, and over-all friend. Zion attended Hanawalt Elementary from 2003-2010, Merrill middle school from 2011-2015, and is now enjoying his final year at Roosevelt High School. “You don’t have to make sense as long as you make change.” -Zion Freeman

Miya Davis, Administrative Director

Miya Davis, Administrative Director Miya is a sophomore at Drake University working towards a bachelor's degree in Psychology. She grew up in rural Iowa where in high school she participated in theater and choir. She became a part of Please Pass the Love through their sub-group Teens for L.O.V.E. In April of 2018, Miya attended the Youth Summit hosted at Camp Sacajawea. This is an experience she says helped change her life and made her realize what she wants to do with her life. Miya hopes to help change the mental health stigma in schools all across Iowa and to make them a safer place for those who do suffer with mental health. This is a topic near and dear to her heart. She also hopes to help bring the voice of the younger generation into the boardroom with her new role as a youth member. Most of all she wants to be able to share her story and inspire others as others have done for her.

Catie Bach, Consultant

Catie Bach, Consultant Catie Bach is a recent graduate of Des Moines University's Master of Public Health program and former intern at Please Pass the Love. Prior to interning with this organization, Catie volunteered as a Youth Leader. She is currently pursuing career opportunities which will allow her to create positive changes in her community.
Being a stranger to so much free time, Catie is excited to spend more time reading, traveling and baking. She is excited to cultivate new hobbies, listen to all the podcasts, and continue to volunteer with Please Pass the Love!

Yahriel Salinas-Reyes, Summer Multi-lingual Program Intern

My name is Yahriel and I am currently a second-year at Iowa State University majoring in Aerospace Engineering with a minor in Latinx Studies. As a First-Generation Latino, I venture into unprecedented territory and endeavors because I feel it is my mission to serve as a role model and true leader for my community and family. In the pursuit of my mission, I found passion in many things such as athletics, music, STEM, community work, and most importantly, the ability to make a difference. Since I was young, I've been passionate about change and I involved myself in many opportunities. I've been involved in the political process to advocacy, social work, violence prevention, and more. My efforts in college haven't diminished one bit, as I even helped organize the "ISU Students Against Racism" movement and will continue to strive for change anywhere I go.

Valeria Guerra-Ceron, Summer Multi-lingual Program Intern

Valeria Guerra-Ceronwas born in El Salvador and raised in Des Moines, Iowa. She is a proud graduate of North High School where she was involved in volleyball, tennis, school senate, and National Honor Society. She is a second year nursing student at DMACC and will graduate in December of 2021.

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