PSD selects Liz Davis as new Director of Student Services

The Poudre School District is pleased to announce that Liz Davis has been selected to be the new Director of the Student Services Department. It starts Monday, July 18.

Davis will oversee student support services including school counseling, health services, audiology, behavior support, child abuse reporting, crisis response, mental health services, assessment security and threats and the prevention of sexual assault, drugs and suicide. She will also act as the district’s compliance officer for Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act, which prohibit discrimination against people with disabilities.

In her role, Davis is excited to continue to support and build lasting partnerships and systems to support the mental health and wellbeing of PSD students. It is one of the three priorities of the district.

She also looks forward to supporting talented professionals working in student services and “supporting staff to help our students and our community thrive.” Davis emphasizes the importance of supporting best practices, while listening and learning from staff, students, families and community partners, because together we support each other. This is especially important, she says, “as we consider all of our mental health, physical health and safety support needs in our schools and community systems.”

“I plan to continue to engage and actively support diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice work every day and support the focus on equity here at PSD,” a- she declared.

Davis comes to PSD from Colorado State University where she has worked in the School of Social Work’s Field Education Program since 2014, serving as Program Director since 2019. She has managed the Social Work Field Education team, policies, and processes to support all CSU social worker students through their Field Education internship experiences in the community. This has required guidance staff and field education community partners to manage social work program requirements for over 200 students each year. She has also developed a number of workforce development opportunities for students with community partners.

Davis is no stranger to PSD, having previously worked for the district as an Integrated Services Coordinator, supporting students and staff from 2008-2014. Prior to that, she gained extensive experience as a social work provider and mental health, serving the Thompson School District, the Larimer Center for Mental Health (now SummitStone Health Partners), and before coming to Colorado, with organizations in Massachusetts.

Davis spent many years on the Mental Health Advisory Committee of the Colorado Department of Education and helped develop the Colorado School Social Work Association in Colorado. She is a member of the National Association of Social Work, supports the Colorado chapter, and has advocated for school-based professionals and best practices to support students and our public school systems.

Throughout her career, Davis has been focused on supporting meaningful, lasting relationships and growth opportunities to support others and hopes to continue to do so in this new role.

“Sometimes these connections support the development of community, national or local projects; sometimes it means helping someone achieve their own personal goals,” she said.
“I enjoy working as a team on common goals and pride myself on having the ability to build trust with colleagues as we work together on the same team.”

Marlena Gross-Taylor, Chief Equity Officer and Academic Leader of PSD, is thrilled to have Davis on board and says students and the PSD community will benefit from her experience and enthusiasm for helping and advocating for students.

“Liz is extremely talented and passionate about supporting student mental health and creating comprehensive services that benefit student physical and mental health.”

Davis holds a master’s degree in social work from Salem State College in Massachusetts. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in English from The Ohio State University and an associate’s degree in liberal studies from Dean Jr. College in Massachusetts.

Outside of work, Davis enjoys nature, yoga, reading, writing, walking her dog and visiting local farmers markets. She is passionate about monitoring local and state policies, tracking their impact, and advocating when needed.

Davis’s husband, Paul, works for the Platte River Power Authority. They have lived in Fort Collins for 21 years, having moved from Boston, Massachusetts. They love their rescue dog Sadie and visiting with their friends, as well as music, the arts, mountain biking and the outdoors.

This summer, Davis is looking forward to spending time with her family and being the best woman at her brother’s wedding in Nantucket, an island off the coast of Massachusetts.