Christina Malchodi (Secretary and Walk Chair in Bettendorf)
Christina Malchodi is a Release of Information Specialist who processes medical records for Federal audits. She wears many other hats but dedicating her life to teaching about suicide prevention and awareness is her main passion. After losing her fiancé Rich in 2010, Christina has made it her life’s mission to make a difference in this world on how others treat mental illness as a stigma.
Christina is a founding member of the Iowa Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). Serving on the Executive Board as their secretary since the chapter was chartered in November of 2015. She is the Walk Chair for the Quad Cities Out of The Darkness Walk, serving the last 7 years. She is also a Field Ambassador for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, traveling to Washington DC every year to advocate on smart mental health legislation. She worked on HR-2345 (suicide lifeline act) from the beginning until it was signed into law on August 14th, 2018 by President Donald Trump. Christina worked closely and lobbied for Strategic Mental Health to build their mental health hospital in Bettendorf, Iowa. Strategic is expected to open the first quarter of 2020.
Christina and her husband Tony have six children combined, as well as three grandsons. In her rare free time, you can find her in the yard trying to grow a garden or sitting on her deck with a nice fire listening to music with her spoiled dogs. Her husband Tony has very much become an active piece in her mission to combat suicide, often attending and helping during events.