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Who We Are

Executive Director
Tim Nichols


Chief Operating Officer
Joellen Buerckley

Waiver Program Managers
Jill Hospelhorn
Dusty Stork


Registered Nurse
Tonia Leitz


Service Coordinators Carroll

Bradi Burr
Katie Leinen
Morgan Saunders
Samantha Schulz

Service Coordinators Fort Dodge
David Anthony
Amy Shannon

Service Coordinators Stuart
Eleisca Clayton
Miann Vallette
Brenda Shook
Sharhia Wiese

Waiver Homes Coordinators

Vicki Haun
Shari Kitt
Samantha Schulz

Waiver Home Financial Coordinator
Mandy Halbur






FAMILY RESOURCE CENTER Internet, Audio, Printed and Video Resource Links“Stronger Families for a Stronger Future”Scroll down to view all links–they will open a separate window so you don’t lose your place on our Family Resource Center website to return for more resourcesLinks to Resources for Special Needs Providers & Parents

Information You’re Seeking For a website offering tips and information on this topic, click on the link below:
Interesting video by a brainscientist who was aware of herown stroke while it was happening Click here to watch the video you may remember from the provider trainingon March 7, ’09. It may take a few minutes to download. Jill travels a nationalcircuit speaking on behalf of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)
Informational site on mental illness Click Here for the National Alliance on Mental Illness NAMI or the click herefor NAMI Iowa
Delivery of treatment forMental Health in Iowa Click Here for Report on Comprehensive study of MENTAL HEALTHDELIVERY SYSTEMS IN IOWA — Completed February 2009

Useful Links for Childcare Providers and Parents

Information You’re Seeking For a website offering tips and information on this topic, click on the link below:
First Children’s Finance – new one added Click here to view resources for child care providers and centersWebsite is
Positive Behavior Support Click Here to see what Vanderbuilt University has to suggest for childcare behaviors & support
Building Families Early Childhood Iowa Click Here    To access Building Families Early Childhood Iowa Website
Partnerships 4 Families Early Childhood Iowa   new one added Click Here to access Partnerships4 Family Early Childhood Iowa Website
Healthy Child Care Iowa Click Here for Iowa Department of Public Health’s website with many usefullinks and tips
Iowa CCR&R Click   Iowa Child Care Resource and Referral
Department of Human Services Click Here to be taken to the DHS Homepage for state social services accessinformation.
Report Child Abuse in Iowa click hereTo report Child & Dependent Adult Child Abuse, or call 1-800-362-2178
Iowa State University Extension Service Click Here to access a wealth of information on a wide variety of subjects of interest to all
Advocacy for Child Care and other children’s issues Click Here to access Every Child Counts website, an advocacy and watchdogsite that will keep you informed regarding laws, funding, and programs affectingIowa’s young children
Various medical and developmental issues affecting children ages 0 – 3, a good resource for providers Click Here to access Zero to Three’s website. ZERO TO THREE is a nationalnonprofit organization that informs, trains and supports professionals, policymakersand parents in their efforts to improve the lives of infants and toddlers. Theirmission is to promote the health and development of infants and toddlers.
FUN IDEAS Click Here to access the DisneyFamily website for ideas on things to do withchildren for fun
Tools to enhance parent/child relationships Click Here to access a website chock full of ideas for parents and providers
What Else – email us with other links you would like us to find for you and have available on this page Let me know what other sites you would like us to link for you or sites you thinkwould be helpful for other providers, parents, professionals interested in our passion      email to
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