We are currently looking for members to serve for the 2016-2017 program year!
Brittany McIntyre is the new APPC member for Howard, Allamakee, Winneshiek, and Clayton (HAWC) counties. When she first heard about this program she became very interested and excited about working with other agencies within these counties. Brittany is also excited to get the necessary experience for the human services field. She graduated from Upper Iowa University in Fayette, IA in just with her bachelor’s degree in Human Services and Psychology. In her free time she most enjoys spending time with her son and husband, going on walks with her dogs, or relaxing on the couch with a movie or a book.
Christine is currently pursuing a B.A. in Social Work in her first year at Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo, Iowa. Personal experience with homelessness and living in poverty motivated Christine to seek opportunities to teach others and offer support in their journeys in trying to better themselves and their lives. Christine has a soft spot for kids and believes it is a noble cause to help protect and shape our nation’s youth.Christine became a member of AmeriCorps Partnering to Protect Children (APPC) in December of 2014. In her free time, Christine enjoys working out and spending time with her boyfriend, Tom.
Lindsay Murphy has an Associate of Arts degree in Human Service Management from the University of Phoenix and graduated from the University of Iowa in 2012 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work. Lindsay has spent over 5 years working in the child welfare system supporting families involved with the Department of Human Services. She has also been involved in other child abuse prevention work. Her personal experiences and previous work around issues of child abuse and prevention are what lead her to join AmeriCorps Partnering to Protect Children (APPC) in September 2015. Lindsay believes that everyone should have the same opportunity for success in life, and has a passion for overcoming stereotypes and stigmas that hold people back from the opportunity for success. When she is not at work, Lindsay enjoys spending time with her 3 children and husband.
Torschia acquired her Associate of Arts degree in Business from Scott Community College in 1983, and pursued her B.A. in Business with a Marketing emphasis at St. Ambrose University. For the past eight years, Torschia has been deeply involved with family-centered agencies, and has lent her voice and creativity to several. After four years of volunteer service for the Healthy Families Iowa: First-Time Parent Program, sponsored by the Child Abuse Council, Torschia was offered a position with the Parent Partner Program. Torschia was a key developer of Scott County’s Parent Partner Program, where she is currently in her fourth year as a Parent Partner. Torschia is an active member of the Housing Committee Conference Board, the 24/7 Dads Program Committee in Scott County, Family Resource Bridges Coalition Committee, and was recently elected to serve on the Early Childhood Iowa Board.Torschia became a member of the AmeriCorps Partnering to Protect Children (APPC) in the Winter of 2014. When not at work, Torschia enjoys sharing as much time with her family as possible and mentoring with Love Girls Magazine. Torschia’s involvement with Love Girls Magazine stems from her passion to empower young women to have a voice in their communities by giving them opportunities to advocate for themselves across the United States.
Yolanda has an Associates of Arts degree in Business from North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC), and will complete her BA by the end of 2016 from Buena Vista University. Although Yolanda has over 12 years of banking experience to include Branch Manager and Mortgage Loan Officer as well as 3 years’ experience as an Insurance Agent, her own personal story of resilience drives her passion for helping families in need and preventing child abuse and neglect. Yolanda has spent most of her life volunteering for multiple organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, American Heart Association, Relay For Life, and the Floyd County Child Abuse Prevention Council among others. When not at work, she enjoys time with her husband Tony and 2 wonderful kids, one whom is in Culinary College and one whom is a busy, sporty sophomore in high school. Yolanda immerses herself in her family and envisions a world where everyone can say they have a supportive, loving family to call their own.