Kate received her bachelor’s degree in social work and her master’s degree in Family and Consumer Sciences from Iowa State University. She has 20+ years of experience in the Human Sciences field, including direct care, leading teams, coaching employees, and developing multifaceted training and outreach programs.
Kate has been with ISU’s Child Welfare Research & Training Project since 2010; she manages the Child Support Recovery Unit (CSRU) contract. Under Kate’s leadership, the contract and staff have grown to provide training, research, and outreach services statewide. Kate is a life-long Cyclone fan and enjoys being a Mom to her two teenage children.
Ames (Elm Hall)
Jay received his undergraduate degree in Psychology from Northern State University (South Dakota) and an Anthropology degree from Iowa State University. He is currently working toward completing his Masters Degree in Public Administration at Iowa State. He has 17 years of experience in the human services field, including extensive work with individuals with developmental disabilities and children with behavioral disorders. His most current position was with the Medicaid Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) program where he worked as an HCBS specialist. Prior to HCBS, he was a residential manager at Beloit of Lutheran Services in Iowa, a residential treatment center for children.
In September of 2008, he began work as a Technical Writer/Trainer with the Iowa State University Child Welfare Research & Training Project.
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Jo Ann holds a B.A. in Sociology and Criminal Justice from Graceland University, and holds a Master's in Leadership & Development from Drake University. She joined the CWRTP in April 2013 as a trainer, and became the outreach coordinator for Parenting It's A Life in March 2016.
Jo Ann has worked in the child welfare arena since 2007. She served as a foster and adoptive licensing worker at Children’s Square USA/Iowa Kids Net, and as a behavioral health intervention specialist with Sequelcare of Iowa. She also worked for the Department of Corrections as a counselor and program coordinator, coordinating offender education planning to meet parole board recommendations.
Ginger received her BS in Food Science from Mary Crest College in Davenport, IA. She worked as a dietitian in Davenport from 1983 through 1988. Upon relocating to Ames, Ginger began working with individuals with mental/development disabilities. She now has over 20 years experience working in the Human Services field including acting as a supervisor for a mentally ill group home, supported community based services and assisting in opening a low stimulus ward for geriatric mentally ill individuals.
Ginger started working as a Trainer/Technical Writer with the Iowa State University Child Welfare Research & Training Project in August of 2012. She provides graphic design materials for CSRU outreach programs.
Natalie Reich received her Bachelors of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies from
Iowa State University. Since this time, Natalie has worked in the Human Services field for 8 years. She
has worked in adult probation as well as in juvenile probation as a school liaison, juvenile court tracker,
and detention staff and as a transition officer. Natalie was the coordinator for the Story County
Decategorization budget and helped develop and fund numerous programs for kids and their families in
Story County. One of Natalie’s passions is yoga and she is a certified yoga instructor.
Natalie recently joined ISU Child Welfare Research and Training Project and will be doing outreach for
the paternity affidavit program. Natalie lives in Ames with her husband, 3 kids, and dog. Natalie is
excited to return to her alma mater in her work with the Child Welfare Research and Training Project.
Martha received her undergraduate degree from Grinnell College (1980), and completed two Masters Degrees at Iowa State University, one in Anthropology (1985) and one in Economics (1990). She worked for several years as Field Director for the Center for Family Research at Iowa State University, doing questionnaire design and interviewer training. She next worked as a Database Administrator for the Office of Sponsored Programs at Iowa State University, doing database reporting and training database users.
In 2003, she began work as a Technical Writer/Trainer with the Iowa State University Child Welfare Project, providing both written and in-person training resources for the Iowa Child Support Recovery Unit.
Des Moines (CSRU Central Office)
Des Moines (Lucas Building)
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