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.
Abby holds a BS in Business Marketing and a Master’s in Agricultural Education, both from Iowa State University. She loves making an impact with youth, adults, organizations, and the general public through education, outreach, and public engagement. She previously worked for ISU Extension and Outreach, educating youth and adults about the importance of agriculture in today’s world. She has also worked for the ISU College of Engineering’s Relations Department, where she educated the public about ISU research, faculty, students, and opportunities.
Abby joined CWRTP in May 2016 as the outreach coordinator for the Voluntary Paternity Affidavit Program. She will educate hospital employees and future parents about the paternity affidavit process and the benefits of establishing paternity. She lives in Gowrie with her husband.
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)
In September of 1998, Monica started her career in child support at the Specialized Customer Service Unit (SCSU). She joined the Des Moines CSRU team in March of 2004. While in the Des Moines CSRU office, she worked in Special Projects and Establishment. Monica completed three new Support Recovery Officer training sessions and was a mentor to many.
She joined the ISU team in July 2008 as a Technical Writer/Trainer, providing both written and in-person training resources for the Unit.
Paula is completing a Ph.D. in English from the University of South Dakota and earned an M.A. in international relations from the University of Chicago and a B.A. in political science from Iowa State University. She has taught literature and composition classes, including organizational communication and technical writing, for more than a decade. Prior to beginning her doctorate program, she worked as a professional writer and editor in a variety of industries.
Paula joined the Child Welfare Research & Training Project as a Technical Writer/Trainer in May 2015. She resides in Waukee with her two cats, Molly and Maggie.
Grant is a graduate of Northland International University in Dunbar, WI, where he majored in Secondary Education and minored in Science. Before joining the CWRTP in May 2015, he worked for 12 years at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine as a Radiological Production Training Supervisor. He trained civilians to work safely with radiation and contamination on nuclear submarines.
Grant is a Maine native, and a born and bred New Englander (pronounced New England-ah). He enjoys traveling, volunteering, church activities, playing with his kids, reading, and spending time outdoors or with friends. He is also an avid fan of football, soccer, hockey, baseball, and college basketball. He lives in Cambridge, IA with his wife Stacie, daughters Aria (7) and Brielle (4), and their two dogs and a cat.
Rachel earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Iowa State University and a Master’s degree in Organizational Psychology from the University of the Rockies. She has more than 5 years of experience in the Human Services field. Before coming to Iowa State University Rachel most recently worked for Des Moines Area Community College as a Student Account Specialist, working with students and college staff to achieve educational and financial goals.
In May 2015, she began work as a Technical Writer/Trainer with Iowa State University Child Welfare Research and Training Project. Rachel lives in Des Moines with her family & 2 dogs.
Tyler received his BS in Animal Science from Iowa State University in December 2008. He spent 6 years working as a Team Lead in a biotech company in Coralville. He operated as one of the primary trainers for his department focusing on new employee training and refresher training for current employees, while helping to maintain the departments overall goals of efficiency and safety.
Tyler began working as a Technical Writer and Trainer in August 2016. Having lived in many states throughout the Midwest, Tyler is glad to remain in Iowa for the foreseeable future. He currently resides in Des Moines with his partner and 2 cats, Sif and Bragi.
Des Moines (Lucas Building)
Aaron earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1996 and his B.S. in history from Iowa State in 1992. He was admitted to the Iowa Bar in 2003, and the Southern District of Iowa and Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals in 2004. Before joining the ISU team in March of 2013 he worked for The Hartford and GMAC Mortgage in the Philadelphia area, and was an attorney in private practice in Ames. Aaron updates the Attorney Guidebook and undertakes legal research projects for the Child Support Recovery Unit. He also serves on ISU’s Professional and Scientific Council. Aaron lives in Ames with his wife Noelle and a cat named Ramsey, and is a longtime fan of Iowa State athletics.
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