CPPC Staff

 

Rachel Service

Rachel Vos Carrillo

Rachel has led the CPPC team since 2018 and brings a diverse set of skills and experiences to the project. Before returning to her home state of Iowa in 2018, she lived in Panama City, Panama for 11 years where she collaborated with international development agencies in youth and child advocacy, and founded an organization dedicated to professional development, coaching, and English language proficiency. She has a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Iowa and has worked as a Child Advocate, Family Centered Worker, and Case Manager in Iowa, Michigan, and Arizona. She is fully bilingual in English and Spanish thanks to her time in Peace Corps Honduras and her life with her Panamanian husband and two children. She appreciates a good joke – especially ones told by her 11-year-old and 6-year-old - strong coffee, lively conversation, and kindness in a cruel world. She believes strongly in advocating for others and being a voice for those whose voice is unheard.

Erika Abusharkh-Director

Erika Abusharkh

Erika Abusharkh (she/her) joined CWRTP at the start of 2018 as the AmeriCorps Partnering to Protect Children Program Director. As a former AmeriCorps member, she is passionate about volunteer service. In 2020, Erika also became the Community Partnerships Statewide Liaison and has previously worked for the Iowa Department of Human Services. In addition to this, she has leadership experience in the nonprofit world. Adding to her interests, over the past few decades Erika enjoyed opportunities to live abroad as an educator and volunteer in East Asia and South America. A graduate of Graceland University in Iowa and Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, Canada, she holds both a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degree in sociology.

Ana

Ana Clymer

Ana M. Clymer joined CWRTP in December 2018 as the Cultural Equity Statewide Coordinator. She brings both personal and professional expertise and passion into the equity initiatives within Iowa's child welfare system. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from the University of Iowa. With over 15 years of experience working with children and families, an extensive knowledge of state and community resources, and support networks for families and organizations, she hopes to strengthen and build sustainable cross-sector equity focused community partnerships.

 

Cody Sherman

Cody Sherman

Cody earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from ISU in 2013. After graduation he started a small business to sell his artwork and show it around central Iowa and beyond. In 2018 he joined AmeriCorps. During his time with AmeriCorps, he served at the non-profit ArtForce Iowa where he was able to use his artistic skill and passion to help youth in need through art. Wanting to continue his work, he joined the CWRTP team in 2020 as a Program Assistant shortly after finishing his service term.

Nola Aalberts

Nola Aalberts

Nola was raised until age 16 on the Winnebago Indian Reservation, where her parents were Reformed Church in America missionaries, she remains a member of the Winnebago Reformed Church and attends when able. She has her bachelor’s degree from Gustavus Adolphus College and Masters in Management from the University of South Florida. Nola served in the Peace Corps in Guatemala, after completing her PC tour, taught English as a second language for three years at the American School in Guatemala City. On return to the U.S. started a 20 year career in Home Health Care, beginning as the director of a small agency in Mitchell County, IA and completing this career as COO of the National Association for Home Care and the Foundation for Hospice and Home Care in Washington. DC. Nola was then called to 11 years of ministry in the RCA as Coordinator for Mission Stewardship and Supervisor for Native American Indian Ministries, Central America and Ecuador. She then returned to Orange City, IA where she served as the Coordinator for Northwest Iowa Decat and Community Partnerships for 11 years, a planning and funding body for services and programs for high risk families with children ages 0-18 and she served as Development Consultant for Latin American Christian Ministries. Nola now makes her home between Orange City, Iowa and Tucson, AZ. She currently serves as a Community Partnership for Protecting Children Specialist for the Iowa Department of Human Services employed part time through Iowa State University. Nola also serves on the Board of Directors of Atlas of Winnebago.

Ashley Hopkins

Ashley Hopkins

Ashley Hopkins joined CWRTP in August 2021 as Race: The Power of an Illusion (RPI) and Understanding Implicit Racial Bias (URIB) Training Coordinator. Ashley received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Wartburg College in 2002. It was while attending college she began working in Iowa’s child welfare system and her career has spanned over twenty years. Helping to ensure all children have a safe and nurturing home has always been Ashley’s main purpose, however her passion lies in advocating for equitable treatment for children and families of color. For the past seven years Ashley has facilitated both RPI and UIRB Learning Exchanges promoting having courageous conversations and examining one’s perspectives about race; specifically as it relates to outcomes for children and families. It is with this experience and her own personal background she plans to continue to cultivate an environment where all who touch the lives of children are comfortable having these valuable and greatly needed conversations.

Graduate Research Assistants

 

Katie Granger

Katie Granger

Major: Human Development and Family Studies
Hometown:
Rock Island, IL