Rachel has led the Service Training Team since October of 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.
Erin joined CWRTP in December 2015 as an Instructional Designer. She designs online and face-to-face training courses for Iowa DHS social workers. Erin received her Bachelor of Science in mathematics from ISU, and taught high school math for six years. She earned an Master of Education in curriculum and instructional technology from ISU in 2015, with a certificate in instructional design. She lives in Nevada with her husband, two sons, and a bearded dragon named Spyro. Erin is a huge ISU sports fan, and has fond memories of playing piccolo in the ISU marching band. She is also a longtime Chicago Cubs fan, and swears that this might be their year.
Scott Willsey earned his Bachelor of Science in public administration from Upper Iowa University. He has over 25 years of experience in the human service field. His career has been focused on the area of behavioral health, including crisis services. He has served in positions ranging from direct care to senior management. Scott is also a published author, public speaker and professional musician. He started working as Program Coordinator with the Iowa State University Child Welfare Research and Training Project in September 2017.
Kelley joined CWRTP in September 2019 as the Program Assistant for the Service Training Team. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Family and Consumer Sciences from Iowa State University. Kelley served a year with AmeriCorps Partnering to Protect Children at CWRTP giving her knowledge and experience in the office and this field of work. In this position she hopes to bring positive and new perspectives, and to collaborate with professionals who share similar passions and interest. Kelley is excited to continue representing Iowa State as a staff member. #LoyalForeverTrue
Virginia earned her BA from ISU in Psychology with a Minor in Child, Adult, and Family Studies. Her professional background is based in crime victim advocacy, homeless services and non-profit program management. Virginia comes to the Project from ACCESS, where she held a variety of positions, most recently serving as the agency's Assistant Director. During her tenure with the agency, Virginia oversaw the design and implementation of a scattered site shelter model - a significant programmatic change that sought to improve service quality and outcomes for victims of interpersonal violence who experience homelessness or housing insecurity as a result of their abuse. Virginia joined CWRTP in December of 2019.
Graduate Research Assistants
Major: Human Development and Family Studies
Sioux City, IA
Major: PhD in Human Development and Family Studies