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
Betsy grew up in Venezuela, where she received her Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Universidad Central de Venezuela and a specialization in Visual Communication from the Centro de Diseño Digital. In 2017, she returned to the U.S. to earn her master’s in Human Computer Interaction from Iowa State University. Betsy has varied experiences in multicultural environments, including several years as an instructor in diverse science areas at different education levels and some years as a graduate research assistant in Education-related projects. One of her passions is using technology for teaching and learning, especially to support English Language Learners. In March 2022, Betsy joined CWRTP. Betsy lives in Kelley, IA, with her eight-year-old daughter and two one-year-old cats. She enjoys traveling, gardening, and spending quality time with her family.
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