Meet the EAP and SAP Staff
Our licensed professional staff provide a confidential setting where employees, students and their family members feel free to seek help and solve personal and family problems, learn new coping skills and enhance their work or school performance. Employees and students who address their problems are better able to concentrate, have increased productivity and morale while reducing the likelihood of workplace accidents and/or behavioral problems in the classroom.
Kimberly Brangoccio, CEAP, LMSW is the manager of the Employee Assistance Program and the Student Assistance Program. She is a Certified Employee Assistance Professional (CEAP) with a License in Marriage & Family Therapy and an advanced certificate in alcohol and drug counseling. She has experience managing Employee Assistance, Alcohol & Drug, and Family Counseling Programs. Her background includes working with mental health patients, addiction and family problems and she enjoys seeing others change their behaviors and begin living life to the fullest. She has been with UnityPoint Health - Des Moines since 2010 and has worked in the Des Moines area for several years.
Vonnie Bengfort, RN, MS, LMSW, has been with the EAP since 1999. She is skilled in assessing and counseling for a variety of mental health concerns, including depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders. Vonnie possesses extensive experience in substance abuse treatment and counseling, marital counseling, and in conducting workplace team building and communication trainings. Her experience and insights regarding these and other issues are invaluable to the individuals and departments that work with her.
Jack Hackett, MS, CRC, NCC, LMHC, is a Senior Mental Health Therapist. He comes to the EAP from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs where he developed extensive skills serving veterans and their families. Jack served as a therapist and program manager of a state wide program of rehabilitation and counseling services that assisted disabled veterans in achieving independence in daily living and securing job training and meaningful employment.
- Serving individuals who have survived physical and mental trauma,
- Substance abuse challenges and individual therapy.
- Couple's counseling
- Working with teenagers
- Vocational, employment issues and persons with career challenges, including work stress, career development and change.
- Provides training in stress management, workplace communication, and has extensive experience leading and facilitating project oriented groups.
Please don't hesitate to call if you have questions. Our program can assist you in all of your personal, relationship and departmental needs.