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Treatment Team

Powell utilizes an interdisciplinary team approach to chemical dependency treatment, continuing care and after care.

  • Physicians
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Nurses
  • Certified Alcohol/Drug Counselors
  • Licensed Mental Health Counselors
  • Clergy
  • CD Techs
  • Volunteers


Kimberly BrangoccioKimberly Brangoccio is the program manager for Powell CDC and brings a wealth of experience in guiding successful substance abuse treatment programs. Kim is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Certified Employee Assistance Professional and an Advanced Chemical Dependency Counselor with 30 years of experience. She has been in Des Moines for 16 years and lived and worked in Los Angeles, CA and eastern Iowa prior to that. She is very involved in church and also enjoys running, swimming and entertaining in her leisure time. She is married and has a son and daughter.

  John Peters is the Clinical Supervisor for Powell CDC. He is a licensed Certified        Alcohol and Drug Counselor, has a Bachelor's Degree in human services and is in  pursuit of his Master's Degree.  John started at Powell CDC in June of 2013 as an  intern.  He was then hired as a residential treatment and intensive outpatient  counselor. John has a history of being a successful business owner for 14 years and has  experience in human services working with Iowa Workforce Development, the  Veterans Affairs Hospital and serving in the military.  He knows that much of his life success is due to his life in recovery, which shows in his passion for helping others achieve the same. John is married and has two daughters.

Medical Director

Dr. Matthew WebsterDr. Matthew Webster
I have had the privilege to serve as Medical Director at Powell since 2012, taking over from Drs. Dennis Weis and Stan Haugland. I am a Des Moines native, and I completed medical school at Des Moines University before completing my residency at Iowa Lutheran Hospital Family Medicine Residency. I am also board certified in Addiction Medicine. Powell is the most comprehensive chemical dependency center in Central Iowa.

Nurse Practitioners

Sara JunckSara Junck, ARNP, MSN graduated from the University of Iowa with a Masters of Science in Nursing and is certified as a Family Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She received her Bachelors in nursing from Grand View University and a Bachelor of Science in Child and Family Services from Iowa State University. Sara has excellent experience with mental health and substance abuse treatment both in the hospital and community settings. Sara has also has worked as a social worker and is an extraordinary advocate for people in need of help.

Residential Treatment and Intensive Outpatient Counselors

Michael EdensMichael Edens has worked for Powell CDC since 2003. Initially, he worked as a primary counselor on the inpatient unit. In 2008, he accepted a Coordinator position working in the Powell CDC Aftercare program. This position involved oversight of Powell CDC's more than 20 Aftercare/Continuing Care groups. Mike is now working as a residential treatment and intensive outpatient counselor.

Deb GomezDeb Gomez has worked in the addiction field since 1989. She began as a counselor at the Center for Alcohol and Drug Services in Davenport, Iowa, working with adults in an outpatient setting, and then as the case manager in a women's program. She joined Powell CDC in March of 1999, as an evening outpatient counselor, then as a family counselor. She has been a day treatment counselor since 2002 working with outpatient and residential patients. Deb has a Bachelor of Science Degree from Upper Iowa, and an Associate of Arts Degree from Mary Crest College in Davenport, and she is an advanced certified alcohol and drug counselor (ACADC) in Iowa.

Annie MauldinAnthea Mauldin more commonly known as Annie, is a CD Therapist with Powell CDC. Annie currently serves as a counselor in the residential & intensive outpatient treatment program. She has been working in the addiction counseling/social services world since she was 18 years old. Annie has a spunky vibrant personality that helps her win and keep the friendship and respect of her peers and those that she counsels alike. Annie Mauldin describes herself as having a creative approach to counseling.

Laura WrightLaura Wright began at Powell CDC in the counselor training program. She helped develop and implement the weekend program at Powell CDC, which began in March 2012. Laura has also worked as an adolescent counselor and is now working as a Residential Treatment and Intensive Outpatient Counselor. Laura brings a varied professional background of working with children and adolescents, hospitality experience, and an ongoing career as a part-time journalist. She holds a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Nebraska, and is a Certified Addictions Counselor

Evening Intensive Outpatient Counselors

Gary ErionGary Erion has served at Powell CDC since 2001, but has been in the field for much longer as both an addictions counselor and a social worker. Gary brings to his groups and individual meetings a gentle and wise approach to helping people with addictions. His interests include teaching and incorporating 12 Step recovery concepts into treatment and counseling, and "meeting people where they are at" when they arrive at Powell. He is an advanced certified addictions counselor.

Dee HummelDee Hummel has served at Powell CDC since July 12, 1994 and has been in the addictions treatment field for 30 years. She loves her work at Powell and has great care and concern for others that is clearly demonstrated in her work with clients. Dee's patients often comment on how much they appreciate her very direct and yet caring style of counseling, and credit her for making the difference in their care. She is an advanced certified addictions counselor.

Aftercare Coordinator

Lila StaffordLila Stafford is currently serving as Powell's Aftercare Coordinator with 20 active groups at Methodist West and Lutheran Hospital. She has been a counselor with Powell since 2010. Lila's journey with Powell started back in 1990 when her husband completed Powell's treatment program and Lila completed the Family program. Her own sobriety date is January 1, 1986. Lila is a committed member of the Twelve Step Program. She believes in serving others and has been an active member of the Powell Alumni. Lila has served as chair of Powell's Sober Under the Stars, Powell's annual New Year's Eve party with over 1500 in attendance, in 2014 and 2015.

Lila has a Master's Degree in Communications Media and has managed Powell's Facebook Page and brought the Powell App and Powell's daily text messages to over 600 Powell Alumni . Lila co-hosted Recovery Monday, a UnityPoint Health sponsored local recovery radio show/podcast from 2013-2015. The archives of these shows can be found on Powell's website.

Family Counselors

Teresa FurneauxTeresa Furneaux is the Family Services Coordinator and Powell CDC Counselor Training Coordinator. She has knowledge of how family and relationships are affected by addiction and is compassionate to help them communicate and begin the healing process. She received her BA in Social work from the University of Iowa. She is an International Alcohol and Drug Counselor with 40 years of experience. She loves being outdoors, working in her flower garden, entertaining, traveling and is involved in church groups. She is married and has a married son and a grandson who she enjoys Face Timing with.

Kristin HepworthKristin Hepworth, MFT, CADC holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Services, a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy and is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor.  Kristin's first contact with Powell CDC was in 1997 when she participated in and graduated from Powell's former Codependency Treatment Program. She went on to attend the Powell Facilitator Training Program and facilitated codependency support groups for several years there after. Kristin has worked in the counseling field intermittently while raising her children for the past 20 years. She is now a full-time Marriage and Family Counselor serving in the Powell's Family Service Program. She has a passion for helping individuals and families on their journey to healing and wholeness. Her intuitive, warm and accepting nature assists her in supporting individuals and families through the process of restoring relationships.

Care Managers

Lori HackettLori Hackett has been a Behavioral Care Manager at Powell Chemical Dependency Center since 1998. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, International Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Certified Case Manager, and Nationally Certified Counselor. Lori has had over 30 years of experience as a care manager working in the fields of chemical dependency, brain injury, vocational rehabilitation and independent living. She enjoys working as part of the Powell team that offers individuals help with chemical dependency issues and opportunity to find a sense of purpose and meaning in their lives again.

Amy OehlertAmy Oehlert has been a Care Manager with Powell CDC since 2008. She has a Master of Arts degree in mental health counseling from UNI, and is a licensed mental health counselor and certified alcohol and drug counselor. Amy works in the admission and assessment process to help clients and families begin substance abuse treatment. She works closely with the Powell team in determining treatment options and recommendations for clients and their family members. She also helps client's understand and manage their insurance benefits during treatment. Getting started in treatment can feel frightening and overwhelming in this changing world. Amy is one of the first people you may talk with for treatment at Powell. She is eager to help you or your loved one explore what Powell has to offer in recovery from addiction.

Stacy LoftusStacy Loftus is one of the Case Managers at Powell CDC. She has worked at Powell since 2008 and has been in multiple roles including substance abuse counselor. Stacy has been a past Powell patient and after getting sober has completed her AS degree at DMACC where she also worked 1000 hours in Powell's counselor training program in order to get her CADC. Stacy went on to complete her BS degree at Grandview and then a MS degree in mental health counseling at Drake University. Stacy really enjoys the work she does at Powell and feels it is a calling to help people with addictions/alcoholism get the help they need. She understands what it is like to have the struggle within the family system of addictions/alcoholism and is always willing to talk to people about getting the services they need to maintain long-term sobriety.

Mental Health Counselors

Jerry OwensJerry Owens works at Powell CDC as a mental health counselor and has more than 30 years of experience treating addictions and mental health disorders. Jerry worked at Powell CDC from 1980 until 1995 as a substance abuse and family counselor. He recently returned to Powell CDC in 2009 after working in a private practice for 15 years.

Becky SeabrookeBecky Seabrooke is a Mental Health Therapist with Powell CDC. She attended Simpson College and graduated in 2004 with a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice and Social Work. Becky received her Master's Degree from Drake University in Mental Health Counseling in 2016. After facing adversity and the loss of her son, her perseverance and experiences have developed her passion for grief and trauma counseling. Becky's compassionate counseling style allows for patients to feel at ease and comfortable to share. she is married and has two children.

General Staff

Cassie SouthCassie South has been a counselor tech at Powell CDC since 1999. She is a dedicated team member who plays an important role in orientation and intake for new Powell CDC patients. Cassie values being able to help people get settled during their first few days here when it is easy to be nervous or anxious about treatment. She and the rest of our techs do an outstanding job of making clients feel welcomed and comfortable here.