Powell CDC utilizes an interdisciplinary team approach to chemical dependency treatment, continuing care and after care. The Powell team is made up of:
- Certified Alcohol/Drug Counselors
- Licensed Mental Health Counselors (LMHC)
- Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT)
- Chemical Dependency Techs
Amy has been with Powell CDC since 2008 and is the Manager. Amy began her work at Powell as a Care Manager providing admission and assessment services for 11 years. She has a Master of Arts degree in mental health counseling from UNI, and is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a certified International Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Amy oversees the day to day operations of the patient unit, and supervises, supports and develops nursing unit staff and the counseling team. She focuses on program development for holistic and clinically appropriate patient care as well as staff development for the educational advancement of the clinical team. Amy has been with UnityPoint Health - Des Moines at Iowa Lutheran Hospital since 2001.
Eric joined Powell CDC as the Clinical Supervisor in 2021. He been in a leadership role in the substance use disorder treatment field since 2015. Prior to joining Powell CDC, Eric was the Director of Manning Recovery Center, a residential and outpatient treatment facility. Prior to this, he was the Assistance Director at St. Gregory Retreat Center. Eric has also held several additional leadership roles including City Administrator for Reinbeck, Iowa; Executive Director, Southwest Iowa Planning Council in Atlantic; Business and Personnel Manager, Iowa Department of Human Services; and City Administrator, Eldora, Iowa.
Eric has a Master of Public Administration/Human Resources from Drake University. His Bachelor's degree is in Psychology. He is also a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Eric has a passion for helping people. He is married with two sons, and a hobby he enjoys is camping in the winter time enjoying the outdoors.
Cheryl Tharp is the Office Manager for Powell CDC. She has been with UnityPoint Health since 1976 and with Powell CDC since 1979. She is 29 years young! Cheryl is lovingly referred to as the historian of Powell as she knows so much about the history of the treatment center. She works closely with the clinical team as well as the nurse's station team while overseeing patient registration, billing, patient assistance, the annual phone-a-thon, all Powell team member needs and much more. Cheryl is well known to many past patients and friends of Powell CDC who often stop by and visit her or the Powell Bookstore. She is a longtime supporter of Powell CDC.
Residential Treatment and Intensive Outpatient Counselors
Shari completed the Powell counselor training program in April of 2019. She then joined the Powell team in September of 2019 as a substance abuse counselor. She graduated from Upper Iowa University with a Bachelor of Science degree. Shari's prior experience includes over ten years of working with families involved in the child welfare system in various capacities. Shari believes in working in partnership with clients, utilizing their strengths to help them achieve their goals and create a lifestyle of recovery.
Jodi joined the staff in September 2018. Her down-to-earth style both complements the team and helps build connections with patients. Jodi's professional journey at Powell began in 2016 when she worked as an intern, however, she credits Powell as having been a stop on her own road to recovery, about which she is very open. She has worked in the substance abuse field since 2015; she is a certified addictions counselor, a student, a mom, and an active member of Narcotics Anonymous.
Anthea (Annie) Moore
Anthea, more commonly known as Annie, is a Chemical Dependency Therapist with Powell CDC. Annie currently serves as a counselor in the residential & intensive outpatient treatment program. She has worked at Powell since 2013; she has worked 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.
Gina joined our counseling staff in September 2018, working with inpatients and daytime outpatients. Gina began here at Powell in 2012 as an intern, prior to completing her certification in chemical dependency counseling at DMACC. She is a graduate of Iowa State, and holds a bachelor's degree in psychology. She has worked in the substance abuse field in central Iowa since 2012 with a variety of clients in different stages of recovery. She is a certified addictions counselor, a certified gambling counselor, is passionate about educating people about addiction, and believes in meeting people where they are when it comes to treatment and recovery.
Evening Intensive Outpatient Counselors
Tom joined the Powell CDC team in May 2016. Prior to that, Tom had a long career in the private industry. Tom worked as the Unit Clerk until January 2020, when he transitioned to lead the Aftercare Program and is now an Evening Outpatient Counselor. Tom is a past patient of Powell CDC, and is actively involved with Alcoholics Anonymous in the Des Moines area. Tom holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of Iowa.
Nermina joined Powell CDC as a family counselor in May 2021. She has worked in the substance abuse field since 2013 and holds an IADC (International Alcohol and Drug Counselor). She has experience working in both residential and outpatient substance abuse and dual diagnosis treatment. She is a graduate of Grand View University and holds a Bachelor's degree in psychology. She is passionate about educating clients and their families about addiction.
Haley joined Powell CDC as a family counselor in January 2022. Haley's prior experience includes five years working with families involved in the child welfare system. Haley is passionate about supporting and educating families affected by addiction. Haley has a Bachelor's degree in Social Work from Grand View University and is in the process of obtaining her CADC certification. Haley believes that the disease of addiction affects the entire family system, and treatment for all family members is necessary in order to heal and recover.
Stacy is one of the Care Managers at Powell CDC. She has worked at Powell since 2008 and has held multiple roles including substance abuse counselor. Stacy has been a past Powell patient and after getting sober, 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.
Matthew Grubb joined the Powell team in November 2021. Matthew has worked in the substance abuse field since 2011 working with adolescents, adults, and family members of those that struggle with chemical dependency and co-occurring disorders. Being a person of long term recovery himself, Matthew believes in a holistic approach to recovery including exercise, mindfulness and meditative practices, and most importantly FUN! Matthew holds a Bachelor's Degree in Exercise Science from Iowa State University - Go Cyclones!, an Associate's degree in Human Services with certification in Chemical Dependency from DMACC, and recently completed his Masters in Healthcare Administration online through Southern New Hampshire University. In his free time, Matthew enjoys spending time with his family, attending sporting events, rock concerts, and being in nature on his acreage in Truro, Iowa - all gifts of his recovery.
Liz Roques Mansfield
Liz joined the Powell team in February 2022. She has been working in the substance use disorder field for the past years. Liz got her Bachelor's degree in Addiction Counseling from Ottawa University in Kansas. She then got her Masters in Social Work from Tulane University in New Orleans. Liz has worked in a variety of types of treatment, including residential and outpatient medication management, as both counselor and case manager. She hales from Southern CA and is excited to bring her holistic approach to substance use disorder treatment to Powell. As a person in long-term recovery, Liz believes that every person deserves the opportunity to become their best self and find their strengths and passions. She is very passionate about the work she does and finds great fulfillment in assisting people find the services they need to achieve long-term recovery.
Michael joined Powell CDC in 2021. He has 25 years of experience in the substance use disorder treatment field in Orange County, California. His experience includes, being a support staff, counselor, facility owner, case manager and program director. Michael has completed certifications in Human Services and Alcohol and Drug studies from Saddleback College, as well as Clinical Supervision Certification from Technical Institute of Addiction Counseling in Long Beach. Michael spent most of his professional working years in the addiction treatment field in California and more recently moved back to Iowa where he grew up.
Mental Health Therapists
Tim is the evening mental health therapist. He began at Powell CDC in 2003 as an intern, prior to completing his certification in chemical dependency counseling at DMACC. Tim graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling from Drake University. He worked as a substance abuse counselor at SATUCI in Marshalltown from 2008 to 2012. He worked as a mental health counselor at UnityPoint Health - Eyerly Ball from 2012 to 2021.
Tim is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and an International Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (IAADC). Tim has been certified in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) since 2014. He completed level 1 of Internal Family Systems (IFS) in April 2018 and levels 1 and 2 of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, a physically based talk therapy, in June 2018. Tim specializes in the treatment of substance abuse, trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depressive disorders, anger, and co-occurring disorders.
Marisa Mickunas joined Powell
CDC as a mental health therapist in November of 2021. Marisa completed her
Bachelor's degree in Human Services from Upper Iowa University in 2006 and a
Master's degree in Counseling in 2010 from Drake University. Marisa holds a
license in Mental Health Counseling and is in the process of earning her
substance abuse certification. Marisa has worked in a variety of settings with
adolescents and adults. Marisa has worked as a case manager at the Polk County
Jail, counseled young people with first episode psychosis, and has taught the
STEPPS group to adults with a diagnosis of Emotional Intensity Disorder. Marisa
is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR) for
treatment of trauma-related concerns. Marisa enjoys forming strength-based,
therapeutic relationships with her clients in order to help them reach their
goals. For leisure Marisa enjoys the outdoors, music, theater, working out
at the YMCA, and spending time with family and friends. Marisa is married to
Mark and has four sons and a daughter.
Nursing and Administrative Staff
Cassie 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 common to be nervous or anxious about treatment. She and the rest of our nurse's station staff do an outstanding job of making clients feel welcome and comfortable here
Loan started at Iowa Lutheran Hospital as a patient care technician in May of 2012 on the Medical/Surgical unit. In April of 2014, she finished her RN degree at Mercy College of Health Sciences and transitioned into the RN role in June 2014. After 4 years on the Detox floor, Loan wanted to experience a different type of nursing, and moved to Powell CDC in November of 2016 and has been here ever since. She loves her job, the difference she feels that she makes in peoples' lives and getting to know all of the patients from start to finish as they take their journey through Powell and beyond.
Tonya has been an RN with Powell since September of 2016. She graduated from Iowa Methodist School of Nursing in 1991. After working in numerous areas of nursing including: neurosurgery, medical-surgery, ER, and as a Medicare Coordinator, Tonya realized she needed help herself. In 2007, Tonya entered treatment for her addiction to hydrocodone. This treatment was life-changing for her. After taking a 9 year break from the nursing field, Tonya returned to the career she loves here at Powell CDC. She truly loves her job as a nurse and is passionate about connecting with and helping people through their own journey to recovery. Tonya feels her experiences have been a gift to her that she can also use to help others.