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.
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.
Shana is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. She received her Master's degree in Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy from Capella University, and her Bachelor's degree in Addiction Studies from the University of South Dakota. Shana has been working in the addiction and mental health field since 2015. She joined the Powell team in August 2020. She has experience working in both inpatient and outpatient substance abuse treatment, as well as in private practice working with children, adolescents, couples and families. Shana has a passion for working with clients and their families to build and repair relationships impacted through the course of active addiction. Shana primarily uses a strengths-based approach, is passionate about providing trauma-informed care and is trained in EMDR.
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.
Chelsey joined the Powell team in January 2019, initially as a counselor before transitioning into the care manager role. She has been a substance abuse counselor since 2012 and holds an IADC (International Alcohol and Drug Counselor) certification. She obtained her undergraduate and master's degrees from the University of South Dakota in addiction studies and is currently working towards her marriage and family therapy independent licensure. Prior to coming to Powell, Chelsey has worked with a variety of clients including adolescents and adults at a residential level of care.
Amber joined the Powell CDC team
in November 2020 as a care manager. Amber also worked at Powell CDC for 12.5
years previously from 2005-2018 as a unit clerk and a counselor tech. After
working as a medical social worker for a couple of years, Amber decided to
return to Powell CDC as a care manager. Prior to
returning to Powell CDC, Amber worked as a medical social worker in dialysis
and home health care. Amber graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in
Social Work and a Master's in Social Work from the University of Iowa. Amber
has been a Licensed Master Social Worker since 2017 and she is currently
working towards her independent licensure. Amber is also working towards
obtaining her CADC. Amber loves her job at Powell CDC and she loves being
able to make a difference in the lives of others. Amber believes in meeting her
clients where they are at and using a strengths-based approach.
Mental Health Therapists
Jerry works at Powell CDC as a mental health therapist and has more than 40 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 returned to Powell CDC in 2009 after working in a private practice for 15 years.
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.
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.