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 Clinical Supervisor. 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.
Sara Lockner, ARNP, MSN
Sara graduated from the University of Iowa with a Master of Science in Nursing and is certified as a Family Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She received her BSN 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 worked as a social worker and is an extraordinary advocate for people in need of help.
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.
Deb 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.
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
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.
Rachel has been with Powell CDC since February of 2020 and is the evening outpatient counselor. She graduated from Buena Vista University in 2005 with her Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Services. Rachel is passionate about empowering those who suffer with chemical dependency challenges. Service to her community and family are among her top values.
Teresa 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 two grandsons who she enjoys Face Timing with.
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.
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.
Jenny joined the Powell CDC team as a mental health therapist in January 2019. She earned her Bachelor of Science from Simpson College in 2011 and her Master of Social Work in 2016 from the University of Iowa. As a social worker, Jenny's experience ranges from working within the child welfare system to working with those dealing with chronic mental health and developmental disabilities. She is passionate about the need for trauma-informed care, and is a firm believer in addressing mental health needs during substance abuse treatment in order to help set clients up for success. When she is not at work, she enjoys spending time with her dogs and knitting.
Tom Swift - Aftercare Coordinator
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. 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.
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.