Iowa Center for Evaluation & Research
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ANNE ABBOTT , MPP is a Research Associate in the Research and Evaluation Division at NRC. Ms. Abbott’s work supports efforts across the center’s issue areas, but focuses primarily on family stability and improving outcomes for minority youth. She also works closely with the Iowa Center for Evaluation and Research on projects related to public health. Previously Ms. Abbott worked in the policy and advocacy arena supporting child- and youth-serving organizations and expanding quality youth workforce development and educational programming options for youth ages 16-24 and in the District of Columbia. She holds a Masters in Public Policy with a concentration in Social Policy from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia and a Bachelor of Arts in Politics from Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia.


Phone: 319-335-4935

Debbie Black at 2006 Siouxland DMC Conference

DEBBIE BLACK is Office Manager at the National Resource Center for Family Centered Practice. Ms. Black has been at the Resource Center for 19 years and works on a wide range of projects, in addition to managing office staff and serving as fiscal manager for the Center. She also edits and produces The Prevention Report, and formats and publishes Center reports, documents and curricula. Her duties include the submission of financial and human resource data, and management of training materials.

Phone:  319-335-4965

LISA D'AUNNO, J.D., is Director of Training for the National Resource Center for Family Centered Practice and Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Iowa School of Social Work. Lisa develops and oversees educational programs for social service and non-profit organizations throughout the United States. Lisa has 25 years of child welfare experience as an attorney, clinical professor of law, trainer, and program administrator in Iowa, Michigan and Illinois. As Director of Best Practice for the Office of the Inspector General, Illinois Department of Children and Family Services in Chicago, she managed the implementation of a number of interdisciplinary field tests to improve practice with families. Lisa has taught law and social work at the University of Chicago School of Social Services Administration as well as child advocacy at the University of Michigan Law School. As an attorney, she represented parents and children and prosecuted a number of complex termination of parental rights cases. Over the years, Lisa has trained over 8,000 social workers, lawyers, and judges in subjects including ethics, management skills, legal aspects of child maltreatment, courtroom skills, liability in human services, and interdisciplinary decision-making.

Phone:  319-335-4932

MIRIAM LANDSMAN, M.S.W., Ph.D., is Executive Director of the National Resource Center for Family Centered Practice and Associate Professor of Social Work at the University of Iowa. Dr. Landsman has worked for the Center as a researcher, program evaluator, and technical assistance consultant for more than fifteen years. Her areas of expertise include child welfare services from family preservation through permanency planning, developing outcomes for family centered programs, and organizational commitment and staff turnover. Dr. Landsman has directed multistate research projects in child welfare services, statewide evaluations of family preservation and support, early intervention and pregnancy prevention, and community based programs and interagency collaboratives across a variety of service systems including child welfare, education, substance abuse, community action, and maternal and child health. Recent publications include "Attributing responsibility for child maltreatment when domestic violence is present" which was co-authored with Carolyn Copps Hartley and published in Child Abuse & Neglect, 31, 445-461 (2007) and “Pathways to Organizational Commitment,” which was selected as the outstanding article in Administration in Social Work in 2008.


Phone:  319-335-4934

BONNIE MIKELSON, LISW, Associate Training Director, is an experienced trainer, supervisor, and therapist with many years of experience in the mental health field. Her professional experiences include  providing family therapy in juvenile justice and state human services settings,  mental health center work as a therapist,  supervisor and director, outpatient individual, group, and couples therapy, clinical and licensing supervision, and teaching social work practicum and classes. As a national trainer for the NRC, Bonnie's areas of expertise include supervision and administration, family systems, family development and support, strengths and resilience frameworks, worker development, adult mental health and trauma, and curriculum development. Her work for NRC includes coordination of training requests and development and administrative assistance, along with trainings and presentations at the state and national level.


Phone:  515-490-1308

JULIA NEFF joined the NRC staff in 2010. As a graduate of the University of Iowa, Julia holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, with a concentration in English literature and writing. After 15 years as an Administrative Assistant in a University of Iowa research department, Julia joined the NRC as a project assistant. Julia supports training and project staff by assisting in office operations, in the editing and production of training materials, by providing technical and client support for online trainings, maintaining the website, and in the administration, tracking and certification processes of trainings.


Phone:  319-335-4933

KELLEE THORBURN McCRORY, MPH, is Project Manager for the Iowa Center for Evaluation Research, the NRC's public health research and evaluation center. Ms. McCrory received her MPH from the University of Iowa College of Public Health. Ms. McCrory earned her undergraduate degree in counseling and human services at California State University, Fullerton.   Kellee has worked for the University of Iowa for six years and conducts research and evaluation in a wide variety of areas including rural and environmental health, comprehensive cancer control, nutrition, early childhood and child welfare, mental health care and access, development and delay and substance abuse. She also provides technical assistance in evaluation methods, planning and constructing logic models to improve organizational effectiveness and implementation of qualitative and focus group methods.

Phone:  319-335-4931

BRAD RICHARDSON, Ph.D., is Research Director at the National Resource Center for Family Centered Practice and Adjunct Associate Professor at The University of Iowa School of Social Work. Dr. Richardson is also Iowa DMC Coordinator for the DMC Resource Center and Minority Youth and Families Initiative where he directs statewide efforts to reduce disparities in the child welfare, juvenile justice, education and health systems. Dr. Richardson was elected national DMC representative for the Executive Board of the Center for Juvenile Justice in 2008.   Dr. Richardson earned his doctorate in applied sociology with specialization in social psychology, methodology and law, deviance and control from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. Prior to coming to Iowa he served as Director of Contract Research at Yale University and Director of Research at the Institute for Social and Economic Development. He has served as project director on numerous applied research and evaluation projects using both quantitative and qualitative methods. In addition to research and evaluation of programs he provides technical assistance on strengths-based and family centered practice, training and technical assistance on data management, outcome measures research and evaluation and he has trained staff of provider and government agencies on how to monitor and improve outcomes in their work with families throughout the U.S. Some of his most recent publications focus on utilizing the results of evaluations to promote and demonstrate program effectiveness, incorporating results into program improvement strategies, effective DMC technical assistance, and the use of social network analysis in improving community collaboration. Additionally, Dr. Richardson serves as director of the Iowa Center for Evaluation Research which conducts research and evaluation on community and behavioral health programs.




The University of Iowa School of Social Work
National Resource Center for Family Centered Practice
University Research Park
100 Oakdale Hall #M222
Iowa City, IA 52242-5000
Phone: 319.335.4924

The University of Iowa School of Social Work
John and Mary Pappajohn Education Center
1200 Grand Ave., Suite 123
Des Moines, IA 50309
Phone: 515-235-4661
Mobile: 515-771-3589


VIVIAN HAYASHI, B.A., is a Research Associate in the Des Moines office of the National Resource Center for Family Centered Practice. Vivian performs and manages primary qualitative and quantitative research studies, gathers and organizes data sets for analysis, writes evaluation reports, completes responses to requests for proposals (RFPs), and coordinates grant application processes.  She also trains collaborators on data collection methods and principles. Vivian joined the NRC in 2012 following a career in the health and life insurance industries with broad-based experience in primary and secondary research, communications, operations, process improvement, and project management.  Vivian is a graduate of Grinnell College.

Phone: 515-235-4661 
Pappajohn Higher Education Center 1200 Grand Ave
Des Moines, IA 50309 Suite 123

TASHA WELLS is Administrative Services Coordinator at the National Resource Center for Family Centered Practice. She has worked for the NRC since 2010 and is based in the NRC's Des Moines office of The University of Iowa School of Social Work. She works on a variety of projects for the NRC research division and her largest project is the Maternal, Infant, Early Childhood Home Visiting project. She performs a variety of quantitative and qualitative research and evaluation duties including training, interpretation, translation. Prior to working at the NRC she worked for Creighton University and Wells Fargo.

Phone: 515-235-4661
Pappajohn Higher Education Center 1200 Grand Ave
Des Moines, IA 50309 Suite 123


Julia Kleinschmit, MSW is Clinical Associate Professor for the University of Iowa School of Social Work. Ms. Kleinschmit has a wide range of work experience including community organizing with students, farmers, and faith-based organizations, serving as director of a homeless shelter, organizing a political campaign in the western US, and serving as an NGO’s media director.  Julia consults with organizations on grant writing, program development and evaluation. Since 2005, she has worked in the area of American Indian/Alaskan Native child welfare, working with state and Tribal systems to reduce the over-representation of and disparate outcomes for Native children in out-of-home care. Currently she is helping to lead an evaluation team for a four-Tribe, two-state, federally-funded project to recruit Native resource families for Native children. Other interests include sustainable agriculture, diversion of people with co-occurring disorders from rural justice systems, and privilege education in a variety of settings.


Carolyn Copps Hartley CAROLYN COPPS HARTLEY, PhD is an Associate Professor and Undergraduate Program Coordinator at the University of Iowa, School of Social Work. Her research encompasses a focus on system responses to two areas of family violence: child maltreatment and domestic violence. She uses the lens of therapeutic jurisprudence, which posits that legal rules and procedures, and agents of the legal system (advocates, lawyers, judges, etc.) act as social forces that can produce positive, therapeutic effects, or negative, anti-therapeutic effects for the mental health and psychological functioning of the non-agents (victims, defendants, witnesses) participating in the system. Her domestic violence research studies, both funded by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), have examined prosecution and defense strategies used in domestic violence-related felony trials and evaluated the effectiveness of a specialized domestic violence prosecution program in Chicago, Illinois. Her child maltreatment research has focused on the co-occurrence of domestic violence and child maltreatment. She has also published articles on therapeutic jurisprudence approaches to the prosecution of domestic violence, cultural competency training for lawyers, and the criminal justice system’s response to battered immigrant women. Prior to her faculty position at Iowa, Dr. Hartley did clinical work with sex offenders and adult and child victims of sexual abuse.




To contact a Trainer Consultant, please e-mail the NRCFCP.
Philip Ewoldsen

PHILIP EWOLDSEN, MDiv, MA, has been a national trainer for the National Resource Center for Family Centered Practice for many years.  Although he is currently retired, he continues to enjoy consulting for the NRCFCP and several counties of his local Head Start.  Previously, Mr. Ewoldsen was a clinical therapist with Hamilton Center, Inc. located in Indiana, working with a broad range of clients (children, adolescents, adults, couples and families).  Before that, he worked at the Charter Hospital of Terre Haute, Indiana, and for Four Oaks, Inc. in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. In addition to clinical work, he has extensive experience in staff consultation, supervision and training, and advocacy/public education services with direct service and management personnel.  Phil received his Master's degree in Counseling and Human Development from The University of Iowa and also holds a Master of Divinity degree from Drake University.


Kim Kali~Schultes, LISW, CCDP-D, Affinity Center, LLC is a graduate from the University of Kansas, she is trained in family systems and strengths based practice. She is a certified professional in co-occurring disorders and has a rich background in treating addictions and co-occurring disorders.  Kim has more than 18 years of progressive experience in the social work field.  Her professional experience is diverse and includes both private and public service positions in state and federal government.  Her experience includes working within various systems and facilitating training in education, healthcare, military and family service agencies. She has served in positions of leadership with supervisory responsibilities for staff and program development. Most recently, her training experiences has been with managers on preventing burnout, stress management, and increasing collaboration and communication in a hospital setting among nursing staff and physicians.

Angie Moellering ANGIE MOELLERING, L.S.W., is the Chief Operating Officer of Lutheran Social Services of Indiana.  She has over 20 years of experience in the field of  social work through serving families, developing programs, and raising funds.  Her work has been focused primarily with families and the system within which families function.  Angie is a certified national trainer through the University of Iowa’s National Resource Center.  She has provided the Center’s eight day Family Development Specialist certification training to social service providers since 1998.

Patricia Parker PATRICIA PARKER, C.S.W., has over twenty-seven years of experience working in human and social services, family and individual therapy and church ministry. She has been conducting workshops and seminars for national audiences since 1986.  An ordained minister, she brings a refreshing and energized spirituality to her presentations.  Ms. Parker is a popular presenter of the NRCFCP’s training A Strength-Based Culturally Competent Approach to Reducing Disproportionate Minority Confinement as well as a number of other trainings..  Ms. Parker is employed by the University Wisconsin-Milwaukee and has been affiliated with the NRC/FCP since 1990. Ms. Parker received her degree in social work from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a master’s certificate in Community Mental Health from Trinity College of Vermont.


DOUGLAS W. BILLINGSLEY, LMSW, has been a Trainer/Consultant with the NRC since January, 2013.  He is also currently employed as a professor of Psychology and Sociology teaching various classes with Scott Community College in Bettendorf, Iowa.  Mr. Billingsley’s previous human service experience is primarily in the field of mental health and addictions (substance abuse and pathological gambling) having been a counselor/therapist and a clinical supervisor in the addictions field.  Mr. Billingsley has conducted trainings on Family Development, Motivational Interviewing, substance abuse, and pathological gambling to local, state, and national audiences.  He has also conducted state trainings on neurobiological implications regarding criminal recidivism with offenders that have addiction histories in the criminal justice system.   His master’s degree at the University of Iowa focused on family development, strength-based assessments and resilience frameworks utilizing biopsychosocial assessments and systemic perspectives in regards to family concerns.

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